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 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson’s first steps this month in attempting to forge a new global consensus were widely considered a car crash.  Photograph: Jeremy  Selwyn/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

To say humanity is entering a make-or-break decade is no exaggeration, given the latest climate science. The year 2020 arrived with much talk of what (...)

The Irish Times debate semi-final at UCD in 1966.

It was January 1960. Seán Lemass had recently taken over from de Valera. The arrival of television was just around the corner. The Catholic Church’s v(...)

Mairead O’Leary from UCD LawSoc speaks during the semi-final of the Irish Times Debate 2019-2020 in the cadets’ mess at the  Curragh Camp. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Speakers from Trinity College Dublin and the Solicitors’ Apprentice Debating Society of Ireland (Sadsi) have secured the last three places in the 60th(...)

Bonheur bronze of a horse and rider €2,000-€3,000

The contents of a Co Kildare farmhouse will feature in an auction by Sean Eacrett on February 18th at Fallon’s Restaurant in Kilcullen. New Park Hous(...)

Former president  Mary Robinson speaking at the  Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s  public sector conference at  DCU. Photograph:   Crispin Rodwell

Public servants need to provide “an emergency response” to the climate crisis, former president Mary Robinson has said. In an address to 800 represen(...)

 By introducing women-specific funding goals, Enterprise Ireland trebled the percentage of women-led high potential start-ups it is promoting, its entrepreneur manager Sheelagh Daly said. Photograph: iStock

Irish Ambassador to France Patricia O’Brien hosted a seminar in Paris on “how women are redefining the codes” in business on Friday morning. “We are(...)

Starving peasants in 1846 clamour at the gates of a workhouse during the Irish potato famine. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty

Former British prime minister John Major stepped in to stop plans for a service commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine in 1996 amid f(...)

“We need to reform our language around dementia and stop regarding sufferers as sub-human and ‘no longer there’.”Photograph: iStock

All too often we hear dementia referred to as the thief that steals the individual; the person is the “patient” or “sufferer”, a “shell of her former (...)

In May 1996 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the party would sign up to the Mitchell Principles on non-violence. Photograph: Reuters/Marcel Bieri/Swiss-Images

The IRA ceasefire broke down in 1996, plunging the peace process into turmoil. The year opened with the RUC chief constable, Sir Hugh Annesley, sayin(...)

A woman carries her luggage past a sign of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Reuters

1. There is a profound disconnect between people and politicians: As the UN climate talks moved into crunch phase, almost 200 global leaders landed i(...)

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