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# opinion - Tuesday 3 August, 2021

Opinion: Freedom to practice religion must be respected - including communions and confirmation
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Freedom to practice religion must be respected - including communions and confirmation

Tue 8:00 PM 19,152 Views 78 Comments

There’s a clear economic interest in the State allowing the resumption of economically productive indoor activities, writes Dr Donal Coffey.

Opinion: 'The shift coming in Irish agriculture must be transformational - but it will be positive too'
# Column
# Column

Opinion: 'The shift coming in Irish agriculture must be transformational - but it will be positive too'

Tue 12:37 PM 12,666 Views 52 Comments

Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett writes that the future for farming in Ireland should see increased incomes and decreased emissions.

Nialler9: 'We need a live events roadmap now - our futures and livelihoods depend on it'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Nialler9: 'We need a live events roadmap now - our futures and livelihoods depend on it'

Tue 11:36 AM 13,583 Views 20 Comments

DJ and music writer Niall Byrne (Nialler9) says a roadmap for live music is badly needed – to give people work, and hope.

Paul Murphy: 'The answer to the unemployment crisis isn't JobBridge 2.0'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Paul Murphy: 'The answer to the unemployment crisis isn't JobBridge 2.0'

Tue 7:00 AM 25,161 Views 43 Comments

The Work Placement Experience Programme is bad for all workers , writes Paul Murphy TD.

# opinion - Saturday 31 July, 2021

Larry Donnelly: Katherine Zappone will provide value for money as special envoy
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Katherine Zappone will provide value for money as special envoy

Sat 8:00 PM 29,311 Views 114 Comments

Our columnist muses on the Zappone furore, summer days and what’s next for Donald Trump.

# opinion - Friday 30 July, 2021

Opinion: It was wrong to prosecute a 68-year-old Dublin woman for growing cannabis
# DPP
# DPP

Opinion: It was wrong to prosecute a 68-year-old Dublin woman for growing cannabis

Jul 30th 2021, 7:00 AM 25,192 Views 49 Comments

Dr Cian Ó Concubhair and Dr Ian Marder say the DPP and Gardaí need a more common-sense approach in their application of certain drug laws.

# opinion - Tuesday 27 July, 2021

Charlie McConalogue: Farming and climate ambitions can co-exist
# Opinion
# Opinion

Charlie McConalogue: Farming and climate ambitions can co-exist

Jul 27th 2021, 7:00 AM 8,897 Views 20 Comments

The agriculture minister says he’s confident Irish farmers will embrace climate change policies that are needed to tackle the climate crisis.

# opinion - Sunday 25 July, 2021

Pearse Doherty: Davy's top brass can’t lose when there's no accountability
# Opinion
# Opinion

Pearse Doherty: Davy's top brass can’t lose when there's no accountability

Jul 25th 2021, 8:30 AM 23,109 Views 86 Comments

Legislation to underpin individual accountability in the financial sector must be published without delay, writes the Sinn Féin TD.

Opinion: 12 weeks paternity leave helped me at home - and in work
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 12 weeks paternity leave helped me at home - and in work

Jul 25th 2021, 7:30 AM 21,157 Views 14 Comments

Three months paternity leave isn’t the norm – but it’s good for both family and employer, says Shane Doyle

# opinion - Thursday 22 July, 2021

Opinion: Farewell to Des O'Malley - a true republican and patriot
# Irish Politics
# Irish Politics

Opinion: Farewell to Des O'Malley - a true republican and patriot

Updated Jul 22nd 2021, 11:00 AM 20,762 Views 50 Comments

Jason O’Mahony pays tribute to founder of the PDs and former senior minister, Des O’Malley, who died yesterday.

Donal Fallon: The incredible legacy of Herbert Simms, who helped transform Dublin
# Opinion
# Opinion

Donal Fallon: The incredible legacy of Herbert Simms, who helped transform Dublin

Jul 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 16,933 Views 6 Comments

Donal Fallon describes the impact the Dublin Corporation architect Herbert Simms had on Dublin city.

# opinion - Wednesday 21 July, 2021

Opinion: The billionaire space race is the ultimate symbol of capitalism’s flawed obsession with growth
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The billionaire space race is the ultimate symbol of capitalism’s flawed obsession with growth

Jul 21st 2021, 7:00 AM 19,804 Views 68 Comments

Professor Tim Jackson says he’s not a technophobe, but that maybe humanity should pay more attention to the planet right now than heading into space.

# opinion - Tuesday 20 July, 2021

Opinion: As we gradually return to normal, we need to stop the creeping Amazon-ification of our economy
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: As we gradually return to normal, we need to stop the creeping Amazon-ification of our economy

Jul 20th 2021, 2:13 PM 19,079 Views 42 Comments

Everyone should have the right to a living wage, job security and decent work conditions, writes Victor Duggan.

