Ireland

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…

Brexit, Ireland and the Trump question

17 March 2017 21:00

We all have our roles.  In the world order which we inhabit, Ireland has one chief international responsibility: each St…

At least Martin McGuinness made old age. Many others didn’t

20 January 2017 10:43

When Martin McGuinness said he was retiring from politics due to serious illness it gave vent, almost immediately, to the sort of ‘How…

Ireland will have the hardest Brexit of all

19 January 2017 8:20

Irish eyes aren’t smiling – when it comes to Brexit. As one who hails from the Emerald Isle, I’ve taken…

What the papers say: Southern strikes, pig-headed militants and what Brexit means for Ireland

13 December 2016 8:35

Social care was notable by its absence from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. But the care system is now firmly back…

Apple’s Irish tax bill is bad news for free-market liberals

30 August 2016 16:53

So the European Commission has today released its much-delayed iTax. This time, it’s not an Apple innovation but a ruling…

The Easter Rising centenary shows Ireland more at peace with its past

26 March 2016 9:52

Here in Dublin, Ireland is busy marking 100 years since the Easter Rising of 1916. It is being celebrated, but with…

Shamrocks, green beer and leprechauns – the sheer un-Irishness of St Patrick’s Day

17 March 2016 16:23

March is the cruellest month if you’re Irish and venture out of Ireland, breeding plastic leprechauns from dead Tesco aisles,…

Today’s elections show the way towards Ireland’s new politics. But we aren’t there yet

26 February 2016 12:21

Dublin Ireland goes to the polls today.   The Google Doodle is up, the shadow of history hovers with the 1916…

Why I’m in love with Róisín Murphy

19 November 2015 16:59

Róisín Murphy, the Irish singer-songwriter, is currently touring Europe with her Mercury Prize-shortlisted new album, Hairless Toys. The album, with its…

The ‘Stakeknife’ investigation and the dark reality of double agents

22 October 2015 13:16

The decision by Barra McGrory, the Director of Public Prosecutions in Northern Ireland, to recommend an official investigation into the…

Here’s what happens when you create a ‘safe space’ at a pro-life event

13 October 2015 11:15

You know all that stuff about ‘safe spaces’, places on university campuses where you’re not allowed to say or do…

How Jeremy Corbyn could boost David Cameron’s majority

6 August 2015 11:46

Tories tend to think that Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader will be fabulously useful for their party, returning them an…

Euclid’s theorem of the Irish

10 July 2015 9:00

The excellently named Euclid Tsakalotos has become the Greek finance minister after the sacking (tsaking?) of Varoufakis. He was educated…

Irish Catholicism’s response to gay marriage hasn’t been totally incoherent

30 May 2015 15:33

Matthew Parris, in a characteristically elegant essay in this week’s magazine, complains about the rubbish quality of the arguments against…

Is gay marriage just a fad?

30 May 2015 10:00

Now that Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, it will be widely believed that this trend is unstoppable and…

As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage

27 May 2015 16:55

I see. So now we have the result of the Irish referendum on gay marriage, and now we’ve heard the…

Ireland’s gay marriage vote was never an equal contest

24 May 2015 0:20

In more ways than one it’s impossible to be heard above the din right now in the wake of the…

Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

23 May 2015 23:49

Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin –…

The free market is still the greatest force for reducing prejudice

20 May 2015 15:20

I suppose if you’d told someone in Northern Ireland 25 years ago that the most contentious issue come May 2015 would…

The ‘gay cake’ case highlights a new intolerance developing in Ireland

20 May 2015 10:12

In what sense, precisely, has a bakery in County Antrim contravened discrimination law by refusing to ice a cake with a…

Ireland’s ‘tolerant’ elite now demonise anyone who opposes gay marriage

19 May 2015 11:05

If you think it’s tough being a Tory voter in 21st-century Britain, try being a ‘No’ voter in this week’s…