Colin Murphy, Opinion /

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

The challenge facing Ireland is to stay habitable and hospitable

The challenge facing Ireland is to stay habitable and hospitable

Severe climate change could prompt a political lurch to the right and an isolationist strategy, but Ireland is better off fighting to save the planet

We can no longer be defeatist in choosing who can save planet

We can no longer be defeatist in choosing who can save planet

The climate crisis is much worse than you think - so why isn’t it our top priority?

Don Patricio: The Irishman who saved Barça

Don Patricio: The Irishman who saved Barça

The life of onetime Man Utd captain and Barcelona coach Patrick O’Connell ended in sad obscurity, but his story exemplifies the power of sport to transform society

Assange ultimately a deeply ambiguous hero for our times

Assange ultimately a deeply ambiguous hero for our times

Like him or loathe him, deporting Julian Assange to the US would threaten both our free press and liberal democracy