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 Louise Lawless and Lucy Hattaway pictured this morning after receiving their Leaving Cert Results at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

So it’s that time of the year again. Leaving Cert results are here. I sat my Leaving Cert in 2014 and to me it feels like a lifetime ago. I’ve changed(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the US. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

And so, after much personal invective, furious opposition and ugly rhetoric that appealed to the worst impulses of the American voters, this is Donald(...)

David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years.” Photograph:  Gustau Nacarino/Reuters/File Photo

RIP GOP There was no better place that an Irish bar for some Republicans to mourn the death of their party as Donald Trump formally accepted the pres(...)

 Boris Johnson during Thursday’s press conference in which he ruled himself out of the running to be the next Conservative Party leader. His surprise non-running speech played much on the need for unity, for uniting those who came from opposing sides. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Here comes Boris Johnson, half an hour before deadline closes. He’s going to chuck his hat in the ring like Blackadder’s Lord Flashheart, isn’t he? “I(...)

Akhil Sharma to aspiring authors: “Don’t do it! And if you are going to do it, take joy in the satisfactions that come from writing and don’t wait for the book to be done to be happy”. Photograph: Bill Miller

Born in India and raised in the US, Akhil Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whit(...)

The Victorian warehouse on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin handled all European fan mail for U2

A Victorian warehouse in Dublin’s south docklands owned by U2 is to be offered for sale from Wednesday. The building, facing Samuel Beckett Bridge at(...)

Donald Trump speaks during the Republican US presidential candidates debate.

What is one to make of the rise of Donald Trump? It is natural to think of comparisons with populist demagogues past and present. It is natural, too, (...)

The idea that  Trump could carry Republican hopes and lead the party of Abraham Lincoln into November’s election  is now a very real prospect. If he wins in the Iowa caucuses next Monday, it could be difficult to stop him. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

Cast your mind back seven months to that moment Donald Trump descended that escalator at Trump Tower into the presidential race to the strains of Neil(...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

Pope Francis landed in Philadelphia on the final stop of his tour of the United States, calling for a more active role for women and the laity in t(...)

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