Colin Murphy, Opinion /

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

Hard truths about honesty

Hard truths about honesty

We think we celebrate whistleblowers – until we hear the whistle being blown on our own team

We need, as a nation, to talk about consent

We need, as a nation, to talk about consent

Ireland has a problem with rape, a problem rooted in our history and in the religious and societal promotion of an ‘ascetic morality’ that made sexuality a malign force

Cambridge Analytica ruse lets Facebook off the hook

Cambridge Analytica ruse lets Facebook off the hook

Liberals are crying foul because Trump beat them with the social media tactics pioneered by Obama

Why McAleese’s attack on  the Church truly resonates

Why McAleese’s attack on the Church truly resonates

Powerful dissent may help to blur the lines between what can and can’t be changed

Dangers of crossing the advertorial line

Dangers of crossing the advertorial line

Historically, boundaries have been blurred between real news stories and government promotion of policies; with the new media trend of ‘native’ ads, they’ve become invisible

7 ways to regulate tech for our children

7 ways to regulate tech for our children

The greatest menace of the smartphone age is not pornography, or cyberbullying: it’s addiction. Here’s what we should be doing to prepare our kids for this brave new world

A rugby school scrap in Dublin 4. A murder in Dublin 1

A rugby school scrap in Dublin 4. A murder in Dublin 1

Two news stories last week highlighted the stubborn nature of privilege and the dearth of social mobility in Irish society

Giving presidential votes to ‘global Irish’ is unjustifiable

Giving presidential votes to ‘global Irish’ is unjustifiable

Plans to extend the vote to millions eligible for Irish citizenship abroad, but with no stake in this country, devalue the office of President

Bullying has a long history in the world of Irish theatre

Bullying has a long history in the world of Irish theatre

There’s a difference between being a director and being an autocrat

A beautiful revolution?

A beautiful revolution?

As crowds celebrate in Catalonia, a December vote could bring either a peaceful re-run of the 2015 elections or prolonged uncertainty if ‘independentistas’ deny its legitimacy

Michael D Higgins blows away myths of the Irish in old Australia

Michael D Higgins blows away myths of the Irish in old Australia

By sharing the story of his emigrant family, President Higgins has made a courageous point: colonised at home, the Irish were often the colonisers abroad

Europe sees Brexit as nothing short of heresy

Europe sees Brexit as nothing short of heresy

The EU is trying to force Britain to atone for its great betrayal, but we should not punish them: we have too much to lose

Between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ nationalisms

Between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ nationalisms

We in Ireland tend to view the Catalan desire for independence as benign but, as with any nationalist movement, the reality is more complex

Brexit no-fault divorce turns ugly

Brexit no-fault divorce turns ugly

The EU is punishing Britain viciously for the unthinkable act of leaving