Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

First the banks, time now for mortgage holder bailout

First the banks, time now for mortgage holder bailout

We’ve been made to bail out the banks, but the Financial Regulator is cautioning against ‘debt forgiveness’ for ordinary people in deep financial trouble

The ghosts in the mine

The ghosts in the mine

Even in their hour of joy, Chile’s miners never forgot the union leaders who were ‘disappeared’ 37 years ago by their country’s military, with the assistance of the US

Political consensus is needed for our survival

Political consensus is needed for our survival

Our political parties need to recognise how serious this crisis is, and band together to solve it - regardless of their petty squabbles

A lot more than just money is at stake here

A lot more than just money is at stake here

The current struggle is not just about whether Ireland can balance the books - it goes right to the heart of our very survival as a people and a nation

Let’s raise a glass to our drunkenness

Let’s raise a glass to our drunkenness

While it might be a clever marketing stunt, Arthur’s Day is merely establishing another booze-soaked holiday to rival the annual excesses of St Patrick’s Day

Big Brother really is watching and listening

Big Brother really is watching and listening

The Stasi and the KGB had nothing like the quantity of information that is being collected by western governments on the daily lives of their citizens

Maybe it’s time to give Brian Cowen a break

Maybe it’s time to give Brian Cowen a break

Brian Cowen doesn’t do fancy footwork or play to the gallery. Maybe that’s why, despite positive economic signs and policy successes, the media make him a whipping boy

Deer factor highlights arrogance of Greens

Deer factor highlights arrogance of Greens

The Greens’ desire to ban stag hunting is a new version of an old authoritarian impulse, and has damaged their credibility

Siege mentality is the biggest threat to Israel

Siege mentality is the biggest threat to Israel

The Gaza blockade and its death toll have become yet another public relations disaster for Israel. But the state could be facing an even bigger threat - its own aggressive paranoia - as it retreats into a political cul-de-sac

Threat from drug trade knows no borders

Threat from drug trade knows no borders

The greatest security threat faced by the nations of the world comes not from terrorism or political crises, but from international drug gangs

IRFU is playing the man, not the ball

IRFU is playing the man, not the ball

Rugby is not just another business, another factory out there in the marketplace - it’s a complex part of who we are, and reflects the wider values of our society.

Arranged marriage is a temporary solution

Arranged marriage is a temporary solution

The British ‘coalition’ is an elaborate political device that suits the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. But the love-in won’t last

Election could signal brighter days for North

Election could signal brighter days for North

The voice of traditional Ulster unionism appears to have been silenced once and for all, following an election to remember

A hash of the ash?

A hash of the ash?

The decision to allow aircraft to fly last week was made under humanitarian, economic and political pressure. Let’s hope the new ‘safe’ levels for ash in the air really are safe

Obama’s crusade to deliver us from nuclear madness

Obama’s crusade to deliver us from nuclear madness

We once faced the prospect of the world’s nuclear nations destroying the human race. Now these powers are working together to fight a new terror - the fundamentalist armed with a homemade nuclear bomb