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Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), speaks during a party conference in Bonn on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancello(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams laughs as Mary Lou McDonald watches after a pre-election news conference in Dublin in  February 24, 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Gerry Adams AGM addressed the Sinn Féin’s Cúige Uladh in Belfast this morning. Here is the full text of Gerry Adams’s speech: A chairde, This AGM co(...)

Part of the reason 'Father Ted' remains popular today  is that its anarchic humour has a certain timelessness.

On October 1st, 2014, thousands marched through Dublin protesting against the imposition of water charges. Many demonstrators brandished home-made pla(...)

Paul Townend: he will hope for better fortune than his only previous ride on Un De Sceaux. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Paul Townend has the job of steering Un De Sceaux towards a potentially historic Grade One hat-trick at Ascot on Saturday, and will hope for better fo(...)

The diverging fortunes of the physical and digital high street is likely to dominate the sector for the next decade. Photograph: Getty Images

The slowdown in UK retail sales just got more pronounced, but there are more factors at play than just Brexit. According to the Office for National St(...)

Ulster outhalf Christian Lealiifano is playing his final game for the province before returning to Australia.  Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Wasps v Ulster, Ricoh Arena, Sunday, 3.15 - Live on BT Sport Craig Gilroy’s fractured cheekbone sustained in the victory over La Rochelle is the late(...)

Harry Kernoff RHA – ‘Bottle Tower, Rathfarnham’ (1940) €2,000-€3,000

The arrival of the new year in the Irish art market doesn’t mean out with the old. Far from it. Most of the pictures in the first big art auction of 2(...)

Teaching children to cook is a way of sparking an interest in healthy eating. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s that time of year again when the world and its mother have made (and maybe already broken) resolutions for the year ahead. For adults, one of the(...)

Imogen Hermes Gowar studied archaeology, anthropology and art history at the University of East Anglia before going on to work in museums

“What trapped creature does not strike out?” Inspired by a “real mermaid” in the British Museum, Imogen Hermes Gowar’s debut novel tells a most intere(...)

The Cask Ales and Strange Brews festival in Cork kicks off on January 25th

For those who complain that beer is too fizzy – cask is the perfect alternative. Known as “real ale” in the UK, cask beer is much lower in carbonation(...)

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