Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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The cosy age of This Life is gone

The cosy age of This Life is gone

It’s the highlight of the BBC’s new-year schedule. The station’s press officers report that they’ve never had as many inquiries about a single programme.

His own Boss

His own Boss

Charles Haughey’s favourite poet, William Butler Yeats, once wrote that all life was a preparation for something that would probably never happen.

US policy switch will test weak Iraqi prime minister

US policy switch will test weak Iraqi prime minister

Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister of Iraq, has one of the most difficult political jobs in the world. Last week, thanks to a series of events in Washington, it became even harder.

The day Nixon warmed the Cold War

The day Nixon warmed the Cold War

Seize The Hour: When Nixon Met Mao, by Margaret McMillan, John Murray, €30.

Aids: The lost continent

Aids: The lost continent

It is pushing 80 degrees in the sweltering heat of the mid-day African sun, but the big man in front of me cannot stop himself from shivering.

The day Nixon warmed the Cold War

The day Nixon warmed the Cold War

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Profumo speaks through his son

Profumo speaks through his son

Bringing The House Down: A Family Memoir, by David Profumo, John Murray, €29.40.

Profumo speaks through his son

Profumo speaks through his son

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Ortega victory gives US more nightmares

Ortega victory gives US more nightmares

During his campaign for the presidency of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega’s theme song was a Latin version of Give Peace A Chance.

When Harry met Dali

When Harry met Dali

Harry Hill looks just like, well, Harry Hill. The thick spectacles, huge shirt collar and suit jacket with pens stuffed into the top pocket are all present and correct.

Savaging the Tiger

Savaging the Tiger

Charles Haughey and film director John Boorman used to enjoy getting drunk together.

Creating the next Ireland

Creating the next Ireland

Why are the politicians not consulting Ireland’s bright young things in order to generate new ideas for the challenges of the decade ahead? The Sunday Business Post’s Think Tank gives a fresh perspective on Ireland’s issues.

Royal approval

Royal approval

Jacques Royal was not a great believer in women’s rights. The shaven-headed French army colonel saw his daughters as biological mistakes, who should be kept silent at meal times, given a basic education and married off as quickly as possible.

A peek into a parallel universe

A peek into a parallel universe

PRESIDENT GORE AND OTHER THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED, Edited by Duncan Brack, Politico’s, €22.05

The heir to Blair?

The heir to Blair?

This time last year, David Cameron did not look in good political shape.