Gene Kerrigan

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Gene Kerrigan is an Irish journalist and novelist who grew up in Cabra in Dublin. His works include political commentary on Ireland since the 1970s in such publications as Magill magazine and the Sunday Independent newspaper. He has also written about Ireland for International Socialism magazine.[1]

His book The Rage won the 2012 Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of the year.[2] Marilyn Stasio, in a 2014 review of Dark Times in the City, comments that Kerrigan "writes with a grim elegance".[3]

The ghettoes sink deeper into despair while southside gobshites chatter inanely about the Celtic Tiger. —Gene Kerrigan[4]

Kerrigan retired from his role as a regular columnist with the Sunday Independent in November 2023.[5]

List of works[edit]

  • Kerrigan, Gene (1984). Round Up the Usual Suspects: Nicky Kelly & the Cosgrave Coalition. Dublin: Magill Publications. ISBN 0-9507659-2-9. with Derek Dunne
  • Kerrigan, Gene (1990). Nothing But the Truth. Dublin: Tomar Publishing. ISBN 1-871793-06-8.
  • Kerrigan, Gene (1992). Goodbye to All That: A Souvenir of the Haughey Era. Dublin: Blackwater Press. ISBN 0-86121-374-2. with Derek Speirs
  • Kerrigan, Gene (1993). Police Interrogation Endangers the Innocent, Chapter 1: The Anatomy of an Interrogation. Dublin: Irish Council for Civil Liberties. ISBN 0-9515425-2-4.
  • Kerrigan, Gene (1995). Hard Cases: True Stories of Crime and Punishment. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-86369-890-5. and Gill & Macmillan ISBN 0-7171-3862-3
  • Kerrigan, Gene (1998). Another Country: Growing Up in 50's Ireland. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2745-1.
  • Kerrigan, Gene (1999). This Great Little Nation: The A-Z of Irish Scandals and Controversies. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2937-3. with Pat Brennan
  • Kerrigan, Gene (2002). Never Make a Promise You Can't Break: How to Succeed in Irish Politics. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-3459-8.
  • Kerrigan, Gene (2012). The Big Lie - Who Profits From Ireland’s Austerity?. Doubleday Ireland. ISBN 1848271506.
  • Kerrigan, Gene (2015). The Scrap. Transworld Ireland. ISBN 1781620350.


  1. ^ Ireland: A Special Survey International Socialism, October 1976 (with Des Derwin, John Goodwillie, & Brian Trench).
  2. ^ Flood, Alison (18 October 2012). "Irish author Gene Kerrigan wins Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  3. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (3 January 2014). "You Wouldn't Want to Live There: USA Noir, and More". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  4. ^ Kerrigan's Ricorso database entry. Retrieved: 2010-10-01
  5. ^ "In praise of Gene Kerrigan as he pens his final regular column: Colleagues Vincent Browne, Colm Tóibín and Willie Kealy pay tribute to a master of the profession of journalism". 19 November 2023.

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