Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

New broom needs new ideas

New broom needs new ideas

Taoiseach-elect Brian Cowen will have to deal with issues that differ hugely from the ones that Bertie Ahern faced.

Spectre of My Lai atrocities still haunts the US military

Spectre of My Lai atrocities still haunts the US military

Forty years ago, one of the worst civilian massacres in modern military history took place in Vietnam, to the eternal shame of those involved and the people who tried to cover it up.

Orgy of alcohol abuse shows that new rules are needed

Orgy of alcohol abuse shows that new rules are needed

We must take heed of the inevitable excess of underage drinking on St Patrick’s Day.

Paisley’s own tactics may unravel his party

Paisley’s own tactics may unravel his party

Even veteran Paisley watchers in the North agree that the denouement approaches. As his son Ian Junior limps away, following problems with his millionaire developer friends, and the prospects of a Paisley dynasty disappear, the DUP vultures are begin

Speed cameras are missing the big picture on road safety

Speed cameras are missing the big picture on road safety

Obsessing about speed cameras means we’re not focusing on driver error, which is the main factor in road fatalities.

Making up for the World Cup

Making up for the World Cup

Can Eddie O’Sullivan’s Ireland lay to rest the ghost of their disastrous showing in France just months ago?

Why the children of Ireland are turning into drinkers

Why the children of Ireland are turning into drinkers

Binge drinking is a product of our modern consumer society that is obsessed with popular culture.

The shock of the new

The shock of the new

The victories of Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee in Iowa on Thursday night have given the US political parties plenty to think about.

Greens must not be allowed to sabotage our ancient rituals

Greens must not be allowed to sabotage our ancient rituals

There is increasing concern in rural Ireland about the Green agenda in government, particularly among the equestrian and country sports communities.

South Africa takes a step backwards with Zuma split

South Africa takes a step backwards with Zuma split

In some ways, it has been the longest political honeymoon in post-colonial African politics, but, more than a decade after the democratic triumph of the Africa National Congress (ANC) and its leader, Nelson Mandela, the storm clouds are beginning to

The GAA must never be for sale

The GAA must never be for sale

The sports association represents the last vestige of Irish community spirit fighting against the all-embracing scourge of the professional era.

No fair deal for Bertie

No fair deal for Bertie

Bertie Ahern acted like any other man in 1993. But the fallout from that time is skewing news values and obscuring his feats.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve already crashed

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve already crashed

In October 2006, the then justice minister and Progressive Democrats leader Michael McDowell gave a speech in Malahide, Co Dublin. It was the beginning of the early run-up to the general election due some six months later and McDowell was seeking to

Who is taking responsibility for the crises in this country?

Who is taking responsibility for the crises in this country?

It should be jobs and not lives that are at stake.

House-trained Green ministers are not much use to anybody

House-trained Green ministers are not much use to anybody

Gesture politics on SUV emissions, but only silence on phone rip-offs. Never mind the planet - can the Greens save themselves?