Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Protocol is untenable

16 April 2021 11:00 pm

The process that delivered us the Northern Ireland Protocol already seems to have been rewritten in official memory. It suits…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine passports, Northern Ireland riots and a cocaine-smuggling kayaker

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Home The government sketched a scheme for a coronavirus passport, or ‘Covid status certification’, to be tried out at the…

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…

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…

The chilling rise of ‘IRA TikTok’

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The chilling rise of ‘IRA TikTok’

It is time to make friends with the EU

20 February 2021 9:00 am

On Monday morning, Clément Beaune, Emmanuel Macron’s Europe Minister, clipped out the section of his media interview criticising Britain’s vaccination…

The Northern Ireland protocol problem

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Ursula von der Leyen now admits that she overreacted in the EU’s vaccine row with the UK. She has spoken…

John DeLorean: man of mystery – and full-blown psychopath

30 January 2021 9:00 am

DeLorean: Back from the Future was one of those documentaries — for me at least — that takes a story…

Humiliating the IRA was a fatal mistake

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It was said that Reginald Maudling, as home secretary, once boarded a plane in Belfast and immediately requested a stiff…

Boris won't be forgiven if he caves on Brexit now

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It now looks increasingly likely that lockdown will end on 2 December, after all. The decision to impose further restrictions…

From half a shelf to a library: my life in books

17 October 2020 9:00 am

‘Yes, I will have a coffee,’ said the van driver. He’d driven down to the south of France from Devon.…

Homage to Lyra McKee — the journalist I miss most

16 May 2020 9:00 am

In the two generations since Watergate, the image of the journalist has gone from that of plucky truth-seeker to sensationalist…

How Sinn Fein got away with murder

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The online world should be credited when it gets something right. And on Twitter an account titled ‘On This Day…

Julian Smith: Despite being sacked, it has been a weirdly good week

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

A doctor will tell you heart attacks may appear to come out of the blue, but if you look carefully,…

The brands regretting calling themselves ‘Corona’

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Going viral A few of the businesses which chose ‘Corona’ as a brand name and now have a bit of…

Portrait of the week: More Brexit chaos, royal complaints and Syrian fighting

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Home The Commons voted by 329 to 299 for a Brexit Withdrawal Bill but then stymied progress by defeating a…

Ronald Blythe took us back to an age when a tenant could be turfed out of a tied house simply for being 'rude'

Can giving voice to the horrors of the past re-traumatise?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It is 50 years since Ronald Blythe published Akenfield, his melancholy portrait of a Suffolk village on the cusp of…

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…

George Orwell’s legacy has been monopolised by the left

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Mrs May says she is taking her stand on the issue of Northern Ireland and the integrity of the United…

The result of the Irish referendum is a triumph of light over darkness. For others it is the other way round

It’s not for Westminster to decide Northern Ireland’s abortion law

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Predictably enough, there have been no calls this week for the Irish referendum on abortion to be re-run, no complaint…

Ainsley Harriott is still unaccountably amused by almost everything: Costa Del Celebrity reviewed

27 January 2018 9:00 am

These days, when it comes to people who used to be on the telly, the answer to the classic newspaper…

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…

A clash of creeds

12 August 2017 9:00 am

This is a very modern novel. Terrorist atrocity sits side by side with the familiar and the mundane. Where better…

Fudging Ireland’s border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

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

Letters

13 July 2017 1:00 pm

Technical education Sir: I am grateful to Robert Tombs for highlighting the baleful use of ‘declinism’ as part of the…