Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

New Northern politics rubbish unionist myths

New Northern politics rubbish unionist myths

Last week, the government announced that it was advancing a considerable sum of money through the Department of Foreign Affairs in an attempt to quantify its success in the North’s peace process.

GAA needs to tackle the football contact conundrum

GAA needs to tackle the football contact conundrum

With the majority of Gaelic football contests increasingly marred by contentious refereeing decisions, it is imperative that the GAA reconsider the tackle laws.

The man who turned British politics into a shopping mall

The man who turned British politics into a shopping mall

Tony Blair’s tenure as British prime minister ends this Wednesday, his political career tainted by bitterness over Iraq.

Europe on a knife edge as old tensions begin to mount

Europe on a knife edge as old tensions begin to mount

With EU member states Poland and the Czech Republic caught in the middle of renewed conflict between Russia and the US, their role may have a significant bearing on how this particular drama unfolds.

Labour’s lost opportunity to gain from PDs’ demise

Labour’s lost opportunity to gain from PDs’ demise

Fine Gael and Labour are both failing to grasp the reality of the complex, post-election mood and are harming themselves by proposing an unrealistic, bizarre coalition.

Disposable society might just shop for a new government

Disposable society might just shop for a new government

Old fashioned policy politics has died and been replaced by slick image management.

Torpor on the hustings

Torpor on the hustings

Is this election campaign about running the country - or running around it?

Living the unimaginable

Living the unimaginable

Even the hardened hacks were astonished, grizzled veterans of the long miles of the Northern Peace Process.

Sport dragged through the mud

Sport dragged through the mud

So now, apparently, it has come to murder. Was there a more poignant or incongruous sight than that of Bob Woolmer’s remains being driven past the cameras of the world’s sporting press in Jamaica covering the cricket World Cup?

America started a fight it can’t win

America started a fight it can’t win

Four years ago this week, the invasion of Iraq began. From the outset it was always going to be a walk-over.

DUP chokes on its own history

DUP chokes on its own history

Elections are supposed to provide answers. When the people speak, the politicians are supposed to respond accordingly. Not so in the North.

Theatre of dreams come true

Theatre of dreams come true

Those who were lucky enough to be at Croke Park last weekend for the Ireland versus England game will, I suspect, never quite forget it.

Power-sharing in North must not be stopped by minority

Power-sharing in North must not be stopped by minority

By the standards of western democracy, the election in the North must be one of the most bizarre ever to have taken place.

Tribunals are entertaining but no one’s going to jail

Tribunals are entertaining but no one’s going to jail

With election fever rising, it was only to be expected that the debate about the costs of the tribunals would have had an outing last week.

The profit-driven media are a real threat to our democracy

The profit-driven media are a real threat to our democracy

Ahead of the general election, RTE’s The Week In Politics programme has hired American political analyst Frank Luntz to conduct a series of focus groups.