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#Opinion

# opinion - Friday 12 April, 2019

Opinion: 'I was born with my organs outside my body and given the last rites but now I have two children of my own'

When I was born I weighed just 3lbs 3oz and was expected to die. I survived but faced persistent bullying about my condition well into adulthood, writes Edwina Wrenn.

# opinion - Thursday 11 April, 2019

Opinion: 'As I attempt to buy my first home, disheartened isn't even the word'

In Berlin, a proposed referendum seeks to ban the largest landlord company and expropriate the homes for social housing – but the average rent in Dublin is twice that of Berlin, writes Ciaran Connolly.

# opinion - Wednesday 10 April, 2019

From The42 Player ratings: How did Man United and Barcelona fare? Have Your Say

Player ratings: How did Man United and Barcelona fare?

Give us your thoughts on tonight’s big game.

Opinion: 'Lisa Smith needs to be exploited to the maximum as an intelligence source on her return'

“While Smith was living with IS during 2016, 135 European citizens were slaughtered in 10 separate attacks that year,” security expert Tom Clonan writes.

# opinion - Tuesday 9 April, 2019

Opinion: Frustrated with a lack of progress? Time to redefine winning

Sisters Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski have written a book on burnout – and in this extract, they explain that redefining winning can help you reach your goals in a way you didn’t expect.

# opinion - Monday 8 April, 2019

Opinion: The Limerick Soviet of 1919 is part of a hidden history of Ireland

This battle was part of a momentous ‘Game of Thrones’ to decide who would rule Ireland: British imperialism, Irish capitalism or the working class, writes Cian Prendiville.

# opinion - Sunday 7 April, 2019

Opinion: 25 years on from the Rwanda genocide. Can we make sure it never happens again?

187 million people were killed through genocide and state-sanctioned mass murder, in the 20th century, writes Cian Matthew Kearns.

The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got Athaontú (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing

The German R&B duo dominated the charts at the time and one of them even claimed to be the “new Elvis”, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 6 April, 2019

From the Garden: How to grow broadbeans? Start by avoiding cheap compost

It’s worth buying good quality potting compost – ideally one that is approved for use in organic production and peat-free, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy

Ex prisoners took to the stage to deliver talks to an audience of prisoners, senior policymakers, politicians, activists, education-providers, and employers, writes Nikki Gallagher.

# opinion - Friday 5 April, 2019

Opinion: Changing the model of hospital care could help solve the trolley crisis

Why is the HSE doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting to get different results? writes Dr Cathal O’Sullivan

# opinion - Thursday 4 April, 2019

Give us the night: It's time to reform our licensing laws - they are straight out of Father Ted

Our licensing laws are a complex, expensive mess. It is stifling creativity and puts as at a disadvantage compared to other EU destinations, writes Sunil Sharpe.

# opinion - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported

Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar.

# opinion - Monday 1 April, 2019

Opinion: 64% of workers in Ireland earn less than the 'average' salary

Experts agree that the median average is a better indicator of typical salaries, so why do policymakers always focus on the mean average? writes Felim O’Rourke

# opinion - Sunday 31 March, 2019

Lynn Ruane: This Mother's Day, let's celebrate those mothers doing a tough job in challenging circumstances

Mothers with very little income, who manage to ensure their babies are warm, fed and in school on time – often alone or in tough or even violent situations, writes Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong

Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 30 March, 2019

Opinion: The fallout from the Mueller Report exposes a Democratic Party adrift

Driven by enmity for Donald Trump the Democrats have forgotten that the way to beat your opponent in a democracy – is at the ballot box, writes Larry Donnelly.

From the Garden: 'Growing tomatoes is a hobby that became an obsession and then spiralled out of control into a mania'

Growing tomatoes is a double-edged sword because once you’ve tasted a proper homegrown tomato you really can’t go back to the bland shop-bought alternative, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: It is time to stop paying people to spread hate

Hit them where it hurts. When so-called ‘provocateur’ Milo Yiannopoulos overstepped the line, he lost his book deal and now he is reported to be heavily in debt, writes Kate O’Brien.

# opinion - Friday 29 March, 2019

Tom Clonan: Deal or no deal, the border will be our problem this time. And we aren't ready for it

The Irish Defence Forces is already on its knees and will be unable to patrol any border on this island, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Thursday 28 March, 2019

Opinion: Laws that criminalise sex buyers are making life more dangerous for sex workers

How long more can our government ignore the growing body of evidence that shows that their policies are endangering to the physical and mental health of sex workers, writes Kate McGrew.

