Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Choosing between Brexit's swivel-eyes and sharp eyes

Choosing between Brexit's swivel-eyes and sharp eyes

Jacob Rees-Mogg and his hard-Brexit fellow travellers are likely, in the end, to find themselves outwitted by more pragmatic Tories and big business

If the attendees of Davos don’t do something about wealth inequality, their lofty ideas will be a waste of time

If the attendees of Davos don’t do something about wealth inequality, their lofty ideas will be a waste of time

Davos is fake; Dublin is real. A real republic is the servant of all and the master of none

Brexit's three-dimensional chess game

Brexit's three-dimensional chess game

Did Boris Johnson inadvertently signal his own abandonment of a hard Brexit by floating his English Channel bridge idea?

A new integrationist EU treaty push would fan the embers of an anti-German resentment into flame

A new integrationist EU treaty push would fan the embers of an anti-German resentment into flame

Leo Varadkar was perfectly right to visit Hungarian premier Viktor Orban in Budapest recently

The Middle East and North Korea will test Trump’s mettle this year

The Middle East and North Korea will test Trump’s mettle this year

Trump has an appetite for war. He has motive, means and opportunity. It is the only way that he can prove in his own mind to the world that America is being made great again

The people of the North are weary of DUP grandstanding: the true burning issue is the economy

The people of the North are weary of DUP grandstanding: the true burning issue is the economy

Dublin must keep its eye on the real issues

Ireland’s opt-out from the EU’s common defence pact is about to become very relevant

Ireland’s opt-out from the EU’s common defence pact is about to become very relevant

The new reality we now face requires us to pursue a very nuanced foreign policy with all our neighbours

DUP manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

DUP manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

But shambles does benefit Varadkar and May, as attitudes towards a soft Brexit begin to thaw

Varadkar's tough week just got tougher

Varadkar's tough week just got tougher

The Taoiseach now faces an even greater challenge as the EU leaves him to deal with the British and the Irish border issue

What’s the point of an election that would almost certainly see FF and FG having to work together again?

What’s the point of an election that would almost certainly see FF and FG having to work together again?

A general election will not lead to a radically different political landscape

Brexit gulf is no laughing matter

Brexit gulf is no laughing matter

With the Tories seemingly uninterested in Ireland’s post-Brexit fate, things look grim for us

The Saudi crown prince’s power grab could well destabilise Lebanon

The Saudi crown prince’s power grab could well destabilise Lebanon

Salman seeks to project a new, acceptable face for the desert kingdom

We don’t need an inquiry to put an end to rental hellholes. We just need people in local government, from the Minister down, to do their jobs

We don’t need an inquiry to put an end to rental hellholes. We just need people in local government, from the Minister down, to do their jobs

No one in 21st century Ireland should live in a squalid, bunk-filled hellhole

Dublin needs a radical, active plan of regeneration

Dublin needs a radical, active plan of regeneration

Dublin's problem is not an excess of open space; on the contrary, it is under-use of its existing developed space

Sinn Féin should forget Catalonia and try fixing problems closer to  home - if it doesn’t want rule from Westminster

Sinn Féin should forget Catalonia and try fixing problems closer to home - if it doesn’t want rule from Westminster

When you come to think of it, there is something deliciously ironic about the vigorous support no...