Ireland

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?

Ireland’s election result is bad news for Brexit

11 February 2020 3:42 am

Ireland has given its own twist to the populist uprisings across Europe, with its election ushering in a grim time…

Varadkar’s election gamble backfires as Sinn Fein surge

10 February 2020 5:55 am

Irish election results are being counted and it seems that Leo Varadkar’s snap election gamble has worked out as badly…

Can Leo Varadkar defy the odds to win another term as Taoiseach?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Back in October, Boris Johnson and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met for ‘last-ditch’ Brexit talks at a hotel on the…

The persecution (and vindication) of Kevin Myers is a parable of our times

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It seems seasonably suitable to celebrate good news. Unfortunately, as in most serviceable stories, for something good to happen, something…

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…