# opinion - Monday 19 July, 2021

'If you’re picking on form, it’s Itoje and Henderson' - Rory Best
# Locks
From The42
# Locks

'If you’re picking on form, it’s Itoje and Henderson' - Rory Best

Updated Jul 19th 2021, 5:29 PM 22,986 Views 14 Comments

The ex-Ireland captain also believes Johnny Sexton should have been called up.

# opinion - Saturday 17 July, 2021

Larry Donnelly: Could the GOP actually nominate Trump again?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Could the GOP actually nominate Trump again?

Jul 17th 2021, 8:00 PM 53,864 Views 95 Comments

“I may have misjudged the extent of his capacity for malfeasance, but I have never underestimated the appeal of Donald Trump’s brand of politics,” writes Larry in this week’s column.

Opinion: Ireland's wardship system shares features of Britney Spears' legal arrangement
# Conservatoriship
# Conservatoriship

Opinion: Ireland's wardship system shares features of Britney Spears' legal arrangement

Jul 17th 2021, 7:00 AM 15,923 Views 9 Comments

The wards of court system is expected to be abolished next year.

# opinion - Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Opinion: The Mother and Baby Homes commission's report can't be safely used to provide redress
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The Mother and Baby Homes commission's report can't be safely used to provide redress

Jul 14th 2021, 7:00 AM 6,707 Views 5 Comments

25 academics will launch an alternative summary of the commission’s report today.

# opinion - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Column: Lessons from Dublin Bay South
# Opinion Polls
# Opinion Polls

Column: Lessons from Dublin Bay South

Jul 13th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,950 Views 7 Comments

While elected representatives in Ireland have previously sought to censor public opinion polls, they do so under a paternalistic presumption that the public is incapable of adequately deciphering the information, writes Dr Kevin Cunningham.

# opinion - Saturday 10 July, 2021

Opinion: Bees and agriculture need each other - we should class bees as livestock to protect them
# Bees
# Bees

Opinion: Bees and agriculture need each other - we should class bees as livestock to protect them

Jul 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,269 Views 21 Comments

Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan argues that protecting bees should be a priority for the Department of Agriculture.

# opinion - Tuesday 6 July, 2021

Ciarán Cuffe: Court cases are leading the fight on climate change across Europe
# Opinion
# Opinion

Ciarán Cuffe: Court cases are leading the fight on climate change across Europe

Jul 6th 2021, 7:00 AM 7,880 Views 32 Comments

But the MEP says while the citizen-led revolution is inspiring, legislators must do better on climate.

# opinion - Sunday 4 July, 2021

Opinion: Why are home make-over tv shows so popular in Ireland?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: Why are home make-over tv shows so popular in Ireland?

Jul 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 15,132 Views 14 Comments

Property programmes thrive in societies where home ownership is the most valued and celebrated housing ideology, writes Emmett Scanlon.

# opinion - Saturday 3 July, 2021

Larry Donnelly: It's down to the wire in Dublin Bay South
# By-election
# By-election

Larry Donnelly: It's down to the wire in Dublin Bay South

Jul 3rd 2021, 8:15 PM 39,855 Views 46 Comments

Our columnist looks at the ‘could have beens’ and the ‘just mights’ ahead of next week’s vote.

Opinion: Ireland is yearning for strong defences against landlord despotism
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: Ireland is yearning for strong defences against landlord despotism

Jul 3rd 2021, 7:00 PM 18,078 Views 0 Comments

Building social housing means building homes, writes Dean Van Nguyen.

Why do Irish fans root against England?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Why do Irish fans root against England?

Jul 3rd 2021, 8:30 AM 15,950 Views 59 Comments

As they prepare for a quarter-final against Ukraine, some critics are tipping the Three Lions for success at Euro 2020.

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith has some seasonal cookie recipes to share
# Saturday Serving
# Saturday Serving

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith has some seasonal cookie recipes to share

Jul 3rd 2021, 7:00 AM 11,842 Views 0 Comments

Shane Smith has three delicious recipes to share to help you brighten up your meals.

# opinion - Friday 2 July, 2021

Harry McCann: The message to my generation is 'you don't matter' - so we prepare to emigrate
# Opinion
# Opinion

Harry McCann: The message to my generation is 'you don't matter' - so we prepare to emigrate

Updated Jul 2nd 2021, 4:16 PM 51,058 Views 157 Comments

The student says young people have been consistently left behind so will be now leaving in their droves.

John Gibbons: Pacific Northwest heatwave shows Earth is now running a dangerous fever
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

John Gibbons: Pacific Northwest heatwave shows Earth is now running a dangerous fever

Updated Jul 2nd 2021, 10:17 AM 29,073 Views 45 Comments

The environmentalist says we ignore the record-breaking temperatures this week at our peril.

# opinion - Thursday 1 July, 2021

Opinion: Only a full ban can save Northern Ireland from the threat posed by fracking
# What The Frack?
# What The Frack?

Opinion: Only a full ban can save Northern Ireland from the threat posed by fracking

Jul 1st 2021, 8:00 PM 9,123 Views 4 Comments

Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim outlines concerns of border communities that fracking may be set to get back on the agenda in the North.

