Portrait of Hutcheson by Allan Ramsay, circa 1745.

Before it became central to the US declaration of independence, “the pursuit of happiness” was a concept much pondered by thinkers this side of the At(...)

People hold candles as they pray during a candlelight vigil at the Immanuel Church for victims of a shooting that left 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas. Photograph:  Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

At some stage during this century, perhaps near its midpoint, white people might no longer amount to an absolute majority of the US population. Whethe(...)

The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare. Photograph: iStock

He’s right, this angry old man in melting bronzer shouting in the July heat: Those of us who don’t like what’s going on in this country should get the(...)

Crack/craic: William Shakespeare would have put a K in it. Image: Painting known as the ‘Chandos portrait’/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Shakespeare was a man who enjoyed the crack. Or even the “craic”, as 97 per cent of Twitter users now spell it, according to a poll being carried out,(...)

It is to that great Dubliner George Bernard Shaw the quote “I’m sorry this letter is so long, I didn’t have time to make it shorter”, is most frequent(...)

Anne O’Riordan  has worked for Accenture for the last 28 years, having joined as an analyst in 1990

Anne O’Riordan credits what was then the Aer Lingus Young Scientist Exhibition with whetting her appetite for biotechnology while she was still at sch(...)

Many women reacted strongly to Anton Mesmer’s magnetic therapies; some of them convulsing or falling unconscious.

In 1778 Anton Mesmer arrived in Paris. He had left Vienna under a cloud when his new practice of animal magnetism raised objections among medical prac(...)

Pension reform: little detail beyond idea employee, employer and State shall all contribute financially. It will be introduced in 2022.

It was a crowded platform when the new roadmap for pensions reform was announced on Wednesday. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance and Pub(...)

Harlad Malmgren and daughter Pippa: special advisers to many US presidents

Meet the Malmgrens. You might not have heard of them but they are members of an extraordinary family. Harald Malmgren was a senior adviser to four co(...)

Once all but wiped out in New England, turkeys are all over the place again now

The bald eagle is a US national symbol, as you probably know. And for many Americans, its suitability for that role was only enhanced by a video clip (...)

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