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Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently removed fig leaves from statues of Apollo and Adonis. Photograph: Crawford Gallery

In the brilliantly titled Fig Reveal, Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently supervised the removal of fig leaves from its Canova casts. The statues – of Ap(...)

US president Donald Trump and defence secretary James Mattis at a cabinet meeting at the White House on June 21st, 2018.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

And then there were none. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that Jim Mattis, the outgoing US secretary for defence, was the last grown-up in Don(...)

Former Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Gary Hart: “I bear a very heavy burden of responsibility.” Photograph: Nick Cote/The New York Times

As we fantasise about a parallel universe, where America is not a joke and our president cares about other human beings, the same questions keep swirl(...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Yulia Skripal, along with her father Sergei, was found slumped over a park bench in Salisbury, southwest England, on March 4th, after being poisoned. Photograph: Yulia Skripal/Facebook via AP

‘The one that scares me to death, perhaps even more so than tactical nuclear weapons, and the one we have least capability against, is biological weap(...)

Maurice Pratt, newly elected chair of The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, will lay out the challenges ahead when he meets Minister for  Tourism Shane Ross on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Karma: it can be a hell of a thing. How’s this for an example? On Monday, Maurice Pratt, the newly elected chairman of industry lobby group the Irish(...)

“The recent activity in the Dáil on water may not have been pretty, but it showed that the centre can hold and compromise can work. How often that feat can be repeated is open to question, however.”  File photograph: Getty Images

“Everything changes and nothing remains still . . . you cannot step twice into the same stream.” So wrote the philosopher Heraclitus nearly 2,500 year(...)

Amal and George Clooney attend a Leaders’ Summit for Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September. She has been nominated for the Tipperary Peace Prize.  Photograph: Peter Foley/Getty Images

Lebanese-British lawyer, activist and author Amal Clooney is among the nominees for the 2017 Tipperary Peace Prize. Wife of actor George Clooney, he(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton and governor Andrew Cuomo cast their votes for Hillary Clinton as electors at the New York State Senate in Albany on Monday.  Photograph: Nathaniel Brooks/New York Times

In Florida, protesters swarmed the state Capitol rotunda, one hoisting a “Trump Is Too Rusky” sign featuring a hammer and sickle. In Wisconsin’s State(...)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Kenansville, North Carolina. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Last week in the US, a Gallop poll suggested that only one in three Americans have any trust in the media, the lowest ever recorded. Separately, in a (...)

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