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# opinion-and-insight - Monday 4 November, 2013

Column: Boycotting the Olympics would make things more difficult for Russia's LGBT people
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# Opinion

Column: Boycotting the Olympics would make things more difficult for Russia's LGBT people

Nov 4th 2013, 7:30 PM 20 Views 44 Comments

International support is necessary, but ultimately the change to Russia’s attitudes to LGBT people can’t come from a foreign country – it has to come from a grass-roots movement within Russia itself, writes Igor Yassin.

Column: Is parading culture in Northern Ireland under threat?
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Column: Is parading culture in Northern Ireland under threat?

Nov 4th 2013, 1:18 PM 28 Views 106 Comments

Any conversation about the parading culture in Northern Ireland needs to be honest and informed, writes Chair of the Parades Commission Peter Osborne.

Column: Young people are the “forgotten mourners”
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Column: Young people are the “forgotten mourners”

Nov 4th 2013, 7:10 AM 448 Views 12 Comments

Supporting a child through grief can seem like a daunting process but it requires three simple human attributes, Aoife Mary O’Brien explains: honesty, patience, and empathy.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 3 November, 2013

Column: Will we have a 32-county Fianna Fail?
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# Opinion

Column: Will we have a 32-county Fianna Fail?

Nov 3rd 2013, 7:30 PM 125 Views 133 Comments

Micheál Martin has stabilised the party with relative ease and skill – but will he become the first leader of an Irish political party to lead a solely southern-based party into Northern Ireland?

Column: Behavioural economics holds a mirror to the human mind
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Column: Behavioural economics holds a mirror to the human mind

Nov 3rd 2013, 12:00 PM 115 Views 16 Comments

Conventional economics assumes people can easily and dispassionately calculate the pros and cons of their decisions, but most of us fall somewhere between Mr Spock and Homer Simpson when it comes to logical thinking.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Column: As an Irish woman, I believe in wearing the remembrance poppy. Here's why...
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Column: As an Irish woman, I believe in wearing the remembrance poppy. Here's why...

Nov 2nd 2013, 7:00 PM 540 Views 251 Comments

The poppy does not glorify warfare, death, or British nationalism – it recognises the senseless horror of our shared European past, which we have a moral duty to remember, writes Kate Bellamy.

Column: “Being caught with patients is like being caught with a weapon”
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Column: “Being caught with patients is like being caught with a weapon”

Nov 2nd 2013, 12:00 PM 19 Views 7 Comments

The Syrian people are now presented with the absurd situation of weapons inspectors freely driving through areas of desperate need – while the ambulances, food and drug supplies organised by humanitarian organisations are blocked.

Aaron McKenna: What our water shortages tell Web Summit investors
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# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: What our water shortages tell Web Summit investors

Nov 2nd 2013, 8:00 AM 9 Views 48 Comments

If this first world country, where rain and green fields are an intrinsic part of the national mythos, can’t provide adequate water to its capital city… what else might the Irish be bad at providing for?

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 1 November, 2013

Column: Ireland needs to re-examine the legal gender of intersex children
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Column: Ireland needs to re-examine the legal gender of intersex children

Nov 1st 2013, 5:59 PM 263 Views 33 Comments

The law on birth registration in Germany is to be amended to permit ‘indeterminate’ to be recorded as the gender of a child born with an intersex condition. Irish authorites should take note of this welcome development.

Column: Bloomberg's approach to smoking is working in New York – it could here too
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Column: Bloomberg's approach to smoking is working in New York – it could here too

Nov 1st 2013, 12:37 PM 18 Views 62 Comments

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg intends raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 – and he’s right. This is the generation which can be protected from Big Tobacco, writes Kathleen O’Meara.

Column: Voting is too often seen as a "right" when it's actually a duty
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Column: Voting is too often seen as a "right" when it's actually a duty

Nov 1st 2013, 7:10 AM 54 Views 119 Comments

Structures need to be put in place to get the most amount of people to vote, to ensure the structures of the country have the greatest legitimacy along with those who govern them.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Column: House prices are rising again, so should we be concerned about a bubble?
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Column: House prices are rising again, so should we be concerned about a bubble?

Oct 31st 2013, 7:10 AM 82 Views 55 Comments

With property prices increasing in some parts of the country – and notably in Dublin – Ronan Lyons discusses whether we’re looking at a housing boom or a housing bubble.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Column: Can we just give Halloween a miss this year?
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Column: Can we just give Halloween a miss this year?

Oct 30th 2013, 7:30 PM 11 Views 101 Comments

I’m not a complete scrooge (I swear) but bah-humbug to Halloween! I can’t stand the expense, the binge drinking and the ubiquitous “sexy” costumes, writes Kate Bellamy.

