Peter O’Neill, founder and director of the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics: “I saw early on the power of performance to communicate with people in an impactful and emotive way and engage them in political themes.” Photograph: Kevin Cooper

Ideas? Politics? The two together, side by side? In these gloomy days of political stalemate in the North, the very notion registers as an alien conce(...)

Bill Clinton:  British diplomat Jonathan Powell conceded years later that the president’s  decision to grant Adams a visa-waiver in 1994 was the right thing to do. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Adams arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York at 4.30pm on Monday, January 31st, 1994, on Aer Lingus flight 105 from Dublin. Previously denied ac(...)

Saved by the belligerent: Fionn Davenport’s  arid discussion of the Russian revolution on Inside Culture (RTÉ Radio 1, Monday) was enlivened by anti-communist firebrand Peter Hitchens.

Comedy, the saying goes, is tragedy plus time. The veracity of this proposition is one of the issues on Inside Culture (RTÉ Radio 1, Monday), in a spe(...)

British author Philip Pullman: miscreant or mothereffing maverick? Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

A recent fulmination in the Daily Mail called up unexpected memories of Mrs Doyle quoting an imaginary bonkbuster on Father Ted. “Then there’s the bad(...)

Director Christoper Nolan on the set of Dunkirk  with Kenneth Brannagh

Christopher Nolan is 46. He is just about old enough to remember how, until the late 1970s, the second World War dominated British popular culture. Bo(...)

Fintan O’Toole: has already received a European Press Prize for his Brexit articles. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole has been shortlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize for Journalism for his writing about the Brexit referendum and it(...)

President Michael D Higgins signs the book of condolence for former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On BBC Radio 4 last Sunday morning, the writer Peter Hitchens applied his fly-swatting skills to the Castro headlines. So Castro made revolutions “sex(...)

Michelle Shocked: recent meltdowns demonstrate the perils of growing old.

Is there no alternative to Reactionary Dufferism? Are all young leftists doomed to end up in golf-club bars ranting about immigration? There ha(...)