Jenny McCartney

Richard Needham takes a businesslike attitude to the Troubles

11 December 2021 9:00 am

This memoir from Sir Richard Needham, 6th Earl of Kilmorey, businessman and former Northern Ireland minister, has a frank opening:…

The competitive cult of cosiness

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Can we escape the cult of cosiness?

The chilling rise of ‘IRA TikTok’

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The chilling rise of ‘IRA TikTok’

The perfect film for family viewing: Belleville Rendez-Vous revisited

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The selection of a film for family viewing is a precise and delicate art, particularly with us all now confined…

Romanticising Northern Ireland’s history is a deadly mistake

4 May 2019 9:00 am

For those of us who grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, there is a pungent but negative sense…

The war on meat has begun – and vegans are winning comfortably

26 January 2019 9:00 am

As January — the month of penitence and tax returns — grinds towards its close, it would be foolish to…

Tech gurus don’t let their kids have smartphones. Here’s why

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Pupils are back in classrooms and parents can finally have a brief respite from worrying about their children’s excessive screen…

Why Britain is lucky to have Meghan Markle

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The wedding of Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and Meghan Markle, actress and former star of…

Me! Me! #MeToo! How Hollywood hijacked feminism

3 March 2018 9:00 am

This is the Time’s Up Oscars, the first one where the #MeToo movement is a major player, and no one…

The #MeToo fury has spilled over into a feminist war

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The #MeToo movement began, I thought, primarily to allow women to speak out about harassment from men, which they had…

Civilised air travel? Pigs might fly

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Does anyone actually enjoy flying any more? I know I don’t. I realised recently, while anxiously repacking my tiny carry-on…

Put out the fires

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Few events have appalled London liberals so publicly as the surprise emergence of the ten MPs of the Democratic Unionist…

Coffee break

24 June 2017 9:00 am

I gave up coffee a couple of weeks ago. I won’t pretend it was easy. The physical withdrawal began with…

A war on joy

27 May 2017 9:00 am

When the pictures of the dead came in, it was hard to take, even from a distance. There was Georgina…

The Irish problem

22 April 2017 9:00 am

When David Cameron called his Brexit referendum, the potential difficulty of Northern Ireland was not uppermost in his mind. Nor…

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness (Getty)

Lest we forget

25 March 2017 9:00 am

I never met Martin McGuinness, but I was certainly affected by him from an early age. His decisions, and those…

Star power

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The ongoing war between Donald Trump and the Hollywood A-list has entered a new and unpredictable phase. Celebrity criticism of…

Star power

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

The ongoing war between Donald Trump and the Hollywood A-list has entered a new and unpredictable phase. Celebrity criticism of…

Star power

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

The ongoing war between Donald Trump and the Hollywood A-list has entered a new and unpredictable phase. Celebrity criticism of…

Can this sweet little girl get out of Aleppo alive?

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Every morning, after the children go to school, I turn on my computer to check that Bana Alabed is alive…

Can this sweet little girl get out of Aleppo alive?

1 December 2016 3:00 pm

Every morning, after the children go to school, I turn on my computer to check that Bana Alabed is alive…

The parenting trap

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Out of the fog of rumour and accusation surrounding the melancholy break-up of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, one source…

The parenting trap

6 October 2016 2:00 pm

Out of the fog of rumour and accusation surrounding the melancholy break-up of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, one source…

Online feedback frenzy is killing the art of complaint

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Internet surveys have killed the art of complaint

The smelly, snobbish death of the English public toilet

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I blame Nancy Mitford: she made the English so frightened of saying ‘toilet’ that now they have hardly any left…