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# opinion - Wednesday 24 March, 2021

Alice-Mary Higgins: The 'low-ball' public procurement model is broken and needs reform
# Business Matters
# Business Matters

Alice-Mary Higgins: The 'low-ball' public procurement model is broken and needs reform

Mar 24th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,095 Views 18 Comments

The senator has proposed new legislation to rebalance the process.

# opinion - Tuesday 23 March, 2021

Opinion: We need to get real, branch banking as we know it is gone
# Banking
# Banking

Opinion: We need to get real, branch banking as we know it is gone

Mar 23rd 2021, 12:42 PM 17,249 Views 34 Comments

Fianna Fáil senator Malcolm Byrne says traditional banking is clearly disrupted and it’s important we get ahead in education and upskilling to cope with the changes.

# opinion - Sunday 21 March, 2021

Larry Donnelly: From Kennedy to Biden, Irish-American ties remain robust
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: From Kennedy to Biden, Irish-American ties remain robust

Mar 21st 2021, 10:30 AM 13,158 Views 25 Comments

In a special week for Ireland, our Boston-born columnist looks at the strength of ties between the two countries.

Opinion: Our baby would not live, so we had to travel to London. Our hearts are broken
# Maternity Care
# Maternity Care

Opinion: Our baby would not live, so we had to travel to London. Our hearts are broken

Mar 21st 2021, 7:00 AM 120,747 Views 0 Comments

One father details the life-changing news he and his wife received in their 20-week scan, resulting in a trip to London and saying goodbye to Riley, their son.

# opinion - Saturday 20 March, 2021

Minister Martin: We can protect our artists by covering their basic living costs
# Opinion
# Opinion

Minister Martin: We can protect our artists by covering their basic living costs

Mar 20th 2021, 8:00 PM 38,828 Views 57 Comments

The creative sector was badly hit by the pandemic and has most to benefit from a Universal Basic Income pilot, write the Arts Minister.

# opinion - Friday 19 March, 2021

Opinion: In praise of the vaccine - and the Irish connection
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: In praise of the vaccine - and the Irish connection

Mar 19th 2021, 7:00 AM 18,349 Views 9 Comments

Dr Seamus Lennon of GMIT says RNA vaccine technology is groundbreaking for future disease.

# opinion - Wednesday 17 March, 2021

Patrick's Day Fare: Pastry chef Caitlin Lopes shares choux bun and lemon meringue recipes
# Holiday Fare
# Holiday Fare

Patrick's Day Fare: Pastry chef Caitlin Lopes shares choux bun and lemon meringue recipes

Mar 17th 2021, 8:30 AM 16,196 Views 10 Comments

Caitlin Lopes, pastry chef at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast shares some delicious sweet treat recipes.

# opinion - Tuesday 16 March, 2021

Opinion: Remote working should not become the 'Mother' option, leaving women behind
# Business Matters
# Business Matters

Opinion: Remote working should not become the 'Mother' option, leaving women behind

Mar 16th 2021, 7:00 AM 17,488 Views 21 Comments

Mary Rose Burke of Dublin Chamber outlines the stumbling blocks faced by working women and the need for more flexible working options for all.

# opinion - Monday 15 March, 2021

Opinion: Syria, ten years on, and Covid-19 has pushed refugees to the limits
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Opinion: Syria, ten years on, and Covid-19 has pushed refugees to the limits

Mar 15th 2021, 7:00 PM 7,847 Views 4 Comments

UNICEF’s Ettie Higgins and Claire McKeever share the stories of many refugees displaced by the war in Syria, ten years on.

Opinion: 'Brain injury means recovery has become my life, I face new challenges every day'
# Health
# Health

Opinion: 'Brain injury means recovery has become my life, I face new challenges every day'

Mar 15th 2021, 7:00 AM 26,537 Views 20 Comments

Dr Rosie Mangan’s life changed after an accident in 2019. She says the postcode lottery system for neurology rehabilitation services must change.

