UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: rose because of the baseless hunch  people with little outward charisma must possess great depth. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

This time last year, another technocrat of crisp appearance, whose decisions could swing the British economy this way or that, was pressed to resign b(...)

‘ I think Trump’s trying out different things on the North Korean leader. He’s trying to out-crazy him.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Maureen Dowd, whose political column for The New York Times is syndicated every Monday in The Irish Times, talked to foreign editor Chris Dooley about(...)

Businesses are in the unenviable position of trying to work on contingency planning at a time when the UK is still stumbling its way into negotiations with Brussels. Photograph: Alan Betson

“We’re back to Donald Rumsfeld’s known unknowns,” says Frank Kelly, chairman of Bookselling Ireland, of the possible longer-term consequences of Brexi(...)

A protester holds a placard  during an anti-Trump rally in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: EPA/Clemens Bilan

Right wing populism – a la Trump, Marie Le Pen and others – is on the march. In the US we are already seeing how such populism threatens democracy and(...)

Rarely seen: Melania Trump with her husband on  inauguration day. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about – war with Iran, war with China, war with Mexico, war with Islam, war with(...)

The hous that US president Barack Obama intends to rent after leaving office, in the upmarket Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

US president Barack Obama and his family plan to move to a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, a mere two miles from the Whit(...)

‘At least a further 15% of UK exports to Ireland are really exports from the rest of the world.’ Photograph: EPA

There is a widespread belief that Brexit is bad for Ireland. Headlines appear highlighting billions of losses. These headlines are well-intentioned (...)

There’s an emphasis on radical uncertainty in Mervyn King’s new book “The End of Alchemy”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The excellent new book by Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, is inevitably noticed mainly for its views on banking regulation and t(...)

French police stand guard as people gather to look at the Eiffel Tower that is lit with the blue, white and red in tribute to the Paris victims. Photograph: Reuters

Like millions of people, I’ve been obsessively following the news from Paris, putting aside other things to focus on the horror. It’s the natural huma(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There has been a lot of post- hoc rationalisation in the past few days about what was known, and what should have been known, when the terms of ref(...)