Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

Five lessons from the Thai cave rescue

Five lessons from the Thai cave rescue

This was something more than a simple (if uplifting) story of heroism

Reasons to be cheerful about immigration

Reasons to be cheerful about immigration

Claims that mass migration will ruin us all are wrong. The challenge now is to keep Europe together without giving up the EU’s core values

Diarmuid Martin shaking his crozier at devout parishioner Josepha Madigan’s sincerely expressed views was a massive episcopal own goal

Diarmuid Martin shaking his crozier at devout parishioner Josepha Madigan’s sincerely expressed views was a massive episcopal own goal

You may have missed the headline during the week: “Government minister takes to national media ...

Profile - The gay apology

Profile - The gay apology

About time too...

Inching back towards a softer Brexit

Inching back towards a softer Brexit

The backstop and the border: is it time for us to turn?

A matter of faith: The decline of Catholic Ireland

A matter of faith: The decline of Catholic Ireland

Some commentators have portrayed the removal of the Eighth Amendment as part of a war of cultures in which conservative values in Ireland have been the main loser. But that interpretation ignores the complexity of a country that remains Catholic in many ways

Liberalism has won in a mature, functioning democracy

Liberalism has won in a mature, functioning democracy

The pro-life movement has strengths that liberal Ireland would do well to respect, but its high communal standards are harsh on individuals

The precariat: who’s  in it and who isn’t?

The precariat: who’s in it and who isn’t?

The genuine concerns of workers trapped in the insecure platform economy can be addressed without us all worrying about a looming dystopia

Beware the speed and sting of the hive mind in the heat of a major crisis

Beware the speed and sting of the hive mind in the heat of a major crisis

Contrary to popular political and media opinion, the cervical cancer debacle has nothing to do with the state’s longstanding problem with Irish women

The threat and opportunity that Big Tech 2.0 presents

The threat and opportunity that Big Tech 2.0 presents

Ireland will have the chance to lead from the front in data protection regulation - and we must after boomtime failures

Money, Montrose and music for middlebrows

Money, Montrose and music for middlebrows

The plight of RTÉ’s two orchestras, outlined in the Boaden report, reflects the conflicting pressures on the national broadcaster both to champion art and to reach the broadest audience possible

Hard truths about honesty

Hard truths about honesty

We think we celebrate whistleblowers – until we hear the whistle being blown on our own team

We need, as a nation, to talk about consent

We need, as a nation, to talk about consent

Ireland has a problem with rape, a problem rooted in our history and in the religious and societal promotion of an ‘ascetic morality’ that made sexuality a malign force

Cambridge Analytica ruse lets Facebook off the hook

Cambridge Analytica ruse lets Facebook off the hook

Liberals are crying foul because Trump beat them with the social media tactics pioneered by Obama

Why McAleese’s attack on  the Church truly resonates

Why McAleese’s attack on the Church truly resonates

Powerful dissent may help to blur the lines between what can and can’t be changed