Pandemic aside, the year was good to some, and not so good to others Good year: Jacinda Ardern New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ard(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has instructed the Government to suggest a man and a woman as candidates to replace former commissioner Phil Hogan. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/EPA

In all the commentary on the Oireachtas Golf Society (OGS) – or as I prefer to think of it, the Oh For God’s Sake (OFGS) dinner – it’s surprising that(...)

Dublin Fringe Festival 2020: Duets, by Dan Colley and Fionnuala Gygax

Even amid the pandemic, its director, Ruth McGowan, says, the festival is about ‘forging new pathways, it’s about inspiration and discovery, and it(...)

US president Donald Trump said of his cognitive test: ‘It’s actually not that easy, but for me, it was easy.’ Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

US presidents and those who would be president often boast of their qualifications – their education, their experience, their achievements. And then t(...)

“I’ve never sacrificed any level of artistry, or of speaking my mind, or dressing the way I want to become more palatable to the public.”

Like all profound art, there’s a myriad of meanings in Moses Sumney’s album Græ. In exploring the chasm between black and white, the music itself vari(...)

Catrinel Marlon in The Whistlers

THE WHISTLERS ★★★★☆ Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. Starring Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea. Curzon Home(...)

Michelle Obama speaks at Howard University in July, 2019. Photograph: Chuck Kennedy

The Netflix listing tells us this study of Michelle Obama is “intimate” and “feel-good”. Measuring your tolerance for soft-soap boosterism, you can re(...)

The Rolling Stones perform during the One World: Together At Home broadcast. Photograph: Global Citizen’s One World: Together At Home/AFP via Getty Images

The One World: Together At Home event raised $127.9 million (about €118 million) for Covid-19 relief efforts, organisers have said. An array of stars(...)

Lizzo is to play the Coronavirus benefit concert, which will be streamed online on April 18th. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Lady Gaga is to curate One World: Together at Home, a live-streamed and televised benefit concert in support of the World Health Organization’s Covid-(...)

The unusual bond market phenomenon presented itself last week for the first time in more than 12 years. Photograph: iStock

Searches on Google for “inverted yield curve” have spiked after the unusual bond market phenomenon presented itself last week for the first time in mo(...)

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