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#Op Ed

# op-ed - Thursday 2 August, 2018

'The High Court restaurant has been a sanctuary for people left waiting days for a judge, until now'

The restaurant has been a place to take time out and get away from the maelstrom until it closed this week, writes Stuart Gilhooly.

# op-ed - Sunday 13 May, 2018

Justice Minister: 'I have seen many women shake with fear of not being believed by a Garda or a court'

Charlie Flanagan writes about why he believes the Domestic Violence Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before the Oireachtas.

# op-ed - Thursday 15 February, 2018

'I live in enduring, constant severe pain - Versatis patches made things bearable'

I’m sick of the medical ‘power and control’ that give us little choice and expect us to suffer, writes Margaret Kennedy.

# op-ed - Sunday 11 February, 2018

'Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family's name'

Jenifer Williams lives in Dublin but grew up in the Congo, she described it as “a ground of no mercy”.

# op-ed - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

Opinion: 'A right-wing British politician like Farage has no right to interfere in Ireland's affairs'

Nigel Farage addressing an Irish crowd about independence was both ironic and audacious, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# op-ed - Monday 5 February, 2018

Could an underground Dart solve Dublin's traffic gridlock? It's being considered

The project can be launched at short notice to make a difference to the lives of tens of thousands of people every day, writes Catherine Murphy.

# op-ed - Sunday 4 February, 2018

My wife died 20 years ago and my son has autism, Alone has given me a friend

Jim Birch says, “Some days we go for a walk around the area, or go to the shops, other days, when it’s raining, we stay in and have a cup of tea.”

# op-ed - Thursday 1 February, 2018

'We're not adequately examining sexual crime suspects and it's stopping justice being done'

Suspects, as well as the complainants, of sexual crimes need to be medically examined writes Kieran Kennedy.

# op-ed - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

Saving for a house? Sometimes a person can't move back home, borrow from parents or travel

Moving abroad is expected but Ireland should make life affordable and attractive for young people, writes Niamh Baker.

# op-ed - Sunday 28 January, 2018

Mother on miscarriage: 'I felt like a failure. I didn’t protect my babies. My body had let us down.'

Holding the tiny body in the palm of my hands, counting perfectly formed fingers, looking into eyes that would never see, my heart broke into a million pieces, writes Ethna Quirke.

# op-ed - Saturday 27 January, 2018

'I went from dad bod to six-pack in eight months because of a promise I made myself as a child'

‘For those interested in getting in shape and losing weight, I suggest figuring out why you want to do it’, writes Kevin O’Connor.

# op-ed - Thursday 25 January, 2018

How will Ireland handle social media in the Eighth Amendment referendum?

The spread of mis or disinformation around referendums on social media could harm our democracy, writes Gavin Sheridan.

# op-ed - Friday 19 January, 2018

H&M tone-deaf ad just another in long line with Pepsi, Dove, Nivea and Kellogg's messing up recently

If the same ad appeared 13 years ago, it wouldn’t have generated a third of the reaction nor publicity, writes Amy Rose Harte.

# op-ed - Saturday 13 January, 2018

Simon Coveney: 'Gaza is slightly smaller than County Louth but nearly 2 million people live in it'

While in Gaza I saw the pressures on food, water and electricity, writes Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

# op-ed - Thursday 6 July, 2017

'Lobbyists are lining up to kill the Alcohol Bill'

Senator Frances Black finds it ‘disheartening’ to watch legislation picked apart that she believes will protect families all over Ireland.

# op-ed - Friday 30 June, 2017

'The #JobstownNotGuilty social media campaign was absolutely necessary'

TD Paul Murphy writes candidly about the “relief, gratitude, anger and sadness” that accompanied the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the Jobstown trial.

# op-ed - Wednesday 28 June, 2017

We need compassion as a priority in how we care for people like Michael and Kathleen

Throughout the country, decisions are being made for reasons that trump people’s relationships and families.

# op-ed - Thursday 22 June, 2017

The Trump Bump? An increase in trust for news media

A major new report gives Irish news publications some “chinks of light”, writes Dr Jane Suiter.

# op-ed - Sunday 16 April, 2017

Shane Ross: 'If you could save one person's life, would you?'

