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A Long March

Brendan O’Leary
Mar 5, 2008, 22:12 PM

Everything Flows

Patrick Lynch
Mar 8, 2008, 00:00 AM

Just Like That

Barra Ó Seaghdha
Jun 4, 2007, 17:47 PM

Against the Tide

Carol Taaffe
In the 1970s an obscure provincial schoolmistress created an organisation to be reckoned with whose aim was to purge British television of filth and blasphemy.
Mar 10, 2013, 13:28 PM

For Ireland and the Crown

Charles Lysaght
Whigs like William Monsell were blackguarded by nationalists as corrupt place-seekers and toadies and Whig became a dirty word in the Irish lexicon – one thinks, not without a feeling of irony, of Francis Cruise O’Brien, father of Conor, berating Father Delaney, the Jesuit head of university college Dublin as "a decayed old Whig". This spread to a general denigration of all who accepted official posts under the union, be they policemen, civil servants, judges or politicians. Yet such preferment was necessary if one was to meet the grievance of Irish Catholics that they were denied their fair share in the governance of their country. Ireland did not have to go a different way from Scotland and Wales.
Jun 9, 2009, 19:02 PM

Sacred Egoist

Michael McDonald
The Italian critic and editor Roberto Calasso enjoys a considerable reputation among the literary-critical elite, but how much substance or originality is there in his anti-rational musings?
Apr 21, 2013, 17:31 PM

Concrete Proof

James Moran
Built in 1974, it was put up by Robert McAlpine, who relied on many of those “fusiliers” who had come to Birmingham from Ireland and who played such a key role in constructing the culture and identity of the modern city. And yet, despite all of these reasons to applaud, the Central Library will be entirely ripped out by 2013   a move that suggests the extraction of a massive, and perfectly healthy, tooth.
Dec 10, 2010, 19:03 PM

Theories of Everything

Paschal Donohoe
Markets on their own will neither guarantee their own continuation nor broader societal prosperity. They rely on inclusive and adaptable political institutions, which in turn are created by political choices.
Jan 27, 2013, 17:00 PM

Two By Two

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
Fairy tales, as the German scholar Max Luthi has pointed out, are one-dimensional, they happen on the surface, the characters are agents who perform actions and express a very limited range of emotions if any. Nonetheless, a central concern ot the tales is human emotion. Specifically they deal with adolescents growing up, finding independence and emotional maturity. But their profound meaning is expressed in images and action, not in introspection or analysis.
Sep 5, 2010, 19:29 PM

A moralist in the newsroom

Enda O'Doherty
Mar 7, 2007, 17:54 PM

All Or Nothing

Joschka Fischer
A union of solidarity will never work if some people retire at sixty-seven and others at fifty-five or sixty; if some duly pay their taxes and others do not; if some increase their competitiveness while others do not; if some save while others amass increasing debt. Recent events will either lead to a profound encroachment on member state sovereignty, or the actions taken will not work. In the latter case, the euro as a common currency will also cease to function.
Jun 6, 2011, 12:36 PM

Mean Street USA

George O’Brien
American culture tends to reflect the various ways in which striving thrives. It’s not really so surprising, then, that rather than the novel of manners, à la James, American literature has produced the novel of bad manners. And the crime novel, in its modern form an American invention, is the last word in bad manners.
Mar 12, 2011, 18:55 PM

English Eggheads

John-Paul McCarthy
Dec 9, 2007, 18:01 PM

The Ongoing Promise

Kevin Stevens
“Books can contain all sorts of dire and dour information, opinion, behaviour, and not be pessimistic themselves. I hold with Sartre who wrote that we can write about the darkest possible things and still be optimistic, inasmuch as those writings prove that these dark things can be thought about – which to him was saving. And more practically, I think novels are all inherently optimistic, anyway, since they presume that a use will be made of them by a reader in some yet-to-arrive future.”
Sep 10, 2008, 20:11 PM

Rubbing Along

James Ryan
Jun 7, 2007, 19:16 PM

The Genesis of Macroeconomics

Thomas Boylan
The circumstances of his birth, some time between 1680 and 1690, and the ambiguities surrounding his death, circa 1734, provide an aura of mystique around the deeply enigmatic Richard Cantillon from Ballyheigue in Co Kerry. A contemporary, friend and later bitter opponent of John Law, he was an economic genius. In the only known publication by Cantillon, the Essai sur la nature du commerce en général, published in 1755, twenty-one years after his death, he provided a brilliant analytical framework or model of an economic system which traced the progression of an economy from a barter, command and closed economy to its development as a market-based, monetised and entrepreneurially driven economy open to international trade and capital flows.
Sep 7, 2009, 20:18 PM

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Sean OHuiginn
The kaiser was a pioneer in the notion of using Turkey as a bridge between Europe and the Islamic world. The events chronicled in this book are not particularly encouraging, being more consistent with Dr Ian Paisley’s insight that the trouble with a bridge was that it went over to the other side.
Mar 4, 2011, 18:21 PM


John Minahane
A new history of the English-approved aristocracy of Ireland in the seventeenth century shows remarkable command of official sources but reads as if the other Ireland, that is the vast majority, scarcely existed.
Mar 25, 2013, 14:29 PM

Faith and Physics

Peter Brooke
Mar 8, 2007, 19:39 PM

Casement’s War

Jeff Dudgeon
Roger Casement’s sojourn in Germany is hugely significant for Ireland and England, and especially apposite now the 1914-16 centenary years are approaching.
Mar 25, 2013, 14:24 PM