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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

'We've fostered 15 children, in the beginning I thought we were going to save the world'

“The most rewarding thing about fostering is seeing the potential in children that was sometimes overlooked when they were younger.”

The most common foods we throw out and how to keep them fresher for longer

Making sure to correctly store and prepare our food means that when life gets in the way, our food can get another chance, writes Odile Le Bolloch.

Expert advice on what to say to a friend or colleague who is recently bereaved

There are a number of things that we can do that can make a difference, writes Breffni McGuinness from the Irish Hospice Foundation.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Is staying on top of the news important? One married couple give polar opposite views

Are we constantly bombarded with details we don’t need to know about? Or are we more informed and educated than ever before?

A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here's how to sow them GIY

A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here's how to sow them

There is simply nothing like a home-grown tomato, writes GIY guru Michael Kelly.

'We feel we deserve everything and equate happiness to things, so I gave up shopping for a year'

Lisa Regan decided to give up shopping for a year and says the experience was priceless.

# opinion - Friday 23 February, 2018

From The42 Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford a happy home Opinion

Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford a happy home

Give a child everything they want and they end up not getting what they need, writes Tommy Martin.

How arming teachers would increase the risk of school shootings, not prevent them

“The US President’s big idea, straight from the NRA’s playbook, is also a sinister one.”

# opinion - Thursday 22 February, 2018

'Walls to stop immigrants would have made my own existence impossible'

“I have always considered myself as a world citizen: Tamil by ethnicity, German by heart, Dutch by fondness, Irish by spirit, Italian by love.”

# opinion - Wednesday 21 February, 2018

Dublin councillor with MS: 'I was on a walking stick at 32 ... now I plan to run the marathon'

Mark Wards writes about his journey from crippling depression to running the Dublin City Marathon for MS awareness.

# opinion - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

'The hysterical reaction on social media if the majority opinion isn't agreed with is ridiculous'

It’s a waste of calories getting into some meaningless argument with a whiny millennial about how you’re a racist or a sexist for not liking a certain film, writes Ethan Shattock.

# opinion - Monday 19 February, 2018

'We've paid back €90,000 on a €30,000 loan but we're still battling to keep our home'

‘Irish courts are not fully applying EU requirements that have become our lifeline.’

# opinion - Sunday 18 February, 2018

'At 32, I was told I had breast cancer just seven months after having my first baby'

We’re all familiar with the expression ‘life can change in an instant’, now it makes complete sense, writes Georgie Crawford.

Growing up in the Troubles: 'I remember showing a plastic bullet to my Mum to excuse my lateness'

Shauneen Armstrong writes how Derry Girls shows what it was like for her and her friends growing up in Northern Ireland.

'How to sort out your affairs so loved ones won't have embarrassing memories of you after you die'

“It’s a lovely way to reminisce on years past while also letting go of a few painful memories.”

# opinion - Saturday 17 February, 2018

Dublin in the 80s - 'Instead of an 18th birthday card, given a birth cert and told to sign on'

“I remember the city being a pretty run down, neglected, grey place”, writes Anthony Goulding.

Use remaining old-season veg and store cupboard ingredients for a delicious cassoulet

This week Michael Kelly has tips on making your own compost.

'There's a deep-rooted hatred toward the indigenous culture of Ireland, above all its language'

When Northern Ireland was formed, unionist were determined to kill off the Gaeltacht communities, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# opinion - Friday 16 February, 2018

'Let's be accurate: There's no proposal to bring in new interviews in Irish for Gaelscoils'

‘The policy affects the allocation of less than 1% of places in Gaelscoileanna but is of vital importance to the minority of native speakers involved’, writes Colmán Ó’Drisceoil.

# opinion - 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.

# opinion - Wednesday 14 February, 2018

Do you know where the adverts on your phone about the Eighth Amendment are coming from?

Every impression designed to appeal to the emotions of its audience is gold in the coffers of the advertising platforms, writes Davis Morrison.

# opinion - Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Why are more and more Irish charities not publishing their financial information?

‘How can charities ask us to trust them more, when they tell us less?’, writes Patricia Quinn.

# opinion - 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”.

Ruby Tandoh: 'Food fads are toxic - they erode the faith you have in your appetite'

Former Great British Bake-off contestant Ruby Tandoh has written a book that’s an antidote to stress and pressure over food and eating. She says: eat up and enjoy your food.

Why are oversubscribed Educate Together schools only taking half-stream?

If the divestment process is to be meaningful, schools must be allowed to grow to full stream intake if the demand is there, writes Ronan Moore.

From The42 Irish football loved and shunned Wes Hoolahan for what he represented Opinion

Irish football loved and shunned Wes Hoolahan for what he represented

The Norwich star announced his international retirement at the age of 35 during the week.

# opinion - Saturday 10 February, 2018

'Gay men who've had sex in a year can't give blood, but those involved in risky sexual behaviour can'

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service should focus on risky sexual behaviour instead of sexual orientation, writes James Larkin.

Three steps parents can take to protect their children online

The more you make conversation about the internet the norm, the more insight you will get into your child’s online world, writes Ger Brick.

# opinion - Friday 9 February, 2018

Brains, not balls, are what matter in the big moments

Tommy Martin says it’s what’s between your ears that counts.

'Why not allow asylum seekers work where they want and pay taxes like everyone else?'

‘Why not allow asylum seekers work where they want and pay taxes like everyone else?’, writes Sorcha Grisewood.

# opinion - Thursday 8 February, 2018

'Average combined maternity and parental leave is 98 weeks in EU countries - in Ireland it's 60'

Ireland is one of the worst countries when it comes to both parental leave payments as well as the length of parental leave, writes Jennifer Whitmore.

# opinion - 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.

# opinion - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

Broadband in rural Ireland: 'If I disconnect, I don't get paid - I fear for my job'

“I feel like the people of rural Ireland have been let down, with broken promise after broken promise.”

# opinion - 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.

# opinion - 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.”

Need to organise your home? The three Ls are the secret to finding time to declutter

‘Writing lists lightens the mental load’, according to professional organiser Sarah Reynolds.

Giving up smoking? Most effective method makes it three and half times more likely for you to quit

Although smoking rates are declining, smoking-related deaths remain the leading cause of avoidable deaths in this country, writes Dr Des Cox.

# opinion - Saturday 3 February, 2018

'I dread registering my child because I can't put his other parent on the birth certificate'

It breaks my heart that a member of our little family is being left out of the first document our son has to declare his status as an Irish citizen, writes Sarah Stone McDevitt.

Can your phone help keep those resolutions? Health tech expert on best fitness apps

While it might not quite be time to tell your trainer you’ve decided that ‘PT’ now stands for past-tense, that day will come, writes Yvonne Redmond.

# opinion - Friday 2 February, 2018

From The42 Zen and the art of National Leagues maintenance Mindfulness

Zen and the art of National Leagues maintenance

How the opening weekend of the national leagues taught Tommy Martin how to live in the moment.

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