Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

Sinn Féin, Westminster and the lying game

Sinn Féin, Westminster and the lying game

Taking the oath of allegiance and taking their seats in the Commons would be a lie, but it may be necessary for the greater good

Citizenship should be revoked when abused

Citizenship should be revoked when abused

The case of an Irish citizen alleged to have been an Islamic State fighter must not be ignored by the government

Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

The Baby A case underlines the need for better resources for social services, and more research into causes of vulnerability in children

A threat to democracy?

A threat to democracy?

It’s turned politics on its head in countries around the world in 2018, and it threatens to further disturb the centre next year. But what exactly is populism – and how is it likely to play out in Ireland?

Santa Claus may be red, but he’s no socialist

Santa Claus may be red, but he’s no socialist

My children are sceptical about religious faith - all the more so because they go to a Catholic s...

The back story to Brexit and the backstop

The back story to Brexit and the backstop

If the backstop becomes a nationalist project, it will damage the Good Friday Agreement, not save it

Political correctness gone mad. Seriously?

Political correctness gone mad. Seriously?

Let’s dial down the hysteria about the ‘minefield’ of modern mores and embrace what is really just an idiot’s guide to basic decency

Fallout from a footballing false move

Fallout from a footballing false move

Ballybrack FC were flying in the league this year. Six wins and one draw from eight matches had t...

A victory for the left that  it won’t acknowledge

A victory for the left that it won’t acknowledge

There have been improvements in direct provision - in the main due to left-wing protest

Who wants the Loughinisland collusion probe stopped?

Who wants the Loughinisland collusion probe stopped?

Two journalists involved in a documentary about the 1994 massacre, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, were arrested and a copy of the entire contents of their server taken and sealed. Effectively, they have been silenced

What’s a backstop? Depends who you ask

What’s a backstop? Depends who you ask

The ambiguity of language gives us all plenty to chew on

We’ll miss her when she goes

We’ll miss her when she goes

In a world grown tired of spin, the German chancellor somehow seemed above politics

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

By exposing ugly fissures in Irish society around Travellers and those on welfare, prejudice may become more visible and easier to fight

The budget, climate change and our ‘duty of hope’

The budget, climate change and our ‘duty of hope’

Future historians will find it hard to forgive Paschal Donohoe’s failure to raise the carbon tax, but we must resist sinking into cynicism about the planet’s future

Why RTÉ should not agree to boycott Eurovision

Why RTÉ should not agree to boycott Eurovision

‘Reverse-censorship’ of the song contest in Israel next year would only legitimise the Israeli state’s own censorship and growing illiberalism