Colin Murphy, Opinion /

‘Baptism barrier’ isn’t the real issue

‘Baptism barrier’ isn’t the real issue

Forget admissions policy: the real problem is using Jesus to teach maths

What Apollo House solves – and what it doesn’t

What Apollo House solves – and what it doesn’t

The conversion of an office block into a shelter has created a useful focus, but the homelessness crisis is so much more

Risks versus needs in the horror of Syria

Risks versus needs in the horror of Syria

Allegations about Goal’s operations in Syria are receding - and it’s time now to refocus on the charity’s lifesaving work

Why homeless statistics just leave us cold

Why homeless statistics just leave us cold

Data fatigue, short memories and incompetence are just some of the reasons why rough sleeping no longer shocks us

Ten ways the Pope's visit can help us examine our national history and psyche

Ten ways the Pope's visit can help us examine our national history and psyche

The Pope’s visit next year is an opportunity for us to clear out the last of the old shadows

Time to offer redress to thousands of gay people affected by the unjust law in the North

Time to offer redress to thousands of gay people affected by the unjust law in the North

The law had a harrowing effect on the lives of thousands of gay people in the 1970s in the North

If our system can’t cope with the migrant crisis, then we need to change the system

If our system can’t cope with the migrant crisis, then we need to change the system

Our response to the refugee crisis thus far has been abject

The slow, tortuous unravelling of the Grace case

The slow, tortuous unravelling of the Grace case

Six years and three reports later, we are no wiser about what happened to a vulnerable young woman and why the HSE may have failed to protect her

You can’t make bad law for the sake of a cake

You can’t make bad law for the sake of a cake

The Belfast ‘gay cake’ bakery owners may nurse bigoted beliefs, but they can’t be made to promote a cause that they see as offensive

Being strategic with social policy

Being strategic with social policy

By turning our backs on goody bags and focusing on investment, we can aim to address crises identified before budget day

Colin Murphy: The ‘squeezed middle’ cliché muddies the tax debate

Colin Murphy: The ‘squeezed middle’ cliché muddies the tax debate

When it comes to calculating a fair share, the figures are as much to do with ideology as maths

When cooperation breaks down, lives are on the line

When cooperation breaks down, lives are on the line

Studying the systemic cracks that children in care fall through could go some way to protecting others

Colin Murphy: How schools and the state fail Traveller children

Colin Murphy: How schools and the state fail Traveller children

Educational outcomes were improving for Traveller children until the crash. Then the supports were dropped

The best way to win back trust in modern politics

The best way to win back trust in modern politics

Political division may be growing, but it gives hope that people can still meet in the middle

Viewing disaster through the lens of the west

Viewing disaster through the lens of the west

Our instinct is to see the victims of disasters in a certain way, according to where they are from