# opinion - Today’s News
# opinion - Sunday 31 August, 2014
Should adults be open with children, as much as is age appropriate, or should they try to avoid questions about sexuality?
The only way to have a proper break is to leave the kids at home.
We need to reflect on how addiction affects an individual, their experience of seeking help, and what the throes of addiction are like.
# opinion - Saturday 30 August, 2014
The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.
# opinion - Friday 29 August, 2014
We need to gain a true picture of the prevalence most heinous crimes in our society in order to inform national policy.
Yes, some jellyfish can pose danger to us – but they have also inspired engineering, scientific and medical advances.
# opinion - Thursday 28 August, 2014
The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.
Maria Walsh is a beautiful, smart, confident and normal young woman. She may change the hearts and minds of those who are wary of gay people.
# opinion - Wednesday 27 August, 2014
Matt O’Connor’s got a call to make.
Disrupted nights can damage children’s self-esteem and exhaust them before a day at school.
We’re becoming increasingly disconnected from our immediate environment and from the people around us due to the constant use of mobile phones.
The saying “walk a day in my shoes” really rings true on the wonderful Camino de Santiago.
# opinion - Tuesday 26 August, 2014
If people with disabilities cannot park near your business or access your services, they and their friends won’t give you custom – it’s that simple.
# opinion - Monday 25 August, 2014
There has been a series of initiatives put in place to encourage interest in STEM subjects for school leavers; will the effort be rewarded with good jobs?
Getting Ireland’s most important player back into the fold in time for the World Cup is excellent business.
# opinion - Sunday 24 August, 2014
Lenient sentencing in sexual assault cases has negative consequences – not just for individuals, but for all victims.
Medieval human remains found in Dublin city centre have thrown up many questions for archaeologists.
Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.
# opinion - Saturday 23 August, 2014
Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.
It may not seem so right now, but the world is your oyster…
After taking away a person’s freedom as punishment for their crimes, we should move on to the practical question of how we can reduce their likelihood to reoffend.
# opinion - Thursday 21 August, 2014
As I sit here in Belfast, there are no British soldiers patrolling the streets and paramilitaries no longer conduct massive bombing campaigns because of the leadership of people like Albert Reynolds.
One very, very good reason.
We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…
Jack Grealish and others who’ll be hoping to get a call from the management team.
# opinion - Monday 18 August, 2014
Suffice to say, he was unimpressed with the winger’s performance.
Despite enjoying 60 percent of possession, there was no cutting edge to United’s play at the weekend.
The Irish like to save face a lot of the time, and especially when it comes to emigration.
# opinion - Sunday 17 August, 2014
How do you manage colleagues who are also friends?
You would think my friend and I have nothing at all in common, and yet our friendship means so much.
# opinion - Saturday 16 August, 2014
Acting ethically isn’t a straightforward process but one thing is certain – we have a duty to think very carefully about our choices.
I’m sure many looked at us and thought we were demented, possibly cruel, or just that we couldn’t get a babysitter. But that’s not the case.
We shouldn’t be focused on Vladimir Putin’s bullyboy ban on many EU foods – we should be making ties with ambitious countries that share our values.
# opinion - Friday 15 August, 2014
The BAI has ruled that discussions by gay people about their status and aspirations as Irish citizens must be directly challenged on the same programme at the same time.
Paranoia prevents me from sticking my head above the parapet – but my silence is not an excuse to dehumanise me.
# opinion - Thursday 14 August, 2014
Have work schemes increased individuals’ “work readiness” or just exploited them?
Our children’s education must not depend on their parents’ ability to pay.
# opinion - Wednesday 13 August, 2014
Many celebrities have weighed in on the recent violence in Gaza; are they opening an important dialogue or just mouthing off about things they don’t understand?
Things may not go to plan for you today, but that just means there are some unexpected turns on the exciting road ahead.
Culturally, these Irish writers belong to the world – but all of them saw life and used language from an Irish perspective.