Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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

Carnival of chaos outside, a world of chaos within

Carnival of chaos outside, a world of chaos within

The G-20 Summit will attract hordes of organised radical protestors, but have the leaders of the 20 richest countries organised an answer to financial meltdown?

Out of the depths ...

Out of the depths ...

Another man who should never have been convicted has stepped free from the British prison system. What lessons does the case of Sean Hodgson hold for us in Ireland?

McGuinness’s words are a milestone in republicanism

McGuinness’s words are a milestone in republicanism

When Martin McGuinness called dissident republican killers ‘traitors’, he shut for ever the book of the Provisional IRA.

Can Ireland continue to escape rugby’s cash crisis?

Can Ireland continue to escape rugby’s cash crisis?

Given its smaller fan base and playing numbers, it is something of a miracle that, to date, Irish rugby has managed to stay out of the red

Failure of American dream would be nightmare for us

Failure of American dream would be nightmare for us

Could the great cities of the United States be torn apart by riots over hunger and unemployment?

Afghanistan may become Obama’s biggest challenge

Afghanistan may become Obama’s biggest challenge

As Barack Obama decides to send 17,000 US troops into Afghanistan, it may prove to be a greater problem for his administration than either Iraq or Iran.

Cowen needs to act now

Cowen needs to act now

The Taoiseach needs to call for resignations, starting with Brian Lenihan.