Joe Biden doesn't understand Northern Ireland

11 June 2021 12:38 am

Even a pessimist could be forgiven for being surprised by Joe ‘I’m Irish’ Biden’s ham-fisted intervention in the ongoing row…

Give the people what they think they want

5 June 2021 9:00 am

I have a mean streak. Perhaps my cruellest urge is to give people what they claim to want. When political…

Is Ireland cosying up to China?

3 June 2021 8:30 pm

In 2019, the then-deputy prime minister of Ireland Simon Coveney spoke at the UN Human Rights Council, where he underlined Ireland’s…

Letters: The unfairness of ‘free care for all’

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Taking care Sir: I agree completely with Leo McKinstry that care for parents should be paid out of their estate…

Biden's tax plan spells bad news for Ireland

28 May 2021 2:54 am

Biden’s America, of course, is all about re-engaging with the world after four years of isolationism. But if you are…

The two halves of Ireland can’t be forced together

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Last week, Edwin Poots was elected leader of the DUP. You will have read all about him. I have. You…

A funny time to be Irish: The Rules of Revelation, by Lisa McInerney, reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Lisa McInerney likes the rule of three. Three novels set in Cork structured around sex, drugs and rock’n’roll and, within…

Sinn Fein's hollow 'apology' for Mountbatten's murder

20 April 2021 3:14 am

Prince Philip’s death presented Sinn Fein with a particular challenge, given that the IRA murdered his beloved uncle. ‘I am…

Northern Ireland's sink estates are fertile ground for fundamentalists

9 April 2021 12:14 am

Northern Ireland is routinely voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK. A few weeks ago, a…

The secret of Ireland’s racing success

3 April 2021 9:00 am

How Father Sean Breen would have loved this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The late parish priest at Ballymore Eustace, who owned…

Is Biden turning on Brussels?

18 March 2021 6:16 am

The Joe Biden administration, headed up by a proud son of Ireland, has spent St Patrick’s Day briefing reporters in Washington…

Ireland’s love affair with horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

With the Cheltenham Festival close, the quest for serious punting money intensifies. I had one potential contributor identified at Kempton…

Are loyalists plotting a return to violence?

5 March 2021 8:21 pm

What are we to make of Loyalist paramilitary groups withdrawing support for the Good Friday Agreement over the invidious trade…

Biden and the darker side of Irish-American history

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Bad history and Biden’s roots

Family secrets: Life Sentences, by Billy O’Callaghan, reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Despite innovative work by younger writers, there remains a prominent strain in Irish literature of what we might call the…

Thatcher was completely right about the Euro

1 January 2021 8:52 pm

It was a ‘rush of blood to the head’. Its central bank would prove to be hopelessly ineffective. And cultural…

China’s rockstar-of-tech has fallen foul of Xi

14 November 2020 9:00 am

FTSE indices soared as the Biden Bounce met vaccine euphoria, underpinned by the Bank of England’s announcement of another £150…

Lacrimae rerum: That Old Country Music, by Kevin Barry, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Some of my happiest fiction-reading hours have been spent in the company of Kevin Barry: two short-story collections, both prize-winners,…

What’s the real reason behind Joe Biden’s Brexit threats?

19 September 2020 7:14 pm

Is Donald Trump taking the Democrats’ line on Brexit and the Irish border? We might think so from the Financial…

Ireland through the eyes of a brilliant teenage naturalist

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Dara McAnulty is a teenage naturalist from Northern Ireland. He has autism; so do his brother, sister and mother —…

The dangers of comparing different countries' death rates

16 April 2020 10:17 pm

Using differences in coronavirus death rates between countries to draw out policy conclusions is becoming a very popular pastime. Unfortunately,…

‘Irish writers don’t talk to each other unless they’re shouting abuse’: Sebastian Barry interviewed

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Sebastian Barry talks to Robert Jackman about family folklore, the joy of writing playsand why he is not an ‘Irish’ novelist

Is there any better place for an EU-subsidised arts festival than Galway?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I was still digesting my delicious breakfast (kippers, poached eggs and soda bread — all local) when the sad news…

The death of the centre in European politics

15 February 2020 3:36 pm

Stockholm It’s hard not to feel sorry for Leo Varadkar. He positioned himself as Ireland’s champion and even ended up…

The death of the centre in European politics

15 February 2020 9:00 am

What happens when times change, but parties don’t?