Tom Mcgurk, Opinion /

A welcome debunking of War of Independence myths

A welcome debunking of War of Independence myths

RTÉ’s new documentary shows there was no mandate for armed struggle until Britain’s war crimes paved the way to freedom

Insect apocalypse is a wake-up call for all

Insect apocalypse is a wake-up call for all

As a child I had imagined that if nature ever collapsed, it would be under a mushroom cloud - not as the result of a natural catastrophe

Can Irish America protect the backstop?

Can Irish America protect the backstop?

As key American political figures voice their concerns for the peace process to Downing Street, it may be the opening chapter in a very significant new Brexit sideshow

Have the hard lessons of  1969 been forgotten?

Have the hard lessons of 1969 been forgotten?

Theresa May and her cronies are brazenly riding roughshod over the fragile architecture of the Good Friday Agreement, breaking trust and endangering peace on this island

Concussion test has profound implications

Concussion test has profound implications

A new test to diagnose head injuries pitch-side won’t eradicate the problem, but it could make rugby safer

Sammy Wilson and the power of the poison pen

Sammy Wilson and the power of the poison pen

Both in print and in person, the DUP firebrand is spinning a Brexit narrative that is not just laughably inaccurate, but irresponsible and dangerous

Is romancing the SDLP right for Fianna Fáil?

Is romancing the SDLP right for Fianna Fáil?

Micheál Martin’s plan to venture North will involve him in a merger with a party even more spectacularly in decline than his own

Irish rugby lines out for its most exciting year

Irish rugby lines out for its most exciting year

Whether Ireland can win the World Cup is the big sporting question of 2019 but, either way, Joe Schmidt will have left a powerful legacy

Historical echoes in Britain’s EU departure

Historical echoes in Britain’s EU departure

Severing oneself from the world’s biggest market looks like lunacy – but we did it ourselves a century ago this weekend

Brexiteers are blind to the threats to peace

Brexiteers are blind to the threats to peace

John Major’s warning of the ‘wild men on the fringes’ is a stark reminder to Westminster

It’s time for SF to stand up and be counted

It’s time for SF to stand up and be counted

Given how the parliamentary arithmetic has fallen in the Brexit scenario, by abstaining from the critical Westminster vote, the party is in effect voting against May’s deal

Yes, we can

Yes, we can

Last weekend’s unforgettable win over the All Blacks proved that Ireland are now the team to beat. But it’s been a long, hard journey to this point

The choice is simple: The May deal or chaos

The choice is simple: The May deal or chaos

When all’s said and done, the House of Commons won’t vote for a Brexit crash-out

Rugby is at a crossroads of its own making

Rugby is at a crossroads of its own making

Ireland v New Zealand will be the highlight of autumn friendlies. But might it be the last hurrah?

Salute WWI dead, but not with red poppies

Salute WWI dead, but not with red poppies

Not only does the symbol help to sanitise an imperial bloodbath, it also legitimises contemporary warmongering