# opinion - Wednesday 27 March, 2019

Opinion: For years the doctors told me I was overweight but it turned out I had lymphoedema

I was on a diet from age 14 and got the diagnosis at 31. I was amazed and felt like crying as I finally knew what was wrong, writes Andrea Quigley.

# opinion - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Carbon taxes won’t stop climate change – we need more radical action

Fossil fuels are already taxed to the hilt and people haven’t moved to electric vehicles for one simple reason – they cannot afford to, writes Brian O’Boyle.

# opinion - Monday 25 March, 2019

Opinion: In makeshift refugee camps a lost generation of Syrian children cling to hope

The Syrian crisis may be entering its ninth year but a return home still feels a long way off for half a million children stranded in Lebanon, writes Aine Costigan

# opinion - Sunday 24 March, 2019

The Irish for: Irish is the first language of the constitution. Here's some legal terminology as Gaeilge

Bannaí means bail and is not to be confused with banaí which means a womaniser, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Opinion: How you see the Irish economy depends on if you're a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person

In many ways, the Irish economy looks to be in ‘Goldilocks’ territory: not too cold, but still not too hot, writes Victor Duggan.

# opinion - Saturday 23 March, 2019

Sebastian Barry: Fragment of a coffin ship journal, author unknown

The truth is my father was ashamed of our emergency, he was a proud man that had worked his quarter acre like a Trojan. Now he was nothing.

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

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Gibraltar

Ireland got Mick McCarthy’s tenure off to a less-than-satisfactory start with a 1-0 defeat of their opponents.

From the Garden: What is the difference between celery and celeriac?

Time to transplant those tomatoes too. ‘Did you know that the little fuzzy hairs on the stem of a tomato seedling can become a root if planted under the soil?’

# opinion - Friday 22 March, 2019

Opinion: I had a tumour growing in my breast but I also had a life growing inside me

How can these drugs rid me of cancer, take away my hair, blast my immune system and still allow this little life inside me to grow unharmed? writes Mary Canavan.

Opinion: 'I’m thinking of you' and 9 other things it's OK to say to a family going through cancer

On Daffodil Day, Sarah Geraghty examines her own experiences to provide a useful guide of what not to say to a family hit by a diagnosis – and some suggestions on what to offer instead.

Opinion: Can Irish media users identify trustworthy news sources?

A recent Irish survey found that social media users are among the most media-savvy consumers of news, writes Niamh Kirk.

# opinion - Thursday 21 March, 2019

Opinion: 'Homelessness in Ireland has many faces and come this June I could be one'

I am 57 years old, born and reared in Dublin. I started working when I was 15 but now I’m facing eviction from yet another rented property, writes Janette Byrne.

# opinion - Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Opinion: Tech giants must be held responsible for publishing images of murder and child abuse

Google is pioneering self-driving cars and bringing the internet to remote parts of Africa via a network of giant balloons, yet somehow they cannot deal with snuff films or child abuse images, writes Diarmuid Pepper.

# opinion - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

From The42 Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt 6 Nations

Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt

The outgoing head coach won’t tear up his gameplan and start anew, so Ireland will have to fight their way out of this corner.

Opinion: What can we learn from the Irish people who live to be 100?

Resilience, positivity and staying connected are the keys to longevity, writes Alison Fagan, who visited Ireland’s inspirational centenarians.

# opinion - Monday 18 March, 2019

Opinion: When the Beatles played Dublin in 1963 John Lennon declared: ‘We’re all Irish’

Lennon’s search for rebellion was nurtured by his embrace of Liverpool’s Irish influence and the dynamic effect of the city’s seafarer culture via the movement of ideas across oceans, writes Francis Kenny.

# opinion - Sunday 17 March, 2019

Leaving Neverland: 'A monster was hiding in plain sight and we chose to look the other way'

Child protection expert Shane Dunphy writes that the allegations are credible and consistent but cannot now be proven definitively.

Opinion: My generation has only known peace on this island, but I’m afraid that’s about to change

Brexit and the possibility of a resurrected border loom over us like a hammer ready to crush our fragile peace – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences., writes Emily Duffy.

The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw

If you’re doing your Irish oral exam next week – you’ll need to know how to say ‘confidence and supply agreement’ and ‘frictionless border’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.