Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

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

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