Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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.

The politics of playing it safe gives us no alternative

The politics of playing it safe gives us no alternative

Is the general election already becoming something of a non-event?

Who will pay for mass murder?

Who will pay for mass murder?

So that’s it then. The popular press and political consensus following Nuala O’Loan’s Report is as follows: a small group of RUC Special Branch officers went overboard when running their informers in one small area in north Belfast.

European Cup schism has become rugby’s civil war

European Cup schism has become rugby’s civil war

The news that French clubs are set to boycott next year’s Heineken Cup should come as no surprise.

Paisley has to forget his ‘save Ulster’ policy and move on

Paisley has to forget his ‘save Ulster’ policy and move on

Whatever the developments in the North in the next couple of weeks, the long-term prospects for devolved power-sharing look grim.

Bush’s botched adventure set to destabilise Middle East

Bush’s botched adventure set to destabilise Middle East

This Wednesday, President George W Bush will announce what has been called ‘a new initiative’ on Iraq.

American hands pulled Pinochet’s evil strings

American hands pulled Pinochet’s evil strings

So Pinochet, the great ‘‘Caudillo’’, is gone. By the end, even most of his fanatical supporters had abandoned him.

Shock and awe come home to roost for Bush’s neo-cons

Shock and awe come home to roost for Bush’s neo-cons

What now for the neo-cons? What now for the war on terror? Has any US president - apart from Richard Milhous Nixon when he received his impeachment documentation - been handed a report quite like the Baker Report George Bush got on Wednesday?