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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

Don’t listen to lazy economic arguments against Irish unity. They couldn’t be further from the truth

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy responds to a column published on TheJournal.ie last week.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Should restaurants ban kids? Maybe not, but it’s time for a line to be drawn

Let’s face it: the current politically correct, free-for-all approach isn’t working.

One man’s prison hell is another’s holiday park: Murderers like Graham Dwyer should not get perks

What privileges are there for the dead, asks criminologist John O’Keefe, who says Ireland must become a society that places equal respect on both offender and victim.

# opinion - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

Amy Schumer’s speech didn’t make me laugh, it just made me sad

The Amy Schumers and Tina Feys of the world, are for the most part a breath of fresh air, where their comedy sells, not their bodies.

This country is worried its water will become a commodity but it has bigger problems Column This post contains images

This country is worried its water will become a commodity but it has bigger problems

The Central American country of El Salvador is experiencing tidal changes, freak weather and economic disruption because of climate change, forcing activists and social movements to respond, writes Paul Dillon.

# opinion - Monday 27 July, 2015

From The42 Opinion: Ronny Deila can build on a promising debut season at Celtic Looking Ahead

Opinion: Ronny Deila can build on a promising debut season at Celtic

The SPL returns this weekend with Celtic taking on Ross County at Celtic Park.

‘I know it’s not healthy to be fat. You really, really don’t have to tell me that’

Reacting to journalist Lindy West’s article about being a “fat” bride, a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous says it gave her hope that even if she doesn’t lose weight, she has a future.

After too many tearful airport goodbyes, I couldn’t be happier to be home from Australia

There’s a feeling that Dublin, at least, is alive and thriving again.

# opinion - Sunday 26 July, 2015

What I learned winding my way through Thailand’s sweaty party epicentre

As a tourist, you have to accept that you’re entering a foreign country as exactly that: a tourist. There will always be something inherently transactional about the experience.

Was 19th-century Dublin really the ‘decaying Calcutta of the north’?

The standard narrative represents the pre-independence city as economically stagnant and socially polarised.

Here’s what it’s really like to work in an Irish factory

We sit in rows of five assembling, labelling and scanning. Most of us were not here a year ago and most of us will not be here a year from now.

# opinion - Saturday 25 July, 2015

Living with anxiety is difficult enough without being told to cheer up

People with depression often keep it quiet because they’re afraid that they aren’t really sick. I was suffering from depression and anxiety for nearly three years before I saw a psychiatrist.

Disaster of a reunited Ireland may come one step closer this summer

UK Labour leader frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn is a longtime supporter of Irish unification. What would his election mean for Northern Ireland?

# opinion - Friday 24 July, 2015

Irish politics explained through Game of Thrones

Just like securing thrones in the HBO series, Irish elections are more about fending off contenders than truly winning popular support.

Time to reclaim our Dublin streets from thuggish acts of violence

Walk down any Dublin city street sober on a Saturday night and you will at some point be worried about your personal safety.

# opinion - Thursday 23 July, 2015

From The42 Christian Benteke is a ‘gamble’ worth taking for Brendan Rodgers Opinion

Christian Benteke is a ‘gamble’ worth taking for Brendan Rodgers

While Rodgers will be undoubtedly pleased to get his number one target, there has been a mixed reaction from the Liverpool fans.

Seagulls are not monsters – let’s stop the hysteria

BirdWatch Ireland’s Niall Hatch responds to concerns about Ireland’s ‘rogue’ gulls.

Nicki Minaj’s anger is the product of years of black marginalisation

Nicki Minaj’s anger is the product of years of black marginalisation

Minaj’s complaint was not a tantrum, it was the complaint of a black woman who has had to sit back and watch all her life while her culture has been marginalised, dismissed and then later appropriated.

# opinion - Wednesday 22 July, 2015

I’ve seen more than my fair share of abuse online, but Lorraine Higgins’ bill isn’t the answer

The abuse Senator Higgins has received is utterly unacceptable, but her solution is ill conceived, writes Tom Murphy of Boards.ie.

From The42 Another new contract on the eve of a Rugby World Cup, but Schmidt deal is excellent business Opinion

Another new contract on the eve of a Rugby World Cup, but Schmidt deal is excellent business

The IRFU have made a habit of handing out rewards before the big show, but The Joe Show is a different beast.

Guess what? It’s OK to be single, feel sad or have a few pounds to lose

Social media keeps us connected to each another but disconnected from the truth.

# opinion - Tuesday 21 July, 2015

The Irish Water debacle can be solved in five steps

We need to put conservation, fairness and investment at the heart of our water system.

We’re playing God with the lives of the poorest people on Earth

When it comes to climate change, we can’t blame ‘Acts of God’ for destroying our planet. We can only blame ourselves.

# opinion - Monday 20 July, 2015

What I’ve learned from volunteering in Palestine

A member of Tipperary’s 2010 hurling All-Ireland winning squad writes about volunteering with Palestinian youth as part of the Palestine Summer Encounter Project.

# opinion - Sunday 19 July, 2015

Things I’ve learned from seven years as a Childline volunteer

After seven years of volunteering, I’ve learned a few things about young people that are worth sharing.

We’re getting children excited about outer space at an earlier age

My inner space nerd was delighted to be accepted onto the European Space Agency’s workshop for primary school teachers.

10 tips for offbeat travellers in Ireland

If you like exploring Irish history, stories and eccentricities then read on…

# opinion - Saturday 18 July, 2015

It’s officially courgette season! More tips for growing your own vegetables

GIY’s Michael Kelly gives us the low-down on the veg patch for this week.

‘Old, frail, repentant… But still a criminal: The bookkeeper of Auschwitz should die in prison’

Oskar Gröning looks like he could be a kindly grandfather. He probably is. But he also volunteered to serve in one of the greatest murder camps ever constructed.

# opinion - Friday 17 July, 2015

Do the Social Democrats believe in the rule of law?

There is no future for our democracy in people picking and choosing which laws they obey, writes Labour TD Derek Nolan.

What I’ve learned from going to a Quaker school

To me, a Quaker education is about learning to let your inner light shine, respecting people from different walks of life and not resorting to violence to solve problems.

# opinion - Thursday 16 July, 2015

From The42 John Kavanagh: ‘I did think it was inevitable that this day would come’ Expert View

John Kavanagh: ‘I did think it was inevitable that this day would come’

Conor McGregor’s coach reflects on a historic triumph for Irish sport in his exclusive column.

Was ‘Typhoid Mary’ the victim of an unjust system or a menace to public health?

Irishwoman Mary Mallon (better known as ‘Typhoid Mary’) was an infamous asymptomatic typhoid carrier who has been blamed for the deaths of several people.

From The42 Is James McCarthy good enough to make an impact at Manchester City? Opinion

Is James McCarthy good enough to make an impact at Manchester City?

The Ireland international is being linked with a move to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

In Ireland, a man can actually confess to rape and still serve no time in prison

Yesterday Magnus Meyer Hustveit walked free from court after admitting that he had repeatedly raped his former girlfriend when she was unconscious.

From The42 Golf analyst destroys the theory that Tiger Woods has a chance of winning the Open Opinion

Golf analyst destroys the theory that Tiger Woods has a chance of winning the Open

There is some cautious optimism about the American golfer’s chances ahead of the event.

# opinion - Tuesday 14 July, 2015

Giving birth at home helped me to feel safe and in control

I want to raise awareness of the benefits of having a home birth in healthy pregnancies, with the hope that it will encourage more women to explore this option.

From The42 No excuses for Van Gaal and new-look United after flurry of signings Opinion

No excuses for Van Gaal and new-look United after flurry of signings

The club’s pre-season building continues apace but do they have what it takes to challenge for the league?

Ice cream wars and the battle of the childhood bulge

This is one mother who’s not backing down.

From The42 Sterling image in ‘tatters’ but Liverpool partly to blame Opinion

Sterling image in ‘tatters’ but Liverpool partly to blame

The editor for a Liverpool fanzine says the club should have acted quicker to secure the player’s future.

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