Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Outdated tribunals do nothing but burn holes in our pockets

Outdated tribunals do nothing but burn holes in our pockets

The tribunals may have trapped politicians in the past, but their huge costs will stretch far into the future.

Local planning at the mercy of amateurs with attitudes

Local planning at the mercy of amateurs with attitudes

Local politics should not be a factor in planning decisions.

The SDLP would welcome the sight of a Fianna Fail lifeboat

The SDLP would welcome the sight of a Fianna Fail lifeboat

Fianna Fail’s possible entry into the North’s political sphere raises a number of exciting prospects, not least a link with the SDLP.

Ireland must find their killer instinct in the‘ pool of death’

Ireland must find their killer instinct in the‘ pool of death’

Devastating victories over minnows Namibia and Georgia in the Rugby World Cup will be vital in keeping Irish hopes alive.

Rabbitte’s long march has come to an inglorious end

Rabbitte’s long march has come to an inglorious end

In his five years as Labour leader, Pat Rabbitte failed to progress the party at all.

Premier League loses its soul

Premier League loses its soul

The Premier League is all about money and the clubs are little more than huge brands.

Aer Lingus’s new policies betray our cultural heritage

Aer Lingus’s new policies betray our cultural heritage

People still have to learn that Aer Lingus is no longer ‘ours’, but just another commercial operation with planes taking customers from A to B.

The wrong force in the wrong place for 38 years

The wrong force in the wrong place for 38 years

The behaviour of British soldiers in the North was a recruiting sergeant for the IRA.

Memoirs reveal Blair’s fixation on going it alone

Memoirs reveal Blair’s fixation on going it alone

The Campbell memoirs would be an entertaining light read, were it not for the dark shadow of Iraq hovering over them.

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.