# opinion - Sunday 14 March, 2021

Opinion: Ten years of conflict in Syria and humanitarian aid is still a challenge to deliver
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Opinion: Ten years of conflict in Syria and humanitarian aid is still a challenge to deliver

Mar 14th 2021, 7:30 AM 8,632 Views 14 Comments

Meath man Derek O’Rourke is GOAL’s Middle East Security Advisor. He outlines the challenges faced by NGOs as they navigate Syrian regions devastated by war.

# opinion - Saturday 13 March, 2021

Noeline Blackwell: This week has exposed society's distorted attitudes towards gender-based violence
# Opinion
# Opinion

Noeline Blackwell: This week has exposed society's distorted attitudes towards gender-based violence

Mar 13th 2021, 9:30 AM 23,571 Views 44 Comments

The head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre reflects on another painful week for women in Ireland and the UK.

# opinion - Friday 12 March, 2021

Aoife Martin: The abuse endured by trans people every day shows Ireland has a long way to go
# Opinion
# Opinion

Aoife Martin: The abuse endured by trans people every day shows Ireland has a long way to go

Mar 12th 2021, 7:00 AM 15,931 Views 0 Comments

This week, our columnist highlights the challenges faced by trans people every day.

# opinion - Thursday 11 March, 2021

Opinion: Women have lived in fear of walking alone in the dark for too long - we've had enough
# Safety
# Safety

Opinion: Women have lived in fear of walking alone in the dark for too long - we've had enough

Mar 11th 2021, 9:46 AM 40,288 Views 0 Comments

Our reader shares two terrifying experiences walking home in Dublin and London and asks if we are doing enough to free women from this fear.

Opinion: A roaring fire might be cosy, but it's causing serious health issues
# Air Pollution
# Air Pollution

Opinion: A roaring fire might be cosy, but it's causing serious health issues

Mar 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 69,388 Views 101 Comments

Irish Heart Foundation CEO Dr Tim Collins says we need to understand just how dangerous open fires are to our health.

# opinion - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

Holly Cairns: The gender pay gap is a scandal - we must resolve to end it
# International Women's Day
# International Women's Day

Holly Cairns: The gender pay gap is a scandal - we must resolve to end it

Mar 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 14,478 Views 53 Comments

In the week when we celebrated International Women’s Day, the Social Democrats TD says we should settle for nothing less than equal pay for equal work.

# opinion - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

'It reinforced my sense of belonging': One Dublin One Book author Rónán Hession on his life in reading
# Opinion
# Opinion

'It reinforced my sense of belonging': One Dublin One Book author Rónán Hession on his life in reading

Mar 9th 2021, 7:30 PM 12,177 Views 7 Comments

Author Rónán Hession’s debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is this year’s One Dublin One Book selection – here, he writes about the joy reading has brought to his life.

Opinion: Why British media coverage of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview could backfire
# Royal Family
# Royal Family

Opinion: Why British media coverage of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview could backfire

Mar 9th 2021, 1:15 PM 64,197 Views 54 Comments

University of Westminster Professor Steven Barnett says the UK media is on the attack because Harry and Meghan threaten its economic reliance on Royal coverage.

Opinion: We should build a 'Gaelollscoil' in the Gaeltacht as a means of reviving the Irish language
# Seachtain Na Gaeilge
# Seachtain Na Gaeilge

Opinion: We should build a 'Gaelollscoil' in the Gaeltacht as a means of reviving the Irish language

Mar 9th 2021, 7:00 AM 20,695 Views 58 Comments

On Seachtain na Gaeilge, Caoimhín De Barra highlights international examples of the rejuvenation of languages and says Ireland should consider similar steps.

