# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 11 February, 2014
If Enda Kenny seeks the position of either President of the European Council or head of the European Commission, he could achieve great things for Ireland and Europe, writes David Moloney.
# opinion-and-insight - Monday 10 February, 2014
The biggest learning curve my husband and I have taken from my mental health problems is that without communication, depression will win, writes Fiona Kennedy.
# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 9 February, 2014
Pension funds investing in residential property could make a significant contribution to supplying a constrained market with much needed accommodation, write Lorcan Sirr and Tom Dunne.
# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 8 February, 2014
There is the lack of any serious radical political or cultural response to the current crisis in Ireland, writes Ciaran McCullagh.
Playdates are basically the office parties of kid-land: the stakes are higher than they seem and opting out is harder than you think, writes Emily Hourican.
There’s money for capital spending to defend our most vulnerable cities from flooding – the trouble is the government wants to toss it down the drain to keep a few seats in Leinster House.
# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 6 February, 2014
Female Genital Mutilation involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia with the aim of reducing a women’s enjoyment of sex. This abominable practise must be stopped, writes David Dalton.
# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 5 February, 2014
Is spring the start of February… or the start of March? If you ask me, there’s only one proper answer, and it involves astronomy. But there are a couple of reasons behind different dates, writes Conor Farrell.
# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 4 February, 2014
I’m happy with who I am and I love this country – but I am not happy with how I get treated for how I live my life, writes Christopher Chong.
# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 2 February, 2014
Tantrums are hard. They’re hard on the child and on the parents – but what should you do if you see a stranger’s child having a tantrum? Sinéad Fox gives some tips.
Taking the example of Ireland’s evolving relationship with Africa, it becomes clear that the DFA’s review of external relations might not be on the right track, writes Andy Storey.
# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 1 February, 2014
No matter how much preparation you do, the reality of caring for your new baby can overwhelm you. Follow these tips to keep your relationship on track once your bundle of joy arrives, writes Martina Newe.
# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 30 January, 2014
The Government had a knee-jerk reaction last year and cut Mobility Allowance to new applicants. Nearly 12 months later, those in need are still in limbo, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.
Some privately-owned news media can be described as having a particular editorial slant – but the state broadcaster has a duty to be balanced and challenge opinions that promote inequality, writes Catherine Murphy TD.
# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 29 January, 2014
The term ‘homophobia’ refers to an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against gay people… So why it is not permissible to state that a group that actively campaigns against same-sex marriage is homophobic?
It’s almost impossible to bring up the subject of premature ejaculation without provoking a cringe or a giggle, but it’s no joke for the one in five men (of all ages) who suffer from this common dysfunction, writes Trish Murphy.
# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 28 January, 2014
In a landmark ruling today, the European Court of Human Rights said the Irish State is liable for the sexual abuse of children in schools where it had failed to put effective child protection measures in place.
The USI’s proposal for the Irish Water logo shows how it values the design profession in Ireland – and represents a race to the bottom philosophy that undercuts true worth of creative work, write students Emma Grattan and Derek Doyle.
The investigation into the penalty point controversy is minimising the independence of the Garda Ombudsman: the body won’t have autonomous access to the PULSE system or any remit to examine the Commissioner’s role, writes Mick Wallace TD.
Margaretta, in her peaceful act of civil disobedience, was seeking to highlight our own government’s failure to uphold both Irish and international law. We should applaud her courage, writes Joe Murray.
# opinion-and-insight - Monday 27 January, 2014
# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 25 January, 2014
I work full time, I have young kids, and I also have a mental illness. Living with depression is never going to be easy but I’m getting better – and that’s because I’m being open and unashamed about it, writes Fiona Kennedy.
Haven’t you heard? 2014 will be “the year of mindful living”. But, asks Molly Garboden, how does one achieve this peaceful outlook, swanning through sunlit rooms furnished in white wicker and mauve?
Today’s Reform Conference will open discussion on key areas of reform, writes Terence Flanagan.
# opinion-and-insight - Friday 24 January, 2014
The Irish media has failed to properly report on the local community’s resistance to Shell in Mayo. The reason? Journalism has fewer and fewer resources to filter the truth from the propaganda, Harry Browne writes.
Justin Bieber is a singularly unpleasant young chap who terrorises his neighbours, drag races ‘under the influence’, and abandons Capuchin monkeys… but what chance did he have? Lisa McInerney takes a look at the volatile lives of child stars.
# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 23 January, 2014
The new prison in Cork is being built to hold more prisoners, even though our crime rate is decreasing, and cells are being planned for doubled-occupancy. This goes against internationally-supported standards, writes Fiona Ní Chinneide.
Six people won the Irish lotto last Saturday, and with the jackpot at €3.5 million, it wasn’t a bad day’s work. Here’s a few tips on how to play, writes Eamonn Toland.
# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 22 January, 2014
Reducing the gender recognition age requirement from 18 to 16 will improve the lives of many young trans and intersex people across Ireland, writes Louise Hannon.
Our Arts minister is unable to represent his department with any real knowledge, and is therefore failing to exploit what could be a multi-billion euro industry, writes Eoin Lynch.
In January 2009, Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the notorious detention centre at Guantánamo Bay. Five years on, detainees remain uncharged and subjected to waterboarding, prolonged isolation and force feeding.
# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 21 January, 2014
For the first time, tomorrow representatives of Bashar Al Assad will meet with the western-backed opposition for talks. This presents an historic opportunity to end a war that threatens to engulf the wider Middle East in conflict, writes Maurice McQuillan.
We shouldn’t view a living wage for employees as a burden, but as an investment: it would be one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy, writes Ciaran Garrett.
(… and guess how that worked out)
# opinion-and-insight - Monday 20 January, 2014
In this century, climate change and the quality of our environment will be the central issue demanding a global response, writes Tom Healy.
There were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.
# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 19 January, 2014
January can indeed feel miserable, empty and cold after all the warmth and merrymaking that is Christmas – but don’t entertain those negative thoughts that creep in this time of year, writes Bernadette Ryan.
John Mitchel was a leading member of nationalist groups that demanded freedom for the Irish. But his sympathies didn’t stretch beyond his own countrymen: he was also vocal and passionate supporter of slavery.
# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 18 January, 2014
No two people are the same, so what’s right for one person may not be for you. However, there are some financial rules of thumb that can help to steer you in the right direction, writes Liam Croke.