French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Taoiseach Micheál Martin gave Emmanuel Macron a special, limited edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses as a gift when the French president visited him at G(...)

France’s president Emmanuel Macron attends a virtual G7 meeting on the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/EPA

Emmanuel Macron will make his first official visit to Dublin since he became president of France on Thursday, accompanied by his ministers of foreign (...)

Claire Byrne talked to Erin McClean, wife of Republic of Ireland soccer international James McClean, who described the abuse suffered by her husband on social media and beyond. Photograph:  Andres Poveda/RTÉ

As a tenacious interviewer unafraid to tackle the great and the not-so-good, it takes a lot to silence Claire Byrne. But there she is, on Wednesday’s (...)

Richard Kearney: ‘I think the problem of touch has been a real issue in Irish culture.’

The coronavirus represents an attack on the senses. Loss of smell or taste are symptom of Covid-19, while everyone – infected or not – has experienced(...)

President Higgins hosted the first in a series of ‘Machnamh 100’ seminars at Áras an Uachtaráin  together with guests Prof Michael Laffan, Prof Anne Dolan, Dr John Bowman and Prof Ciarán Benson. Photograph: Maxwells

“Machnamh” is an Irish word that encapsulates meditation, reflection, consideration and thought. Machnamh 100 is my invitation to residents of this is(...)

Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel in  Vatican City, Rome. ‘It is reasonable to hope in a particular rational ordering of things,’ says philosopher Patrick Masterson. Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Possibly the single biggest trend in philosophy in the past 50 years has been the decline of metaphysics. “Meta-what?” you say (proving the point). M(...)

Brian Gleeson in RTÉ’s new  drama Resistance

History may be written by the victors, but from Tolstoy to O’Casey more interesting stories tend to belong to its bystanders. In Rebellion, RTÉ’s his(...)

Hurricane Irma: President Macron on his way to St Martin and St Bart on Tuesday. Photograph: Christophe Ena/pool/EPA

Four months after his election political commentators are still struggling to classify President Emmanuel Macron. In recent days he has been called a (...)

Richard Kearney: There was a feeling of how did this happen? Photograph: iStock

Many of those who voted for US president-elect Donald Trump clearly voted against their own interests in relation to issues such as healthcare and soc(...)

Homestead: Ivor Browne at Rathronan, in Co Wexford. Photograph: Alan Gilsenan

When William Ivory Browne was a boy he would take the train from Dublin to spend holidays with his aunts Kathleen and Maisie at Rathronan Castle, the (...)

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