Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Red light for Greens’ move against stag hunt

Red light for Greens’ move against stag hunt

I suspect that some Green Party members, at their conference in Waterford this weekend, have been enjoying a growing sense of satisfaction.

The forgotten Irishmen and women with a mission

The forgotten Irishmen and women with a mission

The thousands of Irish missionaries who toiled and died around the globe have been almost written out of Ireland’s cultural memory

Roll up, roll up for the Leinster House circus

Roll up, roll up for the Leinster House circus

Politicians clown around, and the media lap it up. It’s all part of the mutually created delusion that something meaningful goes on in the parallel universe of Leinster House

Israel will yet again escape censure over passport affair

Israel will yet again escape censure over passport affair

Neither Israel nor its lethal secret service, Mossad, will ever admit to any part in the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, or the illegal use of EU passports

The big signing who had to stand in the corner

The big signing who had to stand in the corner

The George Lee fiasco is about the attempt to modernise Fine Gael in the face of its traditional view of political life

Reaching for the Orange card

Reaching for the Orange card

At a time of crisis, with two prime ministers on hand, all the DUP can think about is loyalist parades

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?