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#Opinion

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’

The Limerick native’s legacy will live on for generations to come as he will forever be remembered as a shining example of great leadership, writes James Galvin.

From The42 Was a dream farewell too much to ask for ‘Gladiator’ Paul O’Connell? Limerick Leader

Was a dream farewell too much to ask for ‘Gladiator’ Paul O’Connell?

What he did in his career, will echo in Irish Rugby eternity.

You risk blowing your savings on a lifetime supply of customised pens when you run for election

How much you spend on your campaign still plays a large role in determining whether you win a seat , writes Roslyn Fuller.

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# opinion - Monday 8 February, 2016

Regency Hotel shooting was choreographed to send a clear and explicit message

Pictures have been widely circulated of gunmen carrying Kalashnikov weapons into the Regency Hotel. The pictures are significant for a number of reasons, writes Tom Clonan.

You can learn a lot about management from potty training your child

A good manager is clear on what’s expected, gives feedback, encourages, develops and rewards.

From The42 ‘Valencia won’t sack Gary Neville’ La Liga

‘Valencia won’t sack Gary Neville’

The ex-Man United player is yet to taste a La Liga victory in nine matches as coach.

# opinion - Sunday 7 February, 2016

My life with shingles: ‘It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor’

I incorrectly believed that shingles was contagious, writes Carol Reddy Locke

‘I’m an American, but Sarah Palin and Donald Trump do not speak for me’

‘I’m not sure when there began to be such a disconnect between myself and the campaign oratory – and whether I have changed or if it’s the American discourse.’

‘Power is a drug’: Alan Kelly’s recent interview showed the true colours of Irish politics

We need more than narcissism and hubris in Irish politics, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Saturday 6 February, 2016

Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales

This isn’t happening because of a shift in cultural attitudes towards sex; it is the result of a growth in online pornography, writes Lorraine Courtney.

Fine Gael picks up support while Sinn Féin drops

The latest opinion poll also puts Sinn Féin and Fianna Fail on equal support.

Beetroot gets a rough deal. It’s time to give it another go with this marmalade

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

Overweight people should pay more tax. Others can’t pay for our folly

Operation Transformation is not fat-shaming. We can’t mollycoddle to spare people’s feelings, writes Aaron McKenna.

# opinion - Friday 5 February, 2016

From The42 Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016 Opinion

Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016

There are some exciting and surprising calls in Schmidt’s first XV of 2016.

‘Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can’t afford to laugh and dismiss them’

Two protests are taking place this Saturday – there are bound to be a clash of ideas, writes Julien Mercille.

From The42 The case for Mick McCarthy as Ireland’s greatest ever manager Opinion

The case for Mick McCarthy as Ireland’s greatest ever manager

It’s 20 years today since the Barnsley native was appointed as coach of the Boys in Green.

# opinion - Thursday 4 February, 2016

‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’ Opinion This post contains images

‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’

When I applied for Operation Transformation I knew what I was getting myself into, writes Alan Mullen.

We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence

Compelling first year Trinity College students to attend mandatory classes on sexual consent has raised eyebrows, writes Ruairí McKiernan.

The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated

With the power of social media, one might wonder if there is a better way for election candidates to communicate directly with voters, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again

Who was to blame for these eyesores, asks Frank Armstrong, part of the Nama to Nature campaign.

From The42 Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls Opinion

Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls

Joe Schmidt has big selection calls of his own before the sides meet this weekend.

Digital can deliver vital votes – but how do politicians earn the ‘like’ love?

Nothing can beat the knock on the door – sure – but this will be the year to pay attention to the ones who don’t answer.

# opinion - Monday 1 February, 2016

While economic recovery has opened up the jobs market, make sure your course is right for you

It’s important to pursue a career that you want and are confident you can handle, writes Clive Byrne.

Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experience

While we’re hearing that jobs are being created around the country, some people still find themselves out of work, writes Eoghan McDermott.

# opinion - Sunday 31 January, 2016

Struggling with confidence? Keep going, keep trying and be kind to yourself

If you have a deep‐rooted problem, treat it as you would a physical or practical problem, and seek expert advice.

‘No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors’

Lorraine Courtney writes that naming doctors in fitness to practice inquiries should be scrapped.

# opinion - Saturday 30 January, 2016

‘I turned into a blubbering mess when I found my wedding dress’

I never believed you would just feel the right dress for you, but it is absolutely true, writes Pamela Tully.

Chard is highly nutritious and should be a popular addition to your healthy January diet

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

Lawyers grew fat on fees as the banking inquiry wasted our time and money

Political inquires are expensive spectacles set up by politicians trying to appear macho, Aaron McKenna writes.

# opinion - Friday 29 January, 2016

‘Ireland’s gang killings are remarkably similar to ISIS murders’

That seems like an extreme statement but Tom Clonan has taken a look at the evidence.

‘What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst’

The fear of missing out is something every mother experiences returning to work after maternity leave, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.

# opinion - Thursday 28 January, 2016

‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’ Opinion This post contains images

‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’

Alan Mullen was a leader last year, but he hasn’t given up. In week three he tells us how he is staying on track.

# opinion - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

A clerical child abuse survivor’s experience of the movie Spotlight

“Spotlight is largely about journalists and journalism…”

‘We’ve spent hours in the basement of Leinster House trying to find out what happened’

The final report from the banking inquiry is to be released today.

# opinion - Tuesday 26 January, 2016

‘Needles, doctors and hospitals have been a part of Colleen’s life for as long as she remembers’

Colleen’s mother commends the hospital staff for their work, but says her daughter has been left languishing on waiting lists for years.

# opinion - Monday 25 January, 2016

Looks shouldn’t matter, but they do. Especially when you’re applying for a job

First impressions are the foundation for having an impact, writes Eoghan McDermott.

# opinion - Sunday 24 January, 2016

Promoting ‘brand Ireland’ with a film about emigration? I’m not comfortable with that

There’s something weird about a media and government cheering on a movie about emigration, writes Julien Mercille.

Will Fine Gael join forces with Fianna Fáil?

With no political party likely to get an outright majority and the probability Labour will take a right beating, it makes sense for Enda to join forces with Micheál Martin to form the next Government, writes Paul Allen.

It’s now more difficult for Irish journalists to hold those in powerful positions to account

Ireland’s small community of hard-pressed crime journalists are up in arms, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Saturday 23 January, 2016

‘I’m an Irishman in the West Bank helping kids get to school through checkpoints’

Alex Dunne has been in the West Bank for over 40 days now, collecting stories of stories of military incursions, night raids, and settler attacks.

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