King Canute

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There is a very up-to-date gym I pass daily that, in the very best aspiration of openness and transparency, had all its young men and women exercise inside great windows. Photograph: iStock
In a word . . . gym

It is remarkable how people can find apparently objective signs to give them permission to do what they really want to do anyhow. Years ago I heard ab(...)

Prof Jeffrey Ullman: “It’s not really a new phenomenon that people try to influence other people, and do that often by trying to know about them. It’s just become easier to do what people have been trying to do all along.”

Our relatively recent and rapid transformation into a data-driven, data-devouring society comes as no big surprise to Jeffrey Ullman, a pioneering fig(...)

Marie Collins was abused by Fr Paul McGennis, then a chaplain at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin, where she had been a patient as a child in 1960. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

On his visit to Ireland Pope Francis must “say what he is going to do about abuse in the Church,” abuse survivor Marie Collins has said. A former me(...)

There are some things that should be flung into the sea and given no more thought. Among these are boot cut jeans, people who change a toilet roll so (...)

US president Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accords. Photograph: Getty Images

Perhaps history was telling us something when Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president happened almost 1,000 years after the coronation of Cnut the(...)

 Former minister for education Michael Woods announced on October 3rd, 2000 that the government was setting up a redress scheme. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Oblates, and others of the 18 religious congregations concerned, may feel like King Canute on the shore fighting off a particularly filthy modern (...)

Time and tide wait for no man, the saying goes. Not anymore. Now, even in these Trump times, it reads: “Time and tide wait for no one.” No sexism ther(...)

Fergus Whelan of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions: railed against  “well-pensioned, self-selected few” who commission and then comment on reports calling for action on the State pension. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Most of the time, people refuse to engage at all on the issue of pensions. They don’t understand them and, in any case, pensions are an issue that wil(...)

Tanaiste Joan Burton got a good ducking in her over eagerness to be seen to show concern in Kilkenny. Picture: Dylan Vaughan.

Flooding and political reform were the big political issues in the first week of the new year but, as usual, the debate was characterised by overheate(...)

Captured Viet Cong prisoners being moved by US marines in March 1965, during the Vietnam war. A new documentary on the last days of the war sheds light on the calamitous errors made by US president Gerald Ford’s administration. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

The release of Last Days in Vietnam, a new documentary about the messy American withdrawal from the country in April 1975, could not have arrived a(...)

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