Ireland

Who planned Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson’s murder?

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Until very recently, political assassination was a mercifully uncommon occurrence in British politics, though that has changed. Previously when such…

The David Trimble I know (1998)

26 July 2022 4:53 am

David Trimble, Northern Ireland’s first minister from 1998 to 2002 and leader of the Ulster Unionist party from 1995 to…

We could all once tell bird’s-foot trefoil from rosebay willowherb

2 July 2022 9:00 am

‘There are a great many ways of holding on to our sanity amid the vices and follies of the world,’…

The wine of the Wild Geese

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The Irish rarely understate their achievements. Yet there is one exception. Over the centuries, the links between Catholic Ireland and…

Unhurried and accomplished whodunit: ITV's Holding reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

A couple of years ago, I happened to read Graham Norton’s third novel Home Stretch. Rather patronisingly, perhaps, I was…

We could learn a thing or two from Swiss democracy

14 February 2022 11:55 pm

There was another referendum in Switzerland over the weekend. This one was about protecting the young from the evils of…

The dog catcher, the terrorist and the dark history of Sinn Fein

12 February 2022 9:00 pm

The dead in the ground and those who put them there in the name of ideology do not rest easily…

A cursed place: Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan, reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Claire Keegan’s tiny, cataclysmic novel takes us into the heart of small-town Ireland a few decades ago, creating a world…

How Shane MacGowan became Ireland’s prodigal son

20 November 2021 9:00 am

I once stood on a Dublin street with Shane MacGowan and watched little old ladies who can’t ever have been…

Could the rise of Sinn Fein lead to a united Ireland?

17 November 2021 7:22 am

The possibility of a political wing of a terrorist organisation becoming a party of government in an EU member state would…

David Frost's protocol diplomacy

13 October 2021 12:03 am

As a general rule in post-Brexit politics, when David Frost makes a public intervention on the Northern Ireland protocol, it…

When will the DUP realise the truth about the Tory Brexit strategy?

8 September 2021 11:27 pm

Are the Tories serious about getting rid of the troublesome Northern Ireland Protocol? The latest extension to the so-called grace period –…

Margaret Thatcher vs everyone else: the making of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Diplomatic negotiations are rarely fully described by their participants in books, for two reasons. They are usually secret until much…

Has Boris Johnson forgotten what he once said about IRA terrorists?

14 July 2021 9:23 pm

Boris Johnson’s approach to dealing with historical prosecutions in Northern Ireland has achieved that unique political feat in the Province: uniting both…

Troubles' veterans on both sides deserve immunity from prosecution

13 July 2021 8:40 pm

The recent decision by Boris Johnson’s government to put a five-year time-bar, save in exceptional circumstances, on the prosecution of British…

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…