Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

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...

Don’t feel sorry for Theresa May

Don’t feel sorry for Theresa May

There is no prospect of a hard Brexit any more. Britain will, one way or another, have a very close economic and trading relationship with the EU

Dublin City Council is chaotically planning a disastrous future for the city in its care, with the idea of liveable streetscapes abandoned

Dublin City Council is chaotically planning a disastrous future for the city in its care, with the idea of liveable streetscapes abandoned

Is there any reason why the people of Dublin should have confidence in its council and its planni...

Trump’s loyalty to bin Salman even though ‘maybe he did, maybe he didn’t’ shows the depths of his nihilism

Trump’s loyalty to bin Salman even though ‘maybe he did, maybe he didn’t’ shows the depths of his nihilism

In early October, Donald Trump made a particular boast at one of his rallies: he told supporters ...

Reverse Brexit? Fat chance

Reverse Brexit? Fat chance

British voters have little hope of reconsidering their vote on the issue

World War I's critical role in the success of the movement for Irish national self-determination

World War I's critical role in the success of the movement for Irish national self-determination

Within six weeks of Armistice Day, 100 years ago today, Irish history was changed forever by the result of the 1918 general election

As we approach the end of the Brexit dance, it seems Britain will end up part of an arrangement remarkably like the customs union

As we approach the end of the Brexit dance, it seems Britain will end up part of an arrangement remarkably like the customs union

Is North's binary choice the only choice?

Is North's binary choice the only choice?

The Good Friday Agreement allows the people of the North two options: keep the union or enter a united Ireland. But are there other options?