The more lofty sounding purpose statement has proliferated since the 2008 financial crisis. Photograph: iStock

Last week Patrice Caine, the boss of the French defence and technology company Thales, made a dismal announcement. Thales, whose roots stretch back m(...)

Empty plinths outside the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin after the statues were removed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The owners of the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin have asked for another four weeks to deal with the issue of the statues which it removed, allegedly witho(...)

Two statues on the bar in Cafe Bar H, Grand Canal Square, are from the same series as those removed from outside the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell / The Irish Times

Four Shelbourne Hotel statues have gone from public view, for now, but there are two more in Café Bar H at Grand Canal Quay, Dublin where they have be(...)

One of the statues removed by the hotel. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Enforcement action has been initiated by Dublin City Council against the Shelbourne Hotel for the removal of four statues from the front of the buildi(...)

A view of a statueless plinth at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Nineteenth century documentation proves conclusively that the statues taken down by the Shelbourne Hotel do not depict slave girls, an art historian h(...)

Ignatius and Mary O’Connell  met when both were teachers at a school in Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Photograph: Bronagh O’Connell

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at irishtimes.com/covid-19-li(...)

Paul Mendez has written a novel exploring   sexuality, race and religion  in the UK across generations.

There is much to admire in Paul Mendez’ semi-autobiographical debut novel Rainbow Milk, a vibrant exploration of sexuality, race and religion set in t(...)

Waking up during the night does not necessarily mean you have insomnia. Photograph: iStock

You land in your body with a start, or else it slowly comes into groggy focus: either way it’s night-time, but you are now awake. Why? Alice Gregory, (...)

Dr Beau Lotto: ‘Innovation has two sides: creativity and efficiency. The wisdom is where you know when to move between them.’ Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Innovation thrives in an environment that balances creative diversity with the constraints of efficiency. That’s the view of neuroscientist Dr Beau Lo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. ‘Galvanising a new government to deliver what needs to be done would be a huge task for Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar – and they will both know it.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

There was a lot of talk in the election campaign about what would be delivered – but very little about how it would be delivered. But the challenge of(...)

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