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The G7 should have had a plan to vaccinate the world, says  former British prime minister Gordon Brown Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Wednesday night’s final Irish Times Summer Nights event is called Seven Ways to Change the World. It’s named after the new book by special guest, form(...)

David McWilliams: ‘You’ve got to have a use-it-or-lose-it planning permission.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

If the economist David McWilliams were minister for housing he’d introduce “a site-value tax in the morning”, he told the Irish Times political corres(...)

Irish Times Summer Nights: Chris O’Dowd will be talking to Patrick Freyne on the festival’s opening night

The 2021 Irish Times Summer Nights online festival takes place from June 28th to July 1st with a host of high-profile guests including writers, p(...)

This year’s Irish Times Summer Nights online festival will take place from the end of this month, with a host of high-profile guests including writers(...)

Some writers use music to infuse their work with whatever mood is carried with it. Photograph: Getty Images

We often wonder what might have been in the head of an author while writing their book. We don’t always imagine it was Metallica. Or Charles Mingus. O(...)

Alan Parker with the cast of The Commitments in 1991

RTÉ’s highly enjoyable Back to Barrytown series (the third and final episode of which airs this Sunday) is a reminder of how rich and valuable intelli(...)

Youth conference hears that creative thinking is increasingly vital for young people and wider society. File photograph: Getty

A new “artist residency programme” is to be established in schools to give students a chance to work on creative projects with established painters, d(...)

 Roddy Doyle: inspiration from the phone book. Photograph: Alan Betson

Now that the humble telephone directory is no longer a staple in every Irish household, we shouldn’t forget its role in kickstarting the career of a b(...)

Ireland's most garlanded director talks about ageism in film, Harvey Weinstein and his new novel, about the aristocratic rebel Lord Edward FitzGera(...)

Russ Parsons: ‘I’ve always thought of Twitter as being a little like having a charming psychopath you can carry around in your pocket’

As social media crises go, this one was minor. But a couple of weeks ago, my Twitter account was hacked. Thankfully, there was no imposter tweeting ou(...)

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