Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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.

Who fears to speak?

Who fears to speak?

What strange sights are to be seen around Moore Street this week?

The mystery of the Miami murders

The mystery of the Miami murders

It was the night the music died: July 31, 1975. Exactly 30 years ago today.

After Sunningdale, the IRA was fighting the wrong war

After Sunningdale, the IRA was fighting the wrong war

For the best part of two years now this column has been calling for a unilateral act from the IRA.

Iraq: The new Vietnam

Iraq: The new Vietnam

Ironies abound. On the very day the website Iraq Body Count announced that 24,805 Iraqis, mostly civilians, had been reported killed between March 2003 and March 2005 (35 a day), there was another death in a nursing home in Charleston, South Carolina

Helpless in the face of those intent on suicide

Helpless in the face of those intent on suicide

One can hardly imagine the feelings last week of the British security authorities as they watched CCTV pictures from King's Cross railway station's concourse.

Through a lens darkly: Reality terror

Through a lens darkly: Reality terror

On screen, it has turned into some kind of ghoulish reality television programme.

All Black day for rugby

All Black day for rugby

A week on and still the Brian O'Driscoll incident will not go away.

Tackling rules chaos is destroying Gaelic football

Tackling rules chaos is destroying Gaelic football

It's the same story every year, I'm afraid. I look forward to the GAA football championship and by the end of the season I have come to the same conclusion: that a potentially wonderful field game is still being ruined by its failure to agree proper

God and Dr Paisley

God and Dr Paisley

I suspect that last Wednesday's London meeting with DUP leader Ian Paisley was an eye-opener for Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.