# opinion - Today’s News
An economic downturn isn’t an acceptable excuse for unfair treatment of pregnant women, writes Lorraine Courtney.
# opinion - Yesterday’s News
EU leaders gathered in Rome this weekend to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the accord that spawned the European Union.
A new study has suggested that the Irish taxpayer missed out on up to €18 billion.
Offering passports to billionaires is in stark contrast to our treatment of the 4,000 people currently residing in direct provision centres, writes Éilis Ryan.
# opinion - Sunday 26 March, 2017
Grace was with me for just 28 weeks. She was diagnosed with a fatal fetal abnormality but she left me with a lifetime of love, writes Tracey Smith.
Finding that middle ground between idealistic and realistic mothering can be very difficult, writes Grace Vaughan.
Company directors need to be held more accountable for their firms’ actions.
Our societies are at their best when the diversity of our worldviews are ethically celebrated, writes Jacob J Erickson.
# opinion - Saturday 25 March, 2017
There’s something about this time of the year that just gladdens the heart, writes Michael Kelly.
Sixty years on from the signing of the Treaty of Rome, European unity is more important than ever, writes Noelle O Connell.
World Hijab Day allowed me to see the hijab for what it is – not a threat, not a tool of oppression – but a reflection of care for others and sense of belonging, writes Sinead Mercier.
5 talking points from Friday’s controversy-filled World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Wales.
# opinion - Friday 24 March, 2017
This was the first ever occasion of a non-believing Irish government minister delivering the weekly homily to Brazilian parishioners, writes John Halligan.
Damascus has settled on a clear strategy for a military solution, and has been brutally and successfully executing it, writes Derek O’Rouke
# opinion - Thursday 23 March, 2017
If we’re serious about rural development we must enable craft breweries to become tourist hubs, writes Alan Kelly.
As Chairman of the Seanad Special Select Committee, I will ensure that we will not spend our time analysing the problems Brexit poses, writes Neale Richmond.
# opinion - Wednesday 22 March, 2017
A referendum will be held on whether to allow Irish citizens living abroad vote in future presidential elections.
'After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home'
Redressing survivors of Mother and Baby homes needs to avoid the pitfalls of the Residential Institution Redress Board for Industrial and Reformatory School survivors, writes Sinead Pembroke.
# opinion - Tuesday 21 March, 2017
Opinion: 'McGuinness ended up in a better place, bringing his party, followers and society with him'
Irish politics lost a major political figure today, writes David McCann.
The Burnley man has said that pundits are too willing to talk up the performances of the France international.
Donald Trump’s first official budget document reveals his militarisation plans at the expense of the environment and civil society, writes Julien Mercille.
# opinion - Monday 20 March, 2017
Junior Cert English: 'There isn’t a fifteen-year-old alive that can spit out high quality writing in two hours'
Make the new English Junior Cert exam fairer by adding thirty extra minutes, writes Junior Cert pupil Tara O’Sullivan.
Trade unionists have called for ‘major reforms’ in how private firms pay their top execs.
'It’s inevitable a leader will make mistakes and create the conditions for opportunistic incumbents'
Enda Kenny’s future as Fine Gael leader will be top of the media agenda this week, writes Jason O’Sullivan.
# opinion - Sunday 19 March, 2017
Visiting friends showed me the life I can never have and it hurts, writes Candi O’Reilly.
Zhang can build a skyscraper in three weeks – a few of those might liven up our cityscape, writes Jonathan McCrea.
I’m an ex-pat in London but I turned the frustration I felt about Ireland’s lack of reproductive rights into action, writes Cara Sanquest.
Emma Watson made an empty promise to young men that if only they do as men have always been expected to do—sacrifice and serve—they will eventually be liberated, writes Karen Straughan.
# opinion - Saturday 18 March, 2017
My boyfriend's gambling: 'I loved two people. One was a compulsive liar and emotionally unavailable'
My whole life used to be consumed by my ex boyfriend’s gambling addiction.
'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day'
We have somewhat of a pre-parade tradition in the Kelly household of sowing spuds with the children, writes Michael Kelly.
Border poll: 'Nationalists will say the recent Assembly elections show things are trending in their direction'
Nationalists may be fobbed off in the short term, but this will lead to demands for clarification from the British government about what conditions will permit a border poll, writes Caoimhín De Barra.
# opinion - Friday 17 March, 2017
Ireland is gloriously beautiful but it’s the people who helped me heal after losing my husband, writes Kathleen Maloney.
“Women gather in kitchens at parties and drunkenly point at their friends and say ‘THIS IS OUR SONG’ about every single song and then get them in a headlock”. Jenn Gannon is here for women and she’s here for music.
The future of the sector needs to be driven by something other than short-term decisions.
Julien Mercille: 'We should transform Paddy's Day into a people’s celebration, that's not about blind patriotism'
If we created an alternative and more inclusive Paddy’s Day, it might even change the country for the better, writes Julien Mercille.
# opinion - Thursday 16 March, 2017
Ian Dempsey: 'Was I really asleep in that picture? But I was standing up. Did Matt Cooper really say that?'
The atmosphere of trying out new ideas was addictive and the fearless nature of all the staff allowed us to go on a kind of radio crusade, writes Ian Dempsey.
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'It's time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time'
It is our responsibility to speak truth to power. If it doesn’t happen in the White House, it’ll happen in The Riverside Church NYC tomorrow, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
# opinion - Wednesday 15 March, 2017
Assad’s popularity is a narrative that has been marginalised in the West, but that doesn’t make it any less vital to bringing an end to the terrible war in my country, writes Antoine Bakhash with the help of Eimhin O’Reilly.
# opinion - Tuesday 14 March, 2017
The country needs an independent body to advise on tax fairness and transparency.