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US president Donald Trump: “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” he tweeted. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has suggested that November’s presidential election should be delayed, citing unsubstantiated concerns about postal voting. (...)

Catherine Martin, newly appointed Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht, receives her seal of office from President Michael D Higgins in June. Photograph: Maxwells

How on earth can you be Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht? As a coalition of briefs within a coalition Government, u(...)

 A circus performer in  Whitehall, London.  Circuses have  handed a petition to Downing Street  asking   Boris Johnson to allow  them to reopen. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak will on Wednesday announce billions of pounds in further spending in an attempt to ease the economic(...)

‘Everybody out of the water’: swimmers run to safety in Jaws

The shark was right. With apologies to the skinny-dipper chomped in half, the shark was only being a shark and its teeth were so very sharp, her flesh(...)

Childcare provision is vital to allowing parents get back to work. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The reopening of non-essential shops this week has seen many parents forced to return to work without access to childcare. Early-years services are cr(...)

The coronavirus pandemic has already changed how we think about higher education. Photograph: iStock

As uncertainty surrounding the longevity of social distancing measures is likely to continue into the autumn at the very least, the rush to move third(...)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak making a statement in the Commons. He said that from August onwards  furloughed workers would be allowed to work part-time. Photograph: PA Wire

A panel of scientific experts has warned that allowing visitors from Ireland to enter Britain without undergoing quarantine could put British efforts (...)

Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor: anticipated sharp increase in number of grant applications for 2020/21 academic year. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Record numbers of students are expected to apply for grants in the coming academic year due to the volume of families affected by unemployment or redu(...)

 Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later was released in the aftermath of 9/11. Photograph: Peter Mountain

At time of writing, the cinema business is mostly concerned with the business of cinema. It is, perhaps, too early to be thinking how film-makers will(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have published a joint framework document for a potential coalition which outlines 10 key “missions” for the next government(...)

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