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# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Column: Will Kenny finish the job he started as a 'reforming' leader in Brussels?
# Jyrki Katainen
# Jyrki Katainen

Column: Will Kenny finish the job he started as a 'reforming' leader in Brussels?

Feb 11th 2014, 1:05 PM 29 Views 58 Comments

If Enda Kenny seeks the position of either President of the European Council or head of the European Commission, he could achieve great things for Ireland and Europe, writes David Moloney.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 10 February, 2014

Column: Living with someone who's depressed is hard – partners need support too
# Talk It Out
# Talk It Out

Column: Living with someone who's depressed is hard – partners need support too

Feb 10th 2014, 7:00 AM 2,981 Views 22 Comments

The biggest learning curve my husband and I have taken from my mental health problems is that without communication, depression will win, writes Fiona Kennedy.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Column: Ireland's residential rental market needs a massive shake-up
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Ireland's residential rental market needs a massive shake-up

Feb 9th 2014, 12:00 PM 83 Views 86 Comments

Pension funds investing in residential property could make a significant contribution to supplying a constrained market with much needed accommodation, write Lorcan Sirr and Tom Dunne.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 8 February, 2014

Column: We should be concerned about how complacent our artists have become
# Cultural Voice
# Cultural Voice

Column: We should be concerned about how complacent our artists have become

Feb 8th 2014, 7:00 PM 178 Views 41 Comments

There is the lack of any serious radical political or cultural response to the current crisis in Ireland, writes Ciaran McCullagh.

Column: Think playdates are all fun and games? Think again.
# Child's Play
# Child's Play

Column: Think playdates are all fun and games? Think again.

Feb 8th 2014, 12:00 PM 4,698 Views 25 Comments

Playdates are basically the office parties of kid-land: the stakes are higher than they seem and opting out is harder than you think, writes Emily Hourican.

Aaron McKenna: Without proper investment in defences, we might as well abandon flood zones
# In Hot Water
# In Hot Water

Aaron McKenna: Without proper investment in defences, we might as well abandon flood zones

Feb 8th 2014, 8:00 AM 18 Views 31 Comments

There’s money for capital spending to defend our most vulnerable cities from flooding – the trouble is the government wants to toss it down the drain to keep a few seats in Leinster House.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Column: Social media and the Streisand Effect – who dictates popular discourse today?
# New Voices
# New Voices

Column: Social media and the Streisand Effect – who dictates popular discourse today?

Feb 6th 2014, 12:45 PM 106 Views 94 Comments

Guess what? Traditional media no longer gets to dictate we can (or should) care about – as Panti Bliss, Pussy Riot and a host of other activists and individuals have proved, writes Lisa McInerney.

Column: 'It was done one day without warning' – a terrifying story of genital mutilation
# Violence Against Girls
# Violence Against Girls

Column: 'It was done one day without warning' – a terrifying story of genital mutilation

Feb 6th 2014, 7:00 AM 1,533 Views 61 Comments

Female Genital Mutilation involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia with the aim of reducing a women’s enjoyment of sex. This abominable practise must be stopped, writes David Dalton.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Column: When does spring really start? Let's clear this is up once and for all.
# Grand Stretch
# Grand Stretch

Column: When does spring really start? Let's clear this is up once and for all.

Feb 5th 2014, 7:00 AM 83,209 Views 50 Comments

Is spring the start of February… or the start of March? If you ask me, there’s only one proper answer, and it involves astronomy. But there are a couple of reasons behind different dates, writes Conor Farrell.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Column: I am gay. I have always been gay. I’ve never not been gay.
# Pride
# Pride

Column: I am gay. I have always been gay. I’ve never not been gay.

Feb 4th 2014, 7:30 PM 903 Views 178 Comments

I’m happy with who I am and I love this country – but I am not happy with how I get treated for how I live my life, writes Christopher Chong.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Column: Should I intervene if a child is having a tantrum?
# Toddler
# Toddler

Column: Should I intervene if a child is having a tantrum?

Feb 2nd 2014, 7:30 PM 3,694 Views 149 Comments

Tantrums are hard. They’re hard on the child and on the parents – but what should you do if you see a stranger’s child having a tantrum? Sinéad Fox gives some tips.

Column: Ireland is reviewing its foreign policy – but it's asking the wrong questions
# World Trade
# World Trade

Column: Ireland is reviewing its foreign policy – but it's asking the wrong questions

Feb 2nd 2014, 12:00 PM 110 Views 31 Comments

Taking the example of Ireland’s evolving relationship with Africa, it becomes clear that the DFA’s review of external relations might not be on the right track, writes Andy Storey.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Column: How to care for your relationship once you have a baby
# Baby Steps
# Baby Steps

Column: How to care for your relationship once you have a baby

Feb 1st 2014, 7:00 PM 43 Views 61 Comments

No matter how much preparation you do, the reality of caring for your new baby can overwhelm you. Follow these tips to keep your relationship on track once your bundle of joy arrives, writes Martina Newe.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Column: The Government stalls while people with mobility difficulties fall deeper into isolation
# Limbo
# Limbo

Column: The Government stalls while people with mobility difficulties fall deeper into isolation

Jan 30th 2014, 7:30 PM 51 Views 8 Comments

The Government had a knee-jerk reaction last year and cut Mobility Allowance to new applicants. Nearly 12 months later, those in need are still in limbo, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.

