Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

The cost of cannibalising the Luas Green line

The cost of cannibalising the Luas Green line

Politicians should show us a detailed cost-benefit analysis for the hare-brained plan to dismember the Luas Green line

Juncker’s swansong contained a few bombshells on tax and sovereignty that should make us sit up

Juncker’s swansong contained a few bombshells on tax and sovereignty that should make us sit up

True to form, Jean-Claude Juncker combined theatricality and vacuous rhetoric in his final speech...

The internet has turned out to be a Trojan horse in many ways. Extremism is set loose online and enthroned on the seat of wisdom

The internet has turned out to be a Trojan horse in many ways. Extremism is set loose online and enthroned on the seat of wisdom

The New York Times’s decision to publish a high-level US administration member’s account of t...

6 good reasons for Leo Varadkar not to call a snap general election

6 good reasons for Leo Varadkar not to call a snap general election

Any public sense that the Taoiseach was being smart or politically opportunistic in staging an unprovoked repudiation of the three-budget deal with Fianna Fáil could well blow up in Varadkar’s face

Will this visit actually change anything?

Will this visit actually change anything?

Pope Francis is surrounded by a hierarchical institution of men who believe that they are entitled to the obedience of the faithful

Trump is facilitating Saudi Arabia and Israel while bullying Iran and Turkey – and getting the US nowhere

Trump is facilitating Saudi Arabia and Israel while bullying Iran and Turkey – and getting the US nowhere

It is hard to draw any conclusion other than that Trump is advancing the regional interests of Israel as an end in itself.

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