Patrick MacDowell: he devoted himself mainly to sculpting portrait busts and what art historians refer to as “ideal subjects”

Ireland has produced some notable sculptors, one of the finest of whom was Patrick MacDowell, who died 150 years ago on December 9th. Although he work(...)

Boris Johnson’s efforts to blame devolution for empowering the Scottish National Party, led by Nicola Sturgeon, rather than ceding governing power are unconvincing.  Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The United Kingdom faces a profound set of problems as it grapples with how Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic undermine its structures of government an(...)

Undated handout file photo of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. File photograph: PA/PA Wire

Four of the North’s six largest political parties have written a joint letter to the British government demanding a public inquiry into the murder of (...)

 A protester waits to greet  Boris Johnson as he visits Stromness on the Orkney Islands  in Scotland in July. Photograph: Robert Perry/Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s attempt to stem support for Scottish independence was in serious trouble on Tuesday after it emerged that he had described the devolut(...)

Former Ulster Bank chairman Ruairí O’Flynn.

Ulster Bank’s new chairman in the Republic, Ruairí O’Flynn, has quit the role after less than two months, citing “personal reasons”. In an email sen(...)

Number 10 special adviser Dominic Cummings leaves his home in London on Thursday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The drama surrounding Boris Johnson’s advisers in Downing Street is not so much an episode of The West Wing as of The Tudors, with the king’s consort (...)

Lee Cain arrives in Downing Street on Thursday morning,  after he announced that he is resigning as Boris Johnson’s director of communications. Photo graph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson was on Thursday urged to reshape his chaotic and faction-riven Downing Street operation, after his communications chief quit in a power (...)

The report was particularly critical of Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols who, it noted, had failed to ‘acknowledge any personal responsibility or show compassion for victims in the recent cases we examined’. File photograph: Getty

Two reports published on Tuesday, one by the Vatican and another in the UK, have further undermined the Catholic Church’s credibility in its handling (...)

Sir William Gregory: not the villain as commonly portrayed

Recent performances by the Druid Theatre of the plays of Lady Augusta Gregory have reminded us how talented a figure she was. George Bernard Shaw once(...)

PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne. File photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne has said there is a “tacit acceptance” that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Northern Ireland and the Republic will (...)

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