“Yes” campaigners celebrate after the Lisbon Treaty referendum, outside Dublin Castle on  October 3rd, 2009. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

An insightful Spanish diplomat once suggested to me that the problem with a referendum was that it’s like inviting somebody to the cinema. If they say(...)

Illusionist Uri Geller is perhaps best known for his trademark spoon-bending trick. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Illusionist Uri Geller has told Theresa May he will “not allow” her to lead Britain out of the European Union. In an open letter to the British prime(...)

Gibraltar train at the Victoria Stadium ahead of their clash with Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

By tradition when the British House of Commons elects a new Speaker the successful candidate is physically dragged to the Chair by other MPs to remind(...)

Angela Sammon: ‘Like most Remainers, and indeed most people, I’d just like to know what’s going to happen next.’

My office at the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) is a stone’s throw from Westminster. On a sunny morning, it makes for a nice st(...)

Depression, from Latin depressare; to press down, depress

I didn’t so much wake up as emerge slowly from a grim thicket into consciousness. Trapped. As though a great weight lay across my body, pinned to the (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (centre) with members of the Friends of Ireland caucus inside the Ways and Means committee room in the US Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Left, Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and, right, committee chairman Richard Neal. Photograph: Marty Katz

Within the wood-panelled walls of the Ways and Means committee room, on the second floor of the United States Capitol building, sits a sculpture of Wi(...)

Only Andrea Riseborough – playing Thatcher long before she was famous – has managed to make a personality of the character

Nobody has moral qualms about Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher. Fans of stuff are stupid, but they are rarely that stupid. At least two arti(...)

The Big Three: Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, 1945. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt By David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov Yale University Press, 680p(...)

US president Donald Trump  with British prime minister Theresa May  at Chequers,  Buckinghamshire, in July 2018. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

As British chancellor Phillip Hammond put a brave face on Brexit during talks with senior political and business figures this week at Davos, across th(...)

Gillian Anderson: said to be taking on the role of Margaret Thtacher. Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images)

Gillian Anderson is to follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Patricia Hodge and Jennifer Saunders by taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher, accor(...)

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