Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Brexit has resurrected the united Ireland question

Brexit has resurrected the united Ireland question

The oldest debate in Irish politics is back in vogue - and unification might just offer the right solution for people on both sides of the border

How Tom Murphy attacked the arrogance of power

How Tom Murphy attacked the arrogance of power

The Tuam-born dramatist came out of a landscape devastated by the Famine and its legacy of mass emigration. His work raged, in his own words, ‘against the inequalities of life’

Capricious Trump plays at peace in North Korea

Capricious Trump plays at peace in North Korea

But sanctions against Iran have put the US out on a limb, in league with Israel and Saudi Arabia, and at odds with the rest of the world

Another golden age of Leinster rugby is at hand

Another golden age of Leinster rugby is at hand

The current Leinster side have restored our faith in the game as a magnificent spectacle of skill and athleticism

Tom McGurk: SF should take Westminster seats, if only for one vote

Tom McGurk: SF should take Westminster seats, if only for one vote

The party’s outmoded policy of abstentionism is opening the way for a hard Brexit and denying Northern nationalists a voice in their future

May and Trump oblivious to their nations’ poisonous pasts

May and Trump oblivious to their nations’ poisonous pasts

Both Britain and the US have a long history of using chemical weapons, with disastrous effects on combatants and populations

Get ready for plenty of spin  as the British revert to type

Get ready for plenty of spin as the British revert to type

David Davis’s claim that Sinn Féin is influencing the Irish government is part of a spin cycle the British government hopes will show it as blameless when a hard Brexit comes

Can the Good Friday Agreement survive?

Can the Good Friday Agreement survive?

So much good has come from the peace deal, but Brexit and the new demographics are challenging all the assumptions on which the accord was based

Irish rugby has made an extraordinary journey

Irish rugby has made an extraordinary journey

Once we were happy to be gallant losers. Now we are serial winners playing sizzling rugby, and long may it continue

The Hooded Men judgment must be appealed

The Hooded Men judgment must be appealed

The European Court of Human Rights ruling that sensory deprivation - employed against a group of 14 men during internment in the North - is not torture has profound implications for the treatment of prisoners everywhere

Britain is becoming a deeply angry place

Britain is becoming a deeply angry place

The political reaction to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury suggests the Commons was having a ‘Belgrano moment’. But the global response has been underwhelming

The Tallaght demolition derby laid bare a fractured Ireland

The Tallaght demolition derby laid bare a fractured Ireland

What happened on a snowy night in Dublin 24 may tell us much about where Irish society is currently headed

DUP’s new airs and graces can’t hide its true nature

DUP’s new airs and graces can’t hide its true nature

The party founded to keep nationalists in their place lacks the political sophistication for today’s complex political agenda

Can Ramaphosa turn the tide of poverty in South Africa?

Can Ramaphosa turn the tide of poverty in South Africa?

After 25 years of ANC rule, the material circumstances of the country’s black population have hardly changed

DUP stance on Irish is cultural supremacism

DUP stance on Irish is cultural supremacism

Disrespect for indigenous Irish culture began with the Ulster plantation. And it continued as an instrument of oppression when the Northern state was founded. So what’s new?