Fintan O'toole

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With the guts of half a billion euro up for grabs for PPE, this was surely the greatest single opportunity for corruption. And yet, there is no evidence anybody in Ireland seized this chance for self-enrichment.

Fadó fadó in Éireann, let’s say two decades ago, there is a pandemic. Call it Covid-99 – our current plague but in a previous time. An effective vacc(...)

Brian O’Nolan aka Flann O’Brien; ‘his real self was permanently elusive’

Readers may recall that Wednesday’s Diary was accompanied by a picture of Patrick Kavanagh, sitting with his friend Elizabeth O’Toole and her children(...)

Bosca Brexit: the best of Ireland

The British government has revealed it is making plans to stockpile food and drugs in the event it crashes out of Brexit on March 29th without a deal,(...)

Yes to Europe: Britain knew its decision to join Common Market was a profound moment. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty

How many people have read last week’s British government White Paper on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union? It is, after all, both a(...)

George Bernard Shaw. Photograph: Sasha/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the coverage of Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary, it was widely suggested that he was author of the famous phrase: “Some men see things as they ar(...)

 Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. The Muslim population is small but growing rapidly, from 49,000 to 63,000 between 2011 and 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In May 2008, the then minister of state for integration, Conor Lenihan, launched a document with the catchy title Migration Nation. It was, as he(...)

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage speaking at the Freedom to Prosper conference at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Meade

What Europhile quisling said this: “Ireland belongs to Europe by history, tradition and sentiment no less than by geography. Our destiny is bound up w(...)

From 1963 onwards, the pill was imported into Ireland to keep menstrual anarchy at bay. This involved lying on a heroic scale. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s time to talk about lying women. About brazen bare-faced female mendacity – and why some people want more of it.  In the history of feminine(...)

College Green in Dublin: class is very much at work in the controversy over its proposed civic plaza

Among my most treasured possessions is a letter dated December 23rd, 2010, from Mary-Denise O’Reilly of the Railway Procurement Agency. It wasn’t a pe(...)

Rónán Mullen outside Leinster House last October.  “We have a tradition here in Ireland where children with Down syndrome are perhaps more cherished than in many other countries,” he has claimed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The face of the campaign against repealing the Eighth Amendment will not be a Catholic bishop. It will be a delightful smiling kid with Down syndrome.(...)

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