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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie 'We're planning for the here-and-now, but we must future-proof our housing system too' Opinion

'We're planning for the here-and-now, but we must future-proof our housing system too'

We need to plan for the next 10 to 20 years to make sure we get it right, writes John O’Connor.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Our free legal aid system is being abused' Means Testing

Opinion: 'Our free legal aid system is being abused'

The State has spent a whopping €428 million on free legal aid since 2009, writes Senator John O’Mahony.

# opinion - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Debate Room: 'Saudi Arabia's dress codes are an affront to individual freedoms' Khulood

Debate Room: 'Saudi Arabia's dress codes are an affront to individual freedoms'

Khulood’s video renewed the debate on modesty, Muslim dress codes, and gender equality.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'There's nothing for me in Kerry, no job to move home for' Read Me

Column: 'There's nothing for me in Kerry, no job to move home for'

But living and working in Dublin comes at the price of feeling that I’m causing rural Ireland’s problems, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# opinion - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Just one week after banning fracking, we started drilling for oil' Climate Action

Opinion: 'Just one week after banning fracking, we started drilling for oil'

We need a just transition to a low carbon economy, not a sell-off of our future, write Sinead Mercier and Louise Michelle Fitzgerald.

# opinion - Monday 17 July, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should the IDA be given more power to acquire private land? Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the IDA be given more power to acquire private land?

The state agency was blocked from the compulsory purchase of a Kildare farmer’s property.

From TheJournal.ie Home care worker: '€10.10 an hour, no guaranteed hours and no sick leave' Column

Home care worker: '€10.10 an hour, no guaranteed hours and no sick leave'

Insecure, low paid working conditions are being encouraged by State policy towards private home care workers, writes Sinead Pembroke.

# opinion - Sunday 16 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Alcoholism: 'Dad, I don’t blame you. I never have' A Letter To My Dad

Alcoholism: 'Dad, I don’t blame you. I never have'

This is a letter to my father, on how his disease has affected me, and how much I love him.

From Business ETC Why Ireland needs better share incentives to help smaller firms keep their staff Opinion

Why Ireland needs better share incentives to help smaller firms keep their staff

The Minister for Finance recently said he planned to follow through on an improved SME scheme.

From TheJournal.ie 'Education is important. The government should pay us students to go to college' Column

'Education is important. The government should pay us students to go to college'

I can’t afford to go to college in September because I am unemployed, writes Declan Lavin.

From TheJournal.ie 'If you go to Pamplona to be chased by a bull, you’re participating in his long, painful death' Opinion

'If you go to Pamplona to be chased by a bull, you’re participating in his long, painful death'

If your idea of fun is running with the bulls in Pamplona, you need to rethink your ethics, writes Grace McKeown.

# opinion - Saturday 15 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie J1 summer: 'I could be making more of my privilege, but I'm having an incredible time' Read Me

J1 summer: 'I could be making more of my privilege, but I'm having an incredible time'

Is it wrong that I’m loving it, this hedonistic holiday lifestyle, writes Donal MacNamee.

From TheJournal.ie 'To The Bone does not elevate disordered eating behaviours as something to aspire to' Read Me

'To The Bone does not elevate disordered eating behaviours as something to aspire to'

There is no doubt that the new Netlix film will continue to generate debate, writes Barry Murphy.

From TheJournal.ie However you might feel about internships, employers say they use them to spot new hires Analysis

However you might feel about internships, employers say they use them to spot new hires

Graduate jobs survey finds employers more likely to recruit those who interned for them as students.

# opinion - Friday 14 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Just finished college? Here are some tips for that first big job hunt Analysis

Just finished college? Here are some tips for that first big job hunt

Employers are quite clear on what they believe Ireland’s students need to improve on – including their communication skills and being able to work on their own, reveals Mark Mitchell.

From TheJournal.ie 'We need the Help to Buy scheme. It boosts supply and helps first-time buyers purchase new homes' Opinion

'We need the Help to Buy scheme. It boosts supply and helps first-time buyers purchase new homes'

The scheme is under review before the benefits of the scheme have had the time to come to fruition, writes Tom Parlon.

# opinion - Thursday 13 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm pushing for change in mental health services - and you can help me' Opinion

'I'm pushing for change in mental health services - and you can help me'

Our Voices contributor Natalie Marr has a burning idea that gives us all a chance to effect change.

From TheJournal.ie Austerity is over apparently. But will Fine Gael's 10-year, €20 billion splurge wow us? Opinion

Austerity is over apparently. But will Fine Gael's 10-year, €20 billion splurge wow us?

The new roadmap has to do three things: support the capital, develop the regions, and repair the defective anti-rural, anti-regional gene, writes Kealan Flynn.

From TheJournal.ie Starting salaries on the rise as graduate jobs market heats up Analysis

Starting salaries on the rise as graduate jobs market heats up

Survey from gradireland shows most employers questioned plan to hire college-leavers this year.

# opinion - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health' Post-antibiotic World?

Opinion: 'Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health'

Unless we take immediate action, we will soon enter a post-antibiotic world, writes Dearbhla Lenehan.

# opinion - Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Compared to a young Pele at 18, has Wayne Rooney fulfilled his potential? Opinion This post contains videos

Compared to a young Pele at 18, has Wayne Rooney fulfilled his potential?

