Edmund Burke

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 Statue of Oliver Goldsmith at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: iStock

When the statue of Lord Carlisle was blown from its plinth in the People’s Garden in the Phoenix Park on July 28th, 1958, the incident was news for on(...)

Family values: If Barack Obama’s lawyer paid off a porn star to conceal her story of having sex with him shortly after his wife had given birth, conservatives would have reacted with rage and disgust. Photograph: Retrofile/Getty

We are due a public retraction on a grand scale. Conservatives have long pretended to adhere to certain core values, timeless truths they hold sacred (...)

The year was 1583,  the venue Dublin Castle’s inner courtyard

The concept of taking the law into your own hands is now just a metaphor for extrajudicial revenge. But it used to have a more literal meaning in Brit(...)

Declan Ganley with his dog Tootsie at his home near Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If Declan Ganley is so rich, I growl to myself, then why can’t he build a proper driveway? I’m struggling up the crater-strewn lane that Google Maps h(...)

Entrance to Nano Nagle Place from Douglas St

It can’t be often that an expression of spiritual tourism includes a university School of Architecture, but this is the case at Nano Nagle Place in Do(...)

Pro-EU demonstrators wave a conjoined EU and UK flag at Westminster. Many Remainers tell those who backed Brexit how stupid and ignorant they are. Photograph: Andy Rain

The snow was falling fast, muffling the sound outside the tall sash window as it gathered and thickened on the empty street. Inside, as we sat around (...)

A statue of Prince Albert on the grounds of Leinster House will not be removed. The Oireachtas Petitions Committee said on Wednesday a petition seeki(...)

British singer Mark E Smith, of the band The Fall performs at the Primavera Sound 2010 music festival in Barcelona in 2010. Photograph:  Marta Perez/EPA

Part-Anthony Burgess, part-punk-Andy Capp, Mark E Smith was a fierce art intelligence and a hero of polar opposition. A weird anti-London diplomat for(...)

Dr Conor Cruise O’Brien: minister in the 1973-1977 coalition government, an editor-in-chief of the ‘Observer’ in the 1980s and an elected unionist politician in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician, diplomat, journalist, historian, public intellectual and contrarian: the long life and many works of Conor Cruise O’Brien were discussed i(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

One of the foremost historians on the first World War war has compared US President Donald Trump to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Professor Margaret MacMillan,(...)

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