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Green tea Taoiseach Micheál Martin was sorely disappointed with Nphet but determined to move on in a renewed spirit of working together for the sake of the nation. File photograph: The Irish Times

Their approach to business may have been different but there was no doubt this week that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste were fuming over Sunday night’s le(...)

Manchán Magan near his home in Collinstown, Co Westmeath.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Manchán Magan has travelled across Africa in an army truck, almost been shot by the Columbian army, lived “in a hermitage in the Himalayas, drinking m(...)

There was no Galway International Arts Festival this summer, but there will be an autumn version for arts enthusiasts. The festival opens on September 3rd with John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion, above. See giaf.ie for details

“It felt like we were in the wrong town,” says John Crumlish, managing director of Galway International Arts Festival, recalling what it was like to w(...)

Clockwise, from top left: Hugh Linehan, Jennifer Bray, Pat Leahy and Harry McGee

It was sad for Inside Politics host Hugh Linehan that his event “New Taoiseach, New Government, New Challenges” – part of the Irish Times Summer Night(...)

Anne Enright: “I looked at how men manage their confidence and their time. I took a few leads out of their book.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

“You don’t have to be horrible to be a writer,” author Anne Enright told The Irish Times Summer Nights Festival on Wednesday evening. Take Séamus Hean(...)

Ireland could be “Scandinavia, but more fun” if we took a few simple decisions, David McWilliams told the opening night of the Irish Times Summer Nights online festival

Ireland is just “three decisions away from becoming a perfect country – Scandinavia, but more fun”, economist and Irish Times columnist David McWillia(...)

US president Donald Trump arrives for the Independence Day events at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, on Friday July 3rd. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

In 1936, the French novelist and screenwriter Vladimir Pozner took a long trip around the United States. The richly impressionistic account he publish(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “Now that we are on the security council, Ireland’s voice internationally will be more relevant and more impactful.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Small nations will expect Ireland to be “a pebble in the shoe” of large countries when it sits on the UN Security Council, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has (...)

The US has shown “gross incompetence … at the highest levels” in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Samantha Power, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama.  File photograph: Bryan R Smith/Getty Images

The US has shown “gross incompetence … at the highest levels” in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Samantha Power, who served as US amb(...)

Barack Obama told graduating students in an online speech that leaders in Washington “aren’t even pretending to be in charge”. Photograph: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images

A new phrase has entered the Donald Trump lexicon. “Obamagate” has been tweeted and retweeted multiple times by the US president of late, prompting wi(...)

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