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Dublin: 13 °C Thursday 19 September, 2019

#Opinion

# opinion - Sunday 15 September, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Achill has shown me the link between climate action and rural regeneration

To tackle climate breakdown the two most important areas that Ireland will have to focus on will be transport and agriculture, writes Saoirse McHugh.

From Business ETC Our insurance increased tenfold in two years - the government has no regard for businesses like us Opinion

Our insurance increased tenfold in two years - the government has no regard for businesses like us

Sky-high premiums are causing major damage to Ireland’s reputation.

The Irish For: The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside

Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?

# opinion - Saturday 14 September, 2019

From Business ETC Listen up, Ireland Inc - Mike Pence’s shot across the bow may be a warning of things to come Opinion

Listen up, Ireland Inc - Mike Pence’s shot across the bow may be a warning of things to come

Irish leaders need to protect the long-term future of US investment in the Republic.

# opinion - Thursday 12 September, 2019

Opinion: 'Insurance - short of wrapping our business in bubble wrap, there's nothing we can do to make it safer'

Niall Roche writes about why he wants business owners affected by insurance costs to join together.

# opinion - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

Katy Hayward: 50 days out from Brexit, could a Northern Ireland-specific backstop be the key to a deal?

What was anathema yesterday is apparently the favoured option today, writes Katy Hayward.

# opinion - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

From The42 Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Bulgaria Opinion

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Bulgaria

Josh Cullen was the standout performer, as Ireland retained their unbeaten record under Mick McCarthy.

# opinion - Monday 9 September, 2019

Opinion: The robots are coming - and men should be more worried than women

The rise of automation is threatening widespread job destruction – especially for men.

# opinion - Saturday 7 September, 2019

I felt intense pressure before I did my TEDx talk - but I'm very glad I did it. Here's what I learned

I delivered my talk with my legs shaking – but I managed it in one take, writes Tony Duffin.

# opinion - Friday 6 September, 2019

From The42 FAI should send message by refusing to enter into sponsorship deals with gambling companies Opinion

FAI should send message by refusing to enter into sponsorship deals with gambling companies

The League of Ireland needs protection in battle to maintain game’s integrity, writes John O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Thursday 5 September, 2019

Parnell and Rees-Mogg: The ‘Uncrowned King of Ireland’ and the unworkable British parliament

Historian Donal Fallon writes about Charles Stewart Parnell, and how the Irish Parliamentary Party brought filibustering to Westminster.

# opinion - Thursday 29 August, 2019

From The42 Line-out options galore and plenty of runway for Carty in Cardiff Talking Points

Line-out options galore and plenty of runway for Carty in Cardiff

With no out-half on Ireland’s bench, Jack Carty could get time to stake his claim.

# opinion - Sunday 25 August, 2019

Lynn Ruane: 'You can't treat addiction like a business - and people with addiction like objects'

Applying neoliberal tools to community work is ultimately about cost-cutting and power, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

From Business ETC Becoming a low-carbon economy is a matter of survival - Ireland needs to do more Opinion

Becoming a low-carbon economy is a matter of survival - Ireland needs to do more

A sustainable low carbon economy goes beyond cars and heating.

The Irish For: Rising rents mean many prospective tenants are giving Dublin a goodbye 'cíos'

Designating certain areas far away from Dublin as Gaeltachtaí, and then denying them investment so they’d stay that way- was a dreadful mistake.

# opinion - Thursday 22 August, 2019

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

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

# opinion - Wednesday 21 August, 2019

'Collecting the school voluntary contribution is an unwanted and stressful obligation on principals'

As things stand, the contribution is needed to keep school doors open, writes Joseph A Moynihan.

# opinion - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

The emotional scars and the 'new normal' are the dirty little secrets of surviving cancer

Aoife Moggan writes about the scars – both physical and invisible – that a childhood diagnosis of cancer has left.

# opinion - Sunday 18 August, 2019

The Irish For: How a familiar tale can help young bookworms become bilingual

Translating well-known books to Irish could be the best way to get pre-teen bookworms learning Irish.

