Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Articles by Colin Murphy

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

Between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ nationalisms

Between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ nationalisms

We in Ireland tend to view the Catalan desire for independence as benign but, as with any nationalist movement, the reality is more complex

Profile Blindboy Boatclub: Bandit country

Profile Blindboy Boatclub: Bandit country

The comedian is set to release The Gospel According to Blindboy, his debut collection of short stories

What's the story? 7 lessons from Obama speechwriter

What's the story? 7 lessons from Obama speechwriter

'Spin' charges against Leo Varadkar have traction but, in an age of 'alternative' facts, the story can become the substance

Brexit no-fault divorce turns ugly

Brexit no-fault divorce turns ugly

The EU is punishing Britain viciously for the unthinkable act of leaving

Orwell’s words ring true after attack in Spain

Orwell’s words ring true after attack in Spain

Bandying around the word ‘fascism’ could silence ordinary people just looking for answers

The remarkable consistency of Donald Trump

The remarkable consistency of Donald Trump

Foreign policy expert Tom Wright believes Trump’s thinking is not that confused

Aid programmes need chink of cultural light

Aid programmes need chink of cultural light

Ignorance of the local culture increases the likelihood that aid will do harm, even as it attempts to do good