Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Pope Francis is hardly a radical, but Catholic reactionaries are gunning for him in a power struggle for the Church’s future direction

Pope Francis is hardly a radical, but Catholic reactionaries are gunning for him in a power struggle for the Church’s future direction

Pope Francis is locked in a bitter struggle with conservative and reactionary forces in the Roman Catholic Church who have conducted a sometimes mutinous campaign to curb him

Irish unity will come about through reconciliation, not demographics

Irish unity will come about through reconciliation, not demographics

Mary Lou’s U-turn on a border poll and resignations from the party show Sinn Féin’s true nature is only ‘slightly democratic’

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? is a reminder of the power of satire against ignorance and prejudice

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? is a reminder of the power of satire against ignorance and prejudice

The TV show features Cohen interviewing members of the far-right Tea Party mindset and persuading them to make complete idiots of themselves on camera

Stop this Metrolink madness

Stop this Metrolink madness

The Dublin Metrolink is a monster, and will probably lead to the closure of the Luas Green line for two years

Is there method to Trump's madness?

Is there method to Trump's madness?

Trump is playing the ‘buffoon with a bouffant’ to impress Putin

FF and FG’s apparent willingness to form a coalition with Sinn Féin rather than cooperate with each other could have serious implications

FF and FG’s apparent willingness to form a coalition with Sinn Féin rather than cooperate with each other could have serious implications

Here are three uncomfortable truths. First, despite furious public protestations to the contrary,...

Macron’s power play has been rebuffed by Merkel, while dissent is rife among other EU states. But at least Juncker remains steadfast on Brexit

Macron’s power play has been rebuffed by Merkel, while dissent is rife among other EU states. But at least Juncker remains steadfast on Brexit

Emmanuel Macron visited Germany hoping to persuade the weak and embattled Angela Merkel to join w...

Our local government sham is leading to the ad hoc development of Dublin

Our local government sham is leading to the ad hoc development of Dublin

What we really need is one elected mayor to take responsibility for the future of the capital

Boris Johnson fancies himself the hard man of British politics; he’s more like the Captain Mainwaring

Boris Johnson fancies himself the hard man of British politics; he’s more like the Captain Mainwaring

Johnson's leaked speech from the Conservative Way Forward function told us what we probably suspected all along

Time for a deep breath to consider the state of the EU

Time for a deep breath to consider the state of the EU

As the Italian debacle has shown, Brussels should stop interfering in EU member states’ political affairs and concentrate on improving what works

The people have moved on from the Ireland of the 1980s

The people have moved on from the Ireland of the 1980s

The Eighth Amendment was meant to be the ultimate bastion of moral conservatism. But its wording was so extreme as to carry with it the seed of its own destruction

A defeat for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment would have radical and profound consequences

A defeat for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment would have radical and profound consequences

On Friday, you and I will collectively decide whether a girl aged 14 who becomes pregnant as a re...

Macron plan would be the end of a partnership EU

Macron plan would be the end of a partnership EU

In the coming months, we will need to have our wits about us when dealing with the French, as they try to push their increasingly integrationist agenda

Michael McDowell on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s blind contempt for the Irish

Michael McDowell on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s blind contempt for the Irish

Rees-Mogg’s blind contempt for the Irish and the Good Friday Agreement tells you all you really need to know about the swivel-eyed Tory extremists and their inner nature

Theresa May's Brexit juggling act looking shaky

Theresa May's Brexit juggling act looking shaky

Of course we wish that the British would change their minds on Brexit. But we need to plan for what is probable rather than for what is still an outside theoretical political possibility