Photograph courtesy of Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane

In contrast to James Joyce’s embrace of modernism and escape from Ireland, the Limerick-born artist Seán Keating despised modernist art and returned i(...)

‘Who, can form the next government? Even the failsafe option of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil forming their natural coalition is no longer a certainty. The European and local elections show the two parties between them now commanding a minority of votes. And what are the other options?’ Above,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the count centre for the European elections in Castlebar, Co Mayo earlier this year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

The descent into political ineptitude of the Government after the troika left town is quite remarkable. Relatively small issues, such as the McNulty a(...)

Photograph: Robert Kirk/PD/Getty

I first heard the word “priceless” about 50 years ago, at the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street in Dublin. I was looking at one of the b(...)

Contender: part of Into the West of Ireland, by Paul Henry. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

Joseph Stalin called artists “engineers of the human soul”, and to show that he meant this as a high compliment he added that the production of souls (...)

Artist in exile: James Joyce in Zurich around 1918, shortly after he finished the book. Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty 1:55

Before the Easter Rising of April 1916 the banner that hung from Liberty Hall in Dublin read “We serve neither king nor kaiser but Ireland”. At the en(...)

‘The public revolt against water charges is not, for the most part, a rebellion against the eminently sensible idea that a small State should have a single public utility to develop its water system.’ Above,  water charge protesters  in Crumlin, Dublin on Saturday  as part of the national water charge protest. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It should be so easy. How much political brilliance does it take to persuade the population that it is necessary to change a water supply system that (...)

 Pádraig MacLochlainn put it most touchingly: “I know the character of Gerry Adams and I absolutely believe him.” It’s that “absolutely” that should alert those of us outside the party that we are in the realms of pure truthiness.  Photograph:  Collins

I owe Sinn Féin an apology. I have been judging the handling of child sexual abuse by the wrong standard. Like many equally mistaken people, I’ve been(...)

Gerry Adams (centre)  with Sinn Féin TDs Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

In March 1987, Gerry Adams went to Buncrana to meet his niece Áine and her mother. They told him Áine’s father, Gerry’s brother Liam, had sexually abu(...)

‘By Stiglitz’s measures – how long it takes for recovery to happen and how extensive is the damage caused in the meantime – the success of the twin-track policy of feeding dead banks and starving public services for the most vulnerable is not at all obvious.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The cock crows just before the dawn. Then the sun comes up. In the cock’s tiny mind, this sequence suggests an inescapable conclusion: the sun rises b(...)

No broadcast: the Met’s revival of The Death of Klinghoffer, by John Adams. Photograph: Richard Hubert Smith/Metropolitan Opera

Two kinds of censorship limit the rights of artists to express themselves. One is censorship from above: the naked power of the state to ban a book, a(...)