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# op-ed - Saturday 1 August, 2020

Opinion: The Supreme Court's ruling on the government's climate plan is a watershed moment
# Midnight Must Read
# Midnight Must Read

Opinion: The Supreme Court's ruling on the government's climate plan is a watershed moment

Aug 1st 2020, 12:05 AM 22,920 Views 24 Comments

David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says the Supreme Court’s ruling has major implications for environmental policy and the court.

# op-ed - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Simon Coveney: The backstop is overwhelmingly supported. This gets little recognition in the UK Brexit debate
# Column
# Column

Simon Coveney: The backstop is overwhelmingly supported. This gets little recognition in the UK Brexit debate

Aug 22nd 2019, 7:25 AM 29,307 Views 17 Comments

A hard Brexit, if the UK chooses one, will be ugly and difficult, says the Tánaiste.

# op-ed - Sunday 16 June, 2019

'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff'
# Regina Doherty
# Regina Doherty

'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff'

Jun 16th 2019, 6:30 AM 25,204 Views 36 Comments

When a customer provides a tip after satisfactory service, they should know exactly where that money goes, writes Minister Regina Doherty.

# op-ed - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness
# Opinion
# Opinion

Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness

Dec 4th 2018, 7:00 AM 11,671 Views 29 Comments

In the most interconnected period in history people are lonelier than ever writes Senator and GP Keith Swanick.

# op-ed - Thursday 2 August, 2018

'The High Court restaurant has been a sanctuary for people left waiting days for a judge, until now'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'The High Court restaurant has been a sanctuary for people left waiting days for a judge, until now'

Aug 2nd 2018, 7:00 AM 23,570 Views 18 Comments

The restaurant has been a place to take time out and get away from the maelstrom until it closed this week, writes Stuart Gilhooly.

# op-ed - Sunday 13 May, 2018

Justice Minister: 'I have seen many women shake with fear of not being believed by a Garda or a court'
# New Laws
# New Laws

Justice Minister: 'I have seen many women shake with fear of not being believed by a Garda or a court'

May 13th 2018, 8:15 PM 47,413 Views 48 Comments

Charlie Flanagan writes about why he believes the Domestic Violence Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before the Oireachtas.

# op-ed - Thursday 15 February, 2018

'I live in enduring, constant severe pain - Versatis patches made things bearable'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I live in enduring, constant severe pain - Versatis patches made things bearable'

Feb 15th 2018, 7:00 AM 43,645 Views 48 Comments

I’m sick of the medical ‘power and control’ that give us little choice and expect us to suffer, writes Margaret Kennedy.

# op-ed - Sunday 11 February, 2018

'Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family's name'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family's name'

Feb 11th 2018, 7:30 PM 11,586 Views 83 Comments

Jenifer Williams lives in Dublin but grew up in the Congo, she described it as “a ground of no mercy”.

# op-ed - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

Opinion: 'A right-wing British politician like Farage has no right to interfere in Ireland's affairs'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'A right-wing British politician like Farage has no right to interfere in Ireland's affairs'

Feb 7th 2018, 7:01 AM 35,601 Views 170 Comments

Nigel Farage addressing an Irish crowd about independence was both ironic and audacious, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# op-ed - Monday 5 February, 2018

Could an underground Dart solve Dublin's traffic gridlock? It's being considered
# Opinion
# Opinion

Could an underground Dart solve Dublin's traffic gridlock? It's being considered

Feb 5th 2018, 6:30 AM 55,866 Views 123 Comments

The project can be launched at short notice to make a difference to the lives of tens of thousands of people every day, writes Catherine Murphy.

# op-ed - Sunday 4 February, 2018

My wife died 20 years ago and my son has autism, Alone has given me a friend
# Voices
# Voices

My wife died 20 years ago and my son has autism, Alone has given me a friend

Feb 4th 2018, 7:28 PM 77,293 Views 20 Comments

Jim Birch says, “Some days we go for a walk around the area, or go to the shops, other days, when it’s raining, we stay in and have a cup of tea.”

# op-ed - Thursday 1 February, 2018

'We're not adequately examining sexual crime suspects and it's stopping justice being done'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'We're not adequately examining sexual crime suspects and it's stopping justice being done'

Feb 1st 2018, 7:00 AM 13,974 Views 33 Comments

Suspects, as well as the complainants, of sexual crimes need to be medically examined writes Kieran Kennedy.

# op-ed - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

Saving for a house? Sometimes a person can't move back home, borrow from parents or travel
# Property
# Property

Saving for a house? Sometimes a person can't move back home, borrow from parents or travel

Jan 31st 2018, 7:00 AM 32,933 Views 108 Comments

Moving abroad is expected but Ireland should make life affordable and attractive for young people, writes Niamh Baker.