The fact that my Bill will save lives is not a truth some vested interests want to hear, writes Transport Minister Shane Ross.

# op-ed - Thursday 6 April, 2017

'Blaming' help-to-buy for property prices is just lazy

The numbers don’t stack up on claims that the scheme is a primary influence on an entire market, writes Karl Deeter.

# op-ed - Thursday 22 December, 2016

'When I was told my brother had died by suicide, I crumbled to the floor and howled'

Michelle Ross speaks openly about what she and her family have gone through since her brother died by suicide last year.

'I was 19 weeks pregnant when my husband died suddenly. I had no idea what to do'

In 2011, Sinead’s husband died suddenly when they were on holidays in Portugal.

# op-ed - Saturday 29 October, 2016

Men DO open up about their problems - but no-one is listening

James Behan of Men’s Voices Ireland on why men’s problems are frequently trivialised.

# op-ed - Wednesday 19 October, 2016

'Women right now are being lied to in the most grotesque fashion. Enough is enough'

Today, the Labour Party is introducing to the Dáil legislation that will require those who provide counselling services to women experiencing crisis pregnancies to be registered and regulated.

# op-ed - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

Is it now time for Ireland to consider rejoining the Commonwealth?

Senator Frank Feighan says rejoining the Commonwealth will promote Ireland’s values to a global audience.

# op-ed - Saturday 14 May, 2016

The Debate Room: Should Child Benefit be linked to school attendance?

The plan to link Child Benefit to children’s school attendance records has come under much scrutiny this week.

# op-ed - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Opinion: Women have shown time and time again that they are a more deadly species than the male

Security expert Tom Clonan explains why armies across the world need female soldiers and officers, in all positions.

# op-ed - Wednesday 20 April, 2016

The farcical delay in forming a government has eroded my faith in politics

The fallout from the 2016 general election has been largely incomprehensible to most citizens, and even to many devoted political watchers.

# op-ed - Sunday 17 April, 2016

'Gardaí being left in the dark about terror threats to Ireland. That's worrying'

In Ireland, there is no terrorism alert system or threat level assessment that we know of. This is a grave concern, writes Tom Clonan.

# op-ed - Friday 15 April, 2016

'In reality there’s plenty of food. We just don’t know how to share it'

Ross Golden-Bannon says Ireland needs a Food Sovereignty Proclamation.

# op-ed - Saturday 9 April, 2016

"I should have told my friend his 'rape joke' was inappropriate. Why didn't I?"

Men need to start feeling more than a little uncomfortable about the issue of consent, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

Dublin needs to invest more in itself, not the rest of the country

The reality is that Dublin accounts for 40% of the nations economy and so it attracts an outsized proportion of its investment, writes Aaron McKenna.

# op-ed - Tuesday 5 April, 2016

'Michaella McCollum should not get attention and I hope she will be ignored from now on'

RTÉ received dozens of complaints over the Michaella interview this week, deservedly so, writes Lorraine Courtney.

Going for a promotion in work? You better put in the groundwork now

If you know a vacancy is likely, 12 months down the line, you should objectively assess yourself and see have you got what it takes now.

# op-ed - Sunday 3 April, 2016

'I only had six hours to live if I didn’t start pulling through'

Since 1992, Stephen has had three separate kidney transplants – one of which was a live donation from his sister.

# op-ed - Tuesday 29 March, 2016

Can't resist the deals at the supermarket? Here's why we should be buying local

The state can no longer justify paying large subsidies to farmers whose produce goes directly overseas while refusing to support small scale local production, writes Fergal Anderson.

# op-ed - Monday 28 March, 2016

Here's what to do if you're being bullied at work

Everyone is entitled to a bully-free workplace, writes Sinéad Carroll.

‘I never thought I would be unemployed aged 53. I feel I have to beg for social welfare’

An anonymous contributor writes about what it’s like to find yourself jobless with no money after working for over 33 years.

# op-ed - Sunday 27 March, 2016

This Irish rebel smuggled bomb detonators under her coat and often dressed as a boy

Margaret Skinnider played a play a key role in the struggle for independence in 1916.

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