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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'I never pass pickets. We are all humans and need each other to survive' Column

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'I never pass pickets. We are all humans and need each other to survive'

Going on strike is one of the only weapons a worker has, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Why loving football is about so much more than just ‘the League of Ireland v the Premier League’

Irish fans’ love of English football is often cited as a big reason for the domestic game’s problems.

From TheJournal.ie 'Looking at the Mairead I was on assessment day breaks my heart. I don’t recognise her now' Column

'Looking at the Mairead I was on assessment day breaks my heart. I don’t recognise her now'

Life after Operation Transformation is already filling up with fun and exciting challenges, writes Mairead Redmond.

From TheJournal.ie 'In Dublin, there are 13 empty homes for every adult in homelessness' Solving Homelessness

'In Dublin, there are 13 empty homes for every adult in homelessness'

Empty homes provide an unprecedented opportunity for the Government to effectively end homelessness in Ireland, writes Pat Doyle.

# opinion - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'If we choose to stick with the UK, we will probably go backwards' Brexit

Opinion: 'If we choose to stick with the UK, we will probably go backwards'

There are three choices facing Ireland post-Brexit, writes Seanán Ó Coistín.

# opinion - Monday 20 February, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should robots be taxed like human workers? Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Should robots be taxed like human workers?

Well, Bill Gates thinks so.

Kiwi Keane gives Connacht welcome continuity

The 63-year-old will be familiar with the Westerners’ philosophy when he arrived to fill Pat Lam’s sizable shoes.

From Business ETC 'Add as many bean bags as you like, if people don't like what you stand for you've already lost' Opinion

'Add as many bean bags as you like, if people don't like what you stand for you've already lost'

These are the steps businesses should take to prepare for the future of work.

From TheJournal.ie Ming Flanagan: 'Our Minister for Health is like the God of the Old Testament - mean' Medicinal Cannabis

Ming Flanagan: 'Our Minister for Health is like the God of the Old Testament - mean'

The Minister for Health has published a report announcing the programme for cannabis-based treatments. It doesn’t go far enough, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

# opinion - Sunday 19 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'I live with schizophrenia without taking any medication, but I'm an exception' Medication Nation

Column: 'I live with schizophrenia without taking any medication, but I'm an exception'

People who are on medication for any kind of mental health problem, don’t take meds because they want to, they take them because they have to, writes Nicola Hynds.

From TheJournal.ie 'Media coverage of science remains scant and tends to be uncritically promotional or celebratory' Science Reporting

'Media coverage of science remains scant and tends to be uncritically promotional or celebratory'

It would be foolish to conclude that all is well with the state of science and science communication in Ireland, writes Cormac Sheridan.

From TheJournal.ie Beyoncé: 'The onus is on everyone to study and understand what a lack of privilege really means' Opinion

Beyoncé: 'The onus is on everyone to study and understand what a lack of privilege really means'

I’m not surprised that women are leading change, writes Elva Carri.

# opinion - Saturday 18 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Lesvos project: 'Art is the perfect way to connect with locals. It breaks down any barriers' Refugee Crisis

Lesvos project: 'Art is the perfect way to connect with locals. It breaks down any barriers'

Thousands of refugees are crammed in squalid conditions on this Aegean island. One Irishman travelled to Lesvos to paint murals and raise awareness.

From Business ETC 'In the long-run, US protectionism is a bigger risk to Ireland than Brexit' Opinion

'In the long-run, US protectionism is a bigger risk to Ireland than Brexit'

There are major risks – but also opportunities – for the Irish state in the changing political landscape.

From TheJournal.ie GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning' Gardening

GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'

From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Boys are taught they are violent oppressors and that whatever violence they experience doesn't matter' Istanbul Convention

'Boys are taught they are violent oppressors and that whatever violence they experience doesn't matter'

Men assaulted by their partners are often ignored by police, see their attacker go free and have far fewer refuges to flee to than women, writes David Walsh.

# opinion - Friday 17 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Colm Hayes: 'Anxiety comes with the job. I don’t hold it in and I’m a stronger person because of it' Cycle Against Suicide

Colm Hayes: 'Anxiety comes with the job. I don’t hold it in and I’m a stronger person because of it'

Much has been done to combat the stigma around anxiety and depression by initiatives like Cycle Against Suicide, writes Colm Hayes.

# opinion - Thursday 16 February, 2017

Scholes expects Rooney to leave Manchester United

The former Red Devils midfielder believes that the captain will be struggling to cope with his place on the substitutes’ bench.

From Business ETC What needs to change in Ireland if we want to be a real global leader in R&D Opinion

What needs to change in Ireland if we want to be a real global leader in R&D

The burden for small firms investing in research should be lifted.

