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#Opinion

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Opinion: Let's talk about sex and pornography - like adults do

Now is the time for a mature and sensible discussion about sex and porn. We really need mandatory modern sex education introduced in schools too, writes Caroline West.

# opinion - Monday 17 December, 2018

Opinion: Debunking the myth of the squeezed middle

High earners pay more tax but they also benefit from the fact workers in the service industry get paid low wages, writes Killian Donoghue.

# opinion - Sunday 16 December, 2018

Opinion: The Irish state is a very bad parent - when its children turn 18 they often end up on the streets

Sometimes we talk about people ending up as statistics. But there are no statistics compiled for how many children raised in state care become homeless, writes Shane Dunphy.

The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire

As one of the first human inventions fire is often used as a metaphor for human civilisation and its downsides, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 15 December, 2018

Ireland in a Snapshot: Inside our crumbling former asylums, the walls whisper 'forgive me'

Magnificent 19th-century buildings housed the homeless, misfits and the mentally ill. They are shameful relics of the past but we should not forget their story, writes Donal Moloney.

From the Garden: Every cloud has a silver lining and bogland proved useful this summer

Bogland is usually not the best place to grow things, but it came in handy this summer for growing squash during the drought, writes Michael Kelly.

# opinion - Friday 14 December, 2018

Opinion: A virtual college changed my life and my family's future

I’m a single mother of four who was once homeless but now I’m working and studying for a degree. I want to let everyone know about An Cosán Virtual Community College, writes Róisín Kelly

# opinion - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Opinion: Should disabled characters be played by disabled actors?

‘I’m really not a fan of hiring someone because they have or have not got a disability and I, for one, would not like to be hired for a job on that basis,’ writes filmmaker Paddy Slattery.

# opinion - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Opinion: It took us 8 years to build 19 social homes although we owned the land and there were no objections

Bureaucratic and administrative delays could be eliminated if councils were given funding to build homes directly, writes Labour councillor Dermot Lacey.

# opinion - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

'When the border was finally ripped down - hope rose and healing began. We must not go back'

‘Growing up on the Irish border during the 1970s & 1980s was akin to some Bermuda Triangle existence, where people mysteriously disappeared and to this day, were never seen again,’ writes Grace Vaughan from Monaghan.

# opinion - Monday 10 December, 2018

Opinion: There are some striking similarities between Irish independence and Brexit

Irish negotiators had to agree that Ireland would remain within the British empire while May’s deal could keep the UK trapped in the EU indefinitely, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# opinion - Sunday 9 December, 2018

Opinion: It doesn't get much weirder than being asked to twerk but Ada Hegerberg reacted like a real star

I was really impressed with the dignity of how Hegerberg handled the sexist question at the Ballon d’Or awards. She is an outstanding role model for young women around the world, writes Louise Quinn.

The Irish For: All the characters you know - good, bad or total craic vortex

Darach Ó Séaghdha has a typecast character for every letter in the alphabet – the funny one, the vulgar one, the one with notions or the one who sucks all the craic clean out of the room.

# opinion - Saturday 8 December, 2018

From The42 Plenty of history made as Mourneabbey end long wait for All-Ireland glory Talking Points

Plenty of history made as Mourneabbey end long wait for All-Ireland glory

5 talking points on the newly-crowned All-Ireland senior club champions and the 2018 showpiece.

Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods

I was honoured to be asked to shoot a music video for artist David Rooney, best known for his unique illustrations, I didn’t realise he had a hidden talent as a singer, writes Donal Moloney.

Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'I remember the detail of my errors and the guilt and shame I felt are burnt onto my mind'

Dr Anthony O’Connor writes about how doctors make mistakes – and what we can do about creating an atmosphere that’s not about ‘blame and shame’.

From the Garden: Leeks don't get the recognition they deserve

Leeks often don’t grab the health headlines the way their allium cousins – garlic and onions do. But they contain most of the same flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, writes Michael Kelly.

16 years of precarious work in English language schools caused me to develop anxiety

I felt anxious, alienated and depressed. Irish workers must unite to resist the creeping casualisation of work, writes Keith Murdiff.

'They are doing their very best to build a future': Filmmaker Greg Byrne on working with undocumented teenagers in Ireland Opinion This post contains videos

'They are doing their very best to build a future': Filmmaker Greg Byrne on working with undocumented teenagers in Ireland

The filmmaker collaborated with undocumented youth who had grown up in Ireland to help tell their story.

