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Too Much Too Soon

Angela Long
Sep 5, 2007, 22:15 PM

Mr Haughey’s Dud Exocet

Michael Lillis
Continental European reaction was relatively low key, though in some cases attributing Mr Haughey’s motives to bitterness in Anglo-Irish relations. The Irish Press chorused support, the Irish Independent grumbled and Mr Gageby’s editorials in The Irish Times were unsurprisingly laudatory. All of this was I suppose, at least in retrospect, predictable.
Mar 10, 2012, 13:28 PM

They fly so high ... They fade and die

Michael O'Sullivan
As we try to recover from the bubble and bust we might ask whether we as a nation take more risks than others, or to what extent gambling is an entrenched characteristic of the Irish.
Jan 14, 2013, 10:42 AM

Northern Miniaturist

Brian Lynch
Dec 1, 2007, 17:58 PM

Tickled To Death

Enda O'Doherty

"The barons of the media, with their red-topped assassins, are the biggest beasts in the modern jungle. They have no predators. They are untouchable. They laugh at the law; they sneer at Parliament. They have the power to hurt us, and they do, with gusto and precision, with joy and criminality. Prime ministers quail before them, and that is how they like it."

Jun 22, 2012, 21:50 PM

The Border Campaign

Enda O’Doherty
Salandra instructed Italy’s regional governors to prepare reports for him on people’s attitudes to the coming conflict. The findings were that most people thought going to war could be justified only if the homeland was under attack. Business leaders, with the exception of the large northern industrialists, were against fighting. The governor of Naples reckoned that ninety per cent of all social classes were anti-war. Peasants, whose sons were most susceptible to the draft, regarded it as a calamity, like famine or plague; only the intelligentsia was in favour.
Jun 4, 2009, 18:31 PM

Fallen Skies

Maurice Earls
Social partnership has been the only real government achievement of recent times and even this can be read – particularly under Ahern – as an expression of the pervasive electorally-oriented politics of emollience. In general, Irish politicians have declined the exercise of power in order to concentrate on re-election. If it were not for a skilled and professional public service willing to catch the ball Ireland Inc would have ended in tears earlier.
Mar 2, 2009, 16:28 PM

Half the Picture

Michael Cronin
Historians who cannot engage with Irish-language sources risk fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of the public sphere, which in Ireland was long associated with orality and manuscript rather than print culture.
Mar 10, 2013, 15:30 PM

A House Built on Sand

Philip O’Connor and Pat Muldowney
The RTÉ programme ignored most of the relevant documentary sources. It later claimed that its argument – that the Coolacrease incident was sectarian murder in pursuance of a land grab in a context of widespread sectarian ethnic cleansing by the Irish independence movement – was proven by Land Commission documents which it had in its possession. The authors of Coolacrease examined the Land Commission records and there are no such documents in existence. The programme’s thesis is wholly unsupported by the available evidence.
Sep 2, 2009, 19:48 PM

Citizens of the Republic, Jewish History in Ireland

Manus O'Riordan
In the turbulent early years of the Irish Free State, 1922-23, two people who had been listed in the 1911 census as neighbours on Dublin’s Lennox Street met violent deaths at the hands of Free State army officers, one a Catholic and the other a Jew, one a civil servant and the other a tailor. Confounding the stereotypes, it was the Irish republican leader Harry Boland who was both a Catholic and a tailor, while the Jewish victim - Ernest Kahan - was a civil servant in Ireland’s Department of Agriculture.
Jun 4, 2007, 19:09 PM

Not So Dark

Colin Murphy
Here is Dowden’s description of Angola at the height of the civil war, in the 1980s: “a marxist regime armed by the Soviet Union and protected by Cuban troops is kept going by revenues from oil extracted by American oil companies whose operations are being attacked by American-backed socialist rebels”. This was history as tragedy and farce at the same time.
Mar 8, 2009, 16:48 PM

‘A Full Life, A Good End’

Liam Hennessy
Whatever about questions of mandate or democratic legitimacy, the bravery of the insurgents who fought in 1916, and of those who were executed for their role as leaders of the Rising, is beyond dispute.
Jan 14, 2013, 10:59 AM

The Queen of Lillyput

Catriona Crowe
Swift was genuinely kind to the young couple, helping Matthew with his career as a clegyman and including them in his peculiar dinner parties at the deanery, which always involved contretemps with the servants over the quality of the food or their alleged purloining of beer. He treated Laetitia almost like an intelligent doll, to be played tricks on, pinched, smacked, forced to take her shoes off, quizzed on her knowledge of literature, and expected to listen to him for hours on end.
Jun 15, 2008, 17:58 PM

To the Manor Born

Terry Eagleton
Big Houses may mean culture and civility, but they are also at the nub of a whole system of property, labour and production and engage the hard-headed qualities of the gentry as well as its more high-minded impulses.
Mar 10, 2013, 15:44 PM

Getting Better

Dan O’Brien
Pinker believes that the growth of empathy has much to do with increasing literacy – reading profoundly deepens the understanding of the perspective of others – and attributes to this the “humanitarian revolution” of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which saw the first campaigns against cruelties such as torture and slavery.
Mar 7, 2012, 13:04 PM

Cruelty, Grievance, Denial

William Kenefick
Dec 9, 2007, 22:00 PM

The Last Thing She Wanted

Kevin Stevens
Didion’s sensibility has roots in sixties drift and New Journalism iconoclasm, but refracted through a conservative temperament, not unlike the satirical streak of her contemporary Tom Wolfe, that is partly an expression of her origins: Episcopalian, California old money, daughter of a career army officer.
Dec 9, 2011, 15:49 PM

At Ease With Elsewhere

Philip Coleman
If Brian Moore’s work seemed “outsiderish” to the young Heaney in 1962, what must he have made of Hutchinson? He had been “outside” Ireland for well over a decade at this point, learning the languages of greater Europe – Catalan, Galician, Galaico-Portuguese, as well as French, Dutch-Flemish, and Italian – and forming his poetic identity in relation to poets such as Carner and other Catalan poets like Pere Quart (1899-1986) and Salvador Espriu (1913-1985), to name only a few of the non-Irish and non-Anglophone writers whose work had a major impact on the development of his distinctive poetic voice in the early decades of his career.
Sep 4, 2009, 19:58 PM

Silent Symphony

Barra Ó Seaghdha
Mar 4, 2008, 17:54 PM

From Bean To Bar

David Ralph
The recent events in Abidjan raise questions of course about the French connection. Opponents of the UN-backed actions argue that Outtara – married to a French woman and long-time friend of Nicolas Sarkozy – is a puppet installed to protect French interests. The French presence remains considerable in Côte d’Ivoire, especially through commodity houses engaged in the cocoa business. The upheavals threatened French business interests, critics claim, and it was really only Gbagbo’s threat to dissolve all foreign companies and nationalise the cocoa industry that led Paris to press the UN on military intervention.
Jun 11, 2011, 15:21 PM