# opinion - Monday 8 March, 2021

Guilt, messiness and forgiving yourself: What I learned from being a professional declutterer
# Opinion
# Opinion

Guilt, messiness and forgiving yourself: What I learned from being a professional declutterer

Mar 8th 2021, 7:00 PM 19,956 Views 5 Comments

Reformed hoarder and clutter expert Emma Gleeson looks at what her work has taught her about how we run our homes – and our lives.

Bobby McDonagh: Britain, the Protocol and another breach of trust
# Opinion
# Opinion

Bobby McDonagh: Britain, the Protocol and another breach of trust

Mar 8th 2021, 12:29 PM 15,014 Views 10 Comments

The former ambassador says the decision by the UK to act unilaterally on some issues in relation to the Brexit Protocol is another deeply unhelpful move.

International Women’s Day: Minding the mental health of women in the face of this pandemic
# Opinion
# Opinion

International Women’s Day: Minding the mental health of women in the face of this pandemic

Mar 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 10,975 Views 6 Comments

Therapist Bernie Hackett celebrates women on IWD and reminds them that help is available.

# opinion - Saturday 6 March, 2021

Opinion: From repression to Robinson and Repeal - the Irish heroine's journey
# International Women's Day
# International Women's Day

Opinion: From repression to Robinson and Repeal - the Irish heroine's journey

Mar 6th 2021, 4:30 PM 13,444 Views 24 Comments

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Kathy Scott of the Trailblazery walks the road with Irish women and celebrates their spirit.

Dr Peter Boylan: The RTÉ Investigates programme reminds us of the issues facing the State-funded National Maternity Hospital
# Opinion
# Opinion

Dr Peter Boylan: The RTÉ Investigates programme reminds us of the issues facing the State-funded National Maternity Hospital

Mar 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 29,330 Views 13 Comments

A private charity with Catholic values should not be given ownership of a State-funded maternity hospital, writes Dr Peter Boylan.

# opinion - Friday 5 March, 2021

Pearse Doherty: Davy scandal can't just pass without consequences for the top brass who think they can break the rules
# Opinion
# Opinion

Pearse Doherty: Davy scandal can't just pass without consequences for the top brass who think they can break the rules

Mar 5th 2021, 12:39 PM 35,704 Views 51 Comments

The Sinn Féin TD says the State must cut all ties with Davy Stockbrokers unless individuals are held to account.

Professor Sam McConkey: Ten steps we should take to rid Ireland of Covid for good
# Opinion
# Opinion

Professor Sam McConkey: Ten steps we should take to rid Ireland of Covid for good

Mar 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 90,627 Views 0 Comments

Professor Sam McConkey outlines ways to make Ireland a world leader in the Zero Covid approach to this pandemic.

# opinion - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Barry Andrews: Richard O'Halloran and China's handling of such cases should not be ignored
# Opinion
# Opinion

Barry Andrews: Richard O'Halloran and China's handling of such cases should not be ignored

Mar 3rd 2021, 7:10 AM 18,576 Views 15 Comments

The MEP says China’s holding of Richard O’Halloran against his will is an outrageous breach of human rights.

# opinion - Monday 1 March, 2021

Professor Ruairí Brugha: We must engage all of society in the battle against Covid
# Opinion
# Opinion

Professor Ruairí Brugha: We must engage all of society in the battle against Covid

Mar 1st 2021, 7:00 AM 13,908 Views 15 Comments

The professor of Public Health and Epidemiology says the engagement of communities and families could be the key to getting a handle on Covid.

# opinion - Friday 26 February, 2021

From 'the biggest fool in Manchester' to manager-of-the-season contender
# Talking Point
From The42
# Talking Point

From 'the biggest fool in Manchester' to manager-of-the-season contender

Feb 26th 2021, 5:34 PM 9,956 Views 15 Comments

Seven years on from the United debacle, David Moyes is helping West Ham reach new heights.

Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first
# False News
# False News

Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first

Feb 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 53,348 Views 52 Comments

Misinformation is now local, global and transnational all at the same time, writes Shane Creevy.

