Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Dying for glory in vain on a country road

Dying for glory in vain on a country road

As yet another member of the Dunlop family perishes in a motorcycle road race, it’s time to look at society’s complicity in an unacceptably dangerous sport

A great World Cup but, sadly, without Ireland

A great World Cup but, sadly, without Ireland

The FAI needs root and branch reform if we are to build a national team capable of competing at the level of Ireland’s rugby stars

Gaelic football is in the grip of a slow death

Gaelic football is in the grip of a slow death

Defenders are frustrated, refs are making it up as they go along, and the ubiquitous hand pass requires all the skill of a six-year-old. Something must be done to resuscitate the sport

Storming the Vatican from within

Storming the Vatican from within

The Catholic Church may be in crisis in Ireland, but former President Mary McAleese’s articulate, carefully argued rebellion could have influence well beyond this country

World Cup another chance to bash Putin and Russia

World Cup another chance to bash Putin and Russia

Last weekend, Donald Trump stormed out of the G7 meeting, declaring Russia should have been at the table. He had a point

Tom McGurk: Rocket Men convene the strangest show on earth

Tom McGurk: Rocket Men convene the strangest show on earth

North Korea has gone for nuclear arms because 20 per cent of its entire population was killed by US strategic bombing during the Korean War

Warped values and stolen children

Warped values and stolen children

Argentina has its version of stolen children: the infants of murdered women and political prisoners, given for adoption to supporters of the regime. Could it help us resolve our history of falsified birth certs and illegal adoptions?

Brexit has resurrected the united Ireland question

Brexit has resurrected the united Ireland question

The oldest debate in Irish politics is back in vogue - and unification might just offer the right solution for people on both sides of the border

How Tom Murphy attacked the arrogance of power

How Tom Murphy attacked the arrogance of power

The Tuam-born dramatist came out of a landscape devastated by the Famine and its legacy of mass emigration. His work raged, in his own words, ‘against the inequalities of life’

Capricious Trump plays at peace in North Korea

Capricious Trump plays at peace in North Korea

But sanctions against Iran have put the US out on a limb, in league with Israel and Saudi Arabia, and at odds with the rest of the world

Another golden age of Leinster rugby is at hand

Another golden age of Leinster rugby is at hand

The current Leinster side have restored our faith in the game as a magnificent spectacle of skill and athleticism

Tom McGurk: SF should take Westminster seats, if only for one vote

Tom McGurk: SF should take Westminster seats, if only for one vote

The party’s outmoded policy of abstentionism is opening the way for a hard Brexit and denying Northern nationalists a voice in their future

May and Trump oblivious to their nations’ poisonous pasts

May and Trump oblivious to their nations’ poisonous pasts

Both Britain and the US have a long history of using chemical weapons, with disastrous effects on combatants and populations

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