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March 14th: A protest is held in London after the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens. The issue of crimes against women in the UK has come under fierce scrutiny since the murder. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty

A review of hate crime legislation in the UK is expected to ask the British government to consider criminalising “public sexual harassment” after a ye(...)

Diarmaid Fawsitt warned Michael Collins that Irish-Americans wanted him dead as a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty

Three years ago the Fawsitt family found a historical treasure trove in the loft of an old farmhouse in Manch, west Cork. There, crammed into tea ches(...)

A healthcare worker at a Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Johannesburg. A South African study has found that the risk of reinfection from the Omicron coronavirus variant is three times higher than for any previous strain.  Photograph: Joao Silva/New York Times

South Africa South Africa’s daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases almost quadrupled since Tuesday as the Omicron variant spread across the country(...)

At Christmas time in Dublin, hell has become other people. Photograph: iStock

On the way into work, I had to nip into the shops to make a quick purchase. (Slippers, if you must know). Slipper-buying is, for me, not a process tha(...)

The Irish peace delegation shortly after arrival at the Grosvenor Hotel in London in  1921. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

December 1920: Peace feelers by the Archbishop of Perth Patrick Clune founder on a demand by the British government that the IRA disarm before enterin(...)

The Irish delegation on the day that the treaty forming the Irish Free State and partioning the country was signed, (from left) Arthur Griffith, Eamonn Duggan, Erskine Childers, Michael Collins, George Gavan Duffy, Robert Barton and John Chartres. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Arthur Griffith: (1871-1922): Griffith, the leader of the Irish delegation, was the first to sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty and its most redoubtable advo(...)

There are clear physical risks to the profusion of unregulated cosmetic procedures. Photograph: iStock

THE RECENT BOOM IN UNREGULATED COSMETIC PROCEDURES, PARTICULARLY THE USE OF FILLERS, IS WORRYING DERMATOLOGISTS AND PLASTIC SURGEONS, WHO SEE UNDERQ(...)

Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson shoot the breeze as Johnson poses in an electric vehicle branded ‘Small Business Saturday’. Photograph: Daniel Leal/AFP

Image of the week: Behind the wheel In 2018, Boris Johnson was reported as saying “f**k business” in response to their politely expressed alarm at th(...)

Aftermath of the McGurk’s Bar bombing in Belfast by loyalists in which 15 people were killed. File photograph: The Irish Times

On a December evening, two couples chat in the snug of McGurk’s Bar. John Irvine, who worked in the post office, and his wife Kathleen, a mill worker(...)

Conservative Party co-chairman Oliver Dowden: ‘I would say to people, keep calm and carry on with your Christmas plans.’ Photograph: EPA/Vickie Flores

British government scientists have warned that the Omicron variant could lead to a large wave of infections as new coronavirus cases topped 50,000 for(...)

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