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 Donald Trump and Viktor Orban in the White House this week. The encounter was largely framed as a meeting of ideological allies but the agenda is likely to have been dominated by questions that put them at loggerheads. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

For more than 20 years, Viktor Orban was shut out of the White House. His last visit was in 1998, deep into Clinton’s second term, when the Hungarian (...)

If you convert the meat on an average Irish cow carcass (about 210 kilos of meat) into hamburgers, it would equal about 1,825 quarter pounders

Food has not changed much in the past decade. A Sunday roast or mid-week dinner might have new takes or added exotica. But the expected meat and veg a(...)

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Have you ever fancied yourself as an app developer, tapping into the growing app economy? Apple has opened applications for its Developer Academy at t(...)

Ireland will have to be turned ‘entirely on its head’ over the next decade to tackle climate change, the secretary general at the Department for Communications, Climate Action, and the Environment has said.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters.

Ireland will have to be turned “entirely on its head” over the next decade to tackle climate change, the secretary general at the Department for Commu(...)

Last year’s winning steak,  sirloin from  a grass-fed Ayreshire reared in Finland

Where does the best steak in the world come from? Finland, according to the judges behind the World Steak Challenge 2018, who voted for a sirloin cut (...)

Ireland differs from the majority of European countries, where most children are not admitted to school until they reach six years of age or older. Photograph: iStock

Most children starting school nowadays will be 19 or 20 years old when they finish secondary school following an increase in school starting ages, lat(...)

Crossing is Pajtim Statovci’s second novel, after his award-winning debut My Cat Yugoslavia

“La grande maladie de l’horreur du domicile.” The biggest sickness, wrote the French poet Charles Baudelaire, is horror of the home. It is an idea tha(...)

Pedro Sánchez is likely to remain the only socialist leading a major European country. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

The dramatic recovery of the Spanish social democratic left in last weekend’s general election is a political event of Europe-wide significance, a har(...)

It could be a case that Ireland’s middle class, like  other OECD countries, will also start to shrink in the years ahead.

It’s not always clear how to define Ireland’s middle class. Is it based on household income, consumption habits, savings and investment, or home owner(...)

Troubling: the B&A research shows a correlation between low self-esteem and social-media use. Photograph: PhotoAlto/Getty

The results of the 2019 Sign of the Times survey by Behaviour & Attitudes are published by The Irish Times today. The annual snapshot of Irish lif(...)

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