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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie If our politicians are incompetent or corrupt, can we really plead ignorance? Opinion

If our politicians are incompetent or corrupt, can we really plead ignorance?

In a country where few TDs would dare miss a funeral, do we really have a closer connection with our representatives… or do we just make them work harder at fooling us?

From TheJournal.ie We have qualified psychologists eager to work – so why are waiting lists so long? Opinion

We have qualified psychologists eager to work – so why are waiting lists so long?

Why are counselling psychologists deemed ineligible to work in certain areas of mental health treatment when they have been trained to do so?

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# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie My experience as a mother is why I’m fighting for a Yes vote Opinion

My experience as a mother is why I’m fighting for a Yes vote

I have two children. For one of them a simple model of a happy life is currently unobtainable. Being gay, my son is denied a right his older sister takes for granted.

From TheJournal.ie Beautiful Beetroot: delicious, nutritious and (most importantly) easy to grow FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

Beautiful Beetroot: delicious, nutritious and (most importantly) easy to grow

Beetroot, why do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

From TheJournal.ie My internship with Hillary taught me about what she’s really like Opinion

My internship with Hillary taught me about what she’s really like

Fine Gael councillor Noel Rock spent a year interning with Clinton in the months leading up to the last time she ran for president. Here’s what happened…

From TheJournal.ie The Yes campaign excludes those with reservations about same sex marriage Opinion

The Yes campaign excludes those with reservations about same sex marriage

The fact is that some voters have reservations about gay couples adopting children, therefore genuine engagement on this issue is needed.

# opinion - Friday 17 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie I hope the next generation will know no such thing as ‘gay marriage’ – but just ‘marriage’ Opinion

I hope the next generation will know no such thing as ‘gay marriage’ – but just ‘marriage’

I want to live my life openly and freely and not to let me sexuality define me. I am not straight, I am not gay – I am a man.

From TheJournal.ie Urban Greening: The simple step we can take to beautifully transform our lives Opinion

Urban Greening: The simple step we can take to beautifully transform our lives

If you live in a city and spend your time working indoors then you need to get more plants into your life.

# opinion - Thursday 16 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages Opinion

Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages

While politics in Ireland are still centred around the parish pump, in the US and UK social media has transformed how politicos engage with the public, writes Paul Allen.

From TheJournal.ie Bored of your job? Don’t jump ship before figuring out why Opinion

Bored of your job? Don’t jump ship before figuring out why

When people get fed up of the same thing over and over again, a knee-jerk reaction is to look elsewhere. But that could be a mistake.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie What is the point of the upcoming referendum? (No, not the one you’re thinking of) Opinion

What is the point of the upcoming referendum? (No, not the one you’re thinking of)

On 22 May we’ll be asked to vote on same sex marriage… and also about lowering the age of eligibility for presidential candidates. Why is the latter is a priority?

From TheJournal.ie One in five Irish children go to school or bed hungry. This has to stop. Opinion

One in five Irish children go to school or bed hungry. This has to stop.

Because of the recession, many families are still struggling to put food on the table.

# opinion - Tuesday 14 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie ‘Public health’ initiatives by the drinks industry do not work and should not be allowed Opinion

‘Public health’ initiatives by the drinks industry do not work and should not be allowed

Commercial interests have no place in public health, writes addiction counsellor Rolande Anderson.

From TheJournal.ie Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?) Opinion

Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?)

Whether it’s standards, expectations, or good old-fashioned Irish Catholic guilt, most parents are guilty of putting their kids’ needs ahead of their own.

From The42 Bollocks and brains – Can Simeone make the big leap with Atletico? Battle Of Madrid

Bollocks and brains – Can Simeone make the big leap with Atletico?

TV3′s Tommy Martin wonders if Diego Simeone’s macho magic can take the Spanish champions to even greater heights.

# opinion - Monday 13 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Does Sydney have the solution to Dublin’s public drug-taking problem? Opinion

Does Sydney have the solution to Dublin’s public drug-taking problem?

Sometimes difficult problems require courageous action.

From TheJournal.ie ‘I had the family I had always dreamed of, but I was plagued with self-loathing’ Opinion

‘I had the family I had always dreamed of, but I was plagued with self-loathing’

Postnatal depression affected me so badly I couldn’t leave the house, but I reached out for help – and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

From TheJournal.ie Beautiful weather? Get out and spend some time in the vegetable patch Opinion

Beautiful weather? Get out and spend some time in the vegetable patch

This week’s tips for Grow It Yourself-ers: onions, shallots and sowing peas.

# opinion - Sunday 12 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie ‘Taking an unpaid position is a choice, but it’s certainly not an easy one’ Opinion

‘Taking an unpaid position is a choice, but it’s certainly not an easy one’

I’m about to embark on an unpaid internship in the hopes that it will give me an edge in a competitive industry – but saying goodbye to a weekly paycheque isn’t easy.

