West Virginian senator Joe Manchin has more effective power than all but a handful of individuals in the US. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

It is not just their mortifyingly under-attended speaking tours. It is not even their ethical demotion in the light of MeToo. “The fall of the House o(...)

In David O’Doherty’s new book a greedy developer gets his comeuppance when  some children rob a bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

The Dublin comedian on podcasting from Achill Island, his new children’s book and owning 14 bikes Let me tell you about David O’Doherty’s stuff.(...)

Critics have argued that Mother Teresa fetishised suffering rather than sought to alleviate it. Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

During the Trump years, there was a small boom in documentaries about cults. At least two television series and a podcast were made about Nxivm, an or(...)

Salman Rushdie. ‘I’m not a geopolitical entity. I’m someone writing in a room.’ Photograph:  Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Poor Salman Rushdie. The one thing I am most keen to talk to him about is the one thing he absolutely, definitely does not want to discuss. “I really (...)

RTÉ   display a photograph of of French rider Rémi Cavagna instead of Sam Bennett at their Sportsperson of the Year awards on Thursday night.

In the end it added insult to the wrong imagery and even the simulated applause sounded terribly mute. It’s bad enough waking up in the morning unsure(...)

What is happening, though, is the induction of many office creatures into what must feel like the faintly subversive act of remote working.

The ambient chatter. The soul-revealing choices of desktop paraphernalia. Even the proprietary tension over coffee mugs - all the more vicious, as Hen(...)

Gordon D’Arcy and Paul Howard with Gordon’s Game, their  new children’s book. Photograph: Alan Betson

It started in a titty bar. Yes, well, there you have it. Welcome to your Saturday morning. Apologies, obviously. Not the usual intro to a piece about(...)

Little boys stare across the barbed wire at British soldiers on the Crumlin Road with the wire to enforce the divide between Catholic and Protestant homes, in 1969. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto via Getty

It is Belfast in the summer of 1969. There is unrest, unease, rioting, but the hostilities we now call the Troubles have not begun. The Troubles are s(...)

It speaks to the continuing grimness of this island’s history that so many will still baulk at the suggestion that ‘very few significant distinctions’ exist between your average unionist and your average nationalist. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Oh great. It’s the month when one bit of Ireland congratulates itself on not understanding another bit of Ireland. If you are reading this outside the(...)

Bernie Sanders participates in a news conference with Democratic politicians, in Washington, last week.  Photograph: Michael ReynoldS/EPA

Oppressive regimes hide economic inequalities with bread and circuses. The US does it with a mere idea: classlessness. It explains the national self-i(...)

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