The England international ended a 13-year stay at Man United earlier this week, returning to boyhood club Everton.

From TheJournal.ie 'As the first TD to speak about my abortion, I hope to dispel the shame' Column

'As the first TD to speak about my abortion, I hope to dispel the shame'

I’m delighted to have the chance to explain why I’m so passionate about repealing the Eighth Amendment, writes Brid Smith.

# opinion - Monday 10 July, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Do you think it's a good idea to hire a private firm to chase TV licence dodgers? Policy This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think it's a good idea to hire a private firm to chase TV licence dodgers?

Ireland has one of the highest evasion rates in Europe.

From TheJournal.ie 'These investigations could seriously alter the motor insurance landscape in Ireland' Column

'These investigations could seriously alter the motor insurance landscape in Ireland'

This is an exceptionally worrying time for those companies implicated in these investigations, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Sunday 9 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'I am not ashamed of losing my home. But people's judgemental attitudes make it harder' Read Me

'I am not ashamed of losing my home. But people's judgemental attitudes make it harder'

Believe me, no one deliberately sets out to rip apart the foundations of their home by simply not making mortgage repayments.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'Over half my patients, often with contagious illnesses, have to share a bed' Medecins Sans Frontieres

Column: 'Over half my patients, often with contagious illnesses, have to share a bed'

The scale of the HIV problem in Kenya’s Homa Bay County is enormous, writes Dr Eamonn Faller.

From TheJournal.ie 'Trump doesn’t use Twitter to govern. He uses it to stay in touch with the American people' Opinion

'Trump doesn’t use Twitter to govern. He uses it to stay in touch with the American people'

I am disheartened by President Trump’s tweets, and much more besides, but it’s past time to get real, writes Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Saturday 8 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Books: 'If you grow up any letter of LGBTQIA+ you’re mostly stuck with sad endings' Happy Ever After?

Books: 'If you grow up any letter of LGBTQIA+ you’re mostly stuck with sad endings'

It’s time to start providing alternatives like the hopeful, uplifting stories that people who don’t identify as LGBTQIA+ get, writes Meg Grehan.

From TheJournal.ie 'Sunflowers literally follow the sun across the horizon, only to turn back and face east by sunrise' Gardening

'Sunflowers literally follow the sun across the horizon, only to turn back and face east by sunrise'

The sunflower is one of the most animated, optimistic and downright cheery flowers you can have in your garden, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'We need to invest more in urban nature. It will improve mental health' Green Space

Opinion: 'We need to invest more in urban nature. It will improve mental health'

Studies show that there is a definite link between mental health and living proximity to parks, writes Brian Strahan.

# opinion - Friday 7 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Letter from Down Under: 'Our attorney general argued that people have the right to be bigots' Column

Letter from Down Under: 'Our attorney general argued that people have the right to be bigots'

I call it home but it’s a shame that Australia is still very much a work in progress, writes Irish emigrant Philip Lynch.

# opinion - Thursday 6 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'Lobbyists are lining up to kill the Alcohol Bill' Opinion

'Lobbyists are lining up to kill the Alcohol Bill'

Senator Frances Black finds it ‘disheartening’ to watch legislation picked apart that she believes will protect families all over Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Maintenance defaulters: 'We have no legal remedies for parents who refuse to pay' Child Maintenance

Maintenance defaulters: 'We have no legal remedies for parents who refuse to pay'

If we are serious about tackling child poverty in Ireland, let’s start the debate around an enforced child maintenance system, writes Louise Bayliss.

# opinion - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Generation Rent: 'We cannot sit back while people are put into bedsits' Column

Generation Rent: 'We cannot sit back while people are put into bedsits'

Eoghan Murphy’s thoughts on re-introducing bedsits is another blow to those of us who are struggling, writes Adam Tyrell.

Trip to Tipp: Dublin hurlers left shortchanged by qualifier fixture arrangements

Tipperary are likely to win this game no matter where it is played, but that’s not the point.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I’ve never been whistled at while walking along a Dublin street' Un Safe Cities

Opinion: 'I’ve never been whistled at while walking along a Dublin street'

We need a zero tolerance attitude for sexual harassment on our streets, writes Gary Gannon.

# opinion - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'From Puck Fair to the Cork Jazz, our festivals are dependent on the drinks industry' Public Health Alcohol Bill

'From Puck Fair to the Cork Jazz, our festivals are dependent on the drinks industry'

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will jeopardise the partnerships that make cultural events possible, writes Patricia Callan.

# opinion - Monday 3 July, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should Ireland sell more of its bank shares this year? Financial Services This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland sell more of its bank shares this year?

MEP Brian Hayes says the government would generate €1 billion if it sold its stake in Bank of Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: '"Oh Jeremy Corbyn" might be the summer political anthem of 2017' Glastonbury

Opinion: '"Oh Jeremy Corbyn" might be the summer political anthem of 2017'

But don’t expect the Corbyn hysteria to last when Britain becomes poorer, writes Simon Foy.

# opinion - Sunday 2 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Tom Hickey: 'I'm a success not a failure in life' Read Me

Tom Hickey: 'I'm a success not a failure in life'

I’m a really lucky guy to have such a terrific family. Now that’s success by any yardstick, writes Tom Hickey.

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