Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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

Trump’s populist anti-politics will be tested in the midterms

Trump’s populist anti-politics will be tested in the midterms

Will US voters endorse Trump at the polls in November, halfway through a presidency that seems to operate largely on instinct?

An anthem for all our Christmases

An anthem for all our Christmases

Fairytale of New York, a ballad made even more poignant by the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl, draws on the nostalgia and melancholic heartbeat of generations of Irish exiles

A cry out of the depths of history

A cry out of the depths of history

Prominent Northern nationalists appeal to Varadkar not to abandon them as they were abandoned in the past by the South

How IRFU can hold on to our homegrown superstars

How IRFU can hold on to our homegrown superstars

We must address the growing crisis in rugby now before we start haemorrhaging world-class players like South Africa and others have done

Brexit is an existential crisis for the North

Brexit is an existential crisis for the North

EU membership helped fuel the peace process and bring economic change, but Britain’s exit is seen as a victory for ‘Britishness’

Can Leo Varadkar keep order in midst of chaos?

Can Leo Varadkar keep order in midst of chaos?

The prospect of political upheaval in Dublin threatens the integrity and national solidarity of any veto we might attempt at the talks in Brussels next month

Zimbabwe, Mugabe and the Irish connection

Zimbabwe, Mugabe and the Irish connection

Given the long years spent trying to establish democracy, it is ironic that now Zimbabwe's main supporter is a totalitarian state: China