Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

A professional approach to rugby pays off for Ireland

A professional approach to rugby pays off for Ireland

Brilliant foresight at the dawn of the professional era has strengthened a sport which is in decline elsewhere

Climate of chaos reigns supreme in Copenhagen

Climate of chaos reigns supreme in Copenhagen

The Copenhagen summit came close to making a farce of the climate change evangelists’ cause

A decade of dark deeds

A decade of dark deeds

The continued involvement of the west in Middle Eastern affairs has triggered horrific violence over the last decade - and the chances of a lasting resolution are particularly remote

Ghosts of Vietnam knock on the door of the White House

Ghosts of Vietnam knock on the door of the White House

The US has learned nothing from its own history, and Barack Obama is playing a game in Afghanistan that is already threatening his political future

DUP crux exposes fault lines in power sharing

DUP crux exposes fault lines in power sharing

At best, matters in the North can be surreal, but last weekend, two events symbolised a new and deepening political crisis.

Modern sport is dead and gone, it’s with the blazers in the grave

Modern sport is dead and gone, it’s with the blazers in the grave

The shameful scenes in Paris last Wednesday night were no surprise; they showed the dominance of the moneymen who dictate the way sport is played

Let’s start facing up to our need for nuclear debate

Let’s start facing up to our need for nuclear debate

The belief that Ireland is a nuclear free zone is a myth. What protects us from the hundreds of European reactors on our doorstep?

A witness to history as the Wall came crashing down

A witness to history as the Wall came crashing down

It was one of the most remarkable political revolutions of all, yet the next day, hamburger wrappers and soft drink bottles were all that remained of the momentous occasion

If Libya pays out, then why shouldn’t the British?

If Libya pays out, then why shouldn’t the British?

Libya is likely to pay compensation to victims of the munitions it supplied to the IRA. But what of the victims of Britain’s dirty tricks, including those in the Republic?

A man who tore down prison walls

A man who tore down prison walls

Ludovic Kennedy was more than just a BBC journalist; he was also a courageous campaigner on behalf of victims of miscarriage of justice

The headless chickens have come home to roost

The headless chickens have come home to roost

There was a political shambles on all fronts last week, and there is no sign that the chaos is about to take a mid-term break

Bad parenting is a threat to children’s lives

Bad parenting is a threat to children’s lives

This year, Europe will have the highest rates of child depression, child-on-child murder, underage pregnancy, obesity, violent and anti-social behaviour and pre-teen alcoholism since records began.

Liberal agenda’s lethal legacy

Liberal agenda’s lethal legacy

Watching last Sunday’s RTE 1 television programme Does God Hate Sex? it was depressing to see a familiar crew rehearsing the same old questions: David Norris, a feminist or two, a radical woman writer.

Euro federalists bully us and buy our vote

Euro federalists bully us and buy our vote

The run-in to the Lisbon II vote on Friday, which should have been an example of a 2009 modern European democratic exercise at work, has become a depressing and shabby experience.

Obama’s bold move raises hopes of nuclear sanity

Obama’s bold move raises hopes of nuclear sanity

Barack Obama’s decision to abandon the nuclear shield plan for east Europe has helped calm relations with Russia, but can he push his agenda to eliminate nuclear weapons altogether?