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Column: Ireland's forestry industry has hit a blockade - here's a way we can get through it

Ireland needs a new model for forestry that does not damage nature, writes Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett.

# column - Friday 18 September, 2020

From The42 'Michael O'Neill pinned my article to the dressing room wall to fire up his players' Column

'Michael O'Neill pinned my article to the dressing room wall to fire up his players'

Conan Byrne learned the hard way that giving your opinion in the media isn’t always warmly received.

Tomorrow I'll climb my 50th peak as part of a lockdown-interrupted charity challenge. Here's what I've learned

At times drumming up the publicity needed to generate funds turned out to be harder than the actual mountain-climbing, writes Dermot Behan.

# column - Monday 31 August, 2020

'Babies don't wait': How the National Maternity Hospital coped in the early days of Covid

Mary Brosnan, the director of nursing & midwifery, writes: “Babies wait for no one, even in a pandemic they will be born.”

# column - Monday 24 August, 2020

'Living in Ireland, we didn't worry about serious racial physical attacks... how wrong we were'

Following the attack on her friend, Tian Yu Lloyd, suggests Irish society takes time to reflect as racist aggression becomes more common through the pandemic.

# column - Sunday 23 August, 2020

Lise Hand: 'Journalism matters. And this week has been a crucial reminder of that'

“Behind every headline, at the heart of the story but not part of the story, are journalists.”

# column - Saturday 22 August, 2020

'Here we are again. A global crisis rages and a government clown car is ablaze with a conflagration of its own making'

Lise Hand draws parallels between Fianna Fáil past and present: “It was this lethal combination of incoherence and arrogance which did it for the government in 2011.”

# column - Friday 21 August, 2020

Column: Five months into 'cocooning' and I’ve learned it’s the little things that get you

Aimée, 32, writes of missing Lidl and walks on Bank Holiday Mondays.

# column - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Opinion: 'We should fight for equal training for all doctors in memory of Dr Syed Waqqar Ali Shah'

We need to start training as many doctors as we can and that should not be based on the fairness of their skin or their country of origin, but on their skill and hard work, writes Dr Naveed Abbas.

# column - Monday 17 August, 2020

Considering homeschooling this September? Here's everything you need to know about the practical steps to take

There’s already an active community of homeschoolers in Ireland and getting started is not a difficult process, writes teacher and homeschooler Cliona Brophy.

# column - Friday 14 August, 2020

Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'The rhetoric of “all being in it together” is dead'

What we now reap is the harvest of decades of inaction on what voters just six short months ago told us were the major issues affecting our society, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.

# column - Thursday 13 August, 2020

Open Letter from Ireland's psychologists: 'Direct Provision is causing untold psychological harm'

“As a country we must do better,” according to about 150 signatories.

# column - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Opinion: 'An unjustified panic against all international travel has developed in Ireland'

The effects of this isolationist approach will dwarf the impact of the virus itself, writes commercial airline pilot Robert Dagg.

# column - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Tribute: John Hume said setting up the first credit union in Northern Ireland was 'the thing I'm proudest of'

John Hume saw how people from a working class background were locked out of borrowing from banks, writes Gerry Thompson.

# column - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

From The42 Conan Byrne: One league to rule them all? No, thanks Column

Conan Byrne: One league to rule them all? No, thanks

The former St Pat’s midfielder insists it’s too soon to be discussing the creation of an All-Ireland domestic league.

# column - Thursday 23 July, 2020

From The42 'New streaming service deserves your attention and, more importantly, your few quid' Column

'New streaming service deserves your attention and, more importantly, your few quid'

Conan Byrne believes the League of Ireland should embrace its new reality of connecting with fans virtually.

# column - Saturday 11 July, 2020

Opinion: 25 years ago today, the UN let Srebrenica happen. Now, it is allowing history repeat itself in Syria

The UN can’t defend people in Syria or even deliver aid, writes Barry Andrews. The least we can do is prepare for the prosecution of the terrible crimes that happen there.

# column - Monday 22 June, 2020

Maeve Higgins: This week's Supreme Court case could shape how Ireland deals with climate change for years to come

The Supreme Court is hearing an important appeal by Irish climate activists today and tomorrow.

# column - Friday 12 June, 2020

'I read, watch movies, listen to music... My life, as a trans woman, is very ordinary indeed'

‘People out there will tell you being transgender is as simple as filling in a form. I can assure you that it is not,’ writes Aoife Martin.

# column - Thursday 4 June, 2020

'Racism is the knee on our neck, making it hard to breathe'

Seeing that police man kneeling George Floyd’s neck, that’s an image of what it feels like living in Ireland sometimes, writes anti-racism activist Diane Ihirwe.

# column - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Football is a universal language: A Champions League final experience like no other

Emma Duffy remembers watching the 2018 Champions League final while volunteering in Honduras.

