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#Opinion

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?

What strategies and tactics can we expect from the candidates for the presidential race, asks Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Sunday 23 September, 2018

Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'

I fully support peaceful protest and direct action as a legitimate form of democratic participation, writes Brendan Howlin.

The Irish For...What can we learn from the rise and fall of Irish girls' names?

Gaeilgeoir Darach O Séaghdha talks us through the meaning behind names like Saoirse, Órla and Aoife – and what we can learn from them.

# opinion - Saturday 22 September, 2018

'Hearing impairment is an invisible disability - this can lead to assumptions by people, even those who know us well'

Ailís Ní Ríain’s work for the Dublin Fringe Festival has been inspired by her own experiences of communication and the difficulties we can encounter with it.

From the garden: A recipe for a no-nonsense tomato and courgette soup, with no-nonsense ingredients GIY

From the garden: A recipe for a no-nonsense tomato and courgette soup, with no-nonsense ingredients

Michael Kelly from GIY talks us through how to store chillies, and also how to make a delicious warming soup.

# opinion - Friday 21 September, 2018

From The42 Matt Doherty prepares for Old Trafford test, Klopp eyes sixth straight win and more Premier League talking points Talking Points This post contains videos

Matt Doherty prepares for Old Trafford test, Klopp eyes sixth straight win and more Premier League talking points

Liverpool take on Southampton, Spurs travel to face Brighton and Man United welcome Wolves to Old Trafford.

'Brendan Howlin was wrong: civil disobedience is a valid weapon in the fight for a better Ireland'

Those who benefit from the way Ireland is organised would love us to believe we have no power, that we can’t win, that there’s no reason to act, writes Siobhan O’Donoghue.

# opinion - Thursday 20 September, 2018

'Home is just a word. But in Ireland the word home has always been different to home somewhere else'

Writer Colm Keegan examines what is home to us here in Ireland – is it a feeling, is it a right?

Stephen Byrne: Why 9 years after ripping up my results, I went back to do the Leaving Cert...

The Leaving Cert is strange in the sense that it is something we all experience, and yet it’s something that we all seem to try to repress, writes the 2FM presenter.

# opinion - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'Your 30s are a tricky time for women. The biological and social pressures to conform are immense'

Actor and playwright Christiane O’Mahony wonders if seahorses have the right idea about how to live.

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today

Dr Tom Clonan outlines his reasons for protesting at Leinster House today.

# opinion - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

'Growing up, my gay pals and I were groped, harassed, screamed at and bothered at every second turn'

Karen Cogan has written a play about a fictional young lesbian in Cork for this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival.

'Ireland is an expensive country - so what can the government do about it in this year's Budget?'

With the Budget coming up, it’s a good time to look at this subject, writes Rory Hearne.

# opinion - Sunday 16 September, 2018

'I’ll always remember holding my results in my hand and seeing the look of pride on my parents' faces'

Ryan Lynch hadn’t been sure if he would ever attend college due to his long-term illness – until he was given the support that he needed.

From The42 5 talking points as Dublin exact sweet revenge on Cork on All-Ireland final day Opinion

5 talking points as Dublin exact sweet revenge on Cork on All-Ireland final day

The Sky Blues came out on top in an intriguing battle as 50,141 watched on in Croke Park.

The Irish For... What do Irish political names tell us about their roles?

Gaeilgóir Darach O Séaghdha talks us through what the Irish for everything from Taoiseach to TD means – and what we can learn from it.

# opinion - Friday 14 September, 2018

'The Public Order Unit's protective hoods are not fashion accessories, but safety requirements in certain circumstances'

The events on North Frederick Street show how important a presence the unit can be in certain situations, the GRA’s John O’Keeffe writes.

Opinion: Ian Paisley's facing into a possible by-election ... he can be heartened by his likely re-election

As Ian Paisley Jr endures a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons, Thomas Muinzer writes that it’s likely he’ll win back his seat in a possible by-election.

# opinion - Thursday 13 September, 2018

Brendan Ogle: If Trump ever does visit Ireland, his toxic beliefs need to be called out

For now the trip is on the back-burner but if he does land on our shores we need to protest – massively, Unite’s Brendan Ogle writes.

# opinion - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Opinion: 'Can money buy you happiness? Not if you're spending it the wrong way'

Gill Hasson says that you should spend your money on experiences, not things.