Column: Panti Bliss controversy raises major questions about RTE's role in public discourse
# Panti
# Panti

Column: Panti Bliss controversy raises major questions about RTE's role in public discourse

Jan 30th 2014, 7:00 AM 342 Views 192 Comments

Some privately-owned news media can be described as having a particular editorial slant – but the state broadcaster has a duty to be balanced and challenge opinions that promote inequality, writes Catherine Murphy TD.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Open Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O'Neill
# Panti Bliss
# Panti Bliss

Open Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O'Neill

Jan 29th 2014, 12:00 PM 1,185 Views 514 Comments

The term ‘homophobia’ refers to an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against gay people… So why it is not permissible to state that a group that actively campaigns against same-sex marriage is homophobic?

Column: We need to start talking about sexual dysfunction in an open way
# Let's Talk About Sex
# Let's Talk About Sex

Column: We need to start talking about sexual dysfunction in an open way

Jan 29th 2014, 7:00 AM 230 Views 37 Comments

It’s almost impossible to bring up the subject of premature ejaculation without provoking a cringe or a giggle, but it’s no joke for the one in five men (of all ages) who suffer from this common dysfunction, writes Trish Murphy.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Column: If the State had done the right thing, Louise O'Keeffe would never have been abused
# Human Rights Victory
# Human Rights Victory

Column: If the State had done the right thing, Louise O'Keeffe would never have been abused

Jan 28th 2014, 7:00 PM 554 Views 37 Comments

In a landmark ruling today, the European Court of Human Rights said the Irish State is liable for the sexual abuse of children in schools where it had failed to put effective child protection measures in place.

Open Letter: Dear Union of Students in Ireland, please stop belittling our profession
# Design
# Design

Open Letter: Dear Union of Students in Ireland, please stop belittling our profession

Jan 28th 2014, 4:23 PM 997 Views 190 Comments

The USI’s proposal for the Irish Water logo shows how it values the design profession in Ireland – and represents a race to the bottom philosophy that undercuts true worth of creative work, write students Emma Grattan and Derek Doyle.

Column: Shatter's focus is on whistleblowers themselves, rather than their allegations
# Garda Whistleblowers
# Garda Whistleblowers

Column: Shatter's focus is on whistleblowers themselves, rather than their allegations

Jan 28th 2014, 12:29 PM 18 Views 41 Comments

The investigation into the penalty point controversy is minimising the independence of the Garda Ombudsman: the body won’t have autonomous access to the PULSE system or any remit to examine the Commissioner’s role, writes Mick Wallace TD.

Column: Peacemakers like Margaretta D’Arcy uphold the greater moral law
# Civil Disobedience
# Civil Disobedience

Column: Peacemakers like Margaretta D’Arcy uphold the greater moral law

Jan 28th 2014, 7:00 AM 69 Views 166 Comments

Margaretta, in her peaceful act of civil disobedience, was seeking to highlight our own government’s failure to uphold both Irish and international law. We should applaud her courage, writes Joe Murray.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 27 January, 2014

Column: Sorry politicians, you can’t avoid social media – people no longer accept being ‘talked at’
# Digital Democracy
# Digital Democracy

Column: Sorry politicians, you can’t avoid social media – people no longer accept being ‘talked at’

Jan 27th 2014, 7:00 AM 70 Views 17 Comments

The political class have realised the importance of a digital economy – but, they also need to realise the importance of building a digital democracy, writes Niall Devitt.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Column: A year ago, I walked out of work on the brink of the worst depression of my life
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Column: A year ago, I walked out of work on the brink of the worst depression of my life

Jan 25th 2014, 7:00 PM 1,801 Views 70 Comments

I work full time, I have young kids, and I also have a mental illness. Living with depression is never going to be easy but I’m getting better – and that’s because I’m being open and unashamed about it, writes Fiona Kennedy.

Column: ‘Mindfulness’ sounds like a lovely concept… so how the hell do you do it?
# Mindfulness
# Mindfulness

Column: ‘Mindfulness’ sounds like a lovely concept… so how the hell do you do it?

Jan 25th 2014, 12:00 PM 199 Views 58 Comments

Haven’t you heard? 2014 will be “the year of mindful living”. But, asks Molly Garboden, how does one achieve this peaceful outlook, swanning through sunlit rooms furnished in white wicker and mauve?

Reform Alliance: 'For far too long politics has been seen as a closed shop'
# The Disaffected
# The Disaffected

Reform Alliance: 'For far too long politics has been seen as a closed shop'

Jan 25th 2014, 9:00 AM 17 Views 74 Comments

Today’s Reform Conference will open discussion on key areas of reform, writes Terence Flanagan.