From TheJournal.ie Digital piracy: 'People can't get the television they want, when they want it through legal channels' Column

Digital piracy: 'People can't get the television they want, when they want it through legal channels'

Studios should concentrate on why people illegally consume content, rather than trying to stop them doing it, writes Gavin Nugent.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Ming Flanagan: 'Unless you come from the old guard, you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media' Opinion

Ming Flanagan: 'Unless you come from the old guard, you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media'

Mainstream Irish media tends to focus on the very limited political spectrum that is Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

# opinion - Tuesday 14 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie First Dates Ireland's Alice on dating: 'I get a little tired of the games that we play' Read Me

First Dates Ireland's Alice on dating: 'I get a little tired of the games that we play'

If you’re in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be really fun and smug. But if you’re not, here is Alice from First Dates on how to find your boo.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart' Valentine's Day

Column: 'My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart'

Of all the things that companies are trying to flog this Valentine’s Day, the best gift is your heart. Your actual pound-of-flesh beating heart.

# opinion - Monday 13 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Debate Room: In a post-Brexit world, Ireland needs the Canadian trade pact CETA

Debate Room: In a post-Brexit world, Ireland needs the Canadian trade pact

Toxic trade deal or necessary agreement? We debate the controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

From Business ETC Poll: Could you work with your other half? Work This post contains a poll

Poll: Could you work with your other half?

For some it’s a winning formula, but others say office and home life shouldn’t mix.

From TheJournal.ie Storms Desmond and Frank: 'One year on, we need to rethink how we manage flood risk' Opinion

Storms Desmond and Frank: 'One year on, we need to rethink how we manage flood risk'

Our climate is warming and major flood events are likely to occur once every 10 years by the second half of this century, writes Anja Murray.

# opinion - Sunday 12 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'Lip fillers have truly changed my life by giving me a confidence I didn’t think was possible' Opinion

'Lip fillers have truly changed my life by giving me a confidence I didn’t think was possible'

Some Late Late viewers weren’t happy when Amanda Brunker got botox on the show last month. But everybody has the right to do what they want and we need to break the taboo around injectables, writes Martha Ryan.

From TheJournal.ie 'My friend was gang raped. She attempted suicide; the men went on to have careers and families' Male Aggression

'My friend was gang raped. She attempted suicide; the men went on to have careers and families'

While interpretations of gender are more fluid than ever, there is a steady trajectory of retrogressive masculinity seeping into mainstream culture, writes Mary Cate Smith.

From TheJournal.ie My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his Opinion

My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his

Gerry Edwards, chairperson of TFMR Ireland, on the pain and courage inherent in using a personal bereavement in a very public battle.

# opinion - Saturday 11 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'My epilepsy diagnosis gave me impetus to achieve as much as I can to prove all the naysayers wrong' EPILEPSY DAY

'My epilepsy diagnosis gave me impetus to achieve as much as I can to prove all the naysayers wrong'

Monday is International Epilepsy Day. Ailbhe Benson (27) reveals her personal journey with the condition that affects over 37,000 people in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes Gardening

Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes

A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Social media is where Trump puts out information and it's where we can challenge him' Column

'Social media is where Trump puts out information and it's where we can challenge him'

When the South Korean Government appoints an official whose sole job is to monitor Trump’s tweets, it’s obvious that his use of social media is transforming politics, writes Craig Dwyer.

From TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me - it punishes us Reprisal

Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me - it punishes us

Ireland treats whistleblowers differently to most other countries – as I found out, writes Dr Tom Clontan.

# opinion - Friday 10 February, 2017

Football fans have long thought Beckham was a bit of a fraud; this week it felt like everyone else caught up

Tommy Martin on David Beckham’s obsessive cultivation of his public image.

From TheJournal.ie 'It is arguable that the acts of vulture funds are outside what is to be permitted by the Constitution' Opinion

'It is arguable that the acts of vulture funds are outside what is to be permitted by the Constitution'

The inviolability of the family home is enshrined in our Constitution, writes solicitor Jody Cantillon.

From TheJournal.ie How a Norwegian street musician crashed her van in The Liberties, bought a horse, and was embraced by the community No Plan

How a Norwegian street musician crashed her van in The Liberties, bought a horse, and was embraced by the community

The Musical Slave recently released a music video which focuses on the two and a half years she spent in The Liberties in Dublin and the people she met there.

# opinion - Thursday 9 February, 2017

Park it! 'We made mistakes on the pitch, nothing to do with the bus'

Even best laid plans can unravel, so Ireland must show an ability to adapt and improvise.

From Business ETC 'There is a social responsibility gap in the financial industry - and the crisis exposed it' Opinion

'There is a social responsibility gap in the financial industry - and the crisis exposed it'

Businesses in the sector need to regain the public’s trust.

From TheJournal.ie 'Letting agencies said that a landlord will never choose me in the rental lottery because I have kids' Rental Bias

'Letting agencies said that a landlord will never choose me in the rental lottery because I have kids'

Irish landlords are using the rental crisis to discriminate against families with children.

# opinion - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'Charities need to stop apologising for investing in infrastructure and that includes CEO salaries' Opinion

'Charities need to stop apologising for investing in infrastructure and that includes CEO salaries'

Charities need to invest in people and in plans if they want to make a difference, writes Lucy Masterson.

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