Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Resistance badly needs a reality check

Resistance badly needs a reality check

RTÉ’s expensive drama about the War of Independence fails to address the era’s central issue: the morality of political violence

Sammy Wilson and the power of the poison pen

Sammy Wilson and the power of the poison pen

Both in print and in person, the DUP firebrand is spinning a Brexit narrative that is not just laughably inaccurate, but irresponsible and dangerous

Is romancing the SDLP right for Fianna Fáil?

Is romancing the SDLP right for Fianna Fáil?

Micheál Martin’s plan to venture North will involve him in a merger with a party even more spectacularly in decline than his own

Irish rugby lines out for its most exciting year

Irish rugby lines out for its most exciting year

Whether Ireland can win the World Cup is the big sporting question of 2019 but, either way, Joe Schmidt will have left a powerful legacy

Historical echoes in Britain’s EU departure

Historical echoes in Britain’s EU departure

Severing oneself from the world’s biggest market looks like lunacy – but we did it ourselves a century ago this weekend

Brexiteers are blind to the threats to peace

Brexiteers are blind to the threats to peace

John Major’s warning of the ‘wild men on the fringes’ is a stark reminder to Westminster

The old, historic wound of British/Irish identity is opening again

The old, historic wound of British/Irish identity is opening again

While Tuesday’s vote in Westminster promises a decisive Brexit moment, we should not forget that next Friday is the 100th anniversary of the election that led to us leaving the British Empire

It’s time for SF to stand up and be counted

It’s time for SF to stand up and be counted

Given how the parliamentary arithmetic has fallen in the Brexit scenario, by abstaining from the critical Westminster vote, the party is in effect voting against May’s deal

Yes, we can

Yes, we can

Last weekend’s unforgettable win over the All Blacks proved that Ireland are now the team to beat. But it’s been a long, hard journey to this point

The choice is simple: The May deal or chaos

The choice is simple: The May deal or chaos

When all’s said and done, the House of Commons won’t vote for a Brexit crash-out

Rugby is at a crossroads of its own making

Rugby is at a crossroads of its own making

Ireland v New Zealand will be the highlight of autumn friendlies. But might it be the last hurrah?

Salute WWI dead, but not with red poppies

Salute WWI dead, but not with red poppies

Not only does the symbol help to sanitise an imperial bloodbath, it also legitimises contemporary warmongering

Demand for amnesty adds to families’ grief

Demand for amnesty adds to families’ grief

Questions about alleged security force collusion in killings in the North must still be answered

Varadkar is right about threat to peace in North

Varadkar is right about threat to peace in North

The DUP may never be able to re-engage with power-sharing as it sides with far-right Tories over Brexit. So is the Peace Process in trouble?

Will Brexit break our neighbour’s union?

Will Brexit break our neighbour’s union?

English nationalism has been on the rise for years. Now it’s a potent beast