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Dublin: -4 °C Monday 11 December, 2017

#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

'Maybe we should slosh our way through the forty days before Easter too'

It should go without saying that it is a very, very bad idea to knock back twelve drinks in a row, writes Eunan McKinney.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From The42 Talking points after Leinster scalp English champions Chiefs Reaction

Talking points after Leinster scalp English champions Chiefs

It was a sensational Sunday night in Devon for Leo Cullen’s men.

Brittle bones: 'It means that my bones break easily and I cannot walk very far'

Ratifying the UNCRPD is incredibly important for people like me, writes Amy Hassett.

Column: Celebrities shouldn't peddle misinformation about mental health

The reality is that the public and even policy makers often get their ideas from the media, writes Amy Plant.

Psychological abuse: 'He would criticise me, humiliate me and question my stability'

I’m glad that the offense of ‘coercive control’ is to be included in the Domestic Violence Bill 2017, writes Patricia Tsouros.

# opinion - Saturday 9 December, 2017

Supermarket promotions: 'Down the road there is a ruinous cost to cheap food'

As you tuck into Christmas dinner, spare a thought for the Brussels sprout grower, writes Michael Kelly.

'Like the Trump White House, we don't have an independent scientific adviser'

All advanced societies recognise research, innovation and the pursuit of knowledge as being important, writes James Lawless TD.

# opinion - Friday 8 December, 2017

Opinion: 'I find Christmas so false. It’s all veneer, folks'

Nearly everything about it is imported and constructed, writes Michael Fortune.

# opinion - Thursday 7 December, 2017

Brexit: 'The DUP’s hardline policies could be the quickest road to a united Ireland'

“Constitutional integrity” is a myth. The UK has been built on constitutional divergence, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# opinion - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

@campaignforleo: 'A powerful weapon in government’s communications artillery'

Leo congratulating the Phoenix Cricket Club last week was not just another initiative of the Strategic Communications Unit, writes Amy Rose Harte.

# opinion - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

'You may not smell too good, and if they smell drink off ye at all, they’ll label you straight away'

Marginalised groups often have difficulty in accessing services when they are struggling with mental health issues, writes Andrea Koenigstorfer.

# opinion - Monday 4 December, 2017

Opinion: Despite €67m spend we have poor management and a lack of accountability

The last government, and Leo Varadkar as Minister for Health, had, in the context of numerous disability scandals an ideal moment for reform, writes Paddy Connolly.

# opinion - Sunday 3 December, 2017

Hep C and me: 'I was nauseous all the time. I couldn’t gain weight. My skin was itchy and raw'

Ireland can be Hep C free starting from today, writes Patrick Gallagher.

Eddie Hobbs: Is the global recovery fake?

We’ve reached the most dangerous period in the vast experiment in money elasticity, writes Eddie Hobbs.

14 cyclist deaths in 2017: 'Yet we victim blame cyclists who don’t opt for DayGlo clothing'

An Garda Síochána need to focus more on cars illegally parking in bike lanes and on footpaths, driving over the speed limit, and breaking traffic signals, writes Ciarán Cuffe.

# opinion - Saturday 2 December, 2017

Being an introvert: 'Don't let anyone tell you you're too quiet'

Being a (quiet) breath of fresh air in a room full of loud, gregarious extroverts might even be the key to your success, writes Pauline Dunne.

Opinion: How badly damaged has the Taoiseach been?

Paddy Power Politics has set the odds on the next general election to take place in 2018 at 1/25. The bookies aren’t in it to lose money, writes Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Friday 1 December, 2017

HIV diagnosis: 'I went into a spasm of shock. My mother knew the result just by looking at me'

But HIV is no longer a terminal illness, it’s a chronic disease and is manageable, writes Gary.

# opinion - Thursday 30 November, 2017

Obesity: 'We have gained one pound a year over the past twenty years'

Parenting is tougher than ever these days, but we can be tougher as parents, writes Dr John Sharry.

# opinion - Wednesday 29 November, 2017

Speaking Irish: 'Even though I’m surrounded by English, it’s not my language'

The census shows a big increase in the number of daily speakers of Irish in Dublin. We’re not demanding anything. We’re just saying that we exist, writes Osgur Ó Ciardha.