# opinion - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Opinion: The government's new drug policy will do nothing to end the stigmatisation of drug users

The government’s new drug possession policy is not likely to achieve its goals, writes Marcus Keane.

# opinion - Monday 5 August, 2019

Opinion: 'It doesn’t make sense to allow dirty diesels from the last century to travel on inner-city streets'

Green Party MEP Ciarán Cuffe believes that we need to restrict the amount of vehicles entering Dublin every morning – as “our lives depend on it”.

# opinion - Sunday 4 August, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: How to deal with the feeling of hopelessness in the face of climate change

The Green Party candidate says people must unite to fight against climate change.

# opinion - Saturday 3 August, 2019

Lynn Ruane: 'Help for suicide prevention can be hard to identify - and even harder to access'

The independent senator writes about the barriers in suicide prevention when it comes to helping people with their mental health.

# opinion - Friday 2 August, 2019

Opinion: What Josepha Madigan got wrong about treatment for drug users

We cannot pretend drug addiction issues don’t exist, writes Jade Wilson.

# opinion - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Larry Donnelly: We can expect a dramatic cull of the Democratic debate lineup before the next TV clash

Some observers will welcome a clearing out of the long-shots – but others may find it unnerving.

# opinion - Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Opinion: Ukraine elected a comedian and an actual rock star this year. So now what?

“Despite a significant amount of new blood entering the political establishment, the old elites still have some sway,” writes Assistant Professor Tanya Lokot.

# opinion - Sunday 28 July, 2019

From Business ETC There is a long road ahead if Ireland is to meet its electric vehicles target Opinion

There is a long road ahead if Ireland is to meet its electric vehicles target

Ireland needs investment in charging infrastructure and a rethink of driver incentives to reach its goal.

The Irish For: Maura Higgins has brought the word 'shift' to a new audience - but where does it come from?

Shifting is a regional use of a global term, so you can’t just search for the first recorded incidence – you have to look at context.

# opinion - Saturday 27 July, 2019

Opinion: Why it's important to call out people referring to Shane Lowry as British

Caoimhín De Barra argues that it’s something to get exercised about.

# opinion - Sunday 21 July, 2019

Lynn Ruane: Child maintenance reform would be good for children - and good for the country

Many one-parent families are living at risk of poverty and an overhaul of our child supports legislation is vital to protecting their future.

# opinion - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Opinion: When it comes to climate change, is the petroleum industry the only 'bad guy'?

Climate change is undeniable, writes the head of petroleum industry grouping, and we all have a hand in it.

# opinion - Sunday 14 July, 2019

From Business ETC Does Europe need a new social contract? Opinion

Does Europe need a new social contract?

As the social safety net breaks down, social innovation has a role in unlocking resources in the community.

The Irish For: The perception that Irish is intimately linked to Catholicism is too widely held

Some languages are intimately associated with religions but not Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 13 July, 2019

From Business ETC Overcoming unconscious biases is crucial to developing a diverse workplace Opinion

Overcoming unconscious biases is crucial to developing a diverse workplace

We need more representation in the workplace for all minority groups living in Ireland

# opinion - Sunday 7 July, 2019

Lynn Ruane: In Ireland we're forcing carers to change their children on toilet floors

The Community Participation Bill 2019 has made me think about what real access looks like, writes Lynn Ruane.

From Business ETC It's time for women's sport to take the prime time stage following the success of the World Cup Opinion

It's time for women's sport to take the prime time stage following the success of the World Cup

The curtain may be falling on this inspiring episode in women’s sport, but it can’t be the end of the story.

The Irish For: There's a bit of alchemy involved in translating Harry Potter into Irish

Book series translated from one language to another can lead to complications as the plot thickens, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 6 July, 2019

From Business ETC Brexit breeds caution as businesses hold back on investment decisions Opinion

Brexit breeds caution as businesses hold back on investment decisions

Coping with the fall-out will require growth – but companies are reluctant to seek investment.

From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop

A hardy crop of broad beans and homemade herbal tea is on the agenda from the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: Our friends can influence our behaviour more than we think

Herd instinct can be explained through behavioural economics, writes Michael Sanders, author of the book Social Butterflies .

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