Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

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?

By equivocating on the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the US is dipping its hands in his blood

By equivocating on the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the US is dipping its hands in his blood

Last week, I wrote here about the horrible fate of Jamal Khashoggi. I ventured to suggest that th...

The fate of Jamal Khashoggi matters

The fate of Jamal Khashoggi matters

The death of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul could mark the start of Donald Trump’s unravelling

Dublin City Council is an abject failure as a housing and planning authority

Dublin City Council is an abject failure as a housing and planning authority

Are we getting value for money from this behemoth which now spends close to €1 billion annually on our behalf?

The Kavanaugh hearings are a reminder of the dangers of politicising judicial appointments

The Kavanaugh hearings are a reminder of the dangers of politicising judicial appointments

When I first heard the allegation that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually molested a fellow teenager at...

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’