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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

Enough of the guilt: Breastfeeding isn't always an option or the right thing to do

I refuse to be judged any further than I have already judged myself on the matter, writes Jennifer Ryan.

From Business ETC Why in the near future even lawyers will need to understand code Opinion

Why in the near future even lawyers will need to understand code

Once the profession made do with quill and ink, but now it’s dealing with technologies like AI.

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws GIY

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws

We’ve been enjoying the first batch of fresh beetroot from the veg patch, writes Michael Kelly.

From The42 Thrilling skills, the Rieko case and more talking points as the All Blacks maul Lions Reaction

Thrilling skills, the Rieko case and more talking points as the All Blacks maul Lions

The only worry for New Zealand was that Ben Smith suffered his third concussion of the season.

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From The42 50-cap Toner a tower of strength and more talking points as Ireland win battle with Blossoms Reaction

50-cap Toner a tower of strength and more talking points as Ireland win battle with Blossoms

It was far from the free-running rugby of the opening two Tests, but Ireland’s willingness to work was exemplified by their totemic lock.

'Hypocrisy in cheering for our gay Taoiseach, and turning a blind eye to his policies'

Do we truly care about LGBT people – or only those who have votes and who can afford the cost of a pint in The George, writes Oonagh Murphy.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From The42 Strange as it seems, Gatland's no-nonsense approach makes sense for the Lions Opinion

Strange as it seems, Gatland's no-nonsense approach makes sense for the Lions

Tommy Martin on what the New Zealander brings to the tourists.

'Our children's television viewing is bombarded with the thrills and spills of alcohol'

Our legislators need to take action and alter our harmful relationship with alcohol, writes Dr Bobby Smyth.

# opinion - Thursday 22 June, 2017

The Trump Bump? An increase in trust for news media

A major new report gives Irish news publications some “chinks of light”, writes Dr Jane Suiter.

Opinion: 'Gender matters Leo. To win elections you need women's support too'

Only in a sexist society would women be told that caring about representation at the highest levels of government is wrong, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# opinion - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Teen mental health: 'The first time I was admitted, albeit voluntarily, I was absolutely terrified'

Our teen suicide rate is the 4th highest in the EU but I’m not surprised, writes Natalie Marr.

# opinion - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

From The42 Gatland keeps the shirt value steady and more talking points as the Lions get a midweek win Opinion

Gatland keeps the shirt value steady and more talking points as the Lions get a midweek win

Where possible, the head coach opted against playing his late call-ups. But is that the message of unity he wants to project in and out of his squad.

'Does our Housing Minister know how many homes are at risk of rapid fire spread?'

In Ireland, the concerns of residents about fire safety in several housing developments constructed hastily during the Celtic Tiger boom have fallen on deaf ears, writes Cian O’Callaghan.

# opinion - Monday 19 June, 2017

French elections: 'Macron can't claim a strong popular mandate'

President Emmanuel Macron’s comfortable majority might turn out to be less comfortable than the numbers suggest, writes Dr Míde Ní Shúilleabháin.

From Business ETC Poll: Is the help-to-buy scheme a bad idea? Building And Property This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the help-to-buy scheme a bad idea?

The tax relief for first-time buyers is under review.

'My patients die younger and develop chronic conditions earlier than affluent patients'

The current healthcare delivery does not recognise their increased health needs, writes Dr David Gibney.

# opinion - Sunday 18 June, 2017

Arthritis: 'I am grateful for arthritis. I’m a better person than before my diagnosis'

I don’t wish my life had taken any other path and that’s the honest truth, writes Peter Boyd.

Coming out on the Late Late: 'Gay mirrored the prejudice that existed at the time'

But I didn’t lose my job and after a few weeks things settled down, writes Joni Crone.

'Dads aren't recognised in our Constitution and the Citizen's Assembly denied them a voice'

Parental equality isn’t only the right thing to do. It will create stronger, healthier, happier Ireland, writes Matt O’Connor.

From The42 Is the mentality right for Martin O'Neill's Irish side? Opinion

Is the mentality right for Martin O'Neill's Irish side?

Despite a frenetic finish, the Boys in Green looked out of sorts for large parts of their World Cup qualifier against Austria.

# opinion - Saturday 17 June, 2017

Fracking: 'We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded'

This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities, writes Scott Coombs.

'A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish from our seas'

This is a light, vibrant, cheap and healthy alternative to the traditional seafood chowder, writes Michael Kelly.

'At 38 Taoiseach Varadkar is not too old to listen to his father. Let’s hope he does'

Across Europe young people are voting in their droves for candidates that reflect Ashok Varadkar’s community-focused idealism, writes Kate Shanahan.

From The42 Conan's Barbarian rugby, new kids impress and more talking points from Ireland's big win Reaction

Conan's Barbarian rugby, new kids impress and more talking points from Ireland's big win

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool looks even more manageable after this morning’s seven-try rout.

Gerry Adams: 'What kind of Irish leader would swear loyalty to the English Queen?'

Active abstentionism is about energetically representing citizens, writes Gerry Adams.

# opinion - Friday 16 June, 2017

Countering radicalisation: 'Tell people if you work hard, you can have a better future'

For real success, we must prevent the radicalisation of individuals, writes Bart Somers.

# opinion - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Why has the terrorism threat level not been raised here?

There are moves afoot that show increased security here and Taoiseach Varadkar needs to further strengthen our hand.

Lynn Ruane: 'She was pure goodness and spent her life sharing that goodness' RIP

Lynn Ruane: 'She was pure goodness and spent her life sharing that goodness'

What will never be lost is the incredible positive change that Ann-Louise left with us, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

Opinion: 'The British General Election changed everything'

The astonishing performance of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has far reaching implications, not just within Britain but beyond, writes Owen Worth.

# opinion - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Column: 'I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island'

My boys will not have “typical” childhood but they will have very special memories, writes carer Geraldine Renton.

'Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool'

How many more girls are our government prepared to abuse while they delay a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, asks Gerry Edwards.

# opinion - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

From The42 Brains and brawn in Henshaw display and more talking points after the Highlanders see off Lions Opinion

Brains and brawn in Henshaw display and more talking points after the Highlanders see off Lions

The Athlone man battled his way through a tough contest under the roof in Dunedin.

Column: 'It's not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms'

We must stop pouring money into alternative energies like wind power. They must stand on their own two feet, writes Michael Fitzmaurice TD.

# opinion - Monday 12 June, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should Ireland spend its 'rainy day' billions? Policy This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland spend its 'rainy day' billions?

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar wants to scrap a saving scheme due to commence in 2019.

'We need to be cautious about celebrating Varadkar’s political success'

We are far from everything being grand. Just this week a mosque in Galway was attacked, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

# opinion - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Fair City scriptwriter: 'Heather's brain injury is my brother's story too'

Sometimes a storyline comes along that is different, that is deeply personal, writes Jennifer Davidson.

From The42 Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Austria Opinion

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Austria

On a day of mixed emotions, Ireland were ultimately forced to settle for a point.

Traveller ethnicity: 'We always knew we were people in our own right'

We expect substantial, progressive changes now, for example in repealing the Criminal Trespass legislation, in education and health, and in effective anti-discrimination measures.

'People think environmentalists want to destroy farming. This is sad and unfortunate'

In truth, farmers and environmentalists are all on the same side, writes Mícheál Callaghan.

From The42 Rough day for Carbery, American dream debut for Ryan and more talking points from NJ Reaction

Rough day for Carbery, American dream debut for Ryan and more talking points from NJ

Nine tries, five debutants, but still plenty of room for improvement.

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