# op-ed - Sunday 28 January, 2018

Mother on miscarriage: 'I felt like a failure. I didn’t protect my babies. My body had let us down.'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Mother on miscarriage: 'I felt like a failure. I didn’t protect my babies. My body had let us down.'

Jan 28th 2018, 7:30 PM 47,463 Views 104 Comments

Holding the tiny body in the palm of my hands, counting perfectly formed fingers, looking into eyes that would never see, my heart broke into a million pieces, writes Ethna Quirke.

# op-ed - Saturday 27 January, 2018

'I went from dad bod to six-pack in eight months because of a promise I made myself as a child'
# Column
# Column

'I went from dad bod to six-pack in eight months because of a promise I made myself as a child'

Jan 27th 2018, 7:30 PM 137,688 Views 81 Comments

‘For those interested in getting in shape and losing weight, I suggest figuring out why you want to do it’, writes Kevin O’Connor.

# op-ed - Thursday 25 January, 2018

How will Ireland handle social media in the Eighth Amendment referendum?
# Elections
# Elections

How will Ireland handle social media in the Eighth Amendment referendum?

Jan 25th 2018, 8:30 PM 17,516 Views 121 Comments

The spread of mis or disinformation around referendums on social media could harm our democracy, writes Gavin Sheridan.

# op-ed - Friday 19 January, 2018

H&M tone-deaf ad just another in long line with Pepsi, Dove, Nivea and Kellogg's messing up recently
# Opinion
# Opinion

H&M tone-deaf ad just another in long line with Pepsi, Dove, Nivea and Kellogg's messing up recently

Jan 19th 2018, 7:01 AM 36,853 Views 64 Comments

If the same ad appeared 13 years ago, it wouldn’t have generated a third of the reaction nor publicity, writes Amy Rose Harte.

# op-ed - Saturday 13 January, 2018

Simon Coveney: 'Gaza is slightly smaller than County Louth but nearly 2 million people live in it'
# Column
# Column

Simon Coveney: 'Gaza is slightly smaller than County Louth but nearly 2 million people live in it'

Jan 13th 2018, 7:00 AM 15,021 Views 75 Comments

While in Gaza I saw the pressures on food, water and electricity, writes Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

# op-ed - Thursday 6 July, 2017

'Lobbyists are lining up to kill the Alcohol Bill'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Lobbyists are lining up to kill the Alcohol Bill'

Jul 6th 2017, 10:57 AM 12,130 Views 121 Comments

Senator Frances Black finds it ‘disheartening’ to watch legislation picked apart that she believes will protect families all over Ireland.

# op-ed - Friday 30 June, 2017

'The #JobstownNotGuilty social media campaign was absolutely necessary'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'The #JobstownNotGuilty social media campaign was absolutely necessary'

Jun 30th 2017, 9:30 PM 5,654 Views 93 Comments

TD Paul Murphy writes candidly about the “relief, gratitude, anger and sadness” that accompanied the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the Jobstown trial.

# op-ed - Wednesday 28 June, 2017

We need compassion as a priority in how we care for people like Michael and Kathleen
# Opinion
# Opinion

We need compassion as a priority in how we care for people like Michael and Kathleen

Jun 28th 2017, 9:30 PM 1,852 Views 22 Comments

Throughout the country, decisions are being made for reasons that trump people’s relationships and families.

# op-ed - Thursday 22 June, 2017

The Trump Bump? An increase in trust for news media
# Opinion
# Opinion

The Trump Bump? An increase in trust for news media

Jun 22nd 2017, 9:30 PM 2,159 Views 42 Comments

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

# op-ed - Sunday 16 April, 2017

Shane Ross: 'If you could save one person's life, would you?'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Shane Ross: 'If you could save one person's life, would you?'

Apr 16th 2017, 6:30 AM 478 Views 68 Comments

The fact that my Bill will save lives is not a truth some vested interests want to hear, writes Transport Minister Shane Ross.

# op-ed - Thursday 6 April, 2017

'Blaming' help-to-buy for property prices is just lazy
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Blaming' help-to-buy for property prices is just lazy

Apr 6th 2017, 1:48 PM 235 Views 73 Comments

The numbers don’t stack up on claims that the scheme is a primary influence on an entire market, writes Karl Deeter.

# op-ed - Thursday 22 December, 2016

'When I was told my brother had died by suicide, I crumbled to the floor and howled'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'When I was told my brother had died by suicide, I crumbled to the floor and howled'

Dec 22nd 2016, 6:00 PM 146,832 Views 134 Comments

Michelle Ross speaks openly about what she and her family have gone through since her brother died by suicide last year.

'I was 19 weeks pregnant when my husband died suddenly. I had no idea what to do'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I was 19 weeks pregnant when my husband died suddenly. I had no idea what to do'

Dec 22nd 2016, 6:00 PM 3,674 Views 116 Comments

In 2011, Sinead’s husband died suddenly when they were on holidays in Portugal.

