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Billy Hutchinson in December 2012:   “With nationalism, it’s a bit like St Augustine: wrap the green flag around me, but not just yet. It won’t happen in my lifetime.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit, demographic shifts and the dramatic outcome of the Northern Assembly elections are all fuelling talk of a united Ireland, a Border p(...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

Enda Kenny: Has escaped from a couple of near political-death experiences in the past . Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A week is an eternity in political journalism. Tell me about it! Six days into the proxy war of the Fine Gael leadership tussle we are running out of(...)

The cast and crew of the next Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival production, Arlington,  opening on February 13th. The Abbey, like other Irish theatre companies, is concerned about the far-reaching effects  of Brexit on its bottom line.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Freezing rain whipped against the windows of the Hotel Kilmore in Cavan last Monday as Heather Humphreys welcomed an audience of politicians, local wo(...)

Paul Auster: “The very act of writing a novel or a poem strikes a blow for democracy.” Photograph: Jean-Christian Bourcart/Getty Images

Paul Auster has some ideas about how to resist what he says is going to be a real assault on American society. We meet in the novelist’s Brooklyn brow(...)

The published  work of Anthony Cronin, pictured in 2004, included 14 volumes of poetry, novels,  and biographies of Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien. Photograph: Frank Miller

The death yesterday of poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin brings to an end a remarkable link with the bohemian literary world of mid-20th centur(...)

Poets Seamus Heaney and Anthony Cronin enjoy a light moment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Within about two minutes of first meeting Anthony Cronin, he dismissed me as an idiot for not knowing the whereabouts of McDaid’s public house. He s(...)

Bloomsday 1954: John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and  Tom Joyce, on Sandymount strand

In another age, the natural description for Anthony Cronin – who has died aged 88 – would have been “man of letters”. He was a literary polymath – a(...)

Poet, novelist and critic  Anthony Cronin has died aged 88. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The Irish poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin has died. He was 88. Cronin was one of the best known cultural commentators in Ireland over the l(...)

Paul McCartney and John Lennon of the Beatles: after the break-up of the band, Lennon and McCartney turned to Ireland for source material, with the Troubles being the catalyst

British pop music has been celebrated around the world for decades and rightly so.  Rather less attention has been paid to an almost invisible s(...)

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