Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

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

What are we to make of the chemical attack in Syria?

What are we to make of the chemical attack in Syria?

How can the US, France and Britain possibly see Iran as a real threat?

Transport system risks going off the rails

Transport system risks going off the rails

The problem with the Dublin MetroLink project is that the alternatives have not been publicly considered in principle

Abortion pill creates new situation

Abortion pill creates new situation

Early-term abortion has arrived in Ireland as a criminal option delivered through the letterbox

The cross-city Luas is barely launched - and very expensive proposals have already emerged to alter it

The cross-city Luas is barely launched - and very expensive proposals have already emerged to alter it

Exactly what kind of joined-up thinking went into spending €368 million on a tramline joining up St Stephen’s Green to Broombridge?

Watching Trump's White House a white-knuckle ride

Watching Trump's White House a white-knuckle ride

Donald Trump’s stranger-than-fiction regime has provided Leo Varadkar with a harsh dose of reality

Michael McDowell: Not every streetscape is improved by a starkly modern addition

Michael McDowell: Not every streetscape is improved by a starkly modern addition

There is no right or wrong where there is genuine quality in architecture

The western alliance has never looked as dysfunctional

The western alliance has never looked as dysfunctional

We seem to be edging towards a new multilateral Cold War, led largely by a man who seems to spend his evenings in bed watching Fox News