Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Reconciliation cannot wait and wither in the face of Brexit

Reconciliation cannot wait and wither in the face of Brexit

It is not enough to express abhorrence at the killing of Lyra McKee. True politicians need to act

Despite the implosion of the Catholic Church’s power in society, there is reason to hope that the coming generation will not reject the Christian values of altruism and empathy

Despite the implosion of the Catholic Church’s power in society, there is reason to hope that the coming generation will not reject the Christian values of altruism and empathy

Having last year participated in the making of the Rome v Republic documentary broadcast by RTÉ ...

We badly need a vision for Dublin - and people who are prepared to implement that vision

We badly need a vision for Dublin - and people who are prepared to implement that vision

Dublin’s skyline bristles with cranes these days. It echoes the scene at the height of the Celt...

A panicked political decision on MetroLink

A panicked political decision on MetroLink

A cynic would say the Taoiseach’s recent comments on mitigating the MetroLink disaster are purely for the benefit of securing votes

The DUP’s position on Brexit is a disgraceful piece of ideological buffoonery. They are a serious danger to the people of the North

The DUP’s position on Brexit is a disgraceful piece of ideological buffoonery. They are a serious danger to the people of the North

The DUP would break your heart. By holding out against May’s deal, they are actually opting for a hard border rather than living with a backstop which guarantees no hard border

Macron move plays right into the hands of nationalists

Macron move plays right into the hands of nationalists

Most member states are opposed to the creation of a sovereign EU super-state. Most electorates in most member states simply do not share Macron's ambition

Can we learn from Metrolink planning fiasco?

Can we learn from Metrolink planning fiasco?

The so-called public consultation process that preceded the scrapping of the southern leg of Metrolink was a sham. It was a sales job for the decisions already made at a cost of €170 million

EU will not dance to hardliners' tune

EU will not dance to hardliners' tune

Protecting the Good Friday Agreement from the arch Brexiteers, who have little or no regard for it, is an existential Irish interest

By calling on Tory MPs to vote down her own deal, Theresa May has shown her word cannot be trusted by the EU or by Ireland

By calling on Tory MPs to vote down her own deal, Theresa May has shown her word cannot be trusted by the EU or by Ireland

The unstated plan of the hardline Brexiteers is to use the threat of a no-deal Brexit as leverage...

Israel's dressing-down of Irish ambassador crosses a line

Israel's dressing-down of Irish ambassador crosses a line

Israel is badly betrayed when Netanyahu accuses the Oireachtas of anti-Semitism. This from a man who backs Duterte in the Philippines and Crown Prince Salman in Saudi Arabia

Theresa May’s Brexit deal is dead. Pretending a no-deal Brexit must remain on the table will prevent a cross-party consensus

Theresa May’s Brexit deal is dead. Pretending a no-deal Brexit must remain on the table will prevent a cross-party consensus

Statecraft is something which we naturally expect from those who hold office in the leading democ...

Sinn Féin is an undemocratic Marxist clique masquerading as a political party

Sinn Féin is an undemocratic Marxist clique masquerading as a political party

What do I make of modern Sinn Féin? Do I think it is a republican movement, a democratic movement? Do I think it is more likely to bring about Irish unity than other parties? The short answer is no

Democrats will need a new face on their posters if they want to stop Trump in 2020

Democrats will need a new face on their posters if they want to stop Trump in 2020

To those of you who, like me, have a very low regard for Donald Trump, 2019 promises to be a year...

Democracy in the US is increasingly fragile under Trump

Democracy in the US is increasingly fragile under Trump

Both Democrats and Republicans must act now to find credible nominees for the 2020 election.

Britain can no more wriggle out of its Good Friday obligations than it can ditch its queen

Britain can no more wriggle out of its Good Friday obligations than it can ditch its queen

I visited Belfast last week in the company of fellow independent members of Seanad Eireann with a...