Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

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.

Nobody's responsible, but everybody pays

Nobody's responsible, but everybody pays

You can add to the list yourself. This is the one I came up with off the top of my head.

People dare eurocrats to face the awkward future

People dare eurocrats to face the awkward future

All across Europe this weekend, newspaper columnists are speculating as to what happened.

Time has come to beat guns into ploughshares

Time has come to beat guns into ploughshares

After the Northern election, the wagons are once again slowly starting to circle.

Trimble's road to nowhere

Trimble's road to nowhere

When the historical archive of David Trimble's political life is assembled, the infamous Drumcree sequence will reemerge in all its irony.

Election campaignstarts in A&E wards

Election campaignstarts in A&E wards

There's no doubt that as political bruisers go our Tánaiste Mary Harney takes some beating.

Legacy of a great leader

Legacy of a great leader

It is hard to imagine that when Pope John Paul was consecrated Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and Leonid Brezhnev ran the USSR.

Blair's third term not as simple as it may seem

Blair's third term not as simple as it may seem

The improbable often happens in politics. The impossible takes a little longer.

Establishment should hang its head in shame

Establishment should hang its head in shame

What an extraordinary political week it has been. The backdrop to the desultory by-election campaigns in Kildare and Meath has illustrated, if illustration were ever needed, the sheer mediocrity of our public services and political classes.

Tidal wave of sorrow, a mere puddle of cash

Tidal wave of sorrow, a mere puddle of cash

In the end, the death figures will probably be close to 200,000.