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Minister for Education Joe McHugh speaks at the Irish Primary Principals’ Network’s annual conference in Citywest last January. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The reception which Ministers for Education get at teachers’ conferences tends to range from plain frosty to outright hostile. So, when Joe McHugh – (...)

Lindan and Ray Wootten: “Theresa May has got to go. She’s had enough time. And now it’s time for somebody like Boris Johnson.” Photograph: Jennifer O’Connell

“Feeling stuck in a rut? Ruled by anxiety?” reads a poster in a window at 2 North Parade in Grantham, Lincolnshire. A discreet plaque on the first fl(...)

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Any kind of Brexit will have “negative consequences” which will be worse for Britain than the EU and be entirely the UK’s responsibility, European Com(...)

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch paints a self-portrait on a beach in Germany, in 1907. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s postmodern literary style is in thrall to the Dionysian art of chaos. His six-volume book My Struggle stylistic(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May with Conservative MP James Brokenshire in the House of Commons. Amid the hysteria around her May has plodded on and remained ostensibly unflappable. File photograph:  UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

Wouldn’t you hate to be a politician? There’s the vote-for-me aspect, the annoyance of having to listen to other people’s opinions and take them serio(...)

The five-star Europe Hotel in Killarney.

Luxe location Killarney’s Europe Hotel boasts some of the most breathtaking scenes of the famous Kerry landscape. Along with postcard-worthy views, t(...)

The Dublin band The Blades, fronted by Paul Cleary, onstage in 1985. Photograph: Terry Thorp

What does a nation in crisis sound like? It’s a pertinent question for our uncertain times, which has of late been occupying Bob Stanley. For Stanley,(...)

Éamon de Valera in 1948: JJ Lee’s analysis of the political state-builders, including William T Cosgrave, de Valera and Seán Lemass, was multilayered and nuanced. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty

When introducing his short history, Ireland in the Twentieth Century, published in 1975, historian John A Murphy noted that “in the absence of both pe(...)

Madonna: the singer has entered a culture war about what pro-Palestinian advocates refer to as ‘apartheid Israel’

It’s not a scene you’ll see in Bohemian Rhapsody, but in 1985 Queen defied a UN ban and played a series of South African concerts in Sun City, the apa(...)

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