Colin Murphy, Opinion /

Rakaya is an Irish child, a fellow citizen, and our responsibility

Rakaya is an Irish child, a fellow citizen, and our responsibility

We owe it to the daughter of former Irish Air Corps member Lisa Smith, who became a so-called ‘Isis bride’, to do everything we can to bring them home from Syria

Our defence forces shouldn’t have to fight for proper pay

Our defence forces shouldn’t have to fight for proper pay

We’re happy to take pride in our military when it suits us, as during the Easter Rising commemorations, but keeping its members on the breadline is not something to be proud of

BBC star controversy shows people still care about real journalism

BBC star controversy shows people still care about real journalism

Far from killing off proper journalism, social media could play a role in actually saving it

‘Factfulness’ is the antidote to Trump and Johnson

‘Factfulness’ is the antidote to Trump and Johnson

The best way to fight populism is to turn down the drama and take a fresh look at reality

In defence of Boris Johnson

In defence of Boris Johnson

Many of the loudest objections to the British PM are essentially cosmetic: he is just doing what most politicians in his place would do

‘Aspie’ superpower of our own children must not be ignored

‘Aspie’ superpower of our own children must not be ignored

We celebrate Greta Thunberg as a champion of neurodiversity while neglecting Irish teenagers with autism, and so deprive ourselves of their talents and insights

EU creates its own hellish Trump-style wall in our name

EU creates its own hellish Trump-style wall in our name

While European leaders talk in liberal terms about migration, their policies in the Med are as tough on migrants as those of the US president

Populists say the elite is out of touch - and they do have a point

Populists say the elite is out of touch - and they do have a point

Populism is on the rise, but demonising its followers is not helpful. Instead, liberals should try to understand and acknowledge the fears some people have, but not surrender to them

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

The party members who attacked Young Fine Gael president Killian Foley-Walsh for attending a right-wing conference in the US seem to have forgotten the USP of their own organisation

Ebola shows how fates of the rich and poor are intertwined

Ebola shows how fates of the rich and poor are intertwined

Treating communities on the ground with respect is critical for the effective management of any crisis

Insisting on backstop got us Johnson

Insisting on backstop got us Johnson

Ireland’s intransigence on the issue of the border has brought us to the verge of the worst-case scenario. But there may still be time to salvage a soft Brexit from this mess

Our silence on Saudi Arabia’s atrocities is morally pathetic

Our silence on Saudi Arabia’s atrocities is morally pathetic

The government should loudly condemn the Riyadh regime and push for embargoes, rather than trumpeting trade partnerships

We’re at a crucial moment for our climate - just ask any teen

We’re at a crucial moment for our climate - just ask any teen

Theresa May is way ahead of her global peers on this issue - just like our young people who don’t want to inherit a catastrophe

It’s time to back off: Bailey has been punished enough

It’s time to back off: Bailey has been punished enough

The #SwingGate TD deserved ridicule, but online shaming of this magnitude can be more damaging than any formal sanction

Banning unvaccinated kids from school is sure to backfire

Banning unvaccinated kids from school is sure to backfire

Making vaccination mandatory won’t persuade distrustful people to trust the system, and could just end up making things worse