Colin Murphy, Opinion /

What’s a backstop? Depends who you ask

What’s a backstop? Depends who you ask

The ambiguity of language gives us all plenty to chew on

We’ll miss her when she goes

We’ll miss her when she goes

In a world grown tired of spin, the German chancellor somehow seemed above politics

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

By exposing ugly fissures in Irish society around Travellers and those on welfare, prejudice may become more visible and easier to fight

Demonising the state threatens the state itself

Demonising the state threatens the state itself

Irish culture historically has been marked by an alienation from the state, rooted in the colonial experience.

Why burka bans are a mark of panic and weakness

Why burka bans are a mark of panic and weakness

Liberals won’t be able to wash the issue away, or simply dismiss the other side as racists

Ten false beliefs that may lead to a hard Brexit

Ten false beliefs that may lead to a hard Brexit

As talks restart, the EU’s ability to compromise isn’t helped by fallacies surrounding the issue

What Ryanair and Michael O’Leary tell us about Ireland

What Ryanair and Michael O’Leary tell us about Ireland

As one of Ireland’s most successful brands, Ryanair - and its chief executive - reveal certain truths about us, not all of them comfortable ones

Five lessons from the Thai cave rescue

Five lessons from the Thai cave rescue

This was something more than a simple (if uplifting) story of heroism

Reasons to be cheerful about immigration

Reasons to be cheerful about immigration

Claims that mass migration will ruin us all are wrong. The challenge now is to keep Europe together without giving up the EU’s core values

Diarmuid Martin shaking his crozier at devout parishioner Josepha Madigan’s sincerely expressed views was a massive episcopal own goal

Diarmuid Martin shaking his crozier at devout parishioner Josepha Madigan’s sincerely expressed views was a massive episcopal own goal

Inching back towards a softer Brexit

Inching back towards a softer Brexit

The backstop and the border: is it time for us to turn?

Liberalism has won in a mature, functioning democracy

Liberalism has won in a mature, functioning democracy

The pro-life movement has strengths that liberal Ireland would do well to respect, but its high communal standards are harsh on individuals

The precariat: who’s  in it and who isn’t?

The precariat: who’s in it and who isn’t?

The genuine concerns of workers trapped in the insecure platform economy can be addressed without us all worrying about a looming dystopia

The threat and opportunity that Big Tech 2.0 presents

The threat and opportunity that Big Tech 2.0 presents

Ireland will have the chance to lead from the front in data protection regulation - and we must after boomtime failures

Money, Montrose and music for middlebrows

Money, Montrose and music for middlebrows

The plight of RTÉ’s two orchestras, outlined in the Boaden report, reflects the conflicting pressures on the national broadcaster both to champion art and to reach the broadest audience possible