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# opinion - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

The Irish For: What’s the Irish word of the year?
# Opinion
# Opinion

The Irish For: What’s the Irish word of the year?

Dec 30th 2020, 9:00 AM 30,436 Views 7 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha says the pandemic has brought along the use of many new phrases and words, and he has one as Gaeilge for 2020.

# opinion - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Christmas Fare: Fed up of turkey? It might be time to try a recipe for taco chips
# Food
# Food

Christmas Fare: Fed up of turkey? It might be time to try a recipe for taco chips

Dec 29th 2020, 12:30 PM 24,089 Views 13 Comments

If you’ve had enough of turkey sandwiches and leftover omelettes this week, this could be just the recipe for you, from Dario Macari of Romayos.

Opinion: Securing the world’s data - Ireland’s rising role as a global data hub
# Business Matters
# Business Matters

Opinion: Securing the world’s data - Ireland’s rising role as a global data hub

Dec 29th 2020, 7:30 AM 12,539 Views 7 Comments

Ireland is a well-placed host for the world’s data, explains Jacky Fox of Accenture, but we need to seize all future opportunities.

# opinion - Monday 28 December, 2020

My 2020: 'My college life is now a strange virtual reality'
# Opinion
# Opinion

My 2020: 'My college life is now a strange virtual reality'

Dec 28th 2020, 7:00 AM 14,129 Views 4 Comments

As part of our ‘My 2020′ series, this Christmas, Ava Keady shares her thoughts on an unprecedented year for college students.

# opinion - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Let's face it, if it weren't for Covid-19, Trump would be planning his inauguration
# Election2020
# Election2020

Larry Donnelly: Let's face it, if it weren't for Covid-19, Trump would be planning his inauguration

Dec 27th 2020, 10:00 AM 31,844 Views 79 Comments

Larry Donnelly looks back over the 2020 race for the White House and says the pandemic utterly changed the direction of the election.

# opinion - Saturday 26 December, 2020

Opinion: Teaching children digital literacy is a must if we are to combat misinformation
# Education
# Education

Opinion: Teaching children digital literacy is a must if we are to combat misinformation

Dec 26th 2020, 7:00 PM 15,234 Views 27 Comments

Emma DeSouza says children and the wider community must be taught the required skills to navigate a digital world.

Christmas Fare: Leftovers need TLC? Shane Rigney's got a recipe for hash topped with poachers
# Food
# Food

Christmas Fare: Leftovers need TLC? Shane Rigney's got a recipe for hash topped with poachers

Dec 26th 2020, 8:30 AM 16,942 Views 11 Comments

Shane Rigney of Riggers D8 says you’re not allowed throw out yesterday’s leftovers, time to get creative instead.

# opinion - Friday 25 December, 2020

Opinion: The best address - a history of Henrietta Street and its first residents
# History
# History

Opinion: The best address - a history of Henrietta Street and its first residents

Dec 25th 2020, 10:00 AM 23,668 Views 7 Comments

Dr Melanie Hayes’ new historical book looks at Dublin’s first Georgian street, Henrietta Street, and its colourful residents in the eighteenth century.

Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home
# Opinion
# Opinion

Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home

Dec 25th 2020, 7:00 AM 8,329 Views 2 Comments

Virgin Media reporter Brianna Parkins can’t travel home to Australia this year – here, she writes about the many feelings this brings up in her. And the many funny memories…

# opinion - Thursday 24 December, 2020

Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’
# Childline
# Childline

Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’

Dec 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 16,910 Views 12 Comments

ISPCC Childline volunteer Lee Daly says many of the children calling in are struggling with all the extra issues brought about by the changes of 2020.

Colum Eastwood: We live in the Ireland that John Hume imagined - an island at peace
# SDLp
# SDLp

Colum Eastwood: We live in the Ireland that John Hume imagined - an island at peace

Dec 24th 2020, 12:30 PM 9,988 Views 28 Comments

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood pays tribute to John Hume and asks what the peacemaker would have made of the events of 2020.

# opinion - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

It's been a hideous year for our tourism business. If we're to make it through 2021, a level playing field is vital
# Opinion
# Opinion

It's been a hideous year for our tourism business. If we're to make it through 2021, a level playing field is vital

Dec 22nd 2020, 9:07 AM 15,134 Views 19 Comments

Tourism businesses need more support – amending eligibility for the CRSS scheme would be a very good start, writes Mícheál Ó Cionna.

# opinion - Sunday 20 December, 2020

Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts
# Dognapped
# Dognapped

Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts

Dec 20th 2020, 8:00 PM 21,418 Views 26 Comments

Law where pets are a ‘low value possession’ alongside plant pots and mobile phones should be reviewed, writes vet Dr Sharon Alston.

