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When I was in school, the general plan was to go to college afterwards. Not to learn anything. Emigration was all the rage, along with straggly hair, (...)

Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Alan Betson

The delayed Housing for All Strategy is supposed to guide the next nine years of housing policy in Ireland. If it does not have a strong focus on comm(...)

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned against all but essential travel to much of Spain, including the holiday island of Ibiza. Photograph:  Zowy Voeten/Getty

Germany has tightened restrictions on returning travellers due to concerns that holidaymakers could fuel a fresh increase in Covid-19 cases, after Eur(...)

Angela Merkel, like all post-war German leaders, walked a tightrope: knowing that demands around Europe for greater leadership from Berlin, if met, will trigger denunciations of German EU hegemony. Photograph: Michael Timm/ EPA

With Gallic gallows humour, French president François Mitterrand said of German unification in 1990 that he liked the country so much he “would prefer(...)

Actor Joshua Jackson attending the premiere of Peacock series Dr Death in Los Angeles earlier this month. The streamer is owned by Sky’s parent Comcast. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Sky customers in Europe will be able to access US streaming service Peacock for no additional cost from later this year, its parent company Comcast a(...)

 Fintan McCarthy (L) and Paul O’Donovan of Ireland pose with their gold medals after winning the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls final during the Rowing events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Olympic Gold medalist Paul O’Donovan has said he and his rowing partner Fintan McCarthy are “just here trying to be the best we can be”. The Skibbere(...)

 Roxy Music perform on stage at London’s Wembley Arena during the Avalon tour, on September 22nd, 1982. Photograph: Pete Still/Redferns

When it comes to classic albums, there can surely be none more sophisticated and seductive than Roxy Music’s Avalon. Released in 1982, it fused Bryan (...)

Former taoiseach  Enda Kenny (R) drops his files before posing for the media with German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Berlin, November 2011. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

In the weeks after June 2016’s Brexit vote, then-taoiseach Enda Kenny travelled to Berlin to meet with chancellor Angela Merkel. When they sat down on(...)

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The invitation arrived with no time to spare. “Hi friends and family, We are trying to set a speed record for wedding planning.” Just two days later, (...)

Elena Tice celebrates after scoring a goal for Ireland against Germany in the 4-2 defeat at the Oi Hockey Stadium in  Tokyo. Photograph: Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Hockey’s elliptical orbit of national awareness is about to swing as close as it did during the 2018 World Cup. It should be visible to the naked eye.(...)

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