Ireland

Ireland’s abortion referendum and the fight for female equality

18 May 2018 11:04

Ahead of the abortion referendum in Ireland next week, there’s a newspaper advert doing the rounds on Twitter. Printed in…

The Spectator Podcast: Mayday!

3 May 2018 13:34

In this week’s podcast, we discuss Theresa May’s impossible situation – how can she get herself out of the bind…

Could Dublin’s preachy liberals save Ireland’s abortion ban?

23 April 2018 13:47

Could there be a Trump-style upset when the Irish vote next month on whether to repeal the country’s ban on…

Brexiteers, you were warned about Ireland

28 February 2018 14:21

If you wished to get to an easy Brexit, well, this isn’t the starting point you’d choose. Once again, the…

Are the Brexit talks bordering on collapse?

27 February 2018 23:18

The question of the Irish border has almost collapsed the Brexit talks once, remember Mrs May’s first abortive December trip…

Irish Herald’s headline fail

19 February 2018 16:27

Oh dear. We’re only two months into 2018 and already the winner for ‘headline fail of the year’ appears to…

Baby, the rock n’ roll spirit should be on your side

16 February 2018 14:00

I am a rock ‘n’ roller by origin and inclination. I started off in rock journalism writing about bands and…

Ireland, the EU is playing you like a fiddle

4 December 2017 13:33

The EU has no shame. It is a completely shame-free zone. How else do we explain the grotesque spectacle of…

Ireland’s domestic problems are overshadowed by Brexit

28 November 2017 16:50

The Irish government has just survived a precarious wobble which would have plunged Britain and Ireland into further chaos over…

The government’s deeply cunning Brexit plan comes unstuck

28 November 2017 16:22

So, Frances Fitzgerald, the Tánaiste, has resigned. It now looks as though Leo Varadkar’s minority Irish government will not face…

The EU helped bring peace to Ireland. Will violence now return?

2 November 2017 12:59

The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg is…

Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

13 October 2017 12:53

If you’re fed up with endless bickering over Brexit, spare a thought for the citizens of Ireland. The government here…

The government’s Brexit Irish border plan is lacking in detail

16 August 2017 8:55

Avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is the government’s top aim in Brexit talks. Brussels wants much…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

6 August 2017 8:30

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

Ireland’s Taoiseach talks tough on Brexit

4 August 2017 17:03

There are three areas on which the EU insists that the Brexit negotiations must make progress on, before proper trade…

An Irish Sea border would damage British-Irish relations

29 July 2017 9:52

Dublin and London had been fairly tight since December 1993 and the Downing Street Declaration—until yesterday morning. The Times led with ‘Irish want…

Give the DUP a chance

26 June 2017 12:09

A political party barely known outside Northern Ireland now holds the balance of power in Parliament. Nobody saw it coming, but then…

Is Jeremy Corbyn really out to help the poor?

6 June 2017 9:30

Is Jeremy Corbyn really out to help the poor – or just to entice the middle classes into his big…

Jeremy Corbyn must have been the most secret peacemaker of all

30 May 2017 12:35

I suppose that if you are under thirty, Northern Ireland seems a place far away and it must be difficult to…

Stephen Fry will be delighted to be accused of blasphemy

8 May 2017 10:31

Oh God. And I mean it. What was a well meaning Irish citizen doing, bringing a blasphemy complaint against Stephen…

Theresa May is right to be troubled about the prospect of Irish reunification

31 March 2017 15:24

Amidst the apparent chaos in the days after the Brexit vote, one important story largely slipped under the radar. Now, the demand…

God will have the final say on Martin McGuinness

23 March 2017 20:08

Well, Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph got an airing in St Columba’s church in Derry today for the funeral of Martin…

Martin McGuinness changed his ways – but he never changed his mind

22 March 2017 13:41

We keep being incited to find it heartwarming that Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were known as the Chuckle Brothers.…

What Martin McGuinness’s eulogisers would like to forget

22 March 2017 11:20

The IRA commander never showed any remorse for the suffering he caused

Martin McGuinness – a man who put the ballot before bullets

21 March 2017 17:34

Ulster is where memory burns long and forgiveness comes slow. The death of Martin McGuinness will pass without the spilling of…