Column: If you had an unlimited budget to fix obesity and disease, what would you do?
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Column: If you had an unlimited budget to fix obesity and disease, what would you do?

Oct 30th 2013, 12:50 PM 97 Views 95 Comments

Good food is inextricably linked to being healthy, so fighting many of our nation’s chronic health problems could start with what we have on our plates, writes Dorcas Barry.

Column: Should every citizen receive an unconditional basic income?
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Column: Should every citizen receive an unconditional basic income?

Oct 30th 2013, 7:10 AM 87 Views 100 Comments

Switzerland is considering the introduction of a Basic Income scheme, which would guarantee a standard benefit income to every citizen, regardless of need. Tom Boland looks at how that system would work in Ireland.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Column: I was raped by my ex-boyfriend but I've taken back control of my life
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# Opinion

Column: I was raped by my ex-boyfriend but I've taken back control of my life

Oct 29th 2013, 7:30 PM 4,562 Views 65 Comments

Despite the dark road I travelled after being assaulted, I realised that I’m a young, intelligent woman with everything to live for – and I won’t let my attacker ruin my life for one second longer.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 28 October, 2013

Column: What you didn’t know about the real Afghanistan
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# Opinion

Column: What you didn’t know about the real Afghanistan

Oct 28th 2013, 7:30 PM 240 Views 34 Comments

The stories you’ve heard about Afghanistan won’t prepare you for what the country is really like: its colour, culture, laughter and resilience is amazing, writes Maya Pastakia.

Column: Reducing school holidays would help students, parents and the economy
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Column: Reducing school holidays would help students, parents and the economy

Oct 28th 2013, 1:00 PM 2,068 Views 210 Comments

More time in school would help students and teachers to tackle areas of underachievement in our education system – like mathematics, science and second language proficiency, writes Colm Bergin.

Extract: Remember the Lisbon Treaty referenda poster campaigns?
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Extract: Remember the Lisbon Treaty referenda poster campaigns?

Oct 28th 2013, 8:30 AM 574 Views 29 Comments

Sometimes what happens in Irish politics is so odd, you have to ask yourself… did that really happen? Paddy Duffy remembers the Lisbon referenda debacles.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Column: We lack the empathy and support for people going through divorce
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Column: We lack the empathy and support for people going through divorce

Oct 27th 2013, 7:30 PM 438 Views 39 Comments

As a nation we do ritual so well. Is it time to initiate a new one and embrace the reality of separation and divorce with the dignity and respect that all involved deserve?

Column: Is online dating keeping us from settling down?
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Column: Is online dating keeping us from settling down?

Oct 27th 2013, 12:00 PM 129 Views 49 Comments

Is settling down – whether that’s in matrimony or simply committing to someone you love – becoming another casualty of society’s increasing need for instant gratification?

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Column: The rise of bodybuilding shows strong is the new skinny
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# Opinion

Column: The rise of bodybuilding shows strong is the new skinny

Oct 26th 2013, 7:00 PM 827 Views 122 Comments

Bodybuilding might not be for everyone – but I’m glad to see more varied and healthy role models for young girls, writes Jenny Conlon.

Column: 'Mega events'... the good, the bad, and the downright ugly
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Column: 'Mega events'... the good, the bad, and the downright ugly

Oct 26th 2013, 12:00 PM 1,710 Views 8 Comments

Multibillion euro sporting events capture world attention and bring large scale benefits to a country or city – but there’s also a darker side to the festivities, writes Feargus Dunne.

Aaron McKenna: Why we should move to a GPS based mileage tax on motorists
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# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: Why we should move to a GPS based mileage tax on motorists

Oct 26th 2013, 8:00 AM 17 Views 83 Comments

The US state of Oregon is becoming one of the first places in the world to trial the idea of rolling out per-mile taxation of motorists. We should follow suit.

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 25 October, 2013

Column: Ireland’s child protection policy seems guided by medieval fairy tales
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Column: Ireland’s child protection policy seems guided by medieval fairy tales

Oct 25th 2013, 1:04 PM 54 Views 137 Comments

What we’ve seen happen to Roma families in Ireland this is week is something we all would like to think disappeared centuries ago – a witch-hunt.

Column: Pitting one section of the Irish people against another weakens us all
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Column: Pitting one section of the Irish people against another weakens us all

Oct 25th 2013, 7:10 AM 25 Views 32 Comments

Budget 2014 hit the most vulnerable elements of society – not the young, the sick, the old, or pregnant alone. We need to show intergenerational solidarity and stand together against this injustice, writes Peter Kavanagh.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Column: President Higgins returned to a changed El Salvador today
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Column: President Higgins returned to a changed El Salvador today

Oct 24th 2013, 7:30 PM 99 Views 15 Comments

As President Michael D Higgnins arrives in El Salvador today, Paul Dillon writes a profile of the Central American Republic.

