Charles Haughey: “wanted to get in on the action”. Photograph: Colman Doyle

Fianna Fáil had a formidable (and, at times, notorious) fundraising operation since Taca was set up in the 1960s. Most of the funds it raised were in (...)

Coliemore Road winds out of Dalkey village, dipping down to the pretty harbour, before finishing up at Sorrento Terrace. With views across the sea (...)

 Edna O’Brien: writes fiercely about subjects that shock and torment us.  Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

The only good thing that happened to me in 1990 was reading The Country Girls. I was 14, miserable at the Gaeltacht and in dire need of a brush wit(...)

Declan Meade: “Edna O’Brien has given me more hours of reading pleasure than any other Irish writer”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

(Visit our Women Writers microsite here) Edna O’Brien has given me more hours of reading pleasure than any other Irish writer. I started readin(...)

John Freeman, who has died aged 99, was in turn an advertising copywriter, an army major and war hero, a Labour politician and minister, an incisive t(...)

Edna O’Brien was born in Scariff, Co Clare, but came to Dublin to work in a chemist’s. She met and married Ernest Gebler, and they lived for a while i(...)

Christmas for me usually starts . . . quite late – I’m a bit of a procrastinator! My husband is more organised and takes care of anything that need(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka (1915) Gregor Samsa’s unusual transformation from human to giant bug didn’t go down well with the Fascists and was ba(...)

Photograph: Jimmy Fullam

‘There is in the short story at its most characteristic, something we don’t often find in the novel, an intense awareness of human loneliness.” The bi(...)