From TheJournal.ie What it’s like to have schizophrenia: an anonymous story Opinion

What it’s like to have schizophrenia: an anonymous story

I’ve been dealing with schizophrenia for as long as I can remember, but was never correctly medicated for it until seven months ago.

From TheJournal.ie A plea to my generation: as property prices rise again, proceed with caution Opinion

A plea to my generation: as property prices rise again, proceed with caution

It is now that millennials’ supposed thirst for life experiences over amassing assets is going to be tested.

# opinion - Saturday 11 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie ‘I met the woman of my dreams but then backed off… why?’ Opinion

‘I met the woman of my dreams but then backed off… why?’

I had viewed myself as a hopeless romantic – more than ready for a serious relationship – but the truth was more complex.

From TheJournal.ie Pay thy neighbour’s mortgage? No thanks Opinion

Pay thy neighbour’s mortgage? No thanks

If county councils pay the difference between what people owe on their mortgages and what they can afford to pay the taxpayer foots the bill, writes Aaron McKenna.

# opinion - Friday 10 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Ireland must join CERN – for our economy and our future Opinion

Ireland must join CERN – for our economy and our future

With CERN membership, Ireland’s brightest minds would be able to work on some of the most advanced projects in the world.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Having anorexia is harder than you can possibly imagine. I lived through hell.’ Mental Health

‘Having anorexia is harder than you can possibly imagine. I lived through hell.’

Pippa Newcomb writes about how an eating disorder took over her life from the age of 14.

# opinion - Thursday 9 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Why the UK general election could tell us a lot about our own Opinion

Why the UK general election could tell us a lot about our own

There are some remarkable similarities between British and Irish politics as voters in the UK prepare to vote on 7 May, writes Seamus Conboy.

From TheJournal.ie This Galway woman became the first accredited female war correspondent Opinion

This Galway woman became the first accredited female war correspondent

Galway woman Kit Coleman managed to be both a traditional domestic wife and mother and the first accredited female war correspondent.

# opinion - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Prisoners, parole and politics don’t – and shouldn’t – mix Opinion

Prisoners, parole and politics don’t – and shouldn’t – mix

Jim O’Callaghan SC on why the power of parole should be taken from Ministers for Justice and put in independent hands.

From TheJournal.ie Why are we waiting longer and longer to get married? Opinion

Why are we waiting longer and longer to get married?

With all the pressure on the younger generation, is it any wonder that so many postpone the ‘big day’?

From TheJournal.ie ‘Ireland over-medicalises birth – and it is terrifying mothers-to-be’ Opinion

‘Ireland over-medicalises birth – and it is terrifying mothers-to-be’

Dil Wickremasinghe, since she has become pregnant, has found the maternity system is fraught with fear and discourages women from making decisions about the birthing process.

From TheJournal.ie Why is the government trying to push emigrants even further away? Opinion

Why is the government trying to push emigrants even further away?

The opinions of thousands of young, educated Irish emigrants are not worth considering – or so the government seems to think.

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From The42 ‘Don’t be surprised to see Conor beat Aldo by submission’ – John Kavanagh writes exclusively for The42 Opinion

# opinion - Tuesday 7 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie ‘I have never felt so strongly wronged by those who represent our country’ Opinion

‘I have never felt so strongly wronged by those who represent our country’

Here I am, feeling like a second-class citizen in my own country, crying over a water meter. Do the politicians I voted for even care?

From TheJournal.ie Can men be feminists? Opinion

Can men be feminists?

Never has the question of men’s role in gender equality been so debated.

From Business ETC The majority of Irish workers lack motivation – but why? Opinion

The majority of Irish workers lack motivation – but why?

Just 16% of employees in Ireland are actively engaged in their work, which is alarming for a country still recovering from a catastrophic economic downturn.

# opinion - Monday 6 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Do we care enough about Irish to keep it alive? Opinion

Do we care enough about Irish to keep it alive?

I have next to no Irish and I’m embarrassed by that… yet I don’t think I’ll ever learn.

From The42 Leinster will meet champions Toulon in rude health, but questions remain over Clermont Opinion

Leinster will meet champions Toulon in rude health, but questions remain over Clermont

Jono Gibbes is coaching the best team in Europe at the minute, but can they keep their tempo up?

From TheJournal.ie I wince at the phrase “green fingers” – everyone can grow their own food Opinion

I wince at the phrase “green fingers” – everyone can grow their own food

All you need it a little time to build your confidence.

# opinion - Sunday 5 April, 2015

From TheJournal.ie What is it like to live with bipolar disorder? Opinion

What is it like to live with bipolar disorder?

Stigma and misinformation surrounding bipolar disorder is lessening, but many people still don’t understand the realities of the condition.

From TheJournal.ie How do early relationships shape our brains? Opinion

How do early relationships shape our brains?

As infants, we develop best in an environment of love and fun.

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