Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Johnson's near inevitable election confirms Britain's devolution into a pantomime state

Johnson's near inevitable election confirms Britain's devolution into a pantomime state

Britain’s political degradation, with its two different but terrible candidates, has occurred because of cynical self-interest on both sides

Johnson still peddling political pipe-smoke

Johnson still peddling political pipe-smoke

Boris Johnson’s ‘managed no deal’ is a myth and he will have to find the stomach to swallow the withdrawal agreement

The turning of the screw on Iran

The turning of the screw on Iran

How can we believe the United States’s claim that Iran attacked Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz last week? After all, who benefits from such an event?

A Brexit-touting Trump is no friend to Ireland or the EU

A Brexit-touting Trump is no friend to Ireland or the EU

The US President's repugnant bromance with Britain’s hardliners is steering us into dangerous waters

There was no Green wave and Green-babble will not dictate the next election. Prosperity, jobs and housing will be the battlegrounds

There was no Green wave and Green-babble will not dictate the next election. Prosperity, jobs and housing will be the battlegrounds

Let’s get a grip on political reality. The results of the local and European elections are real...

The disturbing Trump-Johnson double act

The disturbing Trump-Johnson double act

It now appears very likely indeed that the Tories will choose to be led by Johnson in order to see off the threat of Nigel Farage, another Trump groupie

With Trump plotting war, a wretched post-election Irish government and a post-hard Brexit economic crisis, we have every reason to be worried for the future

With Trump plotting war, a wretched post-election Irish government and a post-hard Brexit economic crisis, we have every reason to be worried for the future

We have many reasons to be worried in May 2019. There is every reason to fear that this weekend, ...

The political postponement pipeline is backing up badly while a nervous government struggles to avoid alienating voters

The political postponement pipeline is backing up badly while a nervous government struggles to avoid alienating voters

Just when we thought that the National Children’s Hospital massive cost overrun might have been...

Building a social ghetto at Thornton Hall is the last thing we need

Building a social ghetto at Thornton Hall is the last thing we need

We spent €60 million on acquiring Thornton Hall for a new, modern prison. Now, in the midst of a continuing prison crisis, calls for the site to be used for public housing are shocking to hear

A proposed new law would sweep away arrangements that have served this country well and force serving judges to apply to the lay-majority commission for judicial appointments

A proposed new law would sweep away arrangements that have served this country well and force serving judges to apply to the lay-majority commission for judicial appointments

Our judiciary has served the country and the people well since the enactment of the Constitution....

Reconciliation cannot wait and wither in the face of Brexit

Reconciliation cannot wait and wither in the face of Brexit

It is not enough to express abhorrence at the killing of Lyra McKee. True politicians need to act

Despite the implosion of the Catholic Church’s power in society, there is reason to hope that the coming generation will not reject the Christian values of altruism and empathy

Despite the implosion of the Catholic Church’s power in society, there is reason to hope that the coming generation will not reject the Christian values of altruism and empathy

Having last year participated in the making of the Rome v Republic documentary broadcast by RTÉ ...

We badly need a vision for Dublin - and people who are prepared to implement that vision

We badly need a vision for Dublin - and people who are prepared to implement that vision

Dublin’s skyline bristles with cranes these days. It echoes the scene at the height of the Celt...

A panicked political decision on MetroLink

A panicked political decision on MetroLink

A cynic would say the Taoiseach’s recent comments on mitigating the MetroLink disaster are purely for the benefit of securing votes

The DUP’s position on Brexit is a disgraceful piece of ideological buffoonery. They are a serious danger to the people of the North

The DUP’s position on Brexit is a disgraceful piece of ideological buffoonery. They are a serious danger to the people of the North

The DUP would break your heart. By holding out against May’s deal, they are actually opting for a hard border rather than living with a backstop which guarantees no hard border