Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

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

The challenge facing Ireland is to stay habitable and hospitable

The challenge facing Ireland is to stay habitable and hospitable

Severe climate change could prompt a political lurch to the right and an isolationist strategy, but Ireland is better off fighting to save the planet

We can no longer be defeatist in choosing who can save planet

We can no longer be defeatist in choosing who can save planet

The climate crisis is much worse than you think - so why isn’t it our top priority?

There is no ‘war on Christians’

There is no ‘war on Christians’

In the wake of the Sri Lanka suicide bombings, the media has been accused of downplaying the persecution of Christians. But the facts don’t bear this out

Don Patricio: The Irishman who saved Barça

Don Patricio: The Irishman who saved Barça

The life of onetime Man Utd captain and Barcelona coach Patrick O’Connell ended in sad obscurity, but his story exemplifies the power of sport to transform society

Assange ultimately a deeply ambiguous hero for our times

Assange ultimately a deeply ambiguous hero for our times

Like him or loathe him, deporting Julian Assange to the US would threaten both our free press and liberal democracy

‘We thought the paramilitaries would come for us. Luckily, they came for each other’

‘We thought the paramilitaries would come for us. Luckily, they came for each other’

Colin Murphy’s new play, A Day In May, harks back to the liberating moment of gay marriage being legalised in Ireland. This week, it will be staged in Belfast – a city where, in the old days, veteran gay activists like Jeffrey Dudgeon needed all their wits and courage to survive

An Irish compromise on the backstop would soften Brexit

An Irish compromise on the backstop would soften Brexit

Our schadenfreude and our unyielding policy on the border risk scuppering a soft Brexit

Hard lessons from Rwanda, 25 years on

Hard lessons from Rwanda, 25 years on

Charity is not enough: Ireland must maintain the capacity to intervene in events as terrible as the 1994 Rwandan genocide

Philanthropists help society –  they should not be hindered

Philanthropists help society – they should not be hindered

Social change being driven by foreign money is a mainstay of human rights activity