Ireland

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…

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…