Nothing Compares 2U: The Presidential Race of 2011

As the current Irish presidential election winds towards its conclusion, in what The Irish Times has declared a “non-contest”, Michael D. Higgins enjoys a commanding lead. Occasional skirmishes over his limited participation in debates and his expenses in office have done little to enliven a rather predictable campaign, distinguished only by the absurd entry of… | Read on »

Dublin Theatre Festival’s long and winding road

This article originally appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm Opinion: over the last 61 years, the festival has given us valuable ways to think about our past and future, our place in the world and our sense of what we are and might become When the Dublin Theatre Festival opens later this week, it will celebrate its 61st birthday,… | Read on »

Irish Studies Scholar awarded British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant 2018

Irish Studies Scholar awarded British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant 2018 ‘Sliding Rock’ Mass Rock, Shantalla, Galway City. Former Moore Institute Visiting Research fellow, Dr Hilary Bishop, from Liverpool John Moores University has been awarded a 2018 British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant. Building on her connection with the work of Dr Nessa Cronin at the Centre for Irish… | Read on »

How much has changed in Ireland since the economic collapse?

This article originally appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm Opinion: a decade on, there is much to learn about how Ireland reacted to the financial crash and its aftermath Ireland’s dramatic economic collapse in 2008 began with the infamous bank guarantee. It was initiated by then Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan against the backdrop of an imperilled domestic banking system and an… | Read on »

John McCain: the life and strife of a political maverick

This article originally appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm Opinion: assessing the career of John McCain must take account of both his remarkable bravery and regrettable political mistakes The death of John McCain has led to a remarkable memorialisation in America. There has been non-stop discussion of two-times presidential candidate on news channels, replete with appreciations, stories of his exploits, barbs and friendships and reflections… | Read on »

How Martin McDonagh’s work became part of the establishment

This article originally appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm Opinion: high-profile unrisky summer runs and the casting of celebrity actors like Aidan Turner and Pat Shortt show the playwright’s work has come a long way One of the hottest theatre tickets in London this summer is for Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, a darkly provocative satire about an Irish… | Read on »

How Amlo became Mexico’s new president

This article originally appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm Opinion: Monumental challenges lie ahead following Mexico’s decisive vote for a president and government committed to social and political change It is difficult to overstate the significance of Mexico’s election results and the sense of possibility that they promise. Mexicans voted for a president and a government of… | Read on »

A short story about bookshelves

This article originally appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm Opinion: the history of book storage is not as straightforward as you might think  I am rearranging my library. Yes, I am. The scene described at the outset of Walter Benjamin’s seminal essay, “Unpacking My Library,” arose from his peripatetic lifestyle, not from a bout of home décor. We join the German… | Read on »

America’s problem with guns

This article originally appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm Opinion: mass shootings in the United States have sadly become all too common in recent times yet measures to address this malaise are rarely enacted. Just how did we get to this point? We have been here many times before: America convulsed by a mass shooting in which… | Read on »