Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Get ready for plenty of spin  as the British revert to type

Get ready for plenty of spin as the British revert to type

David Davis’s claim that Sinn Féin is influencing the Irish government is part of a spin cycle the British government hopes will show it as blameless when a hard Brexit comes

Can the Good Friday Agreement survive?

Can the Good Friday Agreement survive?

So much good has come from the peace deal, but Brexit and the new demographics are challenging all the assumptions on which the accord was based

Irish rugby has made an extraordinary journey

Irish rugby has made an extraordinary journey

Once we were happy to be gallant losers. Now we are serial winners playing sizzling rugby, and long may it continue

The Hooded Men judgment must be appealed

The Hooded Men judgment must be appealed

The European Court of Human Rights ruling that sensory deprivation - employed against a group of 14 men during internment in the North - is not torture has profound implications for the treatment of prisoners everywhere

Britain is becoming a deeply angry place

Britain is becoming a deeply angry place

The political reaction to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury suggests the Commons was having a ‘Belgrano moment’. But the global response has been underwhelming

The Tallaght demolition derby laid bare a fractured Ireland

The Tallaght demolition derby laid bare a fractured Ireland

What happened on a snowy night in Dublin 24 may tell us much about where Irish society is currently headed

DUP’s new airs and graces can’t hide its true nature

DUP’s new airs and graces can’t hide its true nature

The party founded to keep nationalists in their place lacks the political sophistication for today’s complex political agenda

Can Ramaphosa turn the tide of poverty in South Africa?

Can Ramaphosa turn the tide of poverty in South Africa?

After 25 years of ANC rule, the material circumstances of the country’s black population have hardly changed

DUP stance on Irish is cultural supremacism

DUP stance on Irish is cultural supremacism

Disrespect for indigenous Irish culture began with the Ulster plantation. And it continued as an instrument of oppression when the Northern state was founded. So what’s new?

Adams is a living emblem of nationalist experience

Adams is a living emblem of nationalist experience

His secretive, ruthless and courageous personality was shaped by the North itself. To understand Gerry Adams, it is necessary to understand the Six Counties

From blueshirts to polo shirts: Fine Gael’s long, strange trip

From blueshirts to polo shirts: Fine Gael’s long, strange trip

The old party has been quietly hijacked by a new breed of politically ambitious and philosophically flexible individuals

Finally, Schmidt and Ireland have all their ducks in a row

Finally, Schmidt and Ireland have all their ducks in a row

With brilliant young players, strength in depth on the bench and a style of rugby that favours skill and flair over brute force, victory in the Six Nations is squarely in Joe Schmidt’s sights

Tom McGurk on rugby

Tom McGurk on rugby

In granting a contract to a South African player found guilty of steroid abuse, Munster Rugby are making an ill-advised move

Mary Lou must smash Sinn Féin’s glass ceiling

Mary Lou must smash Sinn Féin’s glass ceiling

As the party moves further from its past and closer to the establishment, will its appeal diminish?

Time for Corbyn to re-steer the HMS Brexit

Time for Corbyn to re-steer the HMS Brexit

Now that the specific realities of leaving the EU are evident, the British Labour leader has a historic opportunity - if he has the stomach for it - to demand a second referendum