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 Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Labour isn’t getting noticed much these days. It has drifted to the margins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Labour Party meets for what promises to be a fraught think-in in Drogheda on Sunday against the background of Alan Kelly’s – apparently – abortive(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and former British prime minister David Cameron looking at a Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 at the British Museum, London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA

The demise of the Volkswagen Beetle reminds me of something I heard a while back from a man who had grown up in a Midlands dealership for that and oth(...)

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban   at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The government in Budapest is accused of  multiple breaches of the rule of law, corruption,  discrimination against minorities, and its refusal to take in migrants. Photograph: EPA/Patrick Seeger

Hungary will not be blackmailed by MEPs, prime minister Viktor Orban told a heated European Parliament debate on Tuesday, adding that “if necessary we(...)

When people on average wages cannot afford rents then they are too high. Photograph: Irish Times Graphics

The rental situation is becoming ever more difficult for those looking for somewhere to live, as costs for new rents soar above Celtic Tiger peaks. Bu(...)

A fine young cast are let down by a poor film

We’ve seen some generic dystopian YA fantasies recently – that mad Maze Runner thing, that awful Divergent debacle – but this hopeless adaptation of s(...)

Gavin Duffy at a  pro-hunting demonstration at  the Green Party annual convention in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Businessman Gavin Duffy’s bid to become president was barely hours old when it was mired in controversy over his involvement in hunting. Animal right(...)

Wind turbines in the Irish Sea. Photograph: Reuters

In early 2002, the Government signed off on Ireland’s first offshore wind farm. It would be the world’s largest, a 520 MW giant of power generation, e(...)

Dr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland: “Much of what Ireland is doing is damaging people, the economy or the environment.” Photograph: David Sleator

As one of the richest countries in the world, Ireland must do better and move faster than most to meet the UN sustainable development goals it has si(...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, South Australian premier Steven Marshall, left, and Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer. Photograph: David Mariuz/EPA

As Australia’s national capital, Canberra, wakes up to subzero temperatures, the city empties of politicians for the winter recess. But by-elections a(...)

Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than €8.6 million was allocated to parties and Independents in Leinster House to fund parliamentary activities last year, a report by the Standar(...)

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