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Faiza Shaheen, Labour candidate in Chingford and Woodford Green in north London: pitching herself as  a local working girl fighting for working people who “were on the raw end of Iain Duncan Smith’s cruel and heartless welfare reforms”. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

“But it’s my name on the ballot,” implores Faiza Shaheen to a constituent on Cherrydown Avenue in north London as the Labour candidate aims to score o(...)

A generation of cooks seems less likely to be dazzled by sleek lines and an Argos catalogue of electronic goods. Photograph: Getty Images

The future of kitchens looked like a straight trajectory back at Sunday dinner in the 1980s. We were the generation who stepped over the cable for the(...)

 Stoneybatter, Dublin:  “I loved living there in the 1990s. Smoke from peat fires suffused the evening light as it slanted across the roofs of terraced houses.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

I love living in the country but sometimes I miss urban life. Despite being far from self-sufficient here on our Wicklow acre, it keeps us busy throug(...)

Richard Dawkins: ‘I think the exceptionalism of humanity needs examining.’ Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty

Richard Dawkins rarely raises his voice. He speaks in a melodious, fatherly tone that undulates between wonder and exasperation. But, make no mistake,(...)

Stephen Fry: the actor called Mr Johnson’s decision a ‘coup d’etat’. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Celebrities were quick to vent their frustration on Twitter after the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, yesterday announced his plans to suspend (...)

Huntington Castle, in Co Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw


Fiona Shaw, who has been nominated for her first two Emmys. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Two Irish actors are among the nominees for this year’s Emmy awards. Fiona Shaw received her first two Emmy nominations – in the categories of Suppor(...)

Brigid O’Dea: ‘My body aches for routine, gentle exercise, sea air, a calm environment. My soul longs for late nights, mischief and carefree fun.’

My favourite place in the world is an empty dance floor. Middle-of-the-road DJ, flat shoes, flailing limbs – the exhibitionist in me won’t even say no(...)

Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant. They wanted Alan Rickman as male lead

Twenty-five years ago this, um, ah… month, one of the most… I suppose, erm, influential British films ever was… well, not to put to fine a point on it(...)

Fiona Shaw who won best supporting actress at the TV Baftas for her role in Killing Eve. Photograph:   Matt Crossick/PA

The BBC’s spythriller Killing Eve has triumphed at the TV Baftas, picking up three awards including a first Bafta for Irish actor Fiona Shaw, with its(...)

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