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…

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…