Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

Political correctness gone mad. Seriously?

Political correctness gone mad. Seriously?

Let’s dial down the hysteria about the ‘minefield’ of modern mores and embrace what is really just an idiot’s guide to basic decency

Fallout from a footballing false move

Fallout from a footballing false move

Ballybrack FC were flying in the league this year. Six wins and one draw from eight matches had t...

A victory for the left that  it won’t acknowledge

A victory for the left that it won’t acknowledge

There have been improvements in direct provision - in the main due to left-wing protest

Who wants the Loughinisland collusion probe stopped?

Who wants the Loughinisland collusion probe stopped?

Two journalists involved in a documentary about the 1994 massacre, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, were arrested and a copy of the entire contents of their server taken and sealed. Effectively, they have been silenced

What’s a backstop? Depends who you ask

What’s a backstop? Depends who you ask

The ambiguity of language gives us all plenty to chew on

We’ll miss her when she goes

We’ll miss her when she goes

In a world grown tired of spin, the German chancellor somehow seemed above politics

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

By exposing ugly fissures in Irish society around Travellers and those on welfare, prejudice may become more visible and easier to fight

The budget, climate change and our ‘duty of hope’

The budget, climate change and our ‘duty of hope’

Future historians will find it hard to forgive Paschal Donohoe’s failure to raise the carbon tax, but we must resist sinking into cynicism about the planet’s future

Why RTÉ should not agree to boycott Eurovision

Why RTÉ should not agree to boycott Eurovision

‘Reverse-censorship’ of the song contest in Israel next year would only legitimise the Israeli state’s own censorship and growing illiberalism

A matter of trust

A matter of trust

The economic crash a decade ago was painful enough in its own right. But its after-effects and the way it was dealt with created a loss of faith in Ireland’s ruling elites

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