# opinion - Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Emmerson Mnangagwa: 'A changing of the guard or a genuine fresh start for Zimbabwe?'

It’s been like a dream for many people in Zimbabwe who feared that Mugabe would cling to power until his last breath, writes Sarah McCann.

# opinion - Monday 27 November, 2017

Tom Clonan on the Maurice McCabe email: 'I suffered a similar campaign of character assassination'

Ethical action and moral courage are what we ought to expect and require of our elected representatives, writes Tom Clonan.

Opinion: We have an unacceptably high level of school suspensions and expulsions

There were more than 13,000 suspensions and 145 expulsions in 2015, writes Dr Áine Hyland.

# opinion - Sunday 26 November, 2017

Sexual abuse: 'Did I consent? I was just a little girl, but yes, I let it happen'

This is the story of a woman who did speak up about her abuse. But she wasn’t believed.

'An old man had been taken into Garda custody for knocking on a door. ALONE went to his rescue'

A new book chronicles the first 40 years of the charity ALONE. This is a flavour of the minutes of its meetings from 1984 to 1997.

Column: Hey Leo, we can't afford a €320K house

Maybe it’s hard for Leo to understand what it like for people earning modest incomes, writes Eoin Ó Broin.

# opinion - Saturday 25 November, 2017

From The42 Farrell to the fore and more talking points from Ireland's win over Argentina Reaction

Farrell to the fore and more talking points from Ireland's win over Argentina

Joe Schmidt’s men secured a hard-fought win at the Aviva Stadium.

Opinion: 'Young people should be automatically registered to vote at 18'

Our democracy is diminished and undermined when so many young people are unnecessarily excluded, writes James Doorley.

# opinion - Friday 24 November, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'A land border would be provocative and divisive while Stormont is suspended'

Elements of the current debate on a hard border between Ireland and Britain resemble a perfect storm in security and defence terms, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Thursday 23 November, 2017

Carrowbrowne site: 'Travellers have a right to a home that is culturally appropriate'

It’s hard to visit children living in a dump, writes Joanna Corcoran.

# opinion - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Opinion: I want to stop women feeling like frauds in a corporate culture designed for our grandfathers

A co-founder of the Sunday Business Post, Aileen O’Toole learned some valuable lessons about operating in a male-dominated sector.

World Cup bid: Why should taxpayers' money be given to sporting organisations?

Our Ministers might consider spending the €339 million on desperately needed pre-school education instead, writes Sean Byrne.

# opinion - Tuesday 21 November, 2017

Measles outbreak: Should we pay doctors to track down unvaccinated children?

Australian doctors receive payments to track down and vaccinate children who are more than two months overdue for their vaccines, writes Jennifer Whitmore.

# opinion - Monday 20 November, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should yearly performance reviews for staff be axed? Work This post contains a poll

Poll: Should yearly performance reviews for staff be axed?

The practice has been described as a ‘discredited ritual’ that everybody hates.

'We need an NCT-style certification system on minimum standards in the private rented sector'

Landlords need to fear the consequences of breaking the law, writes John-Mark McCafferty.

# opinion - Sunday 19 November, 2017

Column: How has a major medieval abbey in the centre of Dublin been forgotten?

The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr was founded in 1177, under the orders of King Henry II, writes Dr Ruth Johnson.

David McCullagh on Eamon de Valera: 'People tended either to love him or to loath him'

It’s difficult to be even-handed about someone who arouses such strong emotions, four decades after his death, writes David McCullagh.

From The42 Opinion: It's time to scrap the irrelevant pre-season GAA competitions Time For Action

Opinion: It's time to scrap the irrelevant pre-season GAA competitions

The upcoming pre-season leagues are due to start at the end of December and beginning of January.

# opinion - Saturday 18 November, 2017

From The42 Spurs' record against the top six, Shane Long's goal drought and more Premier League talking points Analysis

Spurs' record against the top six, Shane Long's goal drought and more Premier League talking points

Plus Tony Pulis on borrowed time and Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United.

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