# opinion - Monday 10 September, 2018

'We say 'we need to talk about mental health in Ireland' - while looking the other way when people scream for help'

Marise Gaughan writes about her father’s suicide, and how she copes with mental health issues. On World Suicide Prevention Day, she asks what we can do about suicide in Ireland.

'If we don't pay our Defence Forces a decent wage, we will lose talented, educated young people'

Young Fine Gael wants its senior party colleagues to change conditions for soldiers being paid ‘the lowest average wage in the public sector’.

# opinion - Sunday 9 September, 2018

'With palliative care, my dad was able to choose how he died - in his family's arms'

Lilian Bell writes about her father, Donal Bell, on the eve of Palliative Care Week 2018.

'Thousands of mums are educated and experienced - but can't afford to go to work'

The founder of a company that specialises in finding mothers flexible employment describes what she’s discovered about this topic through her work.

# opinion - Saturday 8 September, 2018

'I rubbed my eye - and suddenly the words looked muddled and distorted'

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the eyesight – and Christine O’Flynn writes about the fright of discovering she had AMD, but how she’s learned to deal with it.

'Festival waste? It's not new - we're a disposable nation and we need to change our attitude'

Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne knows all about trying to keep festival sites clean – and says we need to stop seeing tents as disposable, and look at what we can do to clean up after ourselves.

'Raw food doesn't have to be scary - but I think it's time for a bowl of homely hot soup' GIY

'Raw food doesn't have to be scary - but I think it's time for a bowl of homely hot soup'

If you really want a slice of raw goodness, Michael Kelly has just the recipe, but he is warming up this autumn to the comfort of hot dishes.

# opinion - Friday 7 September, 2018

'Mum was and still is a very funny person. I want to show there's another side to dementia'

Philip Connaughton is a carer – along with members of his family – for his mother. Now he’s exploring their changed relationship in a new show as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.

# opinion - Thursday 6 September, 2018

'Trump's mood and tone on his Irish visit will be shaped by what happens the week before'

The mid-term elections in the US could become a referendum on Trump’s presidency, writes Larry Donnelly.

From The42 Can Ireland afford to lose Harry Arter? Talking Point

Can Ireland afford to lose Harry Arter?

The Cardiff midfielder was a conspicuous absence from the Boys in Green’s latest squad amid speculation that he may never play for his country again.

# opinion - Wednesday 5 September, 2018

Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm

Simon Foy examines politics in the era of Donald Trump, taking in fake news, allegations about Jeremy Corbyn, and the behaviour of Boris Johnson.

# opinion - Tuesday 4 September, 2018

Opinion: 'All labour involves selling our bodies in some form, so what is different about sex work?'

Sex workers exist, there is no sign of them disappearing, and they deserve the same rights as other workers, writes Danny Rigg.

# opinion - Monday 3 September, 2018

'I won’t ever be able to understand exactly how the HPV vaccine works. So as a parent I have to trust the experts'

The desire to protect and care for your child is indescribable, writes Eric Nolan. And that means doing your best to keep them safe.

# opinion - Sunday 2 September, 2018

'Three children died as a result of measles that year. I remember their eyes'

Consultant paediatrician John Fitzsimons writes about his experiences with measles, and why it’s important to vaccinate.

Opinion: 'Earn money on the side? Fear of the taxman isn't a reason not to file your tax return'

‘Being in business means paying taxes on earnings’, writes Barry Flanagan.

# opinion - Saturday 1 September, 2018

Opinion: 'Many people don't believe social smoking is harmful - as a doctor, I know that's not true'

Dr Des Cox writes about the impact that social smoking has on your health, and why people need to quit smoking altogether.

# opinion - Friday 31 August, 2018

Opinion: 'It would be easy to dismiss female genital mutilation as something alien to Ireland - but it's not'

Minister Josepha Madigan writes about how she is inspired by Ifra Ahmed and her fight against FGM in Ireland.

# opinion - Thursday 30 August, 2018

'You don’t have to be male, middle-aged and born into the right family to be rich in Ireland – but it helps'

Journalist Joe O’Shea delved into the world of Ireland’s rich list for a two-part programme due to air this week.

# opinion - Wednesday 29 August, 2018

'Fine Gael's 'Green Week' was outdated, shallow and a little bit scary'

Fine Gael’s week dedicated to green issues came across as dated and out-of-touch, writes Jonathan Victory.

# opinion - Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Column: The small Wexford village forever affected by the deaths of three young women during WWII

Amy Bracken looks at the bombing of Campile on 26 August 1940, one of the less-remembered bombings of Éire during the Second World War.

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