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Prof Mary Horgan: ‘People [with HIV] were often afraid to tell their families or their friends in case they may have been ostracised.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Much like the HIV/Aids pandemic of the 1980s, Covid-19 is hitting the most marginalised and vulnerable in society the hardest, one of Ireland’s leadin(...)

On the road again: Bernard O’Shea and Marty Morrissey

Marty & Bernard: On the Road Again (Wednesday, RTÉ One) sees the RTÉ funnyman (one word, no hyphen) Bernard O’Shea taking the RTÉ funny man (two w(...)

 Dr Anthony Fauci,  director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, rubs his forehead after a President Donald Trump referred to the “Deep State Department” during a White House briefing on March 20th. Photograph:  Erin Schaff/The New York Times

At a White House briefing on coronavirus on March 20th, President Donald Trump called the state department the “Deep State Department”. Behind him, Dr(...)

Ten-year-old Charlotte O’Brien visits her grandad Pat O’ Brien in Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

How long will it last? The question does not apply merely to the Covid-19 pandemic. It relates to its economic, social and political consequences. It (...)

US senator Bernie Sanders: ‘If it is his fate to watch the US embrace bigger government, but under the leadership of others, there are worse niches in history.’ Photograph: Jacob Hannah/New York Times

Eight years have passed since Mitt Romney expressed his disappointment with almost half of all Americans. Forty seven per cent are “dependent upon gov(...)

US president Donald Trump: a frightened boy. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

The cruel insults to Joe Biden’s mental acuity are flying fast and ferocious on Fox News. How can we trust the nuclear codes to someone so incoherent,(...)

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar: As UN chief earned a reputation more for diligent, quiet diplomacy than charisma. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the two-term United Nations secretary general who brokered a historic ceasefire between Iran and Iraq in 1988 and who in late(...)

Robert O’Brien, the US national security adviser,  says he has not “seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt” to get the president re-elected. Photograph:  by Mandel Ngan / AFP

Donald Trump’s national security adviser says he has not “seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt” to get the president re-elec(...)

It took an English comedian, Steve Coogan, via the BBC, to relaunch Come Out Ye Black and Tans to an Irish audience. Photograph: BBC

There is a double irony in the revived popularity of Dominic Behan’s Come Out Ye Black and Tans, a song that briefly topped the British singles charts(...)

 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg: On Saturday Joe Biden launched a digital ad directly questioning Buttigieg’s experience. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

As political theatre it had it all.  On Saturday night, the great and good of the state Democratic party crowded into a vast indoor arena in dow(...)

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