Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

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

A matter of trust

A matter of trust

The economic crash a decade ago was painful enough in its own right. But its after-effects and the way it was dealt with created a loss of faith in Ireland’s ruling elites

Demonising the state threatens the state itself

Demonising the state threatens the state itself

Irish culture historically has been marked by an alienation from the state, rooted in the colonial experience.

Is this the true high point of Irish Catholicism?

Is this the true high point of Irish Catholicism?

In contrast to the papal visit in 1979, this weekend’s events show a Catholicism marked by noisy dissent, critical engagement and a more accountable leadership

Why burka bans are a mark of panic and weakness

Why burka bans are a mark of panic and weakness

Liberals won’t be able to wash the issue away, or simply dismiss the other side as racists

Ten false beliefs that may lead to a hard Brexit

Ten false beliefs that may lead to a hard Brexit

As talks restart, the EU’s ability to compromise isn’t helped by fallacies surrounding the issue

The inner life of Ireland’s favourite summer hot spot

The inner life of Ireland’s favourite summer hot spot

This month, 230,000 Irish people will head to Spain. Its turbulent but interesting political life is well worth a thought, in between sangrias

What Ryanair and Michael O’Leary tell us about Ireland

What Ryanair and Michael O’Leary tell us about Ireland

As one of Ireland’s most successful brands, Ryanair - and its chief executive - reveal certain truths about us, not all of them comfortable ones

The ‘bulletproof’ border backstop is making a no-deal Brexit more likely

The ‘bulletproof’ border backstop is making a no-deal Brexit more likely

Both sides are standing on principle: the British on the integrity and indivisibility of the Union, Brussels on the integrity and indivisibility of the single market

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