Boris Johnson speaking to business leaders on Monday. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Boris Johnson criticised the creativity of civil servants for not conceiving of the children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig, as he gave a rambling spe(...)

Emergency services on London Road in Salisbury, Wiltshire, near to the scene of a crash involving two trains near the Fisherton Tunnel between Andover and Salisbury. – PA

Emergency services scrambled to respond to a collision of two trains near Salisbury, England on Sunday night, in a critical incident that left one tra(...)

Sr Margaret Hegarty: she raised more than 30 girls and boys from as young as two years

Sr Margaret Hegarty was a remarkable woman who devoted her life to giving young people a unique start in life. She was born Margaret Bernadette Hegar(...)

Chris Packham: The Walk That Made Me – nature has helped the presenter come to terms with life-long depression and an autism diagnosis. Photograph: Tim Smith/BBC

Chris Packham has trampled out a path in natural-history television as a sort of anti-David Attenborough. Where the Attenborough brand is all about ep(...)

Keith Lambe in Phoenix Park. The former St John Ambulance member says there were several incidents where the abuser showed up unexpectedly during first-aid duties at Dublin Zoo, to spot check cadets on their skills. Photograph:  Donall Farmer

Concerns about alleged child sexual abuse by a former senior St John Ambulance officer were an “open secret” in the paramedic organisation for years, (...)

Men from the Clonmult volunteer active service unit, from the collection of  John Hallahan

There is a photograph from the collection of Cork photographer John Hallahan which is one of the most familiar of the War of Independence. It shows m(...)

Ferries will continue to run to keep supply-chains open. However these will not carry ordinary passengers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

How is the Irish Government dealing with the new, more virulent strain of Covid-19 detected in the UK? On Sunday evening, the Government announced a (...)

Shoppers walk through London’s Burlington Arcade after  British prime minister Boris Johnson delivered a televised statement announcing more restrictions for the southeast of England on Saturday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

UK prime minister Boris Johnson imposed an effective lockdown on over 16 million people in England and reversed plans to ease curbs over Christmas, sa(...)

A commencement ceremony at Yale University. Photograph: Getty Images.

Americans are living through the restoration of their deposed oligarchy. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a treasury secretary who used to chai(...)

Patrick MacDowell: he devoted himself mainly to sculpting portrait busts and what art historians refer to as “ideal subjects”

Ireland has produced some notable sculptors, one of the finest of whom was Patrick MacDowell, who died 150 years ago on December 9th. Although he work(...)

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