'The Kerry Babies Tribunal laid bare the virulent misogyny at the heart of a patriarchal Irish State'
# Dr Mary McAuliffe
# Dr Mary McAuliffe

'The Kerry Babies Tribunal laid bare the virulent misogyny at the heart of a patriarchal Irish State'

Dec 20th 2020, 10:58 AM 16,538 Views 16 Comments

Dr Mary McAuliffe reflects on the Kerry Babies Tribunal following the State’s apology to Joanne Hayes and her family – 36 years later.

Larry Donnelly: Thinking of all emigrants like me this Christmas - not getting back home is really tough
# Christmas USA
# Christmas USA

Larry Donnelly: Thinking of all emigrants like me this Christmas - not getting back home is really tough

Dec 20th 2020, 8:30 AM 14,902 Views 14 Comments

Not going to Boston for a week after Christmas Day this year will be tough, particularly when his 86-year-old dad is in a nursing home alone, says Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Opinion: How to make a good Christmas ad, and a look at the best around
# Happy Holidays
# Happy Holidays

Opinion: How to make a good Christmas ad, and a look at the best around

Dec 19th 2020, 8:00 PM 21,943 Views 22 Comments

Advertising professional Kathleen Moore explains the process in creating those memorable Christmas ads and outlines some of her favourites.

Helen McEntee: Coco’s Law will give gardaí tools to prosecute those who share intimate images without consent
# Opinion
# Opinion

Helen McEntee: Coco’s Law will give gardaí tools to prosecute those who share intimate images without consent

Dec 19th 2020, 9:59 AM 18,746 Views 17 Comments

The passing of Coco’s Law will prevent the sharing of intimate images without consent – regardless of the motivation for doing so.

Christmas Fare: Donal Skehan has some delicious recipes for you to try at home
# Food
# Food

Christmas Fare: Donal Skehan has some delicious recipes for you to try at home

Dec 19th 2020, 8:30 AM 34,748 Views 25 Comments

Chef Donal Skehan shares recipes for Christmas brunch, roast pork shoulder, meringue and cookies.

# opinion - Friday 18 December, 2020

Opinion: I'm gutted, but I have decided not to fly home for Christmas
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: I'm gutted, but I have decided not to fly home for Christmas

Dec 18th 2020, 11:29 AM 56,158 Views 41 Comments

Journalist Brian Whelan had planned to fly home from the UK this Christmas to see loved ones but has made the difficult decision not to travel.

# opinion - Thursday 17 December, 2020

Aoife Martin: 'It’s possible to be alone at Christmas and not be lonely'
# Column
# Column

Aoife Martin: 'It’s possible to be alone at Christmas and not be lonely'

Dec 17th 2020, 7:00 AM 23,706 Views 0 Comments

In her first regular column for TheJournal.ie, Aoife Martin writes about how Christmas can be a tough time for the LGBTQ+ community as some are forced to hide their true selves.

# opinion - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Consultant spine surgeon: Movement is key to avoiding back pain in the remote working era
# Opinion
# Opinion

Consultant spine surgeon: Movement is key to avoiding back pain in the remote working era

Dec 13th 2020, 7:30 AM 61,260 Views 8 Comments

Derek Cawley says the change in our work habits and bad home office setups have contributed greatly to an increase in back pain.

# opinion - Saturday 12 December, 2020

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
# Festive Waste
# Festive Waste

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,508 Views 23 Comments

Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.

Bookselling in a pandemic: Kennys Bookshop celebrates 80 years in business
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Bookselling in a pandemic: Kennys Bookshop celebrates 80 years in business

Dec 12th 2020, 7:00 PM 19,110 Views 11 Comments

Sarah Kenny describes running the bookshop her grandparents founded and the challenges they faced in 2020.

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith shares Advent Calendar recipes from local producers
# Saturday Serving
# Saturday Serving

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith shares Advent Calendar recipes from local producers

Dec 12th 2020, 7:30 AM 10,178 Views 2 Comments

As part of our Christmas Serving series, Shane Smith offers some tasty seasonal and locally-sourced recipes for you to try at home.

# opinion - Friday 11 December, 2020

The burning of Cork: Donal Fallon remembers a night of chaos and terror in 1920
# 100 Years On
# 100 Years On

The burning of Cork: Donal Fallon remembers a night of chaos and terror in 1920

Dec 11th 2020, 9:40 AM 30,911 Views 37 Comments

The historian recounts the violence before and the cruelty during the devastating Cork city fire that took place 100 years ago this week.

# opinion - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Dr Mark Murphy: What impact is private health insurance having on our health services?
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Dr Mark Murphy: What impact is private health insurance having on our health services?

Dec 10th 2020, 7:00 AM 21,494 Views 36 Comments

Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy looks at the impact private insurance has had on our the whole system and asks if it is a help or a hindrance.

