Richard Pine

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“I want four yards of books, please. They must be red and not taller than eight inches” Photograph: Getty Images

Further to the belated golden age of bookshelves – or at least their ubiquity as backdrops in TV interviews (Irishman’s Diary, April 15th) – my attent(...)

 A migrant boy plays in the dirt outside the Moria camp  in  Greece. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Despite guarded handshakes at the UN General Assembly last month, and their intention to “build a climate of trust”, Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mit(...)

 Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis adjusts his tie during a parliamentary session  in Athens. Photograph: Costas Baltas/Reuters

I was wrong. Despite poll predictions of a landslide to New Democracy (ND) in last month’s elections, I didn’t think they would achieve an overall maj(...)

 People visit the archaeological site of the ancient Temple of Zeus, a symbol of ‘the glory that was Greece’, in Athens. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

I was told recently that the Greek community in Ireland disapproves of me because I am not a true “philhellene” – meaning, someone who loves Greece – (...)

New Democracy  party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis exits the polling booth amid voting for the second round of local elections, in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Constantina Peppa/Reuters

The hefty vote for opposition party New Democracy (ND) in Greece’s local and European polls has precipitated a general election scheduled for July 7th(...)

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: speaking at the Islands of the Mind conference in June.   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

If you’re looking for a respectable excuse to visit Greece this summer, a conference in Corfu in late June may be just what you need. It’s called “Isl(...)

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra: it’s inconceivable that RTÉ could run the NSO and the Concert Orchestra with a total of less than 100 players.  Photograph: RTÉ

The first time I witnessed ballistic was in 1981. Charles Haughey had just appointed Fred O’Donovan to the chairs of both the RTÉ Authority and the ne(...)

This year’s awards span 25 categories, ranging from business and politics to showbiz and sport

The Irish Times has received more nominations than any other newspaper in the shortlist for this year’s national Journalism Awards, with more than twi(...)

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

It is inconceivable that an Irish finance minister would resign on a question of principle. But Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister from Janu(...)

Refugees  at a camp on the island of Chios, Greece, this month. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

When is a coup not a coup? When it’s a cock-up. Or should that be a conspiracy? As every schoolboy knows, the first step is to isolate the president, (...)

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