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#Opinion

# opinion - Friday 17 May, 2019

Opinion: Underarm hair is natural so why do people reel in horror from my hairy armpits?

The kickback women face when we dare to show contempt for this societal norm is most intriguing, writes Síomha Ní Ruairc.

# opinion - Thursday 16 May, 2019

Adi Roche: Heroic men were sent in to fight a nuclear disaster with shovels and their bare hands

‘The Chernobyl series on Sky TV is an honest, truthful and a jarring appraisal of human behaviour – acting as a cautionary tale for all of us’, writes Adi Roche.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Opinion: The tragic death of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest highlights the dangers of confessional TV

Some talk shows walk a thin line between sympathy, sensationalism and exploitation, writes Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill.

# opinion - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear'

Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools.

# opinion - Monday 13 May, 2019

Opinion: New laws to ban 'upskirting' and 'revenge porn' are welcome but stalking should also be defined as a crime

The Law Reform Commission says stalking should be defined as a crime and the introduction of stalking laws in the UK resulted in an increase in prosecutions, writes Catherine O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Sunday 12 May, 2019

Lynn Ruane: I'm tabling a bill to support the voices of community and advocacy groups

We need a vibrant and active civil society. Otherwise politicians and big business will call all the shots, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug

Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but they’re both part of our cultural heritage, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 11 May, 2019

Opinion: Support Palestinians and show your opposition to apartheid by boycotting Eurovision

You can show solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom against Israeli apartheid, occupation and war crimes by supporting the boycott, writes Zoe Lawlor.

Opinion: Eurovision boycott activists are opposed to Israel's right to self-determination

They pretend that the Jewish people have no right to live in the places where they were born and where their history, religion and culture are deeply rooted, writes the Israeli ambassador to Ireland, Ophir Kariv.

Opinion: Cancer screening can't provide 100% certainty - but the programme saves many lives

A recent judgement said doctors must have absolute confidence that results are normal – unfortunately, that just isn’t possible, writes Dr Ciarán Ó Riain.

# opinion - Friday 10 May, 2019

Opinion: I always wanted pets but our hairy, howling cat is making my life hell

Are you a 30-something couple with no kids, who are thinking about getting a pet? Well think again, writes Leah Ni Chuinn.

# opinion - Thursday 9 May, 2019

Opinion: The US alliance with Saudi Arabia reveals their true stance on human rights

The sad truth is that the enemies of the western powers look pretty good when compared to our close friends in Saudi, writes Diarmuid Pepper.

# opinion - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

Opinion: 10% of homeless families have been made homeless for a second time

Families exiting homelessness are increasingly accommodated in the private rental sector. But if the landlord decides to sell up – the family becomes homeless again, writes Wayne Stanley.

# opinion - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

From The42 Player ratings: How did Liverpool and Barcelona fare tonight? Opinion

Player ratings: How did Liverpool and Barcelona fare tonight?

The Reds completed a miraculous comeback.

Opinion: 'Our apathy is the single greatest tool that vicious political groups will seek to weaponise as we head into the European election'

So far Ireland has rejected the toxic political rhetoric of far-right nationalism and Euroscepticism – but elsewhere in Europe that populist dogma is spreading, writes Benjamin Moore.

# opinion - Monday 6 May, 2019

Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn

There is a whole generation of violent porn-watchers and they are seeking more and more extreme things from the women in prostitution, writes a Ruhama caseworker.

# opinion - Sunday 5 May, 2019

Column: Why are personalised attacks on children with disabilities, like Greta Thunberg, being tolerated?

We should debate Thunberg’s ideas but comments that focus on the symptoms of her condition are out of order, writes Shane Dunphy.

# opinion - Saturday 4 May, 2019

Opinion: Time is running out to save planet earth so we are organising a campaign of civil resistance

‘If we don’t act now we are condemning our children and grandchildren to a world of wildfires, hurricanes, storm surges and droughts – which will cause the collapse of our societies,’ writes Ciaran O’Carroll.

Opinion: At a club football match on a cold and rainy, dismal evening - I fell in love with Gaelic games

I love the sense of community spirit that is manifest at every match. Throughout Ireland, the GAA is the glue that binds residents together, writes Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Friday 3 May, 2019

Opinion: Ireland's brightest kids may never fulfill their potential as most schools don't do enough to challenge them

Despite our policy of focusing on the smart economy and jobs in technology – no strategy exists to promote the learning of our brightest students, writes Colm O’Reilly.

