Fintan O'Toole is one of Ireland's leading political and cultural commentators.
Born in Dublin in 1958, he has been drama critic of In Dublin magazine, The Sunday Tribune, the New York Daily News, and The Irish Times and Literary Adviser to the Abbey Theatre. He edited Magill magazine and since 1988, has been a columnist with the Irish Times.
His work has appeared in many international newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Awards include the AT Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism (1993), the Justice Award of the Incorporated Law Society (1994) and the Millennium Social Inclusion Award (2000).
He has also broadcast extensively in Ireland the UK, including a period as presenter of BBC's The Late Show.
Books include White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America (2005), After the Ball (2003); Shakespeare is Hard but so is Life (2002); The Irish Times Book of the Century (1999); A Traitor_s Kiss: The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1997); The Lie of the Land: Selected Essays (1997); The Ex-Isle of Erin (1996); Black Hole, Green Card (1994); Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (1995); A Mass for Jesse James (1990) and The Politics of Magic (1987).
"I would like to thank you for your contribution to the fourth Foundation Forum 'Global recession: Europe's way out'. Your introduction in the plenary started a very lively conversation in the workshop 'Joint actions to tackle the recession'. Your skillful and concise summary of that debate was highly appreciated by conference participants: during the second day of the conference many referred back to your earlier interventions."
Jorma Karppinen, Director, Eurofound
"Fintan O'Toole was unforgettable. It was a brilliant event. Capacity, audience, and it could have gone on all night. Inspirational and thought-provoking. We will certainly want him back when the new book comes out."
Ann Luttrell, Programmer, Triskel Arts Centre