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Rowan Kelly (front) from Bray with other members of Climate Strike Fridays for Future, spending their thirteenth  consecutive Friday protesting about climate change outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

During a talk on climate change a few years ago, secondary school pupil Conal O’Boyle heard something which jolts him still. “We were told that kids (...)

People pray by the restored monument of  late Fr Henryk Jankowski in Gdansk: supporters accuse Polish liberals of a witch hunt  against traditional Catholic values. Photograph:  Agencja Gazeta/Bartosz Banka

For the second time in a month, the statue of a polarising Polish priest has vanished from the streetscape of Gdansk. Councillors in the northern Bal(...)

Germans celebrate as the Berlin Wall is opened in November 1989. Had you asked which countries would benefit most from the collapse of communism, Ireland wouldn’t have featured. Photograph: Patrick Piel/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

There’s something exciting and substantial about Berlin. The city exudes history. Bismarck and Hitler are here, but also Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg and(...)

Two soldiers lower the  Irish flag  outside the General Post Office in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland is a country united by geography and divided by history. In James Joyce’s great novel Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist and an Iri(...)

Lesbian activists Hiroko Masuhara (front left) and her partner Koyuki Higashi (front right) hold a banner reading, ‘congrats on the same sex partnership statute’ as transgender activist Fumino Sugiyama and gay activist Gon Matsunaka (right) hold another banner behind them after Tokyo’s Shibuya ward recognised same-sex partnerships outside the Shibuya city hall in Tokyo in this photo taken on March 31st, 2015. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Tokyo’s most popular cruising spot for gay men is a seven-storey building tucked off a back street near the Shinjuku business and shopping area. On F(...)

The BBC’s coverage of the UK’s departure from the European Union has been ‘distinctly lacking in curiosity and depth’ about Ireland, a review by a former executive at the British broadcaster states. Photograph: Daniel Leal Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

The BBC missed the Irish dimension of Brexit, and its coverage of the UK’s departure from the European Union has been “distinctly lacking in curiosity(...)

Wojciech Tysler, Irish Barista Champion 2019, performing for the judges at the final which took place at Catex, at the RDS.

Wojciech Tysler is the Avonmore Irish Barista Champion for 2019 and will go on to represent Ireland at the World Barista Championships in Boston in Ap(...)

Mark English winning a sixth national indoor title in the men’s 800m at the  recent National Senior Indoor ChampionshipsChampionships at the  National Indoor Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

You know what every athlete says about making a championship final: anything can happen! For Mark English, what happened the last two times he made a(...)

Andre Previn has died at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/New York Times

Andre Previn, who has died at his home in Manhattan aged 89, was one of the most versatile and distinguished musicians of his generation. The Oscar-w(...)

German economy minister Peter Altmaier (right) and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire at a press conference  in Berlin following talks on EU industrial policy. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s protectionist muscle is beginning to twitch. Peter Altmaier, the country’s economy minister, recently floated the idea of setting up a stat(...)

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