# op-ed - Saturday 29 October, 2016

Men DO open up about their problems - but no-one is listening
# Opinion
# Opinion

Men DO open up about their problems - but no-one is listening

Oct 29th 2016, 8:15 PM 10,714 Views 117 Comments

James Behan of Men’s Voices Ireland on why men’s problems are frequently trivialised.

# op-ed - Wednesday 19 October, 2016

'Women right now are being lied to in the most grotesque fashion. Enough is enough'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Women right now are being lied to in the most grotesque fashion. Enough is enough'

Oct 19th 2016, 11:00 AM 132 Views 82 Comments

Today, the Labour Party is introducing to the Dáil legislation that will require those who provide counselling services to women experiencing crisis pregnancies to be registered and regulated.

# op-ed - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

Is it now time for Ireland to consider rejoining the Commonwealth?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Is it now time for Ireland to consider rejoining the Commonwealth?

Jun 21st 2016, 7:07 PM 2,346 Views 206 Comments

Senator Frank Feighan says rejoining the Commonwealth will promote Ireland’s values to a global audience.

# op-ed - Saturday 14 May, 2016

The Debate Room: Should Child Benefit be linked to school attendance?
# Opinion
# Opinion

The Debate Room: Should Child Benefit be linked to school attendance?

May 14th 2016, 7:20 AM 1,257 Views 99 Comments

The plan to link Child Benefit to children’s school attendance records has come under much scrutiny this week.

# op-ed - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Opinion: Women have shown time and time again that they are a more deadly species than the male
# War On Inequality
# War On Inequality

Opinion: Women have shown time and time again that they are a more deadly species than the male

May 5th 2016, 8:00 AM 2,854 Views 105 Comments

Security expert Tom Clonan explains why armies across the world need female soldiers and officers, in all positions.

# op-ed - Wednesday 20 April, 2016

The farcical delay in forming a government has eroded my faith in politics
# The Talks
# The Talks

The farcical delay in forming a government has eroded my faith in politics

Apr 20th 2016, 7:54 PM 26 Views 50 Comments

The fallout from the 2016 general election has been largely incomprehensible to most citizens, and even to many devoted political watchers.

# op-ed - Sunday 17 April, 2016

'Gardaí being left in the dark about terror threats to Ireland. That's worrying'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Gardaí being left in the dark about terror threats to Ireland. That's worrying'

Apr 17th 2016, 8:00 AM 75 Views 64 Comments

In Ireland, there is no terrorism alert system or threat level assessment that we know of. This is a grave concern, writes Tom Clonan.

# op-ed - Friday 15 April, 2016

'In reality there’s plenty of food. We just don’t know how to share it'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'In reality there’s plenty of food. We just don’t know how to share it'

Apr 15th 2016, 7:13 PM 96 Views 35 Comments

Ross Golden-Bannon says Ireland needs a Food Sovereignty Proclamation.

# op-ed - Saturday 9 April, 2016

"I should have told my friend his 'rape joke' was inappropriate. Why didn't I?"
# Opinion
# Opinion

"I should have told my friend his 'rape joke' was inappropriate. Why didn't I?"

Apr 9th 2016, 7:30 PM 7,299 Views 267 Comments

Men need to start feeling more than a little uncomfortable about the issue of consent, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

Dublin needs to invest more in itself, not the rest of the country
# Opinion
# Opinion

Dublin needs to invest more in itself, not the rest of the country

Apr 9th 2016, 8:00 AM 495 Views 135 Comments

The reality is that Dublin accounts for 40% of the nations economy and so it attracts an outsized proportion of its investment, writes Aaron McKenna.

# op-ed - Tuesday 5 April, 2016

'Michaella McCollum should not get attention and I hope she will be ignored from now on'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Michaella McCollum should not get attention and I hope she will be ignored from now on'

Apr 5th 2016, 5:00 PM 281 Views 120 Comments

RTÉ received dozens of complaints over the Michaella interview this week, deservedly so, writes Lorraine Courtney.

Going for a promotion in work? You better put in the groundwork now
# Opinion
# Opinion

Going for a promotion in work? You better put in the groundwork now

Apr 5th 2016, 8:00 AM 1,504 Views 19 Comments

If you know a vacancy is likely, 12 months down the line, you should objectively assess yourself and see have you got what it takes now.

# op-ed - Sunday 3 April, 2016

'I only had six hours to live if I didn’t start pulling through'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I only had six hours to live if I didn’t start pulling through'

Apr 3rd 2016, 7:30 PM 223 Views 4 Comments

Since 1992, Stephen has had three separate kidney transplants – one of which was a live donation from his sister.

Here are ten things you can do for people with autism that won't cost you a penny
# Opinion
# Opinion

Here are ten things you can do for people with autism that won't cost you a penny

Apr 3rd 2016, 2:15 PM 5,830 Views 47 Comments

“Having autism defines no one.”

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