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 24 January, 2014

Column: Ignorance, avoidance, distortion – media coverage of the Corrib gas project has failed
# Mayo
# Mayo

Column: Ignorance, avoidance, distortion – media coverage of the Corrib gas project has failed

Jan 24th 2014, 3:18 PM 457 Views 69 Comments

The Irish media has failed to properly report on the local community’s resistance to Shell in Mayo. The reason? Journalism has fewer and fewer resources to filter the truth from the propaganda, Harry Browne writes.

Column: Yes, Justin Bieber is a brat... but maybe it's time to feel a wee bit sorry for him?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Yes, Justin Bieber is a brat... but maybe it's time to feel a wee bit sorry for him?

Jan 24th 2014, 7:00 AM 134 Views 80 Comments

Justin Bieber is a singularly unpleasant young chap who terrorises his neighbours, drag races ‘under the influence’, and abandons Capuchin monkeys… but what chance did he have? Lisa McInerney takes a look at the volatile lives of child stars.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Column: Building a bigger Cork prison with doubled-up cells is completely senseless
# Cramped
# Cramped

Column: Building a bigger Cork prison with doubled-up cells is completely senseless

Jan 23rd 2014, 7:30 PM 144 Views 51 Comments

The new prison in Cork is being built to hold more prisoners, even though our crime rate is decreasing, and cells are being planned for doubled-occupancy. This goes against internationally-supported standards, writes Fiona Ní Chinneide.

Column: Want to win the lotto? Here's how to do it...
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Want to win the lotto? Here's how to do it...

Jan 23rd 2014, 7:00 AM 143,612 Views 339 Comments

Six people won the Irish lotto last Saturday, and with the jackpot at €3.5 million, it wasn’t a bad day’s work. Here’s a few tips on how to play, writes Eamonn Toland.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Column: Lowering the legal age for gender recognition is vital
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Lowering the legal age for gender recognition is vital

Jan 22nd 2014, 7:30 PM 107 Views 113 Comments

Reducing the gender recognition age requirement from 18 to 16 will improve the lives of many young trans and intersex people across Ireland, writes Louise Hannon.

Column: Irish art and culture is being failed by lazy, inept leadership
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Irish art and culture is being failed by lazy, inept leadership

Jan 22nd 2014, 1:29 PM 86 Views 42 Comments

Our Arts minister is unable to represent his department with any real knowledge, and is therefore failing to exploit what could be a multi-billion euro industry, writes Eoin Lynch.

Column: The abuse a US President – and the world – chooses to ignore
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The abuse a US President – and the world – chooses to ignore

Jan 22nd 2014, 7:00 AM 37 Views 38 Comments

In January 2009, Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the notorious detention centre at Guantánamo Bay. Five years on, detainees remain uncharged and subjected to waterboarding, prolonged isolation and force feeding.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Column: Can new peace negotiations end Syria's three-year nightmare?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Can new peace negotiations end Syria's three-year nightmare?

Jan 21st 2014, 7:30 PM 33 Views 21 Comments

For the first time, tomorrow representatives of Bashar Al Assad will meet with the western-backed opposition for talks. This presents an historic opportunity to end a war that threatens to engulf the wider Middle East in conflict, writes Maurice McQuillan.

Column: The introduction of a living wage would benefit ALL of Irish society
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The introduction of a living wage would benefit ALL of Irish society

Jan 21st 2014, 12:54 PM 886 Views 88 Comments

We shouldn’t view a living wage for employees as a burden, but as an investment: it would be one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy, writes Ciaran Garrett.

Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids...
# Insight
# Insight

Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids...

Jan 21st 2014, 7:00 AM 296 Views 95 Comments

(… and guess how that worked out)

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 20 January, 2014

Column: We ignore the environment at our peril
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We ignore the environment at our peril

Jan 20th 2014, 7:30 PM 41 Views 98 Comments

In this century, climate change and the quality of our environment will be the central issue demanding a global response, writes Tom Healy.

Video column: Is there a viable solution to ivory poaching?
# Insight
# Insight

Video column: Is there a viable solution to ivory poaching?

Jan 20th 2014, 12:45 PM 27 Views 29 Comments

There were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Column: Got the January blues? Don’t let them drag you down
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Got the January blues? Don’t let them drag you down

Jan 19th 2014, 7:30 PM 65 Views 22 Comments

January can indeed feel miserable, empty and cold after all the warmth and merrymaking that is Christmas – but don’t entertain those negative thoughts that creep in this time of year, writes Bernadette Ryan.

Column: John Mitchel was hailed as a totem for Irish liberty... but he was a white supremacist.
# Insight
# Insight

Column: John Mitchel was hailed as a totem for Irish liberty... but he was a white supremacist.

Jan 19th 2014, 12:00 PM 2,815 Views 59 Comments

John Mitchel was a leading member of nationalist groups that demanded freedom for the Irish. But his sympathies didn’t stretch beyond his own countrymen: he was also vocal and passionate supporter of slavery.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Column: 8 Financial Rules of Thumb
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: 8 Financial Rules of Thumb

Jan 18th 2014, 7:00 PM 8,925 Views 21 Comments

No two people are the same, so what’s right for one person may not be for you. However, there are some financial rules of thumb that can help to steer you in the right direction, writes Liam Croke.

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