Turning ‘Consent’ On Its Head

Turning ‘Consent’ On Its Head

Ciarán Quinn, Sinn Féin’s Representative for North America, writes about the issue of consent to constitutional change and how unionists are trying to create a precedent for blocking change and turning its meaning on its head – A couple of weeks ago I had an...
In Search of Madness

In Search of Madness

My review of Professor Brendan Kelly’s book, In Search of Madness – A Psychiatrist’s Travels Through the History of Mental Illness, was published in the Weekend Section of last Saturday’s Irish Examiner. Here it is: ‘At the age of 20, Helen presented to...
All at sea on Father’s Day

All at sea on Father’s Day

My friend Glenn Bradley thought he would refresh with a little Father’s Day kayaking before the arrival of the family. But then things took a sinister turn… My wife Jo and I awoke early both enthused with a good night’s sleep. The sea air at our holiday...
Run Rose Run

Run Rose Run

My review of Dolly Parton’s debut novel (in collaboration with James Patterson) was published in the Weekend Supplement of the Irish Examiner, 7 May. Here it is: A vagabond waif, a young woman with a gun in her bag, walks into a Nashville dive, The Cats Paw...
The Scariff Martyrs

The Scariff Martyrs

Among all the protagonists to the recent conflict in the North there is one side, above all others, which urgently needs to ‘draw a line through the past’, as if that were ever possible. It’s not that it seriously believes that the stroke of a pen or a piece of...