New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: her best chance to reform arms ownership laws is to move fast before the gun lobby retaliates. Photograph: David Lintott/AFP

The last attempt to introduce tougher gun laws in New Zealand ended, as such attempts often do, in a balancing act. On the one hand, Paula Bennett, th(...)

An extra hour of daylight in winter would see energy costs and carbon emissions fall. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Since the foundation of the State, politicians have spent a considerable amount of time clock-watching, particularly in 1923 when Britain brought in d(...)

 King Hanvery VIII’s determination to marry Anne Boleyn and the Pope’s refusal to endorse the divorce which would have made it possible was more the occasion than the cause of the historic schism. Photograph: iStock

According to Cardinal Reginald Pole the English Reformation was result of Henry VIII’s “fleshy will” and “carnal concupiscence”. It is easy to under(...)

The GPO in Dublin in 1820 in an illustration by GH Jones  and Robert Havell

The idea of taking over a post office and using it as a base to declare the Irish Republic did not, it seems, start with Patrick Pearse. Back in 1798,(...)