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Marine Le Pen, FN leader and a candidate in France’s presidential election. “If we have peaceful relations between the US, France and Russia, it will be good for the entire world,” Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

If Marine Le Pen is elected president of France on May 7th, it will be because her binary view of the world is simple and easy to understand. The lea(...)

Seán Keating’s “Men of the West” Courtesy of the  Hugh Lane Gallery.

One of the definitive paintings of Ireland’s revolutionary period is Seán Keating’s Men of the West. It represents 1917 in the Fintan O’Toole series M(...)

Presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to use Twitter like a troll. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nobody remembers the guy who spoke for two hours before Abraham Lincoln rose to his feet to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Few speeches have endure(...)

As iniquitous as it may seem, the vote of a college graduate/artist/creative/urban professional carries the exact same weight as that of someone living in a trailer park. Dems the rules. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters

In the event of Electoral Disappointment, please proceed immediately to the nearest high moral ground, wrap yourself in a cloak of racism/sexism/homop(...)

Seán O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony could have a big impact against the All Blacks if they are introduced from the bench. Photograph: Marcus Sheridan/Inpho

O Captain! My Captain! – Walt Whitman’s iconic poem about the untimely demise of American president Abraham Lincoln comes to mind. Oh Captain! My Cap(...)

Dead soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The men of the Irish 69th Pennsylvanians stopped the Confederate advance. Photograph: Timothy H O’Sullivan/Getty Images

Be wary of historians or writers who paint ethnic stereotypes. In a recent article in The Irish Times Brian Boyd cited events in Irish-American histor(...)

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump  during his presidential town hall debate against Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9th, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Things turn pretty nasty at the bottom of a barrel and the second US presidential debate raked new putrid depths that are being plumbed almost daily i(...)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the conclusion of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Photograph:  Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The gloves came off in the second US presidential debate as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed in ugly exchanges over the leaked tape showing t(...)

London: A new “hopper” bus ticket is to be rolled out across the English capital

Miami heat  Icelandic airline WOW Air has announced a new route from Dublin to Miami, from €139 one way. This is to be the eighth US destination(...)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Photograph: Molly RileyAFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Monday he is not changing his tune on his immigration policy, which includes plans to deport 11 m(...)

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