Elaine Byrne: Biden’s Irish roots do not mean we’ll have it our way
The Biden presidency may well benefit Ireland, but any action on US multinationals here will come down to hard economics and not misty-eyed nostalgia
A few days before polling day in the US presidential elections, Joe Biden released an unusual campaign video for a politician. The Democratic candidate lovingly recited a passage from Seamus Heaney’s 1990 translation of Sophocles' play Philoctetes, The Cure at Troy, which begins with the memorable words: “Human beings suffer/They torture one another”.
The Bellaghy poet was a prominent feature in Biden’s electioneering. The Pennsylvanian native repeatedly peppered his speeches with...
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Emer McLysaght: That time my friend phoned me from George Clooney’s loo, and other stories
Irish people are very good at being two degrees of separation from almost every famous person on planet Earth
Nadine O’Regan: Mr Potato Head bows to change to make everyone feel welcome
The toy controversy shows that we’re getting better at making our language inclusive, but old attitudes still remain
Susan O’Keeffe: Public wants clarity, not false promises, from government
Stephen Donnelly may be pledging more than he can deliver on vaccines while the new Living with Covid plan is short on detail and has brought more confusion. We deserve better
Paul Johnston: Britain’s priorities for UN Security Council align with Irish interests too
Tackling climate change and Covid-19, and trying to prevent conflicts, are key goals