Eilis O'Hanlon

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Eilis O'Hanlon (born 1965) is a Northern Irish journalist. She writes for the Sunday Independent. She co-authored, with her husband, Ian McConnel four novels under the pen name Ingrid Black.[1] Her book, The Dead, published in 2003, was honored with the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. O'Hanlon's work appears in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing.

O'Hanlon is known as one of Sinn Féin’s most ardent critics.[2] She has also written of her opposition to emigration from Ireland, frequently arguing that this has damaged and continues to damage the nation,[3] and has also voiced disapproval of transgender people in her work.[4]


Eilis is the daughter of Sam and Tess (née Cahill) O'Hanlon, and her uncle was the late Joe Cahill, an IRA volunteer and leader from the 1940s onwards. Her elder sister was the late PIRA volunteer and Sinn Féin politician, Siobhán O'Hanlon. The two sisters remained estranged at the time of Siobhán's death from breast cancer, as Eilis is staunchly anti-physical force republicanism and heavily critical of Sinn Féin.

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Ingrid Black". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Niall O'Dowd (18 October 2014). "Latest media attack on Gerry Adams fails the reality test". Independent.ie. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Eilis O'Hanlon (22 January 2012). "Eilis O'Hanlon: Glibness above and beyond the call of duty". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Let's all take the mickey... and change".