Not just a Mary

Mary Coughlan has 'charmed and swore and flirted and cursed her way through' her time as Minister for Agriculture. She has been popular among farmers – until the recent WTO talks in Hong Kong. Profile by John Byrne

He did the State some service

Michael Mills, one of the most influential political commentators for decades, later the first Ombudsman, has published a revealing memoir. By Vincent Browne.


Primal words

John Lennon's legacy is elusive, but Harry Browne says the 25th anniversary of his murder was followed by an event that helps put the Beatle in perspective: the death of his contemporary and fellow tortured-genius, Richard Pryor.


Playwright takes prize and a jab at America

The playwright Harold Pinter turned his Nobel Prize acceptance speech on 7 December into a furious howl of outrage against American foreign policy, saying that the United States had not only lied to justify waging war against Iraq but had also "supported and in many cases engendered every right-wing military dictatorship" in the last 50 years.


Nora Wall

Nora Wall's family and community stuck by her when newspapers branded her 'sick', 'evil' and 'wicked'. Most remarkably, the former nun said she never blamed those who made allegations against her. Profile by John Byrne.