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#Opinion

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From The42 Improvements and another deep dig, but nowhere near enough to cope with ferocious French Opinion

Improvements and another deep dig, but nowhere near enough to cope with ferocious French

Ireland ended the match, and their World Cup chase, lamented another opening half in which they were second best.

Opinion: 'These bigots are not representative of 60 million citizens who voted for Trump'

Saying that the average Trump voter is a racist amounts to a slur on those (including several of my own close friends) who voted for him for a variety of reasons, writes Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Wednesday 16 August, 2017

'The government have put their funding into mental health campaigns rather than services'

If we’re going to ask people to talk up, then we must have people to listen, writes Una Power.

# opinion - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

From The42 Opinion: In defence of Scott Hogan's belated decision to declare for Ireland Analysis

Opinion: In defence of Scott Hogan's belated decision to declare for Ireland

There has been a mixed reaction to confirmation today that Aston Villa star was applying for an Irish passport.

Opinion: 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

In pushing for abortion the UN is seriously undermining its human rights mission, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain.

# opinion - Monday 14 August, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Do you think companies benefit from more diversity at the top? Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think companies benefit from more diversity at the top?

It has been argued that a mix of backgrounds and genders helps boost innovation.

'We are teaching too many students to do jobs that our society doesn’t need'

We create too many graduates who are destined to drain from society rather than contribute to it, writes Chris Fitzgerald.

# opinion - Sunday 13 August, 2017

Caring for Mam: 'Putting myself first is not an option even though I have the most to lose'

I am functioning through a crisis, writes Emma Hayes.

From The42 Fitzpatrick helps Ireland flick the switch and more talking points after problematic win over Japan Opinion

Gen Z: 'A generation that believes in their individual ability to change the world'

These are the leaders and innovators of the future and I, for one, feel in safe hands, writes Rachel Collier.

From Business ETC Why gender imbalance isn't just a bad look - it's also bad for business Insights

Why gender imbalance isn't just a bad look - it's also bad for business

Major firms in Ireland are missing out on fresh opinions because of their lack of diversity at the top.

'It's important the government made it look like it was letting people 'have their say''

Australia could learn from the Irish experience, writes Dr Brian Tobin.

# opinion - Saturday 12 August, 2017

From The42 Stephen Ward the goal machine and more Premier League talking points Talking Points

Stephen Ward the goal machine and more Premier League talking points

Meanwhile Huddersfield return to the top flight with a bang and Wayne Rooney grabs a goal on his second Everton debut.

Column: 'Diverse Finsbury is an example of how things could be in the world'

The violence of the Finsbury Park attack belies the truth of an area that is in fact, a cultural melting pot, a picture of diversity at its finest, writes Stephen Mullan.

GIY: Make your own mildew spray and bake some courgette bread

Courgette bread might sound a little unlikely, but we’re in courgette glut central at the moment so desperate times call for desperate measures, writes Michael Kelly.

'I won't defend Danny Healy-Rae's politics but I will defend personal belief in fairies'

There’s not a village in the country that doesn’t have these fairy stories, writes Michael Fortune.

# opinion - Friday 11 August, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'I've had enough. We need a campaign for our brothers and sisters disabled by our State'

Is Leo Varadkar – Taoiseach for those who “get up early in the morning” – prepared to vindicate the rights of early risers like my son, asks Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Thursday 10 August, 2017

RTÉ pay: 'Those who say that we need to pay a lot to attract talent are wrong'

We know that many journalists working in the private media make peanuts, writes Julien Mercille.

# opinion - Wednesday 9 August, 2017

From The42 Magnificent Maz and more talking points as Ireland begin the World Cup with a bang Opinion

Magnificent Maz and more talking points as Ireland begin the World Cup with a bang

The Wallaroos were unforgiving opposition, but Ireland dug deep to take a vital victory on opening night.

Ireland's undocumented migrants: 'Our flat was broken into. We couldn't report it to the gardaí'

Ireland’s undocumented migrant workers are calling on the Irish government to regularise their status.

# opinion - Tuesday 8 August, 2017

From The42 Leading the charge for women in sport: How important this World Cup is Opinion

Leading the charge for women in sport: How important this World Cup is

Sinead Finnegan, who plays for Dublin and works for Teneo PSG, shares her thoughts on the eve of the WRWC.

