Ireland


Bedding down in the shadows of Belfast’s bonfires

4 August 2020 The bonfires of Belfast have a raw relevance. Pádraig Ó Meiscill reflects on an annual controversy.

Review – One Man’s Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA by Daniel Finn

17 June 2020 Connor Beaton reviews Daniel Finn's account of the politics and personalities which drove the IRA

Gender, class and cliché in Normal People

26 May 2020 The BBC hit drama shows the complexities of class mobility, but can’t avoid class and gender stereotypes, says Frances Hatherley

Pride in an Irish border town

18 October 2019 This summer, Irish LGBTQ campaigner Joseph Healy joined the Pride march in his home town of Newry. Here, he explains how life on the border has changed - and the stakes of Brexit installing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic

Northern Ireland: The border is coming

30 August 2018 Luke Butterly writes that the government is quietly preparing for a return to a harder border in Northern Ireland.

Ireland: Water protesters face jail as political policing ramps up

5 October 2015 Ireland's movement against water charges is being criminalised by a nervous state, writes Oliver Eagleton

From Ireland to Bolivia, there’s something in the water

8 June 2015 Fifteen years on from Bolivia’s ‘water war’, Thomas McDonagh looks at the developing parallels between those dramatic events and the current Irish battle over domestic water charges

Let our truth stand as their truth too

21 June 2010 Eamonn McCann's statement read outside Guildhall on behalf of the Bloody Sunday families

No one wants a return to violence

21 June 2010 Tony Cook, behind the award-winning documentary Secret History: Bloody Sunday, says while there was no 'Truth and Reconciliation Committee', there is an understanding among the community that the Troubles are behind them

Bloody Sunday: the wait is over

21 June 2010 Brilliant report for Bloody Sunday families: Not a bad result for the British Army either. Eamonn McCann on the Saville Report released 15 June 2010

Government eats up the Greens

11 March 2010 Former leading Irish Green Party member Bronwen Maher rues her ex-colleagues' continuing support for the centre-right coalition government in Ireland

Which part of No don’t they understand?

4 August 2008 When the EU constitution was rejected in 2005, European leaders resolved that the people of Europe would not get a vote on its replacement. But Ireland's constitution forced one exception, and the Irish promptly rejected the Lisbon treaty. Westby Swift looks at why the Irish voted No, what the EU plans to do about it and how the left should respond