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Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

Democrat candidate Joe Biden: supporters point out he is  running on a much more progressive platform than is generally thought. Photograph: Tracie Van Auken

This week marked a year since former US vice-president Joe Biden entered the presidential race, launching his campaign in a union hall in Pittsburgh. (...)

Ban all talk of ‘the situation’ at mealtimes, whether you have children or not. Try to find other, happier, or at least more interesting things to talk about. Photograph: iStock

Many, many phrases have come into my mind lately as I struggle with the isolation incurred by the threat of Covid-19 – namely that “the cure is worse (...)

Even before the latest fires, Deloitte estimated that the economic costs to Australia of natural disasters would rise to 39 billion Australian dollars (€24.2 billion) a year by 2050, equivalent to almost 2 per cent of the country’s current GDP

Around my parents’ home on England’s south coast, global warming is proceeding so benignly that French champagne houses are buying up tracts of local (...)

Bill Clinton at Mackie’s factory, Belfast, in 1995. He was the first sitting US president to visit  Northern Ireland. File photograph: Eric Luke

Civil servants were opposed to John Major taking part in US president Bill Clinton’s historic visit to Northern Ireland in case it resulted in the pri(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Nasdaq crossed the 9,000-point mark for the first time yesterday as all three major Wall Street indexes posted record closing highs, boosted by op(...)

Colourful buildings of Randyland art museum in Mexican War Streets district in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Pennsylvania, USA

Like most kids of the 1980s, I had an obsession for all things American. Pop-Tarts, OshKosh, Sweet Valley High, MTV... I was fascinated by it all. Whe(...)

 Republican lawmakers stormed into the room used by the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donal Trump. Photograph: Jim  Lo Scalzo

As always with Donald Trump, an insight into what is preoccupying the US president can be gleaned from his tweets. On his way to a rally in Pittsbur(...)

A view of Liffey Street Lower,  in Dublin. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

This week, it was announced that a new pedestrian plaza in Dublin had been approved by city councillors. Last year, An Bord Pleanála refused planning (...)

You may or may not have heard of Gab, a social networking site that touts itself as an alternative to Twitter, “champion[ing] free speech, individual (...)

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