Aoife Martin: Pride isn't just about rainbows and flags - it's about being seen

Aoife Martin: Pride isn't just about rainbows and flags - it's about being seen

Jul 1st 2021, 7:00 AM 10,717 Views 0 Comments

This week, our columnist looks back at Pride 2021 and says there’s more to it than just a celebration once a year.

# opinion - Wednesday 30 June, 2021

Opinion: 'Back to normal' is a step back for gender equality
# Covid Effects On Women
# Covid Effects On Women

Opinion: 'Back to normal' is a step back for gender equality

Jun 30th 2021, 11:56 AM 10,886 Views 13 Comments

David Miliband and Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason look to the Generation Equality Forum this week as an opportune moment to leap forward for gender equality.

# opinion - Sunday 27 June, 2021

Opinion: Anyone who thinks couch-surfing in your 50s is fun should try it for a week
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: Anyone who thinks couch-surfing in your 50s is fun should try it for a week

Jun 27th 2021, 7:30 AM 24,413 Views 13 Comments

People in creative industries have had a difficult time during the pandemic. Actor Jessica Freed was evicted and is worried for her future.

# opinion - Saturday 26 June, 2021

Opinion: Spare a thought for the victims of torture among us battling their trauma daily
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Opinion: Spare a thought for the victims of torture among us battling their trauma daily

Jun 26th 2021, 8:00 AM 9,346 Views 7 Comments

On United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, John O’Donoghue of Spirasi discusses the impact torture can have on victims.

# opinion - Thursday 24 June, 2021

Dr Rachael Walsh: There is legal room for CPO of the National Maternity Hospital site by the government
# National Maternity Hospital
# National Maternity Hospital

Dr Rachael Walsh: There is legal room for CPO of the National Maternity Hospital site by the government

Jun 24th 2021, 12:30 PM 12,201 Views 20 Comments

The Assistant Professor at the School of Law in Trinity College says the law does establish a legal route for compulsory purchase.

# opinion - Wednesday 23 June, 2021

Dr Peter Boylan: The National Maternity Hospital deal is dead in the water, it's time for Plan B
# Opinion
# Opinion

Dr Peter Boylan: The National Maternity Hospital deal is dead in the water, it's time for Plan B

Jun 23rd 2021, 7:23 PM 34,369 Views 43 Comments

The former Master of the National Maternity Hospital says the Catholic ethos will never meet with that of the State and it’s time to move on.

Opinion: The Irish public needs to be involved in the debates about how media is funded and regulated
# Media
# Media

Opinion: The Irish public needs to be involved in the debates about how media is funded and regulated

Jun 23rd 2021, 7:00 AM 7,036 Views 14 Comments

Dr Eileen Culloty says media plays a central role in democratic and civic life – and media literacy is a vital tool in helping the public understand this.

# opinion - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Opinion: To maintain economic resilience we must learn from the past and look to the future
# Mortgage Lending Rules
# Mortgage Lending Rules

Opinion: To maintain economic resilience we must learn from the past and look to the future

Jun 20th 2021, 7:30 AM 9,067 Views 10 Comments

Vasileios Madouros of the Central Bank says a fresh review of its mortgage lending measures will include submissions from the public.

# opinion - Saturday 19 June, 2021

Larry Donnelly: Donegal takes a strident stand for justice over mica with Boston at its back
# Mica Protests
# Mica Protests

Larry Donnelly: Donegal takes a strident stand for justice over mica with Boston at its back

Jun 19th 2021, 8:00 PM 28,427 Views 7 Comments

The Donegal diaspora in the US is mobilising in support of homeowners seeking compensation for mica damage to their homes.

Opinion: Bogus clothes collecting denying legitimate charities access to much needed funds
# Shirt Off Your Back
# Shirt Off Your Back

Opinion: Bogus clothes collecting denying legitimate charities access to much needed funds

Jun 19th 2021, 6:30 PM 27,132 Views 37 Comments

Double check if in doubt when approached for clothing donations to ensure those in need benefit.

# opinion - Friday 18 June, 2021

Explainer: Netanyahu staunchly supported Israeli settlements - what is the history of this controversial practice?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Explainer: Netanyahu staunchly supported Israeli settlements - what is the history of this controversial practice?

Updated Jun 18th 2021, 8:32 AM 12,607 Views 15 Comments

As Israel sees a change in leaders, Hannah McCarthy looks at the history of settlements and the controversy surrounding them.

# opinion - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

A Syrian refugee in Turkey: 'I sometimes regret that I was born'
# Opinion
# Opinion

A Syrian refugee in Turkey: 'I sometimes regret that I was born'

Updated Jun 16th 2021, 9:09 AM 15,860 Views 8 Comments

GOAL’s Yusuf Nural tells the stories of Syrian Refugees in Turkey ahead of the release of a moving new documentary and photo exhibition.

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