Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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

If politics has failed, what now?

If politics has failed, what now?

As we stand amid the ruins of the national pyramid scheme, and as the results of the European elections trundle in, the sense of democratic deficit increases

Waiting for the tide of hope

Waiting for the tide of hope

Would a change of government really make any difference to the economic crisis?

Obama needs luck on his side

Obama needs luck on his side

The US president faces nightmare scenarios, from an economic crisis at home to the terrifying prospect of nuclear conflict in the Middle East or Pakistan

Can Munster’s pride of Lions tackle rugby’s growing crisis?

Can Munster’s pride of Lions tackle rugby’s growing crisis?

The fact that McGeechan has had to depend on just one outstanding team must be deeply worrying for the future of the Lions, and for the professional game

Financial crisis could cause profound social change

Financial crisis could cause profound social change

How bizarre that such a tiny group of men could legally inflict such catastrophic damage on the state

The sleeping dragon awakes

The sleeping dragon awakes

China’s emergence as the world’s newest economic superpower has made the west sit up and take notice