Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

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

Forget plastic shamrocks: our patron saint has more to offer

Forget plastic shamrocks: our patron saint has more to offer

The traditional Paddywhackery is all very well - and lucrative, but St Patrick’s Confessio, now online, reveals him as a brilliant and surprisingly resonant writer

Shatter: Kenny’s alleged lobbying of Facebook was ‘a mystery to me’

Shatter: Kenny’s alleged lobbying of Facebook was ‘a mystery to me’

The former justice minister Alan Shatter has said claims that Enda Kenny told Facebook he would l...

Forget Big Brother, Google is watching you

Forget Big Brother, Google is watching you

In the tug of war over privacy rights, we are witnessing nothing less than the birth of a new era: the age of surveillance capitalism

A question of political judgment

A question of political judgment

Ellie Kisyombe, the asylum seeker and local election candidate, needs to set the record straight on alleged discrepancies in her backstory. But we also need to ask ourselves what really matters when we judge her

A route to a job, but very possibly the wrong one

A route to a job, but very possibly the wrong one

While JobPath has led to more people starting work, the low retention rate raises questions about its benefits