Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

Naoise Nunn: “I’m delighted to bring the ethos and the fun of Leviathan to the Library of Progress at Body&Soul later this month.”

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Labour Party supporters listen to a speech by Labour MP Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary, in Notting Hill Gate in the build-up to the local council elections in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

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British Brexit Secretary David Davis has claimed Sinn Féin’s growing influence in the Republic has pushed the Irish Government into taking a harder-than-expected stand in the Brexit negotiations. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

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Brexit Britain: for the first time Theresa May has told her country that leaving the EU will have costs. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting  in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, February 23rd. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

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 Gilbert & George after receiving their medals at the Royal Academy of Arts in May. The election of two people as one artist member is the first of its kind in the history of the Academy. Photograph:  Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

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“It was all so different before June’s election, when Jeremy  Corbyn was greeted with cheers from the Conservatives and a dark, mutinous hush from the benches behind him.” File photograph: PA Wire

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Armando Iannucci: “We demand politicians be word-perfect every time they do an interview.” Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

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Former European Commissioner for Trade and UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Lord Mandelson called on the UK to remain in the Single Market and the EU Customs Union post-Brexit. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

The UK Government has adopted a “thoroughly reckless” interpretation of the Brexit referendum result, the former EU commissioner and Northern Ireland (...)

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