Column: Ireland’s continuing disregard for transgender citizens is inexcusable
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Column: Ireland’s continuing disregard for transgender citizens is inexcusable

Oct 24th 2013, 1:04 PM 67 Views 102 Comments

As Oireachtas Committee discussions this week focus on the Gender Recognition Bill, we need to remember the human stories behind the proposed legislation, writes Emma Cassidy.

Column: Nobody ever chooses to be homeless – this government is pushing people to the brink
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Column: Nobody ever chooses to be homeless – this government is pushing people to the brink

Oct 24th 2013, 7:15 AM 115 Views 42 Comments

Access to health services is key to leaving homelessness behind – which is why Budget 2014 is so damaging to the Government’s commitment to end long-term homelessness by 2016, writes Niamh Randall.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Lisa McInerney: Selfies and oversharing – are we all master image manipulators now?
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Lisa McInerney: Selfies and oversharing – are we all master image manipulators now?

Oct 23rd 2013, 7:30 PM 35 Views 28 Comments

Lady Gaga brushed off an email from Instagram expressing “concern” for her well-being following some recent posts. But it’s not just celebrities who share, overshare, pose, frame and filter – we’re all at it.

Column: Why and how are children taken into State care?
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Column: Why and how are children taken into State care?

Oct 23rd 2013, 12:45 PM 979 Views 42 Comments

When the State intervenes in family situations, it does so in our name. We should be aware of child care proceedings so we can all participate in an informed discussion rather than reacting to the latest headline, writes Carol Coulter.

Column: Ireland has a postcode lottery for health
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Column: Ireland has a postcode lottery for health

Oct 23rd 2013, 7:10 AM 132 Views 13 Comments

Good citizenship in conjunction with some collaborative working between communities and government could build better and healthier communities, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

Column: What is Jack Lynch's legacy?
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Column: What is Jack Lynch's legacy?

Oct 22nd 2013, 7:30 PM 684 Views 62 Comments

Despite the highs and lows of his political career, former Taoiseach Jack Lynch was still described as “the most popular politician since Daniel O’Connell”, writes David McCann on the 14th anniversary of the death.

Column: Facing the fear – over half our population drinks in a high-risk way
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Column: Facing the fear – over half our population drinks in a high-risk way

Oct 22nd 2013, 7:15 AM 80 Views 39 Comments

It’s impossible to seriously address mental health in Ireland without resolving our harmful relationship with alcohol, says Suzanne Costello.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 21 October, 2013

Column: Europe needs a new approach to illegal immigration
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# Lampedusa

Column: Europe needs a new approach to illegal immigration

Oct 21st 2013, 12:45 PM 25 Views 172 Comments

Restoring fiscal health to the eurozone remains a serious challenge, but the EU must nevertheless find a solution to its illegal immigration crisis to prevent further tragedies, writes David Moloney.

Column: Debt ceiling, government shutdown: what is the future of American democracy?
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Column: Debt ceiling, government shutdown: what is the future of American democracy?

Oct 21st 2013, 7:15 AM 31 Views 41 Comments

The world breathed a collective sigh of relief when an eleventh hour deal ended the US government shutdown – but it only fully funds the government until January, writes Larry Donnelly.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 20 October, 2013

Column: I petitioned to stop politicians promising the moon and stars
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Column: I petitioned to stop politicians promising the moon and stars

Oct 20th 2013, 7:30 PM 30 Views 48 Comments

Guess what happened?

Column: The Celtic Tiger mauled Ireland, so why are NI politicians trying to mimic it?
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Column: The Celtic Tiger mauled Ireland, so why are NI politicians trying to mimic it?

Oct 20th 2013, 12:00 PM 149 Views 85 Comments

The fascination some politicians in Northern Ireland have with the Republic’s boom years is creating some strange political bedfellows and confusing policies, writes David McCann.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Column: Do you 'compartmentalise' your life on social media?
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Column: Do you 'compartmentalise' your life on social media?

Oct 19th 2013, 7:00 PM 61 Views 24 Comments

Is Facebook for friends and Twitter for the truth? Molly Garboden writes about how showing different sides to yourself to different people is a trick as old as time.

Column: Budgeting our depression? Funding cuts are disastrous to mental health
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Column: Budgeting our depression? Funding cuts are disastrous to mental health

Oct 19th 2013, 12:00 PM 59 Views 123 Comments

Cuts to medical card allowances and social welfare payments have a direct impact on peoples’ the mental health – I know because I am one of those affected, writes Kate Bellamy.