Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Israeli attacks mean West can’t claim the moral high ground

Israeli attacks mean West can’t claim the moral high ground

What do we say now to the Arab world? How can we now claim the moral high ground that we occupied after 9/11 when we lectured the Muslim world about its extremists and their methods?

Barr fails to answer a fundamental question

Barr fails to answer a fundamental question

The Barr Report, despite its thousands of words and its millions of euro, has failed to answer the fundamental question asked of it: did gardai have an alternative course of action open to them other than shooting John Carthy dead at Abbeylara some s

Lessons of Suez not learned

Lessons of Suez not learned

How long is the hand of history? How extraordinary it is that a sequence of events that occurred 50 years ago this month created the template for the two conflicts that currently threaten the peace of the times we live in.

Governments using terrorist threats to pry into our lives

Governments using terrorist threats to pry into our lives

Last Friday a hoax bomb alert saw unprecedented chaos at Dublin Airport.

Events in the North were the bane of Haughey’s career

Events in the North were the bane of Haughey’s career

In August 1969, in the aftermath of the Apprentice Boys march in Derry, widespread civil disorder blazed across the North. In Belfast, the situation rapidly escalated into crisis proportions as loyalist mobs began invading nationalist areas in the we

Time to take on suburbanite environmental thought police

Time to take on suburbanite environmental thought police

Top political prize of the week must go to the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. It has managed to find a policy decision which has brought the DUP and Sinn Fe¤ in together in solidarity and unified opposition.

The public’s perception of events is the political reality

The public’s perception of events is the political reality

In the mid-1960s, the Harold Macmillan Conservative government in Britain suddenly collapsed in the aftermath of the Profumo/Christine Keeler sex scandal.

Ballymena’s culture of hate is steeped in old DUP poison

Ballymena’s culture of hate is steeped in old DUP poison

It has been fascinating to watch the ‘‘new age’’, as opposed to ‘‘stone age’’, DUP tip-toe politely around the funeral of Michael McIlveen.

Fine Gael’s empty branding hides absence of real politics

Fine Gael’s empty branding hides absence of real politics

Saturday, May 6, was probably the most important day for Fine Gael since the last election.

Hunger strikes changed everything

Hunger strikes changed everything

Twenty-five years ago last Friday, the death of the honourable member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Bobby Sands, took all of us to places where, we hope, we will never have to go again.

A rugby clash of old and new

A rugby clash of old and new

Ten years ago, when rugby became fully professional, the prognosis for Irish rugby was far from rosy.

The Invisible Republic gets its day out

The Invisible Republic gets its day out

The intensity of the recent debate about the state’s decision to restore the traditional military parade and celebration of the 1916 Rising has been fascinating.

Finally, a possible end to the North’s political impasse

Finally, a possible end to the North’s political impasse

Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair must have the patience of Job. As the political Rubik’s cube that is the attempt to turn the North into a power-sharing democracy continues to revolve unsolved (entering a ninth year since the Good Friday Agreement), the w

McGahern lit up our darkness

McGahern lit up our darkness

It is extraordinary how sometimes in history tiny moments can, in retrospect, be seen as enormous and defining moments.

Racist until proven innocent

Racist until proven innocent

Apparently, we have all been behaving disgracefully.