Ireland

Derailing Brexit isn’t Leo Varadkar’s only aim

27 April 2019 9:00

I agree with much of Liam Halligan’s analysis of the Irish government’s approach to Brexit (‘Good Friday disagreement’, 20 April).…

Lyra McKee’s murder is nothing to do with Brexit

24 April 2019 17:06

Emily Thornberry reached a new low today. At Prime Minister’s Questions, she turned the Commons’ heartfelt offering of condolences to…

Would the real St Patrick have appreciated the contemporary marketisation of his Saint’s day?

20 March 2019 12:11

St Patrick’s Day, on 17 March, is now regarded as a prime opportunity for Irish politicians to travel abroad on…

The Spectator Podcast: Brexit, Bellingcat, and bondage with ethics

18 October 2018 17:51

This week, Brexit negotiations grind to a halt again as Brussels and the UK draw mutually exclusive red lines on…

Pope Francis has his work cut out to appease the church’s critics

25 August 2018 17:12

No one on earth could fulfil the expectations that have been invested in the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.…

Why is Corbyn cosying up to Northern Ireland’s unionists?

31 May 2018 14:56

How serious are Jeremy Corbyn and the Corbynites about winning power? Deadly serious, if the remarkable tactical flexibility he displayed…

Shami Chakrabarti can’t have it both ways on Northern Ireland

30 May 2018 11:41

Never one to shy away from a platitude, the shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, has declared that the PM must…

Ireland’s referendum was nothing like the Brexit vote

29 May 2018 10:48

The wags of the right have been chuckling since the Irish electorate voted to legalise abortion. Ha, ha, ha, they…

What really happened in Ireland’s abortion referendum

26 May 2018 9:49

The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, had declared that there would not be celebrations if and when the Yes side…

The abortion referendum is Ireland’s Brexit moment

25 May 2018 11:13

Is the abortion referendum going to be Ireland’s Brexit moment? Despite the financial crisis, a clerical scandal and a vote on…

Changing Ireland’s abortion laws would be a backward step

24 May 2018 17:42

It will, as one pro-life campaigner told me, take an act of God to swing the Irish referendum for the…

Ireland’s abortion vote and the wild west of online adverts

24 May 2018 13:10

It’s sometimes hard to know who’s really behind decisions at big tech firms. It could have been the PR team…

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…