# opinion - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

Opinion: Our Central Bank mortgage lending rules are vital guards against booms and busts
# Finances
# Finances

Opinion: Our Central Bank mortgage lending rules are vital guards against booms and busts

Dec 8th 2020, 6:30 AM 11,670 Views 66 Comments

Vasileios Madouros of the Central Bank says the 2015 lending regulations have helped us brace against the Covid-19 shock.

# opinion - Monday 7 December, 2020

Looking at the bigger picture: Players give so much, the very least they deserve in return is respect
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

Looking at the bigger picture: Players give so much, the very least they deserve in return is respect

Dec 7th 2020, 5:04 PM 19,057 Views 10 Comments

Does the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final mess underline the need for the LGFA and Camogie Association to come under the GAA umbrella?

Poll: Are you worried about a no-deal Brexit?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you worried about a no-deal Brexit?

Dec 7th 2020, 9:09 AM 35,848 Views 83 Comments

The trade talks are entering their final days.

# opinion - Sunday 6 December, 2020

Opinion: Pat Finucane decision is characteristic of Britain's approach to other dark chapters from its past
# Pat Finucane
# Pat Finucane

Opinion: Pat Finucane decision is characteristic of Britain's approach to other dark chapters from its past

Dec 6th 2020, 7:30 AM 15,793 Views 32 Comments

International law lecturer Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan looks at the imprint of British colonialism on the North and other parts of the world after the recent Finucane inquiry decision.

# opinion - Saturday 5 December, 2020

Student nurse: 'I never understood why nurses left Ireland, but now I plan to join them'
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Student nurse: 'I never understood why nurses left Ireland, but now I plan to join them'

Dec 5th 2020, 7:30 AM 146,221 Views 166 Comments

Chloe Slevin shares her disgust at the recent decision by Government to vote down a motion to pay student nurses and midwives.

# opinion - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Opinion: Remote working is here to stay, so let's approach it properly and get the balance right
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

Opinion: Remote working is here to stay, so let's approach it properly and get the balance right

Dec 3rd 2020, 7:00 AM 19,811 Views 21 Comments

Arlene Vithaldas, head of the UCC Academy says it’s time to unwind our old-world view of a workplace that includes a long commute to expensive offices.

# opinion - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'
# Sexual Violence
# Sexual Violence

Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'

Dec 1st 2020, 1:00 PM 13,062 Views 2 Comments

Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says the law around image-based sexual abuse is useless as it pre-dates the internet and new legislation can’t come quickly enough.

Dr Mark Murphy: We need to rethink how we fund the health service
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Dr Mark Murphy: We need to rethink how we fund the health service

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 16,678 Views 17 Comments

Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy illustrates where the failings are in how we fund our healthcare system.

# opinion - Saturday 28 November, 2020

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services
# Drug Treatment
# Drug Treatment

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services

Nov 28th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,672 Views 5 Comments

Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project describes how a shift in policy around Covid-19 brought about the changes to drug treatment that had been sought for years.

# opinion - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Holly Cairns: The greyhound industry is inherently cruel – so why should the taxpayer fund it?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Holly Cairns: The greyhound industry is inherently cruel – so why should the taxpayer fund it?

Nov 24th 2020, 11:59 AM 32,075 Views 106 Comments

The Social Democrats TD says it defies logic that the greyhound industry should receive an increase of €2.4m on top of its already high funding.

Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here
# Immigration
# Immigration

Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here

Nov 24th 2020, 7:00 AM 42,328 Views 96 Comments

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik says the 2004 referendum has caused needless suffering and she’s asking the Government to back a new Bill addressing this issue.

# opinion - Monday 23 November, 2020

Magic. Special. What it's all about: Cavan's fairytale Ulster triumph just means more
# Raw Emotion
From The42
# Raw Emotion

Magic. Special. What it's all about: Cavan's fairytale Ulster triumph just means more

Nov 23rd 2020, 9:30 PM 24,854 Views 18 Comments

The42′s Emma Duffy reflects on a day that will live long in the memory of Cavan people.

The English video is a non-issue - Stephen Kenny's real problem is that the story went public
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

The English video is a non-issue - Stephen Kenny's real problem is that the story went public

Nov 23rd 2020, 6:21 PM 9,993 Views 16 Comments

The FAI consider the matter dealt with, but the leaking of dressing room details undermines Kenny’s work as manager.

Opinion: There's no point asking employees to 'work from home' when employers hold all the cards
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

Opinion: There's no point asking employees to 'work from home' when employers hold all the cards

Nov 23rd 2020, 5:05 PM 31,393 Views 14 Comments

As NPHET calls for more people to work from home, ICTU’s Dr Laura Bambrick says workers have no rights in law to work remotely, and this needs to change.