Crises have always been an accelerant for EU integration. Agreement on massive joint debt issuance to finance grants to recession-hit member states broke a long-standing taboo. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s an iron law of political commentary that the European Union cannot have problems, only existential crises. While governments may suffer any numbe(...)

 Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones)     got us through Lockdown 1. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

We won’t have any trouble remembering this year; in fact we’ll probably be reminiscing and boring much younger people about it for the rest of our liv(...)

Newspaper Magazine of the Year was awarded to The Irish Times Saturday Magazine.

The Irish Times won six of the NewsBrands Journalism Awards 2020 announced last night, including for the best coverage of Covid-19 for a project docum(...)

‘Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for appointment by the President.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Few public appointment processes are more important, yet none is more haphazard or opaque. Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for (...)

The winning work is considered to combine the “rigorous analysis and commitment to social justice” that characterised the journalism of the late investigative reporter Mary Raftery.

Irish Times reporting on child welfare and homelessness has been nominated for the 2019 Mary Raftery Prize, awarded annually to outstanding social aff(...)

A virtual lantern show marks the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing,  in Hiroshima, Japan. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

In August 2010, when Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bombs, the movement to rid the world of nu(...)

Students wear plastic face shields at the Nankan Junior High School in Taoyuan City, Taiwan: testing, contact tracing, travel bans, quarantines and masks in public places are Asian defence tools. Photograph: David Chang

As deadly coronavirus swept across Europe over the past three months, other parts of the world had valuable time to gather information on the new dise(...)

Many in the middle classes can work from home, take sick leave, use separate bathrooms and minimise contact with potential carriers.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

With somewhere between 50 and 100 million deaths attributed to it, the Spanish flu that ravaged the world in 1918 was, it was long assumed, an indiscr(...)

Dean Ruxton said the book represented a high point in his historical investigation. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Two years since his Lost Leads series began running in The Irish Times, Dean Ruxton’s skilled revisiting of some of Ireland’s more macabre historical (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  the Department of Foreign Affairs has been silent on his recent re-election. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/Reuters

It’s only eight years since Mary McAleese became the first Irish president to meet a Russian counterpart in the Kremlin, but her visit already belongs(...)

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