Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

The Easter Rising: The shots that changed the world forever

The Easter Rising: The shots that changed the world forever

The public commentary ever since Bertie Ahern announced the revival of the 1916 memorial parade has been fascinating.

McAleese speech sold out the majority of the Irish public

McAleese speech sold out the majority of the Irish public

I suspect I am not the only Irish citizen who found President Mary McAleese’s performance in Saudi Arabia last week bizarre.

A free Europe has to stand firm

A free Europe has to stand firm

In the week in which the Danish cartoon crisis raged across the Muslim world, an opinion poll published in Britain made for deeply disturbing reading.

DUP hides behind IMC report

DUP hides behind IMC report

In the words of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), closing down the Provisional IRA after some 30 years is like slowing and turning an oil supertanker.

Stalwarts of unionism must adapt and change to survive

Stalwarts of unionism must adapt and change to survive

The ‘Love Ulster' campaign is heading south. Led by Willie Frazer, spokesman for victims' group Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR), the group is coming to protest outside the Dáil.

Sharon's uncertain legacy

Sharon's uncertain legacy

Suddenly, within a very short period of time, the two gigantic figures who have dominated the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for a generation are gone.

New world disorder ends our millennium optimism

New world disorder ends our millennium optimism

Today is the first day of the second half of the first decade of the 21st century.

A failure that cries for justice to be served

A failure that cries for justice to be served

Last Sunday's Liam Lawlor stories were an outrageous professional failure on the part of certain newspapers to commit to accuracy or to ethics.

Today's soccer is a sham

Today's soccer is a sham

After a lifetime of watching and enjoying all sports, I find modern professional soccer deeply depressing.

Turkish EU membership could be the final straw

Turkish EU membership could be the final straw

Seemingly oblivious to public opinion across the European Union, the leaders of the 25 countries went ahead last week in Luxembourg and began the process for Turkish membership.

Paisley left perplexed and wrong-footed by IRA

Paisley left perplexed and wrong-footed by IRA

Since the IRA's final act of decommissioning, no interviewer has yet chosen to ask the DUP the obvious question: if you, as a member of the DUP, had been allowed to view the decommissioning process and even to bring a film crew with you, how would yo

Rugby pays price of professionalism

Rugby pays price of professionalism

It's exactly 10 years now since the International Rugby Board (IRB), the organisation that controls world rugby, decided to drop the old amateur status of the game.

North heartland's unionism belongs in a trailer park

North heartland's unionism belongs in a trailer park

Last Saturday night the unionists of Belfast treated us to an evening of truly surreal proportions.

Where has morality gone in the new Ireland?

Where has morality gone in the new Ireland?

I thought there was something incongruously innocent about Fianna Fáil's invitation to Robert Putnam to address the party last week.

The American dream is laid bare in the Big Easy

The American dream is laid bare in the Big Easy

When it came, it came with all the ferocity of a biblical Armageddon. The walls of the city, which had withstood the siege for generations, finally collapsed, and the enemy hordes poured in.