When land carries no penalty for being unimproved, it is taken out of supply and the overall supply of land for development falls causing land prices to rise. Photograph: iStock

Economics is counterintuitive – and maybe this is the most important lesson in macroeconomics. Here’s a good example. A responsible household will try(...)

Garth Brooks at Croke Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sometimes you just have to agree with Garth Brooks. No, not when he shows up in boots and ruins your black-tie affair. When he thanks God for unanswer(...)

Donald Trump with a map of a previously projected path of Hurricane Dorian. He used a marker pen to erroneously claim the hurricane would strike southeastern Alabama. File photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Founded in 1969 by scientists and students at MIT, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCI) has been particularly busy of late. Since US president Dona(...)

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

US president Donald Trump has denied that his team ever approached South Dakota’s governor about adding his face to the monument depicting four presid(...)

Trump announced plans for a major firework display at the Lincoln Memorial. ‘Like no one had ever thought of fireworks on the Mall before’- this photo from 2000. Photograph:  William Philpott Reuters

Halloween is sugary. Thanksgiving is fattening and fraught. Christmas is expensive. New Year’s Eve is annoying. Memorial Day is laced with melancholy.(...)

US President Donald Trump as he plays a round of golf on the Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry. Photo: Andy Buchanan/Getty Images

Once Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a golf ball. Tru(...)

Visitors pull off the road to take autumn photos in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia: the Antiquities Act may be overhauled. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Every Friday, the roads leading out of Washington fill up with cars heading west towards Virginia. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley hav(...)

Paschal Donohoe: has learned some of the realities of life in Merrion Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The only thing that matched Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s outrage at the behaviour of the banks in relation to tracker mortgages was his caut(...)

Peter Kavanagh: provoked landmark legal copyright case

The late Peter Kavanagh – irascible brother of the poet Patrick – and the sixth-century holy man St Colmcille may not have much else in common. But th(...)

Grow your own: Michelle Obama took a spade to the White House’s South Lawn in 2009 to make a kitchen garden

Now that the Trump administration is ensconced in Washington, the question of whether the famous White House kitchen garden championed by Michelle Ob(...)

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