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# opinion - Today’s News

Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online

Disinformation analyst Ciaran O’Connor says extremist groups online are offering simple answers to complex questions at a time when many people are frustrated.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Larry Donnelly: The country of my birth is broken. Can it be fixed?

Larry Donnelly says based on recent events in his home country, it’s hard to argue that America is still the ‘land of opportunity’.

# opinion - Saturday 19 September, 2020

Opinion: The road ahead is a bleak one when it comes to climate change

Climate commentator John Gibbons outlines the critical state of the planet globally and urges us to embrace radical action to face down climate change.

Neale Richmond: Brexit was no one hit wonder - the Tory party fostered this toxic sentiment over many years

Neale Richmond says the UK has become a slave to insular thinking and it has led them to Brexit and the current mess it has caused.

# opinion - Friday 18 September, 2020

Tomorrow I'll climb my 50th peak as part of a lockdown-interrupted charity challenge. Here's what I've learned

At times drumming up the publicity needed to generate funds turned out to be harder than the actual mountain-climbing, writes Dermot Behan.

# opinion - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

Mary Lou McDonald: Confusion, mixed messaging and punch-down policies - this government is out of touch with reality

The Sinn Féin leader says in a pandemic and now recession, the lack of clarity from Government is the last thing the country needs.

# opinion - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

Opinion: Boris and his friends are living in a post-truth 'Alice and Brexitland'

Former ambassador Bobby McDonagh says Johnson’s team have used every excuse to cover their breach of international law, short of the PM eating his own homework.

# opinion - Monday 14 September, 2020

Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer

Green Party TD Patrick Costello says foster care in Ireland has been at breaking point for some time and it cannot be ignored any longer.

# opinion - Sunday 13 September, 2020

Retired Colonel Dorcha Lee: Is a Sinn Féin Minister for Defence really that unthinkable?

Lee says he feels conflicted about the possibility of a Sinn Féin government but admits the party now has a mandate that deserves recognition.

# opinion - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Opinion: Is Britain on the path to becoming a rogue state?

The UK government this week told the Commons that it would be breaking international law in relation to Brexit in ‘a limited and specific way’. Rights campaigner Emma DeSouza says she’s seen this before.

# opinion - Friday 11 September, 2020

Tom Clonan: The messaging from this new government has been an omnishambles

Its communications strategy has been a mess at a crucial time for public health, Brexit and the economy, writes Clonan.

# opinion - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Opinion: 'I tried to take my own life more than once and felt the compassion of staff begin to fade'

On World Suicide Prevention Day our reader details her struggles and experience of the Irish mental health services.

# opinion - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Opinion: As Moria camp burns, we cannot stand over the EU's neglect of refugees any longer

Jack Sheehan says the EU’s policy on refugees is inhumane and that Irish citizens must hold MEPs to account.

Cheap clothes are cheap clothes, but fast fashion is the real environmental problem

Carolyn Moore says the government’s Waste Action Plan rightly tackles fast fashion – which encourages mass consumerism, exploitation and waste – but says that doesn’t mean cheap clothes are in the firing line.

# opinion - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Brexit: The adults are no longer in charge in Downing Street

Former ambassador Bobby McDonagh says the Cummings-driven cabal of ‘weirdos and misfits’ are now steering the UK onto a dangerous path in the Brexit negotiations.

# opinion - Monday 7 September, 2020

From The42 Kenny needs time to reshape the Irish team - ignore anyone who says otherwise Opinion

Kenny needs time to reshape the Irish team - ignore anyone who says otherwise

It is much too early to judge the new Irish boss, although that hasn’t stopped some.

Leaving Cert student: Waiting for today's results feels like an anti-climax

Poppy Kane is a sixth year pupil about to receive her Leaving Cert results like thousands of others today. She shares her thoughts on the last six months.

# opinion - Sunday 6 September, 2020

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

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Finland

It was a disappointing evening for Ireland in Stephen Kenny’s first game in charge.

Larry Donnelly: It's now 'Game On' in the Biden vs Trump race

Larry Donnelly says we are in a crucial phase of the US election cycle and if the Democrats don’t tackle Trump’s fear-based message, they could be in trouble.

