Fintan O Toole

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Win any (pub) argument with our Brexicon. These pro- and anti-Brexit protesters outside the British parliament have definitely read it. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

From Bino to Remoaner, we give you the essential tools to hold a Brexit pub conversation As the deadline for Brexit approaches and the talking g(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking to the media at Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Good morning. The twists and turns of Brexit continue, and there was a major one skidded in yesterday morning. At the daily press briefing in Brussel(...)

Owen Roe played the role of Frank Hardy in Faith Healer by Brian Friel, at the Gate theatre in 2010

Actor Owen Roe will receive this year’s special tribute award at the 22nd Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in the new year. The award is for the wel(...)

Irene Edwards: “We don’t talk politics in the shop.” Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

In Holyhead, even Santa voted to leave the European Union. Santa’s other name is Richard Burnell. He’s 78 with a long white beard and he formerly work(...)

Monopoly, the Dublin edition

I was wandering aimlessly through the Arnotts toy department last weekend idly wondering what presents Santa’s elves might be building this year when (...)

Ciara Kelly: 'It’s really important in media to have different voices and different people represented.' Photograph: Tom Honan

Ciara Kelly recently auditioned for a part in the Dún Laoghaire Musical and Dramatic Society’s production of Jekyll and Hyde. She had never done anyth(...)

US president Donald Trump:  the US midtterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 6th. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

During the long and increasingly grim political summer of 2016, amidst the first presidential campaign for which I was back in the US after eight year(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. “Labour’s ideas, Michael D’s ideas, won out in the end” as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil accommodated themselves to change. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On the face of it, these are halcyon days for the people in Irish politics whom their opponents call the “liberal left”. If there’s a personification(...)

Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Seán Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Surely some only marginally-compromised elder statesfolk could have been conjured up to give Higgins some proper competition? Photograph: Tom Honan

Right you shower of bastards, now that Peter Casey is president* things are going to be very different around here. Obviously, we at The Iri(...)

‘If the UK is reduced to England, Wales and the North, the exceptional generosity of transfers to the North will stand out even more, increasing the likelihood that mainland politicians will choose to  cast the North adrift.’

While the final form that Brexit will take is still up in the air with just five months to go, the effects on the Irish economy when Britain leaves th(...)

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