Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

In defence of Boris Johnson

In defence of Boris Johnson

Many of the loudest objections to the British PM are essentially cosmetic: he is just doing what most politicians in his place would do

‘Aspie’ superpower of our own children must not be ignored

‘Aspie’ superpower of our own children must not be ignored

We celebrate Greta Thunberg as a champion of neurodiversity while neglecting Irish teenagers with autism, and so deprive ourselves of their talents and insights

Inflammatory rhetoric fans hysteria and scepticism

Inflammatory rhetoric fans hysteria and scepticism

Alarmist reporting and post-colonial tut-tutting on the crisis in Brazil’s rainforest has backfired

EU creates its own hellish Trump-style wall in our name

EU creates its own hellish Trump-style wall in our name

While European leaders talk in liberal terms about migration, their policies in the Med are as tough on migrants as those of the US president

Populists say the elite is out of touch - and they do have a point

Populists say the elite is out of touch - and they do have a point

Populism is on the rise, but demonising its followers is not helpful. Instead, liberals should try to understand and acknowledge the fears some people have, but not surrender to them

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

The party members who attacked Young Fine Gael president Killian Foley-Walsh for attending a right-wing conference in the US seem to have forgotten the USP of their own organisation

Ebola shows how fates of the rich and poor are intertwined

Ebola shows how fates of the rich and poor are intertwined

Treating communities on the ground with respect is critical for the effective management of any crisis

Insisting on backstop got us Johnson

Insisting on backstop got us Johnson

Ireland’s intransigence on the issue of the border has brought us to the verge of the worst-case scenario. But there may still be time to salvage a soft Brexit from this mess

They put a man on the moon. Is Sláintecare really that hard?

They put a man on the moon. Is Sláintecare really that hard?

Like the Ardnacrusha scheme - our Apollo 11 moment - Sláintecare requires vision and political will. But it could transform our lives

Our silence on Saudi Arabia’s atrocities is morally pathetic

Our silence on Saudi Arabia’s atrocities is morally pathetic

The government should loudly condemn the Riyadh regime and push for embargoes, rather than trumpeting trade partnerships

We’re at a crucial moment for our climate - just ask any teen

We’re at a crucial moment for our climate - just ask any teen

Theresa May is way ahead of her global peers on this issue - just like our young people who don’t want to inherit a catastrophe

The Leaving Cert is failing generations of students

The Leaving Cert is failing generations of students

It is time we had an education system that fosters creativity and citizenship instead of hot-housing our children for the rat race

It’s time to back off: Bailey has been punished enough

It’s time to back off: Bailey has been punished enough

The #SwingGate TD deserved ridicule, but online shaming of this magnitude can be more damaging than any formal sanction

Banning unvaccinated kids from school is sure to backfire

Banning unvaccinated kids from school is sure to backfire

Making vaccination mandatory won’t persuade distrustful people to trust the system, and could just end up making things worse

A sane solution to an Irish absurdity

A sane solution to an Irish absurdity

Taking faith formation out of schools is a good idea – after all, it worked last time round