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#Op Ed

# 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.

'A terminally ill child was forced to live in a car for weeks - this is not right'

June Tinsley writes that some families are living in deplorable conditions around the country and says the time for talk is over.

Vulture funds pick and peck and they're not finished yet

The vultures arrived in Ireland after the crisis when they realised there was a lot of property up for grabs at knock down prices, writes Michael Byrne.

# op-ed - Saturday 26 March, 2016

'A victory for Isis would be a Europe crippled by fear and suspicion'

A victory for Isis would see Muslim citizens even further reviled, harassed and ghettoised in European cities, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

Kohlrabi is becoming a popular veg and it's tasty either cooked or raw

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk kohlrabi .

'We need to weed out bogus disability claims for the people that really need it'

Aaron McKenna writes that people who truly need the disability payment are suffering at those that are scamming.

# op-ed - Friday 25 March, 2016

Voices of 1916: 'I knew it meant war - but I was honoured to print the Proclamation'

Printer Christopher Brady was called to Liberty Hall on Easter Sunday 1916 for a special job – he was stunned to read the text of the Proclamation calling for a Republic.

# op-ed - Thursday 24 March, 2016

'Families hire 'cutters' to remove any sensation for the girl and it's called a rite of passage'

Extreme forms of mutilation can lead to difficulties in menstruation, painful intercourse, incontinence and infertility.

# op-ed - Wednesday 23 March, 2016

Food labels in Ireland need to be transparent and readable for consumers

Ross Golden-Bannon writes that food labels should say exactly what is contained in our food.

'It was terrifying to be at the heart of an event the world was watching'

Sligo man, Heber Rowan, who is living in Brussels says yesterday was a day that ripped through the heart of life in Brussels.

# op-ed - Tuesday 22 March, 2016

Tom Clonan: 'Islamic State will consider today’s attacks a great success'

Columnist Tom Clonan takes an in-depth look at the aftermath following today’s attacks in Brussels and what it means for security in Europe.

# op-ed - Sunday 20 March, 2016

'I've been groped, felt up, and harassed. Rape culture exists and we need men to step up'

It’s time for all men to get a little bit uncomfortable about the culture we all operate in, writes Mia Doering.

Jack Chambers has taken some heat on social media, but public figures get criticised all the time

Columnist Julien Mercille writes that if we start policing the internet for online abuse we can say goodbye to freedom of speech.

# op-ed - Friday 18 March, 2016

'We need to talk about the reality of debt'

Debt is scary – sometimes scary to face and always scary to hide from, writes Stephen Curtis.

# op-ed - Thursday 17 March, 2016

'Ireland is hopelessly devoted to alcohol, you'll see that today'

Andrew McGinley, who has worked behind a bar many a St Patrick’s Day, says that while you see everyone enjoying themselves, a bigger question comes to mind.

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