1917 – 2008
Politican and journalist, Conor Cruise O’Brien is as much remembered for his iconoclastic views as for his writings. He was born in Rathmines but spent much of his later life out of Ireland. An MEP for Ireland in 1973, he became Minister for Posts and Telegraphs in the later 1970s. His views, always trenchantly expressed, moved from the Left to the Right during his later years, and he was an out-spoken critic of militant Republicanism during the period of the Troubles. He was author of Section 21 of the Broadcasting Act, which banned interviews with members of Sinn Fein or the IRA. He had left politics by the late 1970s and between 1979 and 1981 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Observer newspaper. His many publications include works on Parnell, Camus, Edmund Burke and Thomas Jefferson.
Browse a list of titles by Conor Cruise O'Brien in the library catalogue.