Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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?

Demon drink finally becomes a demon drug

Demon drink finally becomes a demon drug

The new National Drugs Strategy has finally put drink where it belongs - alongside cannabis, cocaine and heroin as a threat to society’s heath and wellbeing

How O’Sullivan’s rugby glory turned to despair

How O’Sullivan’s rugby glory turned to despair

In many ways, Eddie O’Sullivan became the victim of radically changed circumstances in Irish rugby.

Harlequins’ clowning was more than just cheating

Harlequins’ clowning was more than just cheating

Rugby is now big business, and the tactics of the Harlequins coach were more than just a breach of a gentlemanly code

Greens will drown if they sink the Nama lifeboat

Greens will drown if they sink the Nama lifeboat

Opposition to the plan by the Greens would be an act of political suicide

The stone that broke the North’s dam of violence

The stone that broke the North’s dam of violence

Whoever cast that first stone at the Apprentice Boys’ parade in 1969 could hardly have imagined the results of such action 40 years later

Swine flu: batten down the hatches – and wait

Swine flu: batten down the hatches – and wait

We might learn something from the infamous 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed more people on a global scale than the first World War

Does Sinn Féin really understand the Republic?

Does Sinn Féin really understand the Republic?

This was supposed to be a defining, if not critically important, year for Sinn Féin.

Attacks on Roma hint at Europe’s last taboo

Attacks on Roma hint at Europe’s last taboo

Political thuggery will, of course, always seek out the point of least resistance, and the unfortunate Roma in Belfast last week were fit for the purpose

Flannery ousted by the leader he invented

Flannery ousted by the leader he invented

Frank Flannery may have dragged Fine Gael back from oblivion, but he received no mercy for making a policy gaffe