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The ministry of finance in ruins after the fall of the Paris Commune. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Two Bloody Sundays book-ended the fall of the Paris Commune of 1871, but neither is known by that name. Instead, the period is remembered collectively(...)

 Given that US multinationals like Apple, Google and Facebook have headquartered their European operations in Ireland, any new big tech  regulation could act as another tightrope for Irish policy-makers to navigate. Photograph: Getty Images

In 1917, Vladimir Lenin was purported to have said that “there are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen”. Although (...)

The Cummings Files is a blisteringly funny and bizarre account of Dominic Cummings’s worldview. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty

In lockdown, Arthur Mathews is taking consolation from nostalgia. “I’m watching a lot of Talking Pictures at the moment,” he says. “It’s my favourite (...)

Friedrich Engels: his relationship with a second-generation Irish working-class woman had a profound influence on his life and work. Photograph: Ullstein via Getty Images

Did you know that the favourite meal of Friedrich Engels, who was born 200 years ago this month and who is well known as the co-founder of Marxism and(...)

George MacKay: ‘I think the real joy of the job is going to do the research, to explore yourself and explore things outside of yourself that you probably wouldn’t even know to look for.’

George MacKay bounds into the room with the winning demeanour of a puppy that has just won Crufts. It’s not the energy you might expect from someone w(...)

Cork Rebels for Peace Rally outside Cork City Hall.  Photograph: Barry Roche

Cork is an open, welcoming city that rejects the politics of hate fomented by far right groups under the guise of seeking to protect freedom of speech(...)

Apple’s first iPhone at the launch in 2007: “Sixteen years ago, this would have been difficult to imagine, given that China was much poorer and the iPhone and phone apps had not been invented”

One Financial Times article that caught my eye this week concerned the success of Meituan Dianping, whose “Everything app” enables Chinese consumers t(...)

Clash singer Joe Strummer performing in New Ypork in September 1979. Photograph:  Michael Putland/Getty Images

The Clash’s London Calling filleted rock, politics and history with anti-establishment swagger and biting social commentary. 40 years on, its geniu(...)

Mark Cagney: Having exited his longtime role as host of Virgin Media’s television show Ireland AM, he has recently been popping up on Newstalk, in this instance as a stand-in for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

With much of last week spent in expectation of the coming storm, intense speculation about its impact dominates conversation on the airwaves. There ar(...)

Paul Murphy TD at the unveiling of the new political grouping Rise – Radical Internationalist Socialist Environmentalist – in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

To paraphrase Karl Marx, “the history of all hitherto existing socialist movements is the history of internecine warfare”. The first item on the agend(...)

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