A windfarm at Carnsore Point, Co Wexford. “If [climate] commitments are not specific, how can we know whether they have been kept or not? And if we don’t know that, the whole thing is a charade.” File photograph: Getty

So, Fine Gael fans were thrilled to discover, from a widely circulated picture of a half-naked Richard Bruton, that the former minister for communicat(...)

The cold never bothered her anyway

Almost nobody saw it coming. Released in 2013, Disney’s Frozen was expected to do the same sort of business as predecessors such as Tangled and B(...)

Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle – recently cast by Disney as Ariel, the Little Mermaid. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Disney has announced that Halle Bailey is to play Ariel in Rob Marshall’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Most of the world didn’t notice. (...)

Louise O’Neill: the novelist has been canvassing for a Yes vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

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Eli and Oscar in ‘Let the Right One In’

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Top of the world: Paul Mescal’s nosebleed trajectory in Irish theatre has certainly singled him out as one to keep an eye on. Photograph: Ste Murray

When Selina Cartmell launched her inaugural season as director of the Gate Theatre last May, the photocall was predictably starry. Flanking Cartmell w(...)

The Red Shoes entertains the fairytale and still dances away from it. Photograph: Ste Murray  

The Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ In the Gate’s darkly spectacular Christmas show The Red Shoes, a boldly new production tries on an old fairytale for s(...)

Stephanie Dufresne stars in ‘The Red Shoes’. Photograph: Nick-Dastoor

The Red Shoes Gate Theatre, Dublin. 7.30pm (Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Ends Jan 27) €25-€40 gatetheatre.ie What is so entrancing about Hans Christian(...)

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman and Louis Lovett in They Called Her Vivaldi, which is on at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre.

They Called Her Vivaldi Peacock Theatre. 7pm, €14-€18. Ends Dec 23, abbeytheatre.ie Theatre Lovett concludes its recent national tour of this popula(...)

The Nyhavn neighbourhood, which was originally a busy commercial port, is now a pretty neighbourhood filled with waterside bars and restaurants.

Copenhagen. A capital city crammed with culture. A city of sophistication. Of calm. Of cyclists. And for one weekend only next month, it will be host (...)

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