Thursday June 4, 2020

Comment: Likelihood of a no-deal Brexit is higher than ever

As video-conference negotiations fail to find progress and leaders are distracted by fighting Covid-19, the outlook is bleak for Irish and British businesses already reeling from the pandemic

Perrigo’s court battle over €1.64bn tax bill begins

The pharma giant has challenged Revenue’s claim that the sale of a multiple sclerosis drug should have been subject to capital gains tax

Analysis: Martin stands to benefit from Bertie’s backing

Ahern has proven himself to be an astute political analyst and if he is positive about the party leader’s chances of being taoiseach, there’s a good chance he’s right

Analysis: As coalition talks drag on, outside voices get louder

The longer government formation negotiations continue, the more time there is for critics from all sides to have their say – the party leaders need to reach a deal soon if they are to reach one at all

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Education
Peter O'Dwyer | 4 days ago

Hard lessons: the ‘perfect storm’ in third level education is closing in

Irish third-level education is at a point of no return, say over 1,600 scientists who demanded reversals of state-funding cuts five years ago – and who now say the income crisis caused by the pandemic could damage research and higher education in Ireland for good

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Aiden Corkery | 4 days ago

The hardworking team hoping to get a coalition deal done

As the government formation talks enter what could be their final week, the focus has begun to turn to what are the outstanding obstacles to a deal and on the backroom staff entrusted with getting it over the line

McDonagh: I still think Covid-19 payment is too high

Supermac’s boss attacked for saying €350 a week payment as like ‘winning the lotto’, but he says he meant the GAA lotto and not the national lottery

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The US leader has harnessed the power of the social media platform like no other. And that’s exactly why Jack Dorsey’s move to slap a warning label on an incendiary tweet is mere tokenism, not all-out war

Food

The chef’s time in California with his family introduced him to an excitingly broad diversity of cuisines – but coming home finds him reinvigorated by Irish food in all its diversity and simplicity

Jillian Bolger | 30th May, 2020

The lockdown may have limited our ability to physically move about, but it can’t stop the growing numbers of stargazers from discovering stars and planets thousands of miles away

The American novelist is increasingly uneasy with his home country, so it’s not surprising that his new collection of stories, Sorry For Your Trouble, focuses on interior landscapes, characters and relationships

Last week, we joined forces with environmental scientist Dr Tara Shine to share some easy switches you can make with sustainability in mind. This week, in a second extract from her book How to Save Your Planet: One Object at a Time, Dr Shine identifies five items from the garden and garage, and helps you to explore your options

Like the protagonist of his new movie, David Freyne grew up gay in ‘a hyper-masculine place’, but his film recalls the warmth and humour of that time as well as the pain and awkwardness

Coronavirus

Data protection concerns have been raised around full functionality of the software aimed at relaxing social distancing rules

Aaron Rogan | 31st May, 2020

The tech giant irked Gaeilgeoirs after dropping its support for the language on Outlook for Apple’s iOS. But a host of other tongues, with far more speakers, were also affected

OneLook was set up just as the 2008 recession hit, so its founders say they weren’t going to let a pandemic stand in the way of expansion

Reviewed this week are a top-of-the-range exercise bike, fully biodegradable air filter, and a multi-functional portable kit for recording podcasts

Meagher says Covid-19 fast-tracked what had been a pet project for years