# opinion - Thursday 2 May, 2019

Tom Clonan: Compared with other EU countries, Ireland has a high rate of gun violence - so why is our government so complacent?

Gardai responding to armed incidents are usually unarmed and untrained in firearms.

# opinion - Wednesday 1 May, 2019

Opinion: 'Mortgage rules are massively unfair on people who can't rely on their parents for a sizeable deposit'

Since the banks no longer require you to prove that you saved the deposit – having one says nothing about your ability to repay the loan, writes Fiona Cassim.

# opinion - Tuesday 30 April, 2019

Winning the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition changed my life. It's like I'm floating outside myself

I had no money or backup plan when I started writing. That’s why the call from RTE meant so much, writes Colin Walsh.

# opinion - Monday 29 April, 2019

We need to change the disabled parking logo - so people stop telling me that I'm not disabled when I am

‘I find these interventions by members of the public quite insulting and extremely embarrassing,’ writes cystic fibrosis advocate, Benat Broderick, 15.

# opinion - Sunday 28 April, 2019

Lynn Ruane: 'Now is not the time to stop listening to David Attenborough'

We don’t have time for small measures when it comes to climate change, writes Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation

Thanks to Queen Bé, April 2019 has been an interesting month for accessorised letters, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 27 April, 2019

From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'

It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power, writes Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland.

Parental Leave: 'Fathers have moved on from sitting in the pub next door to the hospital - Ireland has not'

A lot of what governs Ireland is stuck in the 1960s and hasn’t moved on at all. Parental Leave is one such thing, writes Derek Power.

# opinion - Friday 26 April, 2019

Brazilian student: Coming to Dublin was a dream come true but sharing a house with 14 others was a nightmare

‘We are delighted to come and spend our savings on courses and accommodation but we need help to get set up. None of us wants to sleep on the streets,’ writes Ana Marta Gonçalves.

# opinion - Thursday 25 April, 2019

Opinion: 'There are consequences to paying for all the most expensive new drugs'

We need to radically improve waiting times for treatment rather than focus on buying all the most expensive drugs, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.

# opinion - Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Opinion: My Sri Lankan relatives had a lucky escape from the bombings - I'm struggling to keep my hopes for peace alive

After a decade of peace, I had hoped that our troubles were behind us, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

# opinion - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Opinion: Creative spaces are under threat so councils must be proactive to ensure that the arts survive

Rents are sky-rocketing making spaces unaffordable for many artists. But with proper planning, we can protect the creative life of the city, writes Councillor Patrick Costello.

# opinion - Monday 22 April, 2019

Giving birth in the 1960s: 'All the mothers were terrified of the doctors and matron so we never asked any questions'

‘Was I traumatised? I don’t know – back then you just had to get on with it,’ writes Ava Stapleton.

# opinion - Sunday 21 April, 2019

Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up

‘I have no problem with due process, but when this gets in the way of truth and allows a culture of secrecy and collusion to continue, then we need to re-evaluate’, writes Shane Dunphy.

Opinion: A variety of non-Christian historical sources support the idea that Jesus rose from the dead

The eyewitnesses to the resurrection were willing to die for their faith – but who would die for a lie, writes Thomas Finegan.

The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages?

‘Thousands of Irish people know their rights if they’re arrested in America but not if they’re arrested in Ireland… and nobody would know what mitosis was if it wasn’t for Sabrina,’ writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 20 April, 2019

Opinion: In Colombia indigenous protests follow communities being displaced and leaders murdered

Thousands of indigenous people have attended a minga -a collective action for the common good – in defence of life, writes Kieran Duffy.

Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope'

‘We can all help to change the outdated teachings, traditions and structures which repel many adults and young people,’ writes Joe Mulvaney.

# opinion - Friday 19 April, 2019

Opinion: 'Sometimes it just takes a little moment of courage to change your life forever'

‘One day I realised I didn’t want to hide my arm anymore. I didn’t want to be ashamed of my body. I wanted to embrace it,’ writes Paralympian Ellen Keane.

# opinion - Thursday 18 April, 2019

Opinion: 'Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention'

But education and individual agency cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their health, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin.