Detail of a cartoon by Rob Rogers, who was sacked after 25 years  on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette because his cartoons were regarded by his employers as targeting Trump disproportionately and as too critical of him
Cartoonists take on Trump
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  • November 8, 2018, 10:12

At times when politics becomes surreal – and they are by no means rare times – words fail us and we need cartoons or other forms of satire to give exp(...)

French singer Severine reads the Sunday Independent newspaper in her hotel on 4th April, the day after she won the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Un banc, un arbre, une rue’ for Monaco in Dublin, Ireland on 3rd April 1971. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Revisiting another facet of the colourful history of print journalism in Ireland would hardly justify even a faint cry of “Hold the front page”. At le(...)

Sinn Féin leaders at the first Dáil Éireann in 1919 include Éamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, William Cosgrave, Terence MacSwiney and Richard Mulcahy. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The revolution of 1916-1923 is usually presented in our history books as part of the physical-force tradition of Irish nationalism, but in reality it (...)

Fr FX Martin argued in 1966 that “the traditional conditions required for lawful revolt seem at first sight, and even at second, to be absent in 1916”. Photograph: Peter Thursfield.

In his recent book Not in God’s Name, Jonathan Sacks, the former British chief rabbi, developed the useful concept of “altruistic evil” – by which he (...)

Eamon de Valera was often the butt of Dublin Opinion’s satire. When he sought to  replace PR with the “straight vote” system, this cartoon, capitalising on de Valera’s reputation as a maths genius, had him standing at Broom Bridge in Dublin – famously associated with Rowan Hamilton’s discovery of the formula for quaternion multiplication – and chalking up on the side of the bridge this formula: FF - PR = FF to the power of N. The March 1925 issue featured a full-length portrait of de Valera, so tall that his head pushes the top border of the cartoon upwards and distorts the text above it, with the caption “High Treason”

When recently I published an essay on Ireland’s most celebrated satirical magazine, Dublin Opinion, little did I know that soon afterwards the tragic (...)