Joe Biden with Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in 2016. Biden has already established that his great-grandfather came from Louth and his great-great-great grandfather from Mayo. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If Joe Biden were elected president of the United States in November he would be the eighth out of the last 12 US presidents, since Kennedy in 1960, w(...)

In her first state-of-the-union speech as European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen sought to position the EU as a global player. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Ursula von der Leyen’s channelling of Margaret Thatcher – “Britain does not break treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the re(...)

Ireland’s business model should still be that we are an attractive place to do international business, both for locals and foreigners. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP

This week, we’ve had so much incoming economic information, it’s hard to know where to start. News that the economy is in a recession confirms what we(...)

Ian Hislop and Paul Merton from the long-running BBC comedy panel show, Have I Got News for You.

Why does contemporary comedy so often skew to the left? Why do the arts as a whole lean in that direction? Do these questions only make sense if you a(...)

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen, Dutch prime Minister Mark Rutte and Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven. Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool/AFP via Getty

The EU’s “frugal four” governments are battling to protect billions of euro in lucrative budget rebates, arguing that the value of their cashbacks ris(...)

Browne’s Hill House, Co Carlow: Sits on five acres of grounds that include a large enclosed courtyard with  buildings.

For most people in Carlow, the name Browne’s Hill is synonymous with the mighty dolmen that stands just outside the town. The Browne’s Hill Dolmen, wh(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson won a landslide victory in the December 2019 election. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/EPA/UK parliament handout

Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal Covid-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around t(...)

Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has acknowledged that we can borrow very cheaply to spend more now, but at some stage the cost of borrowing could rise, potentially quite suddenly and significantly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The nine scariest words in the English language, former US president Ronald Reagan declared in 1986, were: “I’m from the government and I’m here to he(...)

Ten-year-old Charlotte O’Brien visits her grandad Pat O’ Brien in Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

How long will it last? The question does not apply merely to the Covid-19 pandemic. It relates to its economic, social and political consequences. It (...)

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