File photograph of former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon with David Trimble, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Stormont. A dinner in honour of Mr Mallon was attended by hundreds in Armagh. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has been hailed as a “great Irishman” and a “genuinely historic figure” who had shown “disdain for(...)

Jane Lythell: ‘Reading has been such an important part of my life since I was a child and books have formed who I am.’

Jane Lythell lives in Brighton. She was a producer at TV-am and commissioning editor at Westcountry Television, before leaving to become deputy direct(...)

Miriam Frank: ‘Much of today’s writing appears to be celebrity related and follows fashions, relying on the expertise of others and writing to a learnt formula, rather than through the direct experience and observation of life.’

Miriam Frank is the author of My Innocent Absence: Tales from a Nomadic Life (Arcadia Books), an exploration of identity, belonging and relationships,(...)

Golden Dawn party’s Ilias Panagiotaros delivers a speech during a rally in Athens last May. The far right party aims to become  Greece’s third political force in the elections on January 25th. Photograph: Reuters

It’s doubtful whether the rally’s organisers intended the analogy, but the sight of rows of people staring at an empty stage and breaking into chants (...)

At times the Ireland of 1984 seemed to resemble something from a Flann O’Brien novel. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nineteen Eighty-Four conjures up a world of Big Brother, thoughtcrime and doublethink. George Orwell’s novel, completed in 1948, imagines the triumph(...)

The fall in oil prices could represent the equivalent of a trillion-dollar tax cut for the global economy. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

As recently as August, barely four months ago, it was possible to describe Ireland’s economic recovery as “tentative”. Two pieces by this columnist – (...)

Artist Kaya Mar stands  near parliament with his cartoon painting depicting chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne waving an axe. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

George Osborne got out of bed yesterday in his family flat overhead No 10 Downing Street to the sound of Big Ben’s 6 o’clock bells, listening like so (...)

Enterprising: Captain James T Kirk

Consider this, from Steven Pinker’s new book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century: “Recent graduates, inclu(...)

The best design award went to the Tardigrade team

This year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards were announced last night at the Liquor Rooms in Temple Bar. The awards were presented in nine categories this(...)

Down and Out in Paris and London by George OrwellBewley’s Cafe Theatre***Phelim Drew’s adaptation and one-man performance of Orwell’s book sets itsel(...)