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James Joyce. Some wonder whether Joyce’s revolutionary volume is being treated as a safe cultural commodity, useful for attracting visitors but losing its relevance as it does so. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty Images

Shortly after James Joyce took possession of the first copies of Ulysses in his Paris home on February 2nd, 1922, his 40th birthday, it became clear t(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald delivers a speech at the party’s ardfheis in Dublin in October. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

So say all of us soundbite of the year Senator David Norris for this simple truth: “The trouble with Covid is it would bore the knickers off a saint.(...)

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall is to table a Bill seeking a referendum to remove the presidential oath to ‘almighty God’ from the Constitution. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall is to table a Bill seeking a referendum to remove the presidential oath to “almighty God” from the Constitu(...)

Estimates of the total cost have been put by official at north of €3 billion – and that’s without the State paying for the ancillary costs that the afflicted homeowners will face. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Good morning. The haggling within Government over compensation for homeowners affected by Mica is reaching a critical and fraught stage. A meeting wa(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Timmy Dooley. Photograph: James Forde

Here’s your hat and don’t let the votegate hit you on the way out. That was the verdict of voters in Clare in 2020 when Fianna Fáíl’s Timmy Dooley fa(...)

Boastful: Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When they weren’t loudly complaining about the Coalition’s latest Covid-19 communications cock-ups while pinning most of the blame on the Fianna Fáil (...)

The Hard Shoulder: Kieran Cuddihy’s show can sound unsure whether it’s heavy-hitting news or a broad magazine

It’s Groundhog Day, so listeners are told by Kieran Cuddihy on Tuesday’s edition of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekdays). It’s Groundhog Day, so lis(...)

The European Court of Human Rights in session in Strasbourg(AFP/Getty Images)

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights. One of the many initiatives to spring up in the immedi(...)

Keys to My Life: Anne Doyle with presenter Brendan Courtney

Anne Doyle was an enigma across her decades as first lady of television news. And the former newsreader’s mystique endures in the opening episode of K(...)

A singular presence: Michael Healy-Rae. Photograph: Tom Honan

It’s the theme of the election: outstripped by a disruptive insurgent with a populist touch, the faltering establishment incumbent searches through hi(...)

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