# opinion - Friday 7 December, 2018

Opinion: A united Ireland is a realistic possibility now so we need to prepare for it

There are serious challenges to creating a united Ireland but with proper forward planning it could be achieved, writes Paul Goslng.

# opinion - Thursday 6 December, 2018

Simon Harris: 'This is the beginning of a new era for women’s health'

‘Change is coming,’ writes Health Minister Simon Harris following the passing of abortion legislation through the Dáil.

What is the psychological impact of Christmas?

‘Christmas affects the human mind in many ways, capable of stimulating joy, nostalgia, excitement, trepidation, and stress – occasionally all at the same time’, writes Professor Brian Hughes.

# opinion - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

Opinion: It is not just about petrol prices - years of austerity in France caused violent protests

The French are practical people and they tightened their belts as much as they could until eventually they couldn’t survive, writes Renaud Beranger.

# opinion - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness

In the most interconnected period in history people are lonelier than ever writes Senator and GP Keith Swanick.

# opinion - Monday 3 December, 2018

Opinion: When I became disabled I thought I had no future but now I'm studying for a PhD

I thought my life was as good as over when I became disabled and lost my business, but studying at the National Learning Network changed everything, writes Keith Murphy.

# opinion - Sunday 2 December, 2018

The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words

Codladh Geimhridh literally means ‘winter sleep’ and is the Irish for hibernation. Sometimes that feels like a viable option in the Land of Eternal Winter (Hibernia), writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 1 December, 2018

Ireland in a Snapshot: Decay at the manor - exploring Ireland's abandoned houses

The winding long walk from the rusty main gate to the house had my pulse racing, writes Donal Moloney.

Opinion: HIV positive women face a unique set of challenges

On the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, women who have HIV still face increased stigma, writes Dr Denise Proudfoot

From the Garden: Artichokes have an unfortunate nickname but don't let that turn you off

Fermenting artichokes will reduce their – ahem – windiness and this recipe is delicious, writes Michael Kelly.

# opinion - Friday 30 November, 2018

Opinion: Legislating for abortion is very complex and a clear guiding principle is required

The ‘yes’ side contained a wide range of views about when abortion should be permitted – the government can’t please them all, writes Professor Dermot Cox.

# opinion - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

From The42 Is Robbie Keane underrated? Opinion This post contains videos

Is Robbie Keane underrated?

The former Tottenham, Leeds, Liverpool and Ireland striker confirmed his retirement from football earlier today.

Opinion: CBD oil changed my son's life - so why isn't it licenced as a medical product here?

Noreen O’Neill’s son started experiencing seizures at three months – she says that CBD oil has changed his health since he started using it.

# opinion - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Tom Clonan: 'If cool heads prevail, the Kerch situation should not escalate ... but we don't live in a time of cool heads'

How the Russia-Ukraine naval clash may play out in a Trump and Brexit world.

# opinion - Monday 26 November, 2018

Dublin Bus driver: 'We need transport police to protect bus drivers from assaults and abuse'

The last incident on my bus really knocked my confidence. It was a cyclist who spat in my eye, writes Dublin Bus driver, Dave Fitzsimons.

# opinion - Sunday 25 November, 2018

Manning up to MS: My diagnosis awoke my inner strength

I was never an alpha male but since my diagnosis with MS, I’ve faced major challenges and now I feel equal to the men who inspire me, writes Keith Byrne,

All is not lost - the civic plaza at College Green should still go ahead

An Bord Pleanála refused the plans but said they would enhance the amenity and attractiveness of this city centre location. The door is clearly open to resubmit, writes Green Party councillor Ciaran Cuffe.

The Irish For... it's fun to drink uisce beatha in a síbín - but watch out for the poison drop

If the Irish phrase for a hangover doesn’t put you off drink nothing will – ‘braon nimhe sa ceann’ means ‘a poison drop to the head’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From The42 Continuity is key as top two secure services of their exceptional managers once again 2019 Ready

Continuity is key as top two secure services of their exceptional managers once again

All-Ireland winning bosses Mick Bohan and Ephie Fitzgerald are staying on with Dublin and Cork respectively.

# opinion - Saturday 24 November, 2018

Would you pay more for ethically sourced cocaine?

Because cocaine is illegal, if people choose to use it they have little choice but to indirectly support organised crime and human trafficking, experts argue.

A Dublin dad was growing 'hipster' veg in his garden back in 1955

So many people in my generation remember their fathers toiling away in the garden, we’re only one generation removed from the soil, writes Michael Kelly.

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