# opinion - Saturday 5 September, 2020

Ireland at the UN Security Council is uniquely placed to take a stance on Hezbollah

Sir Ivor Roberts warns of the dangers of a stronger Hezbollah in Lebanon and urges Ireland and the EU to take a tougher stance against the group.

Jamie Oliver shares two delightful recipes from his new book

Try a butter chicken dish and broccoli quiche, courtesy of the world-renowned chef.

# opinion - Friday 4 September, 2020

An Irishman in Berlin: There's a housing shortage here too, despite a different approach

Irishman William Campbell lives in Berlin and says despite how we hold up the German housing market as one of the best, it has developed some serious flaws.

# opinion - Thursday 3 September, 2020

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

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Bulgaria

Ireland had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Stephen Kenny’s first game in charge.

Living with an eating disorder: The last few months have brought unwelcome challenges

Ciara lives with an eating disorder. She says the health service is not fit for purpose when it comes to these illnesses.

# opinion - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

Opinion: Blaming young people for making mistakes with this virus is unfair and unhelpful

Dr Laura Durcan says it’s not just young people spreading Covid-19 – it’s lunch, brunch, christenings and all manner of social gatherings.

# opinion - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Trump's presidency has weakened the electoral college - time for it to go

Caoimhín de Barra looks at the dual US voting system and says the electoral college has the potential to cause major upheaval now and in future.

# opinion - Monday 31 August, 2020

'Babies don't wait': How the National Maternity Hospital coped in the early days of Covid

Mary Brosnan, the director of nursing & midwifery, writes: “Babies wait for no one, even in a pandemic they will be born.”

# opinion - Saturday 29 August, 2020

Living with the 'new normal' is extra difficult with a disability - here are some small changes that would help

Carrie Williams, who lives with a debilitating illness outlines the challenges Covid-19 has brought for people with disabilities.

Beirut blast: 'I heard BOOM as a pink mushroom cloud spread above me, eating the city alive'

Tania Khalil was in Beirut when the blast happened on 4 August.

# opinion - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Opinion: If we do it the right way we can avoid a school run clogged up by cars

Jane Hackett of the Green-Schools Travel Programme is urging parents to avoid slipping back to the overuse of the car because of concerns over Covid-19.

# opinion - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Parents: 'We're both excited and nervous about the return to school'

With many of Ireland’s schools reopening this week, we asked a number of parents from around the country to share their thoughts on what’s ahead.

From The42 'He was born to coach and manage' - Quiet man Crawford the perfect fit for Ireland U21s Closer Look

'He was born to coach and manage' - Quiet man Crawford the perfect fit for Ireland U21s

Conan Byrne predicts a continued run of good form for the side under Jim Crawford’s stewardship

# opinion - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'

‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’

Shane Ross: What on Earth was a Supreme Court Judge doing at an Oireachtas members’ golf outing?

Former minister Shane Ross says the recent ‘golfgate’ event in Clifden has the familiar ring of political and judicial cosiness.

Opinion: 'Golfgate' shows that we need an independent body to investigate complaints against judges

Dr Laura Cahillane and Dr David Kenny say the controversy around Judge Seamus Woulfe’s attendance at the recent Clifden event shows the need to tidy up our oversight of the judiciary.

Opinion: Clifden opened wounds, but we must resist the urge to lock down Irish life entirely

Consultant Geriatrician, Professor Rónán Collins says it’s more important to ‘add life to years’ than ‘add years to life’ and that Irish life must go on, despite Covid-19.

# opinion - Sunday 23 August, 2020

Lyons Tea: Is it as Irish as we think?

The history of Lyon is not what you might expect, writes Tom Clonan.

Caelainn Hogan: 'This institution for ‘unmarried mothers’ is not part of some distant past - it closed in 2006'

Writer Caelainn Hogan has accessed files that give an insight into life at a Donegal mother-and-baby home known as The Castle.

Lise Hand: 'Journalism matters. And this week has been a crucial reminder of that'

“Behind every headline, at the heart of the story but not part of the story, are journalists.”

Opinion: Joe Kennedy fights for his family’s legacy in a 'nasty' campaign

As Democrats rally against Trump, the race for Massachusetts’ Senate seat is also worth watching, Larry Donnelly writes.

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