# column - Friday 8 May, 2020

Opinion: 'The HSE should reverse centralisation policy to avoid disastrous waiting lists'

Dr Naveed Abbas argues that peripheral hospitals should return to doing more complex surgeries once this emergency has passed.

# column - Friday 1 May, 2020

From The42 The Irish team living and training in Spain Column

The Irish team living and training in Spain

Mark Downey on what it’s like to be based in Majorca for a substantial portion of the year.

# column - Friday 24 April, 2020

From The42 'I don't want to waste time and energy on a relationship. It sounds selfish, but it's what I need to do' Column

'I don't want to waste time and energy on a relationship. It sounds selfish, but it's what I need to do'

Mark Downey on the sacrifices often required in elite sport.

# column - Friday 17 April, 2020

From The42 When will we see a Velodrome in Ireland? Hope

When will we see a Velodrome in Ireland?

Mark Downey looks at the state of Irish cycling in his latest column.

# column - Friday 10 April, 2020

From The42 'The first year at times was embarrassing. 'These guys won a World Cup and now they can’t even compete'' Column

'The first year at times was embarrassing. 'These guys won a World Cup and now they can’t even compete''

Mark Downey recalls the difficult journey that ultimately led to securing a spot at the Olympics.

# column - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

'Nefarious actors are at the root of Covid-19 fake news - and they are part of dangerous geo-political games'

We have a habit of thinking in Ireland that the likes of Russia, China or the alt-right in the United States have no interest in our country. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, writes Ireland South MEP Billy Kelleher.

# column - Friday 3 April, 2020

From The42 'Time with mum and dad is time I never really would have got if something like this didn't happen' Column

'Time with mum and dad is time I never really would have got if something like this didn't happen'

Mark Downey on the life of an athlete under lockdown, featuring Fortnite, scones and childhood memories.

# column - Friday 27 March, 2020

From The42 Johnny Ward: The Dundalk controversy that has Irish horse racing talking Column This post contains videos

Johnny Ward: The Dundalk controversy that has Irish horse racing talking

Events of last Friday, which involved a 1-2 for trainer Denis Hogan, have been referred to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.

From The42 Why not prepping for the Olympics feels a bit like the days when I avoided homework in school Column

Why not prepping for the Olympics feels a bit like the days when I avoided homework in school

In the first of a series of columns, track cyclist Mark Downey gives his thoughts on Tokyo 2020′s postponement.

# column - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

From The42 'We're all missing social contact, gatherings and friends now. Football will be important on our way back' Column

'We're all missing social contact, gatherings and friends now. Football will be important on our way back'

John O’Sullivan looks at how this unprecedented period will affect Ireland’s top clubs and the people involved.

# column - Friday 13 March, 2020

From The42 Whatever about the British government, Irish racing can hold its head high Column

Whatever about the British government, Irish racing can hold its head high

The decision to allow Cheltenham to continue today has been heavily criticised but the HRI has correctly opted to go behind closed doors, writes Johnny Ward.

# column - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

From The42 Expert view: How you should view these 5 Cheltenham favourites Festival Season

Expert view: How you should view these 5 Cheltenham favourites

Donn McClean runs the rule over Altior, Paisley Park, A Plus Tard, Champ and Envoi Allen as race week approaches.

# column - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug

Dr Austin O’Carroll says decriminalisation would be a way of taking responsibility for the vicious effects of inequality.

# column - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

From The42 Donn McClean: 2020 Grand National wouldn't be the same without Tiger Roll Column

Donn McClean: 2020 Grand National wouldn't be the same without Tiger Roll

It would be like the 1978 Grand National without Red Rum, or Grandstand without Des Lynam.

# column - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Lise Hand: We might get a female taoiseach but gender balance stays stubbornly skewed

Ireland had six crucial decades when the nation was being shaped where women were absent from the top table of government. But what now?, asks Lise Hand.

# column - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Lise Hand: 'Nobody wiped the floor with anyone else... except perhaps Miriam O'Callaghan'

A behind-the-scenes look at last night’s RTÉ Leaders’ Debate.

# column - Sunday 2 February, 2020

The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely

There are plenty of linguistic similarities between Irish and other languages.

# column - Saturday 1 February, 2020

From The42 Donn McClean: So many questions ahead of fascinating weekend at Dublin Racing Festival Column

Donn McClean: So many questions ahead of fascinating weekend at Dublin Racing Festival

Will it be Chacun Pour Soi or A Plus Tard?

# column - Sunday 26 January, 2020

Lise Hand: Most voters in the real world don’t give a monkey's if Leo Varadkar smoked hash

The bleak first week of the election campaign meant any moment of lighter drama was welcomed by all, writes Lise Hand.

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