Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

Profile: Colm O’Gorman

Profile: Colm O’Gorman

Rebel with a cause

The half-truths of Teflon Trichet

The half-truths of Teflon Trichet

On eight points, Jean-Claude Trichet’s evidence to the banking inquiry either raised further qu...

Let’s not forget Gallipoli all over again

Let’s not forget Gallipoli all over again

The events of the 1916 Rising and the conflict in Turkey a year earlier are closely entwined

How aid hurts Africa

How aid hurts Africa

Rafael Marques, an Angolan journalist currently facing a possible nine years in jail for accusing Angolan army generals of corruption, gave me an early lesson in the harsh and complex reality of aid.

Lucinda, political language and George Orwell

Lucinda, political language and George Orwell

Renua’s launch document is full of classic political nonsense

Breaking the stranglehold of cultural ‘rules’

Breaking the stranglehold of cultural ‘rules’

Fifty years ago this Thursday, the actress Fionnula Flanagan walked out on to the stage of the Eblana Theatre in the basement of Busáras and delivered one of the most striking openings ever in Irish theatre. “I killed my child because she was a girl,

No rhyme or reason  to Trichet’s stance

No rhyme or reason to Trichet’s stance

Jean-Claude Trichet is an engineer by pedigree, an economist by profession and a poet (or scholar of poetry, at least) by passion.

Flexibility isn’t for everyone

Flexibility isn’t for everyone

In the 1940s, Ben Dunne senior was working as a buyer at Roches Stores in Cork when he was asked ...

The presidency is not above politics

The presidency is not above politics

Both Michael D Higgins and his office are fair game for criticism

Why theatre truly is the crucible  of Irish politics

Why theatre truly is the crucible of Irish politics

Sometime in spring, a hundred years ago, Charlie Ball got a white feather in the post – a symbol of cowardice.

Drawing out the  drama in politics

Drawing out the drama in politics

Examining our politicians’ mistakes through drama, rather than judging them though journalism, will give us a greater understanding of our nation

Why Drumm feels unfairly treated

Why Drumm feels unfairly treated

The financial crisis destroyed the presumption of fairness in Irish society

Constitution ties families in knots

Constitution ties families in knots

Helen grew up in an English Catholic home, met an Irish fellow, fell in love, and followed him to...

Homeless families put kids in care, says charity

Homeless families put kids in care, says charity

Mothers with children ending up sharing hostel accomodation with heroin users

The price of homelessness

The price of homelessness

The private rental sector will continue to make people homeless without a change in government policy