Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

Retail rental countdown

Retail rental countdown

We’ll always need places to go and play

7 ways to regulate tech for our children

7 ways to regulate tech for our children

The greatest menace of the smartphone age is not pornography, or cyberbullying: it’s addiction. Here’s what we should be doing to prepare our kids for this brave new world

A rugby school scrap in Dublin 4. A murder in Dublin 1

A rugby school scrap in Dublin 4. A murder in Dublin 1

Two news stories last week highlighted the stubborn nature of privilege and the dearth of social mobility in Irish society

Power Play: The story of Charles Haughey and Tony Gregory

Power Play: The story of Charles Haughey and Tony Gregory

For a singular moment in history, Dublin’s impoverished north inner city was at the centre of the national discourse, and had an eloquent, impassioned leader fighting for it

Profile Davos: Mingling in the mountains

Profile Davos: Mingling in the mountains

The annual jamboree is seen as either a trend-setter for neoliberal groupthink or a melting pot for the best ideas in business, politics and culture

Free, unsafe and legal: the internet in 2018

Free, unsafe and legal: the internet in 2018

Today’s kids may well look back with fondness on early 2018, when the internet was still a thrilling but dangerous and mostly-unregulated wonderland with possible hazards behind every click

Giving presidential votes to ‘global Irish’ is unjustifiable

Giving presidential votes to ‘global Irish’ is unjustifiable

Plans to extend the vote to millions eligible for Irish citizenship abroad, but with no stake in this country, devalue the office of President

Sex, power and speaking out

Sex, power and speaking out

The election of Donald Trump, the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement together created an unprecedented international cultural ‘moment’ in 2017

Ten reasons to worry about EU-UK report

Ten reasons to worry about EU-UK report

There are grounds to question Leo Varadkar’s belief that full alignment is ‘bulletproof’

Profile of Meghan Markle: The prince and the charming

Profile of Meghan Markle: The prince and the charming

The British monarchy is an anti-democratic, anti-Catholic, class-obsessed, racist and rapacious institution. Now one of its members is marrying an American actress. Why should we care?

Profile of Bob Geldof: Maximum Bob

Profile of Bob Geldof: Maximum Bob

Geldof is shrewd: he has been remarkably successful as a musician, a businessman and a campaigner. But is it simply begrudgery to question his motives?

Bullying has a long history in the world of Irish theatre

Bullying has a long history in the world of Irish theatre

There’s a difference between being a director and being an autocrat

A beautiful revolution?

A beautiful revolution?

As crowds celebrate in Catalonia, a December vote could bring either a peaceful re-run of the 2015 elections or prolonged uncertainty if ‘independentistas’ deny its legitimacy

Michael D Higgins blows away myths of the Irish in old Australia

Michael D Higgins blows away myths of the Irish in old Australia

By sharing the story of his emigrant family, President Higgins has made a courageous point: colonised at home, the Irish were often the colonisers abroad

Europe sees Brexit as nothing short of heresy

Europe sees Brexit as nothing short of heresy

The EU is trying to force Britain to atone for its great betrayal, but we should not punish them: we have too much to lose