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The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Th(...)

John Sheahan: Fiddle player, composer, poet, wood carver and origami enthusiast.

“There’s always been a bit of a mystery about the fiddle,” John Sheahan muses. “Every time I pick it up, I wonder what kind of a sound I’ll get out of(...)

Karl Marx: Sometimes Mason’s need to frame his arguments in terms of what the German philosopher wrote or thought becomes a drag on his overall message. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty

The demonstrations against the introduction of water charges in 2014 were a clear example, whether you agreed with them or not, of how mass public pro(...)

Fontaines DC. Photograph: Visionhaus/Getty

Are you getting your recommended daily dose of Irish music? Have you ever wondered why Irish radio stations don’t play more Irish music? (Ed Sheeran’s(...)

MusicTown 2019 (clockwise from top left): The Deadly World of Opera, Damien Dempsey, ‘My Father’s Kind’ and Stomptown Brass.

The overriding theme of MusicTown 2019 – a programme of events programmed and overseen by Aiken Promotion and Dublin City Council – is the exploration(...)

Fibromyalgia sufferer Adrienne Dempsey with her son, singer/songwriter  Damien Dempsey, at Thursday’s press conference. Ms Dempsey said she lives with chronic pain. “I’m at my wits’ end.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten up without being in pain,” said Adrienne Dempsey, mother of singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey who was diagnosed with fi(...)

The Luke Kelly statue by Dublin artist Vera Klute is lowered into place on Sherrif Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Kelly

You wait years for a Luke Kelly statue, and then two of them come along at once. Tomorrow, the city unveils two separate sculptures, on either side of(...)

Damien Dempsey does two nights in Vicar St on Saturday and Sunday

SATURDAY 22 DAMIEN DEMPSEY Vicar St, Dublin 7.30pm €32.50 (sold out) ticketmaster.ie; also Sunday December 23rd, same venue Between seeing Dublin so(...)

Craig and Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod

SATURDAY 8 THE PROCLAIMERS Vicar St, Dublin 7.30pm €35.50 ticketmaster.ie Another anniversary tour, another celebration of a singular talent. Or shou(...)

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