Ireland

The Troubles with Brexit

17 November 2019 6:00 pm

At times, it can be hard to avoid the preachy style of reviewing that talks to readers in the tone…

Do ‘Workington Man’ and ‘Worcester Woman’ decide elections?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

National characters How useful is it to characterise an election with a single anthropological specimen such as ‘Workington Man’? ‘Worcester…

How violent are our jails?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Big Ben protests An Extinction Rebellion protestor climbed to the top of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, with…

Praise be to Mary MacLeod Trump. [Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images]

If we do get a good Anglo-American trade deal, we should thank Trump’s mother

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In an uncharacteristic fit of almost-robustness, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘open-minded’ about scrapping the BBC licence…

Letters: parliament has a responsibility to stop Brexit

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Parliament’s responsibility Sir: I always enjoy reading the intelligent and outspoken Lionel Shriver. But her latest article (14 September) puts…

For the first time since 1171, Ireland has more power than England

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Watching Boris Johnson in Dublin, where he came to ask Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to get him out of a hole,…

Letters: why Rose Hudson-Wilkin is the right choice for Bishop of Dover

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Rose is the right choice Sir: Every Wednesday for the past nine years, it has been my privilege to attend…

Oodles of fun – but unfair on climate sceptics: Kill Climate Deniers reviewed

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Kill Climate Deniers is a provocative satire by Australian theatre-activist David Finnigan. The title sounds misanthropic and faintly deranged but…

How Ireland became a back door to Britain

27 April 2019 9:00 am

I was working in Johannesburg when I first got wind of the fact that Ireland has become an illegal back…

It’s not anti-Irish to criticise Leo Varadkar

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The relationship between the UK and the Republic of Ireland has ‘reached a hunger-strike low’, says a new study by…

Ireland’s strange decision to become a French colonial outpost

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Seventy years ago this month, a prime minister led a divided nation towards the exit from what was then one…

Why are we allowing ourselves to be held to ransom by has-been Irish militants?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

When politics goes round in circles, the columnist inevitably revisits issues that would have been sorted if only everyone read…

British poet Salena Godden presenter of Mrs Death Misses Death on Radio 4. [Photo: Roberto Ricciuti / Getty Images]

Listening to people talking about death can be strangely consoling

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Without death,’ says Salena Godden, ‘life would be a never-ending conveyor belt of sensation.’ For her death is what gives…

Letters: Brexit’s impact on the Irish border issue has been flagged up all along

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The Irish border Sir: Contrary to the assertion that the Irish border ‘only hit the headlines’ after Leo Varadkar became…

Leo Varadkar has done his absolute best to damage Brexit

24 November 2018 9:00 am

How did we get into this Brexit mess? Why is it proving so difficult to leave the EU? Was it…

History will judge UK ministers harshly for the Irish backstop

10 November 2018 9:00 am

We may or may not hear news soon of a settlement of the Irish border issue that will allow Brexit…

Divide and rule: how the EU used Ireland to take control of Brexit

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The story of Britain and Ireland’s relationship has, all too often, been one of mutual incomprehension: 1066 and All That…

How the Irish see Brexit

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In February, I spoke at the first ‘Irexit’ public meeting in Dublin, a discussion about options for Ireland in the…

Sally Rooney. Credit: Jonny L. Davies

A friendship in flux: Normal People, by Sally Rooney, reviewed

15 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Marianne had the sense that her real life was happening somewhere very far away, happening without her, and she didn’t…

Aristocrats by Brian Friel at Donar Warehouse Credit: Johan Persson

Brian Friel’s Aristocrats should be called ‘Posh People Move House’

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Non-stop chatterbox and mystifyingly revered fabricator of sub-Chekovian paddywhackery, Brian Friel has received another production at the Donmar. His play…

Did Ed Balls mean to make a documentary on the joys of Trump’s America?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The thing I most regret having failed ever to ask brave, haunted, wise Sean O’Callaghan when I last saw him…

Why has the National given over its largest stage to one of the nation’s smallest talents?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The National has made its largest stage available to one of the nation’s smallest talents. If Brian Friel had been…

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…

Pope Francis raises the white flag

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Just before Ireland voted overwhelmingly to end the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, Catholics in the fishing village of Clogherhead…

The Irish border is the EU’s problem, not ours

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…