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#Opinion

# opinion - Saturday 5 January, 2019

Opinion: As the spectre of fascism threatens Europe again - learning history is more important than ever

‘Brexit is a tangible manifestation of the enduring power of idealised versions of history to lead otherwise well-meaning and right-thinking people astray,’ writes Matthew Murphy.

# opinion - Friday 4 January, 2019

Opinion: The government should reject the bill to boycott Israeli goods produced in the West Bank

‘The clear line between supporting Palestinians and becoming anti-Israeli is a thin one and unfortunately, one that is being crossed all too often,’ writes Israeli Ambassador, Ophir Kariv.

Opinion: The future of Irish jobs looks precarious

‘If and when’ contracts and other insecure forms of employment are becoming the norm in some industries, we need regulation to make all work decent, writes Marie Sherlock.

# opinion - Thursday 3 January, 2019

From The42 'Johnny is an antagonistic person' - BOD on Sexton's 'confrontational' captaincy style Skippers

'Johnny is an antagonistic person' - BOD on Sexton's 'confrontational' captaincy style

O’Driscoll believes it can sometimes have a ‘negative knock-on connotation’ for the team as a whole.

Opinion: The key to the trolley crisis lies in a statutory right to access home care

The home care sector is an outdated, bewildering and unfair patchwork of charities, HSE-funded programmes and for-profit carer agencies, writes Dr Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne

# opinion - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

Opinion: 'Nobody should have to live like this - I need more care to meet my basic needs'

The HSE doesn’t recognise my disability. The lack of care hours means choosing between food and a shower, writes Corina Duyn

Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill

If Ireland is committed to peace between Israel and Palestine then we must show it and pass this legislation, writes Niall Collins.

# opinion - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Opinion: What the evolution of the Special K swimsuit taught me about body image

Michelle McBride has grown up with the evolving Special K swimsuit, and wonders about its impact on how it has affected how she looks at herself.

# opinion - Sunday 30 December, 2018

Opinion: The press needs to stop sensationalising the weather

No matter what is reported by Met Éireann or any other weather forecaster around the globe, the media will report the worst-case scenario which scares citizens, writes David Fitzsimons.

# opinion - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs

People using drugs should be dealt with exclusively via the health system, writes Tony Duffin. Let’s make the change in 2019.

From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!

As usual, the aubergines were a disaster – at this stage, I think I only bother sowing them because there’s not much else to do in February, writes Michael Kelly.

# opinion - Friday 28 December, 2018

Previewing Ireland's economy in 2019: The stats don't lie - Ireland is doing well right now

And yet there are some potential concerns to look out for in 2019, writes Victor Duggan.

# opinion - Thursday 27 December, 2018

From The42 Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe despite horrendous 18 months - Neville Pog

Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe despite horrendous 18 months - Neville

The former Red Devils defender is pleased to see him rediscovering his form after a testing period.

Opinion: Should judges hand down concurrent sentences in rape cases?

‘It is essential, for victims of crime and for society in general, that coherent sentencing policy is developed’, writes Ivana Bacik.

# opinion - Tuesday 25 December, 2018

Opinion: Top five parenting tips to surviving Christmas

Striving for a picture perfect Christmas will bring certain disappointment, as a parent aiming for survival is much more realistic, writes Shane Dunphy.

# opinion - Monday 24 December, 2018

Indigestion at Christmas time - that is your stomach crying out for a break

Use of indigestion medication can lead to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins and could start a vicious cycle. Heed the warning signs and try improving your diet instead, writes Ciara Wright.

Fr Richard Gibbons: 'When was the last time you did something truly selfless for someone else, even if they didn’t deserve it?'

Fr Gibbons – of Knock – writes about finding the true meaning of Christmas even when things feel hard.

The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge)

Hó hó hó! Darach Ó Séaghdha has a selection box of Irish words for Christmas.

Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: Christmas can be a nightmare of anxiety for children with autism

The wish for all families is that they have their perfect Christmas but that may mean adjusting expectations to find what works in a family with autism, writes Tara Matthews.

# opinion - Sunday 23 December, 2018

Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones RIP

Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones

Graham Jones, who died earlier this month, lived an extraordinary life. Here, Lynn Ruane explains about the difference he made to the people around him.

Opinion: Why I no longer have turkey for Christmas dinner

Unlike turkey flesh, vegan foods are cholesterol-free and high in fibre and other nutrients, importantly they are also delicious, writes Elisa Allen.

Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol

Teenagers will always push the boundaries, here is what you should do if you find out your teen is drinking over the holiday period, writes Dr Gerry McCarney.

# opinion - Saturday 22 December, 2018

The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics

Larry Donnelly looks back on 2018 and ahead to 2019 in American politics.

From the Garden: Supermarkets selling below cost veg is hurting farmers and it is bad for us all

Farmers protested outside M&S in Liffey Valley last week to draw attention to what the IFA called ‘predatory’ pricing models, writes Michael Kelly.

# opinion - Friday 21 December, 2018

Opinion: You say you love your children - so why are you stealing our futures?

15-year-old Beth Doherty is here to hold you accountable for your lack of action on climate change. ‘As an adult reading this – you have power, I don’t have any,’ she writes.

# opinion - Thursday 20 December, 2018

Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'

Yesterday, the Taoiseach asked why the Sinn Féin leader was not in the chamber.

# opinion - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

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.