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#Opinion

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

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.

Mr. Holmes shows human nature is the biggest mystery of all

Revisiting and exploring classic stories might seem a cynical exercise steeped in nostalgia, but it does allow for reflection and analysis.

# opinion - Thursday 18 June, 2015

Don’t push your children into careers they’re not suited for – it can backfire

It can be hard to do, but sometimes we should back off and let young people make their own decisions.

# opinion - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

Insensitive reporting over the Berkeley tragedy was akin to victim blaming

Controversial media coverage in Ireland the US has caused widespread offence in the aftermath of six young people losing their lives.

Pope Francis will make powerful enemies tomorrow by releasing a radical new document

The pontiff is to issue a scathing papal encyclical directly linking rampant capitalism with irreversible environmental catastrophe and rising global inequality.

We all have dreams as young girls. Having a termination is not one of them.

I never knew all the things that could go wrong with a pregnancy… until they happened. Life can throw your dreams upside down.

# opinion - Tuesday 16 June, 2015

From The42 ‘The confusion over Aldo’s drug test raised some eyebrows’ – John Kavanagh Column

‘The confusion over Aldo’s drug test raised some eyebrows’ – John Kavanagh

Conor McGregor’s coach brings us the latest from their camp.

Baby Maria, childcare, and why all we want the ‘storybook child’

There are currently over 6,000 children in the Irish care system but in childhood, as in life, the implication is that younger is better.

Look at them now: This rural town has turned its fortunes around after last year’s blow

Last year Gort made headlines for being part of the rural area most affected by the economic crisis. This year, things have changed.

# opinion - Monday 15 June, 2015

‘Government thinks it’s perfectly acceptable for childcare workers to have absolutely no training’

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has rowed back on its promise that every childcare worker will need a minimum qualification by this September.

‘It can be hard to spot a concussion, but we’re hoping to change that’

The faster pace of games, more intense tackling, and the bulking-up of players pose a greater risk of concussion, writes Dr Alan Byrne.

Death is a constant companion through life. So why are we afraid of discussing it?

Death is the one constant which unites us all.

# opinion - Sunday 14 June, 2015

Perfect for a picnic on a summer’s day – my trick for growing sweet, delicious tomatoes

Tomatoes can be tricky to grow, but they’re well worth the effort.

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