Has Arlene Foster forfeited a place in history  by being too inflexible, showing a lack of grace? Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

At 1.30 on Monday lunchtime, well away from the cameras and the public, an enfeebled and emaciated deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness walked int(...)

Reliable sources have indicated that U2 are to outline their plans on Monday for a major 2017 stadium tour of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

Reliable sources have indicated that U2 are to outline their plans on Monday for a major 2017 stadium tour of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. The (...)

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is depicted as an angel, Republican candidate Donald Trump as a devil, with former vice-president Dick Cheney looking on, at a Halloween display in Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

“Imagine a bowl of red raspberries,” says Tom Houck in a gravelly voice, followed by a laugh, “and in the middle you have a real blue blueberry.” Th(...)

Members of the National Farmers’ Association marching to the Department of Agriculture  in 1966. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Inspired by Martin Luther King’s civil rights marches, the Farmers’ Rights Campaign was recalled in Bantry where in 1966 some 16 farmers began a marc(...)

Luciano Berio’s often collage-like Sinfonia for eight solo voices and orchestra is one of the seminal works of the 1960s. It incorporates texts by Lé(...)

 Melania Trump speaks  to delegates  at the Republican National Convention as Donald Trump walks off the stage: The two original speech writers were not aware of how significantly the address had been changed until they saw it delivered  on television on Monday night. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

It was the biggest speech of Melania Trump’s life, and her husband, Donald, wanted it to be perfect. The Trump campaign turned to two high-powered spe(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden speaking in Australia on Tuesday. In 1987, the then Delaware senator was accused of plagiarising a speech by British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, a huge embarrassment that helped scupper his presidential campaign. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican convention bore more than a passing resemblance to that delivered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic co(...)

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, ‘probably the most credible social commentator of the Irish left’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Liberals and left-wing types are usually well-educated, yet, time and again, they show extraordinary ignorance about what motivates people to take on(...)

A single white rose is left at the edge of the South Pool of the 911 Memorial atop the area of the memorial for New York City Police  officers killed in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, following the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas, July 8th, 2016. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

In a country where it’s easier to obtain a semi-automatic gun than to obtain healthcare, a fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture(...)

Former Cork hurler and mental health campaigner Conor Cusack claims he was verbally abused about his sexuality. Photograph: Inpho

Former Cork hurler and mental health campaigner Conor Cusack has said he was verbally abused about his sexuality while out with a friend last night. (...)

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