# opinion - Saturday 20 February, 2021

Why is women's sport being hit so much harder by the Covid-19 pandemic?
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

Why is women's sport being hit so much harder by the Covid-19 pandemic?

Feb 20th 2021, 9:00 AM 3,834 Views 5 Comments

We assess the current situation and try to answer the big question with Kathleen McNamee of ESPN, and formerly of TheJournal.

# opinion - Friday 19 February, 2021

Billy Kelleher: We need vaccine certificates if we are to return to any kind of normal
# Opinion
# Opinion

Billy Kelleher: We need vaccine certificates if we are to return to any kind of normal

Feb 19th 2021, 7:00 AM 26,390 Views 79 Comments

The Irish MEP argues that if we are ever to return to normal, we must consider the introduction of a vaccine certificate in line with our EU counterparts.

# opinion - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Pearse Doherty: Why TDs should support my Bill to end the loyalty penalty and reduce insurance costs
# Opinion
# Opinion

Pearse Doherty: Why TDs should support my Bill to end the loyalty penalty and reduce insurance costs

Feb 17th 2021, 7:00 AM 42,804 Views 105 Comments

The Dáil will today vote on the Sinn Féin TD’s Bill to ban the practice of dual pricing by insurance companies.

# opinion - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Opinion: Love in lockdown – nurturing relationships through Covid restrictions
# Relationships
# Relationships

Opinion: Love in lockdown – nurturing relationships through Covid restrictions

Feb 14th 2021, 8:30 AM 14,970 Views 3 Comments

Two therapists have some advice for those looking to take care of their relationships on this Valentine’s Day.

# opinion - Saturday 13 February, 2021

Pete the Vet: Top 10 things to consider if you're getting a new pet
# Opinion
# Opinion

Pete the Vet: Top 10 things to consider if you're getting a new pet

Feb 13th 2021, 11:30 AM 25,705 Views 22 Comments

Dr Pete Wedderburn says there are many things to consider when you’re planning to get a new pet, but for now, he has 10 tips.

# opinion - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

Jennifer Whitmore: We need a full debate and proper scrutiny of CETA trade deal
# Trade
# Trade

Jennifer Whitmore: We need a full debate and proper scrutiny of CETA trade deal

Feb 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,205 Views 23 Comments

The Social Democrats TD argues that there has been more time dedicated to the controversial Canadian-EU trade deal on the airwaves and social media than in the Dáil.

# opinion - Sunday 7 February, 2021

Larry Donnelly: Isn’t it nice to have someone we can honestly respect in charge?
# Column
# Column

Larry Donnelly: Isn’t it nice to have someone we can honestly respect in charge?

Feb 7th 2021, 8:30 AM 37,944 Views 88 Comments

Larry Donnelly analyses the new US President’s first few weeks in action.

The deeper lesson from GameStop: Let's look at taxing the speculators who gamble for financial gain
# Opinion
# Opinion

The deeper lesson from GameStop: Let's look at taxing the speculators who gamble for financial gain

Feb 7th 2021, 7:30 AM 31,919 Views 54 Comments

Rather than looking for swingeing spending cuts or increased taxes on work, how about we start at the top, writes Victor Duggan.

# opinion - Saturday 6 February, 2021

Michelle O'Neill: Mother and baby homes were the product of systemic misogyny
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Michelle O'Neill: Mother and baby homes were the product of systemic misogyny

Feb 6th 2021, 2:00 PM 22,501 Views 65 Comments

Following the recent report on institutions there, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister says an all-island approach is needed on this issue, to address the wrongs of the past.

Ivana Bacik: Any trivialising of gender-based violence by the courts is unhelpful
# Courts
# Courts

Ivana Bacik: Any trivialising of gender-based violence by the courts is unhelpful

Feb 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 16,636 Views 23 Comments

The Labour senator says any downplaying of the seriousness of sexual assaults in the courts will cause the further regression of social attitudes towards these crimes.