Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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.

The big two must come together to save Ireland

The big two must come together to save Ireland

The time for party political posturing is well and truly over. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil must join forces to rescue the nation.

Why truth in the North is still an impossible target

Why truth in the North is still an impossible target

A Truth Commission is out of the question because the dramatis personae of the Troubles are part of the system.

Obama must erase all trace of the Bush years

Obama must erase all trace of the Bush years

The new president is faced with the mammoth task of erasing the disastrous legacy of his predecessor.

Does Obama really want to take on Israel?

Does Obama really want to take on Israel?

The signs are that Barack Obama won’t try to break Israel’s stranglehold on Washington

Israel’s actions in Gaza are morally unjustifiable

Israel’s actions in Gaza are morally unjustifiable

Israel is behaving savagely towards helpless people which it seems scarcely to regard as fellow human beings

Gaza is at the centre of an unwinnable war

Gaza is at the centre of an unwinnable war

Israel’s offensive in Gaza is simply an election ploy and won’t solve anything

Keane has walked away from Murdoch’s football wasteland

Keane has walked away from Murdoch’s football wasteland

Enigmatic as ever, when the time came, he slipped away quietly with no explanation. Perhaps he felt that one wasn’t required or,more likely I suspect, he knew the more he might try to explain, the deeper the hole would become.

Food for thought after a week of foot-in-mouth

Food for thought after a week of foot-in-mouth

Sometimes, though a government’s sell-by date is not quite apparent, an administration gives off a growing impression of chaos and clumsiness.

Time for Big Two to tackle top four issues

Time for Big Two to tackle top four issues

In order to avoid falling back into the grim, segregated politics of the past, it is crucial that the North’s Executive reaches agreement over the four divisive issues which have blighted its existence so far.

Obama’s tide of hope may be a puddle of wishful thinking

Obama’s tide of hope may be a puddle of wishful thinking

The new US president has a multitude of important global decisions to make.

On the shores of a new world

On the shores of a new world

As the dark days of George W Bush slip away, the United States seems ready to embrace a new political age.

Attempts to cut cards leaves the government with a losing hand

Attempts to cut cards leaves the government with a losing hand

The government has stumbled into a crisis of its own making by trying to mug pensioners.

The day the RUC broke heads in the world’s living-rooms

The day the RUC broke heads in the world’s living-rooms

The filming of RUC violence towards civil rights marchers 40 years ago today could have had a radically different outcome.