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Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe delivered a budget that prompted “little cribbing and moaning . . . more a general air of acceptance.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Once the dust settled after Tuesday’s solemn budget, what was most remarkable was, in fact, just how quickly that dust settled. There was little crib(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins on the first day of their visit to Greece in the city of Athens at the Stoa of Attalos. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has said society will be “judged by future generations as to whether we averted our gaze from the vulnerabilities of our p(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal O’Donohue at Government Buildings on budget day last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our nearest neighbours are not the only ones who have held daft referendums. Apart from the one on abortion in 1983, the daftest one we’ve done was in(...)

Greed: Steve Coogan as Sir Richard “Greedy” McCready in Michael Winterbottom’s film. Photograph: Sony Pictures

Every year for the past three decades, Michael Winterbottom has made a movie. Britain’s most mercurial director may have hopped between genres like a (...)

US president Donald Trump speaks at an event in  the White House in Washingtonon Friday. Photograph: Manuel Balce Cenet/AP

A second intelligence official is reportedly considering filing a whistleblower complaint about US president Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine as t(...)

Migrants rescued from the Mediterranean in the city of Khoms, around 120 kilometres  east of Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday. Photograph: Hazem Ahmed/AP

It’s nowhere near the 2015-16 migration spike, but the trans-Mediterranean flow of desperate refugees and asylum seekers continues remorselessly, whil(...)

Walking to Jerusalem: a fascinating story which highlights a worthy cause. Photograph: Mark Kensett

WALKING TO JERUSALEM The New Theatre ★★★☆☆ Justin Butcher has “Jerusalem syndrome.” In 2017, the “actor-scallywag-activist” undertook a pilgrimage to(...)

A migrant carries a woman during clashes with police outside the refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos on Sunday. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/Getty Images

Greece aims to deport 10,000 migrants by the end of next year, the government said on Monday, following a deadly fire and clashes at its biggest migr(...)

Derek Scally in his neighbourhood in the Wilmersdorf area in western Berlin.

Keep a diary, Mae West once advised, and one day it will keep you. Sadly, the red copybook I used as a diary 20 years ago, and rediscovered recently, (...)

Horse chestnuts have been assessed as ‘vulnerable’ to extinction in Europe. Photograph: iStock

Horse chestnut trees, whose conkers have been collected and treasured by generations of children, are among scores of European trees at risk of extinc(...)

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