Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

‘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

Five ideas for how to protect liberal democracy

Five ideas for how to protect liberal democracy

Liberal democracy is under siege. ‘Authoritarian populists’ threaten our liberal norms; ‘su...

A poor excuse: Five arguments for not dealing with poverty

A poor excuse: Five arguments for not dealing with poverty

Is poverty a problem or not? What can we do about it, if anything? It may help to think of this in terms of five conventional responses to the issue

Ireland is failing the refugees of Europe

Ireland is failing the refugees of Europe

There is a war raging in Europe. It is not the war of civilisations predicted by the likes of Hun...

More to New Zealand’s budget than good vibes

More to New Zealand’s budget than good vibes

We might draw a few lessons from the Kiwis’ upcoming ‘wellbeing budget’

Sinn Féin, Westminster and the lying game

Sinn Féin, Westminster and the lying game

Taking the oath of allegiance and taking their seats in the Commons would be a lie, but it may be necessary for the greater good

Citizenship should be revoked when abused

Citizenship should be revoked when abused

The case of an Irish citizen alleged to have been an Islamic State fighter must not be ignored by the government