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Dublin: 16 °C Sunday 5 July, 2015

#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

What age did I know I was transgender? That depends what you mean by ‘know’

I spent my teenage years and young adulthood feeling different in a way I couldn’t put my finger on. I was constantly at war with myself.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Blockbuster cinema is more interested in looking backwards than telling new stories

Hollywood seems intent on taking viewers back to the films they loved growing up – perhaps hoping absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Growing your own food? Here’s what to do in July…

Some handy tips for the vegetable patch this weekend…

It’s time to let Greece – and the euro – go

The Greek problem will never be solved within the eurozone. It’s time to let them leave the euro, default on their loans, and try to rebuild from there with the drachma.

# opinion - Friday 3 July, 2015

Opinion: Why are Mary Lou and Sinn Féin running away from Syriza?

Yesterday, on this website, Mary Lou McDonald launched the process of distancing her party from the Greek ruling coalition Syriza, writes Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley.

You might care about your online privacy… but would you pay for it?

Would you pay for any the services you can currently use for free if it meant you had more privacy?

From The42 ‘I was asked if we could bring Barcelona to Thomond Park’ Column

‘I was asked if we could bring Barcelona to Thomond Park’

There are typically four types of friendlies offered to Irish clubs, writes John O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Thursday 2 July, 2015

‘Using Greece as an argument not to vote Sinn Féin is a political smear’

At best, linking events in Greece with a vote for Sinn Féin reflects a lack of understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions of the Greek situation, writes Mary Lou McDonald.

What’s the issue with Greece’s pension system?

The main bone of contention in negotiations between Greece and its creditors has been how to resolve the pension system. But why is it such a huge issue?

‘Beaumont Hospital chiefs are playing Russian roulette with my life’

I’m 38, a mother to two boys, and I have just been handed a death sentence.

# opinion - Wednesday 1 July, 2015

It’s change of mind time for the CAO – but do students really know what they’re getting into?

What makes one student successful when another fails? In answering this question, we’re not using one valuable resource: data.

Some kids have lived their whole lives in Direct Provision. It’s time to do the right thing.

Ireland has been warehousing asylum-seekers in Direct Provision since 2000. How can we stand by and allow children to live in these conditions?

# opinion - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

The Troika’s negotiations with Greece shows why Ireland must do the right thing

Heavily indebted countries should have a transparent, independent mechanism to turn to when facing the possibility of not being able to repay debts.

The food sector wants to sell us more for greater profits – but we need to consume less

For the first time in human history our biggest killers are not pathogens, at least in the Western world, but illnesses created by poor diet and the drive to consume more calories.

# opinion - Monday 29 June, 2015

Is Ireland a ‘genuinely filthy nation’?

We’re fond of saying that, when the sun shines, there is nowhere in the world more beautiful than Ireland… But what about our growing litter problem?

# opinion - Sunday 28 June, 2015

From The42 Seamus Coleman would be an ideal signing for Manchester United Opinion

Seamus Coleman would be an ideal signing for Manchester United

The Ireland international is being linked with a big-money move to Old Trafford

Islamic State, one year on: The relationship between media and terrorist organisations must change

As we approach the one year anniversary of Islamic State’s so-called ‘Caliphate’, ISIL will be seeking to make itself appear as strong as ever.

Emigration and Ireland: The evolution of how we say goodbye

The folklore of the emigrant – from Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore to The Fairytale of New York.

A fascinating – and often hilarious – translation of Irish words and phrases

‘Irish Illusions – A Working Glossary’ was written by David E. Tatham of the British Embassy in Dublin during the early 1980s.

# opinion - Saturday 27 June, 2015

State bureaucracy is helping drive up rents, and it needs to stop

It takes a project an average of 79 weeks from the date of planning application till the first builders start clearing the first square foot of the site for construction.

There’s no two ways about it. The ending of a friendship sucks.

Whether it’s ending a romantic or a platonic relationship, breaking up is very, very hard to do.

For all its technological wizardry, there is a terrifying blandness about modern food

The veggie patch is a place where, thankfully, the seasons still hold sway in all their riotous glory.

# opinion - Friday 26 June, 2015

From The42 Why the League of Ireland’s mid-season break should be ditched Opinion

Why the League of Ireland’s mid-season break should be ditched

“No-one has a problem with the concept of semi-professional players taking a summer holiday with families, but it still doesn’t add up.”

Are you heading for burnout in work?

Life is not and should not be an endurance test; nor should your job.

# opinion - Thursday 25 June, 2015

From The42 John Kavanagh: We won’t know until the day before the fight if it’s Aldo or Mendes Column

John Kavanagh: We won’t know until the day before the fight if it’s Aldo or Mendes Exclusive

The latest update from inside Conor McGregor’s camp.

We need to recognise that emotional wellbeing is linked to early childhood experiences

The new Suicide Prevention Strategy launched this week misses one essential point: preventing suicide begins in infancy.

Today, our Government will condemn thousands of children to even deeper levels of poverty

Today is the last day of the One-Parent Family Payment for anyone whose youngest child is aged seven. Approximately 11,000 families will immediately lose income.

What is the future of Irish journalism?

While it’s premature to write the obituary for print media just yet, the Irish digital landscape is large and has room to grow.

# opinion - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Debate Room: Are keep fit schemes in work a great idea or majorly intrusive?

Leo Varadkar has announced a new initiative for public sector employees. – but is it a good idea or a bad idea?

Five reasons Ireland should be supporting Greece

Our Finance Minister has sided with the most hardline of Greece’s creditors this week – and that’s wrong, writes Ronan Burtenshaw.

# opinion - Tuesday 23 June, 2015

The incredible story of an Irish woman who lived as a man – and fought as an American soldier

Soldier Albert Cashier, who fought notably bravely in the American Civil War, was born Jennie Hodgers in Co Louth in 1843.

# opinion - Monday 22 June, 2015

Fancy starting your own business? Here’s some helpful advice…

People tend to forget that most entrepreneurs have failed, more than once, before they find success. And I’m no different.

When I left Ireland, I thought I wouldn’t be gone long. But emigration sneaks up on you.

After spending the best part of a decade in Australia, I decided to give Ireland another go. I soon realised I hardly knew anyone. My social cohort had simply disappeared.

From The42 Brendan Cummins – Tipp’s perfection, Kilkenny’s home comforts and the luck of the draw Opinion

Brendan Cummins – Tipp’s perfection, Kilkenny’s home comforts and the luck of the draw

The42′s hurling columnist gives his verdict on the weekend’s hurling action.

# opinion - Sunday 21 June, 2015

The final approach to Pluto: We live in very exciting times for space exploration

In less than one month, on 14 July, New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto.

Think you’re too ‘time poor’ to grow your own food? Think again…

It’s what we choose to do with our time that really counts.

It’s a jungle out there – how do you date successfully in modern Ireland?

The rules of engagement for dating, both in Ireland and around the world, have changed.

# opinion - Saturday 20 June, 2015

“I was aware that I could have easily died at sea. But I had to leave, I had no choice.”

More than 1,800 people have died this year crossing the Mediteranean Sea. Here, people who have survived explain what drove them to such desperate measures.

Drop dead gorgeous: Do you know what’s in your cosmetics?

Skin absorbs and delivers to the bloodstream any product it comes into contact with – so you have to be careful what you put on it.

# opinion - Friday 19 June, 2015

Why should commuters have to put up with trouble and danger on public transport?

We have all been subjected to annoying, intimidating or downright dangerous behaviour on a bus or train – it’s unacceptable.

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