'As the only independent woman in cabinet I am determined this will not be a once off'

I am ready for the negotiations ahead and have already made clear that the increases secured for childcare in Budget 2017 must at the very least be matched, writes Minister Katherine Zappone.

# opinion - Monday 7 August, 2017

Column: 'I hate mental health being used in the media as an explanation for crime'

Psychosis is a distressing difficulty in which thoughts and emotions make it hard to determine what is reality and what is not. #StillJustMe is an anti-stigma campaign launched in 2017 by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

From Business ETC Poll: Should the government cut excise duty on beer? Policy This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the government cut excise duty on beer?

Drinks lobby groups say the tax is a ‘major threat’ to the industry.

Column: 'In practice, how much help is the Help to Buy for first-time buyers?'

It depends largely on your personal circumstances. But if you are thinking of applying for this scheme then you would be wise to assess your eligibility and your options ASAP, writes Barry Flanagan.

Alice Mary Higgins: 'Budget 2018 must be gender and equality proofed'

Statistics show that Ireland has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the OECD before redistribution through tax and social transfers, writes Senator Alice Mary Higgins.

# opinion - Sunday 6 August, 2017

Alcohol addiction: 'How could I explain to my friends that our house was different?'

Addiction is not just suffered by those going through it. It is also suffered by those who see their family members or loved ones going through it. #StillJustMe is an anti-stigma campaign launched in 2017 by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

'The North must be designated special status in order for the whole island to stay in the EU together'

‘While Britain is driving head first into the train wreck that is Brexit, it cannot be allowed to drag our agreements, progress and prosperity with them’, writes David Cullinane.

'It wasn’t hard to decide to run away. FGM was just like death because of the bleeding'

ActionAid is launching a new international strategy, based on supporting people-led efforts to end poverty, injustice and gender inequality, writes CEO Siobhán McGee.

'Irish blasphemy laws are a mild inconvenience. In other parts of the world, they're a matter of life or death'

As Vice-President responsible for the European Parliament’s dialogue with churches, religions and non-confessional organisations, I am increasingly being called upon to work on the crucial issue of freedom of religion or belief, writes Mairead McGuinness.

# opinion - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Country living: 'We'll always be blow-ins but our sons are locals, and root us here'

Moving to a small village in the heart of the Irish countryside was the beginning of a new life for Philip Judge.

Grow it yourself: 'Onions - a phenomenally useful veg'

Onions have been revered through time, not only for their culinary use, but also for their therapeutic properties, writes Michael Kelly.

HSE system fault: 'We don't need a witch hunt now'

We must learn the lessons of this, but we must also keep moving forward, writes Niall Ó Tuathail.

# opinion - Friday 4 August, 2017

'Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee'

Ireland’s abortion laws are cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory, writes Niall Behan.

From Business ETC 'The brewing industry faces challenges that could stifle investment and kill innovation' Opinion

'The brewing industry faces challenges that could stifle investment and kill innovation'

But despite the headwinds, the sector has a lot to be proud of in Ireland.

# opinion - Thursday 3 August, 2017

Senator Neale Richmond: 'Ireland should ask for a second Brexit referendum'

It would be a risky move but it could focus the minds of the UK government to take the negotiations a bit more seriously, writes Senator Neale Richmond.

# opinion - Wednesday 2 August, 2017

'Move RTÉ outside Dublin and fund it through the sale of the Donnybrook studio'

Moving RTÉ to rural Ireland would create an opportunity to change its funding mechanism away from traditional advertising and the TV licence, writes Marc MacSharry.

# opinion - Tuesday 1 August, 2017

Johnny Healy Rae: 'Kerry farmers work for €2 to €3 an hour with no pension scheme or social welfare'

I own a small farm at the bottom of Mangerton Mountain. It’s far from the land in the Curragh but I wouldn’t give it away for all the gold in China, writes Johnny Healy Rae.

# opinion - Monday 31 July, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should more support be given to regional airports? Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Should more support be given to regional airports?

Wow Air recently said it will suspend its Cork-to-Reykjavik service.

From The42 Briggs injury increases onus on playmakers and robs Ireland of priceless weapon Wrwc 2017

Briggs injury increases onus on playmakers and robs Ireland of priceless weapon

Captain, leader, goalkicker, playmaker: There’s no understating the blow Briggs’ injury is to Ireland.

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