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The G7 should have had a plan to vaccinate the world, says  former British prime minister Gordon Brown Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Wednesday night’s final Irish Times Summer Nights event is called Seven Ways to Change the World. It’s named after the new book by special guest, form(...)

Belinda Carlisle will perform in Cork and Dublin in November 2021

It hardly matters – who really cares about these things? – and yet it does. This year The Go-Go’s will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fa(...)

Dublin’s Paddy Andrews is denied by David Clarke straight after saving a penalty during the 2017 league encounter at Croke Park between Mayo and Dublin. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

For almost half a decade the slow trickle of Mayo’s golden generation into retirement has emitted a collective sigh from the football-mad county that (...)

 New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at an election night event in Auckland on Saturday. Photograph: David Rowland/EPA

Jacinda Ardern has held out the possibility of forming a coalition government despite securing a historic election victory that will enable her Labour(...)

Sir Henry McMahon: his demarcation line between Tibet and British India has long been a source of dispute between China and India

The recent dispute between the world’s most populous countries, China and India, has its roots in an agreement drawn up by the son of an Irish general(...)

People clap as they watch the funeral cortege of the former SDLP leader John Hume leave St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On first thoughts it all seemed so wrong that so few were in St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry for John Hume’s funeral. Yet on just a little bit more re(...)

 Dr Francis Collins: one of America’s top scientists,  he insists that “belief in God can be an entirely rational choice, and that the principles of faith are, in fact, complementary with the principles of science”.    Photograph:    Patrick McDermott/ Getty Images

It was a relief when travel restrictions were eased, and it was possible to get out and enjoy the countryside. Many, including those who would not reg(...)

A pro-Tibetan vigil  with pictures of  Gedhun Choekyi Nyima  outside the Chinese consulate in Barcelona, Spain. Groups have renewed calls on China to free the Tibetan identified  as the Panchen Lama. Photograph:   Getty Images

On the 25th anniversary of the abduction of the six-year-old Panchen Lama there have been widespread calls from the international Tibetan community an(...)

If the Dalai Lama was not in a high-risk group at Christmas, he is now. Above,  the Dalai Lama in Kildare  in 2011. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

In an idle moment the other day, I dug out my copy of the Economist’s The World in 2020. This was the latest instalment of an annual, published around(...)

‘My best, healthiest worry is about tulips. I can’t change the colour scheme as they are already planted and it doesn’t matter a jot anyway. But that’s the beauty of it.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

As a new decade is about to begin, I find myself worrying about a lot of things. For a start, there are my year-11 economics students, who sit their G(...)

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