Is the church in danger of becoming just a psychological comfort blanket, the pope asks. Photograph: Reuters

Browsing internet coverage of World Youth Day in Rio, one link stopped me short. Wonkblog, the award-winning Washington Post blog, had published a med(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes: “These are not the last days of the Weimar Republic, as some would have us believe.”

One last push . . . and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was passed. The result was never in doubt. The handful of Senators who spent hou(...)

Protesters carry posters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi during a rally in the Nasr City neighborhood of Cairo. Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehill/the New York Times

Cairo University’s Nahda Square is sealed off by a few threads of wire and string, and pieces of flattened tin. Access is granted by male volunteers i(...)

The annual push by RTÉ Radio and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland to promote the merits of radio advertising got underway this week with an “If(...)

Nelson Mandela and his then wife Winnie saluting well-wishers as he leaves Victor Verster prison, February 11th, 1990. Mandela spent 27 years incarcerated as a political prisoner of South Africa’s apartheid regime. Photograph: Ulli Michel/Reuters
Nelson Mandela - a timeline

July 18th, 1918 - Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela near Qunu, in Transkei (now Eastern Cape), the youngest son of a counsellor to the chief of his Th(...)

Illustration from 
Harper’s Weekly 
‘Reflecting a weariness on the part of north Americans towards the waves of distressed humanity generated by the Famine in Ireland’

He was just nine and his sister all of 10 years old when they boarded the Liverpool ship. Imagine the mind-state of Dick and Honora Dowling as (...)

He started and so he finished, in first place. Irish man Aidan McQuade swept to victory on the BBC Mastermind programme with a total of (...)

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