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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

‘I pick up patients and drive them to the hospital – it’s a privilege’

Volunteers like Breda Lane help out people undergoing cancer treatment in a simple but invaluable way, and you could too.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

How many sons and brothers must we lose to suicide before we act?

Ireland has exceptionally high rates of male suicide, but it’s being met with a wall of silence.

Non-religious parents are being discriminated against by our outdated school system

Children who are not baptised are discriminated against by Irish national schools (despite the taxpayer funding these schools).

# opinion - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Meet Nellie Cashman – Irishwoman, philanthropist and prospector in Alaska’s gold rush

Nellie Cashman was an extraordinary woman from Cork who made her way to the US west coast in search of a lucky strike.

From The42 There was much more to Henry Shefflin than just numbers Saluting The King

There was much more to Henry Shefflin than just numbers

He was a prolific scorer but Henry Shefflin’s selflessness and strength in adversity helped make him great

‘When I realised my thoughts were unhealthy, I retreated into myself even more’

After struggling in silence for so long, the feeling of freedom that comes from talking openly about my eating disorder is indescribable.

From The42 ‘Henshaw was a contender for Ireland’s player of the tournament’ Opinion

‘Henshaw was a contender for Ireland’s player of the tournament’

Whiff of Cordite assess the incredible events of last Saturday and reflect on the Six Nations in general.

# opinion - Tuesday 24 March, 2015

We need to talk more about relationships, consent and sexual violence

A recent survey in UCC found that many students have worrying gaps in knowledge about sexual violence.

Young people will see online porn – shouldn’t we help them interpret it?

Rapidly advancing technology means children will be confronted by pornography online at some point. How should we help them to interpret what they see?

# opinion - Monday 23 March, 2015

IRA abuse claims show – once again – how the institution is always placed before the victim

There are parallels between Sinn Féin’s reaction to allegations by Paudie McGahon and Maíria Cahill and the Catholic Church’s pursuit of its own institutional safety.

How to master the art of saying ‘No’

It’s a small word but many of us are afraid of using it…

# opinion - Sunday 22 March, 2015

Gay men still can’t donate blood in Ireland – it’s not only unfair, it’s illogical

Our blood banks often run low, yet we are locking thousands of safe donors out.

From The42 Is it premature to call Lionel Messi the greatest ever? Opinion

Is it premature to call Lionel Messi the greatest ever?

Ahead of tonight’s Clasico, we assess the footballer everyone’s talking about at the moment.

The Irish fight for human rights in Colombia

Colombia has over 5,000 political prisoners, many of them jailed on sweeping charges of “rebellion”.

‘Often it’s the times when I most need support that I’m least able to talk’

Staying quiet about a mental health problem is the worst thing you can do, which is why a new campaign is being launched in out third level institutions.

# opinion - Saturday 21 March, 2015

From The42 The greatest 6 Nations day ends with the sweetest of all Ireland’s titles Reaction

The greatest 6 Nations day ends with the sweetest of all Ireland’s titles

Disruptions could have played havoc on Ireland’s campaign, but they held it together throughout.

‘I arrived in Ireland aged 7, not able to speak English – now I’m organising a nationwide festival’

Polska-Eire 2015 highlights the contribution of non-Irish populations to this society and the importance of integration.

Fancy growing your own? Here’s what to plant this week…

It’s the month of all things Irish so, fittingly, it’s time to get the spuds planted.

Should TDs be allowed to hire family members? Yes, of course!

Hiring a family member can be advantageous to accomplishing the work that voters demand of our TDs.

# opinion - Friday 20 March, 2015

Why Vincent Browne must be licking his lips in anticipation of Renua Ireland

Established parties are going to fight, and fight dirty, ahead of the general election – Lucinda Creighton’s party need to sort out their communication strategy, writes Paul Allen.

Racism is fact of life for all minorities in Ireland

We need to face up to the reality that racism and racial violence exists in our country.

The rights of unmarried fathers are being changed – but is it enough?

Unmarried fathers in Ireland need greater clarity when it comes to their rights

# opinion - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Having more stuff doesn’t make you happier – so what does?

We are increasingly recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and well-being, not the size of our wallets.

Why is speculation on residential homes allowed?

It’s time to face up to the mortgage arrears crisis.

# opinion - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

The furore around fatty, inedible hospital food overshadows a far more serious issue

Disease-related malnutrition remains a major cause of avoidable complications in our hospitals.

From The42 ‘We’ve gone from being Conference strugglers to Premier League contenders in just two years’ Opinion

‘We’ve gone from being Conference strugglers to Premier League contenders in just two years’

Is Ireland taking its remarkable MMA success for granted?

We have been silenced for too long – it’s time for a youth revolution

So we’re getting ‘back on track’? That may be true for middle Ireland, but not everyone.

# opinion - Tuesday 17 March, 2015

The future of Ireland is urban – but can our politicians accept this?

We need to face up to what’s gone wrong with spatial policy in this country.

‘When I first started having panic attacks I had no idea what was going on’

‘You can’t let anxiety and fear hold you back, you have to get out there and live your life,’ writes Sara Delmer, who suffers from panic attacks.

From The42 ‘Monaco is soulless and vapid — but their team isn’t’ Opinion

‘Monaco is soulless and vapid — but their team isn’t’

A visit to to the area left Tommy Martin unimpressed — but don’t hold that against Arsenal’s Champions League opponents.

# opinion - Monday 16 March, 2015

Paddy’s Day should be about celebrating our culture and creativity – without getting locked

Too much focus is placed on drinking in Ireland, especially on St Patrick’s Day, and people want an alternative.

‘Religion class is one of the only places where students can express themselves’

It’s up to teachers to be as vigilant as possible when it comes to bullying, writes secondary teacher, Tia Duffy.

# opinion - Sunday 15 March, 2015

From The42 Are there parallels between Chelsea now and the 2000 United side? Opinion

Are there parallels between Chelsea now and the 2000 United side?

A European exit turned out to be a watershed moment for the ex-United boss.

‘I’m the child of an alcoholic. I’m 40 years old and I can’t fix my father’

‘My alcoholic father’s attitude is to see how much alcohol he can drink before he falls over and dies.’

Beheadings, kidnappings and refugees: The horror of Syria is entering its fifth year

‘The world is jaded by the war in Syria; it sees no end and no possibility that the fighting can be brought to a halt,’ writes Trócaire’s Executive Director, Éamonn Meehan.

‘Irish belongs to you, so why not try and use it more’

Is your Irish a bit on the rusty side? Seachtain na Gaeilge is the perfect time to give it a go again.

If Mum were here today, this is what I’d say to her this Mother’s Day

It’s eight years since my mother passed away, and I still can’t find the words to thank her for all she did for me, writes Claire Micks.

# opinion - Saturday 14 March, 2015

‘Every time another engagement or wedding is announced I feel more like an outsider’

Teacher Paul Knox says he doesn’t want to be sitting at other peoples’ weddings for the rest of his life. He one day wants to sit at his own.

Growing Your Own: It’s time to get sowing…

Here’s how to create your own ‘lazy bed’ and get those seeds in the ground.

Ministers sell Ireland around Paddy’s Day to secure jobs. Why the begrudgery?

It may sound kitsch to bring folks along to a green themed breakfast or lunch engagement, but it works, writes Aaron McKenna.

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