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Colin Walsh won last year’s Francis McManus short story prize but says that if you look at the economics of writing, it doesn’t really bode well.

Franz Kafka lived in obscurity and died of the starvation caused by his tuberculosis. William Blake is buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Patrick K(...)

Archaeologists work with Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin at the passage tomb site at Dowth Hall, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Polynesia’s Easter Island, Wiltshire’s Stonehenge and southern Peru’s Nazca desert lines crop up regularly in the “top 10” world’s greatest “archaeolo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said an election in 2020 would prevent any instability overshadowing crucial stages of the Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to agree to hold the next general election in summer 2020. The Irish Times has lea(...)

Theresa May delivers a speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, on Friday. The British prime minister challenged the EU to reply to last week’s British government White Paper. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May differed sharply on the Border backstop on Friday, with Mr Varadkar saying it was t(...)

Brian O’Driscoll evades Scotland’s Andy Craig, in the Six Nations match, at Murrayfield. Last year’s profits pushed the accumulated profits at his ODM & Promotions Ltd to €5.954m. Photograph: Eric Luke

The main firm owned by former international rugby player Brian O’Driscoll last year recorded profits of €880,913. It pushed the accumulated profits (...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney ahead of a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

There is an urgent need to see progress on the Irish backstop in the next month, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. S(...)

Ryanair pilots  on the picket line outside Ryanair Headquarters in Swords on Friday

Ryanair says that next Tuesday’s planned strike by Irish-based pilots will hit an estimated 2,500 passengers. Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ As(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking  to the media at Derrynane House, Kerry this week Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was branded an “airhead” and an “EU Toady” on the front page of the UK tabloid the Sun on Friday morning. The insults are a re(...)

 British Prime Minister Theresa May, takes a question from journalists after delivering a speech in Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

British prime minister Theresa May has reiterated her rejection of the Brexit backstop proposal and challenged the European Union to respond to her Wh(...)

RIBA Sterling Prize shortlist: The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Oxford, designed by Irish architedt Niall McLaughlin. Photograph: Nick Kane

London-based Irish architect Niall McLaughlin has been nominated for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded for the best new building i(...)

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