Ireland

Pope Francis raises the white flag

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Francis’s silence on Ireland’s abortion vote reveals a softening stance

Why should we give in to EU blackmail over the EU border?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In deference to public exhaustion, I’ve largely avoided Brexit in this slot. But a columnist’s output ought rightly to echo…

The Good Friday Agreement is not a peace but a truce

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Good Friday Agreement (GFA), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, is not a peace, but a truce. This does…

It is the Europhiles who are the head-bangers now

24 March 2018 9:00 am

For almost as long as I can remember, Eurosceptic Tory MPs have been defined by the media as ‘head-bangers’. As…

The DUP is quite likely to cave in over ‘regulatory alignment’. Here’s why they should not

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m afraid I have a deep faith in the Democratic Unionist Party’s capacity to cede an issue of principle in…

David Trimble: The Irish government is dragging Brexit into dangerous territory 

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The Irish government is dragging Brexit into dangerous territory

Growing up with the Little Nursing Sisters

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Suffering, wrote Auden, takes place ‘while someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along’. His…

Theresa May doesn’t want yes-men – and hasn’t got them

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told her audience at the Conservative party conference that she wanted to continue, like…

Midlife anxiety: Roddy Doyle’s Smile reviewed

16 September 2017 9:00 am

As Roddy Doyle’s 12th novel begins, Victor Forde, a washed-up writer, has returned to the part of Dublin where he…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

The writers of the Guardian’s ‘Brexit Shorts’ have swallowed Project Fear

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week the Guardian launched ‘Brexit Shorts’, a series of monologues written by Britain’s ‘leading playwrights’ about the aftermath…

Lisa McInerney’s young drug dealer longs to get clean

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Lisa McInerney found a brilliant way to turn heads and hone her craft as the ‘Sweary Lady’ behind the ‘Arse…

The secret of Ireland’s Cheltenham success

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Bookmaker Paddy Power once famously declared, ‘Cheltenham is the best craic you can have and if you cannot look forward…

Nothing happens, but everything changes in Sara Baume’s new novel

18 February 2017 9:00 am

This is an extraordinarily compelling novel for one in which nothing really happens but everything changes. Sara Baume’s narrator is…

Clover Stroud flirts with danger and death

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Clover Stroud opens her memoir with the crippling bout of post-natal depression that hit after the birth of her fourth…

Hectically busy: Beckett in 1976

Samuel Beckett’s letters reveal a fiercely private workoholic

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Krapping away here to no little avail,’ writes Beckett to the actor Patrick Magee in September 1969. To ‘no little…

The Apple tax grab shows the wisdom of Brexit

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s strange that, even now, the Brexit vote is routinely referred to as an expression of anger or frustration —…

Dear God, am I going to have to start liking Ed Balls?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

What the hell is going on with Ed Balls? Back in the horrible doldrums of the last Labour government, he…

The women who were paid to sing for the dead in Ireland

20 August 2016 9:00 am

‘We think we’re in charge of this stuff but we’re not,’ said Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger, jazz trumpeter, musical…

Put a spell on you: Jamie Parker as Harry in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Platitudes, banalities and plotlines that punch each other in the face: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviewed

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Consider it commercially. So powerful is the pull of the Potter franchise that the characters could simply re-enact the plot…

Meet the Remainers scrambling to keep their EU citizenship

23 July 2016 9:00 am

By hook, crook or marriage, Remainers are making plans to keep their European citizenship

Brian Friel’s miserable snapshot of Ireland is libellous blarney: Faith Healer reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Does anyone believe Brian Friel’s libellous blarney? He portrays Ireland in the 20th century as an economic basket case where…

We now need Vote Leave more than ever

2 July 2016 9:00 am

It sounds logical that Vote Leave should now disband, since the people have obligingly voted Leave, but is it wise?…

If I wanted to create a superstate, I wouldn’t start with Europe

18 June 2016 9:00 am

If Geert Hofstede’s name is familiar to you, it might be from pop-science articles explaining a spate of Korean airliner…

The untrustworthy Winston Churchill, 1916

14 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Colonel Winston Churchill’, The Spectator, 13 May 1916: The return of Colonel Churchill to the House of Commons, which we are…