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Dublin: 3 °C Thursday 11 February, 2016

#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie ‘This is a big week for me. I’ve finally hit the 19 stone mark’ Opinion This post contains images

‘This is a big week for me. I’ve finally hit the 19 stone mark’

Last year’s Operation Transformation leader, Alan Mullen, explains why this week was a milestone for him.

Coach Kavanagh: I’m open to Conor fighting for a third UFC title in July

Conor McGregor’s head coach brings us his latest exclusive column ahead of UFC 196.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Home to what?’: Emigrants want a say in who runs the show while they’re living abroad Opinion

‘Home to what?’: Emigrants want a say in who runs the show while they’re living abroad

Barry Johnston says emigrants are exercised about having no say in the kind of country they would one day like to return to.

Tight turnaround for Sexton and more talking points from Schmidt’s side to face France

The out-half has struggled with a shoulder injury this week, but has been declared good to go.

From Business ETC Google’s gift to Ireland is talent, not tax dollars Opinion

Google’s gift to Ireland is talent, not tax dollars

Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave gives his thoughts on how startups can attract some of that talent.

Perennially underappreciated, Trapattoni made Ireland a competitive force again

It’s eight years today since the Italian coach was confirmed as the new Irish manager.

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# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie ‘My partner was lovely at first, but things changed after we moved in together’ Opinion

‘My partner was lovely at first, but things changed after we moved in together’

At the beginning he was nice, making sure I got home safely and on time for curfew, but things changed, writes an anonymous contributor.

From TheJournal.ie We seem to have forgotten the Special Criminal Court is supposed to be exceptional Opinion

We seem to have forgotten the Special Criminal Court is supposed to be exceptional

While Sinn Féin’s manifesto pledge was always going to attract close scrutiny, the shootings in the past week have thrust its existence to the top of the news-cycle, writes Dr Alan Greene.

# opinion - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’ End Of An Era

‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’

The Limerick native’s legacy will live on for generations to come as he will forever be remembered as a shining example of great leadership, writes James Galvin.

Was a dream farewell too much to ask for ‘Gladiator’ Paul O’Connell?

What he did in his career, will echo in Irish Rugby eternity.

From TheJournal.ie You risk blowing your savings on a lifetime supply of customised pens when you run for election Opinion

You risk blowing your savings on a lifetime supply of customised pens when you run for election

How much you spend on your campaign still plays a large role in determining whether you win a seat , writes Roslyn Fuller.

# opinion - Monday 8 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Regency Hotel shooting was choreographed to send a clear and explicit message Column

Regency Hotel shooting was choreographed to send a clear and explicit message

Pictures have been widely circulated of gunmen carrying Kalashnikov weapons into the Regency Hotel. The pictures are significant for a number of reasons, writes Tom Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie You can learn a lot about management from potty training your child Opinion

You can learn a lot about management from potty training your child

A good manager is clear on what’s expected, gives feedback, encourages, develops and rewards.

‘Valencia won’t sack Gary Neville’

The ex-Man United player is yet to taste a La Liga victory in nine matches as coach.

# opinion - Sunday 7 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie My life with shingles: ‘It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor’ Opinion

My life with shingles: ‘It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor’

I incorrectly believed that shingles was contagious, writes Carol Reddy Locke

From TheJournal.ie ‘I’m an American, but Sarah Palin and Donald Trump do not speak for me’ Opinion

‘I’m an American, but Sarah Palin and Donald Trump do not speak for me’

‘I’m not sure when there began to be such a disconnect between myself and the campaign oratory – and whether I have changed or if it’s the American discourse.’

From TheJournal.ie ‘Power is a drug’: Alan Kelly’s recent interview showed the true colours of Irish politics Column

‘Power is a drug’: Alan Kelly’s recent interview showed the true colours of Irish politics

We need more than narcissism and hubris in Irish politics, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Saturday 6 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales Opinion

Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales

This isn’t happening because of a shift in cultural attitudes towards sex; it is the result of a growth in online pornography, writes Lorraine Courtney.

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael picks up support while Sinn Féin drops Up And Down

Fine Gael picks up support while Sinn Féin drops

The latest opinion poll also puts Sinn Féin and Fianna Fail on equal support.

From TheJournal.ie Beetroot gets a rough deal. It’s time to give it another go with this marmalade Column

Beetroot gets a rough deal. It’s time to give it another go with this marmalade

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk beetroot.

From TheJournal.ie Overweight people should pay more tax. Others can’t pay for our folly Column

Overweight people should pay more tax. Others can’t pay for our folly

Operation Transformation is not fat-shaming. We can’t mollycoddle to spare people’s feelings, writes Aaron McKenna.

# opinion - Friday 5 February, 2016

Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016

There are some exciting and surprising calls in Schmidt’s first XV of 2016.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can’t afford to laugh and dismiss them’ Column

‘Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can’t afford to laugh and dismiss them’

Two protests are taking place this Saturday – there are bound to be a clash of ideas, writes Julien Mercille.

The case for Mick McCarthy as Ireland’s greatest ever manager

It’s 20 years today since the Barnsley native was appointed as coach of the Boys in Green.

# opinion - Thursday 4 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’ Opinion This post contains images

‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’

When I applied for Operation Transformation I knew what I was getting myself into, writes Alan Mullen.

From TheJournal.ie We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence Opinion

We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence

Compelling first year Trinity College students to attend mandatory classes on sexual consent has raised eyebrows, writes Ruairí McKiernan.

From TheJournal.ie The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated Opinion

The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated

With the power of social media, one might wonder if there is a better way for election candidates to communicate directly with voters, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again Opinion

Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again

Who was to blame for these eyesores, asks Frank Armstrong, part of the Nama to Nature campaign.

Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls

Joe Schmidt has big selection calls of his own before the sides meet this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Digital can deliver vital votes – but how do politicians earn the ‘like’ love? Opinion

Digital can deliver vital votes – but how do politicians earn the ‘like’ love?

Nothing can beat the knock on the door – sure – but this will be the year to pay attention to the ones who don’t answer.

# opinion - Monday 1 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie While economic recovery has opened up the jobs market, make sure your course is right for you Opinion

While economic recovery has opened up the jobs market, make sure your course is right for you

It’s important to pursue a career that you want and are confident you can handle, writes Clive Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experience Opinion

Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experience

While we’re hearing that jobs are being created around the country, some people still find themselves out of work, writes Eoghan McDermott.

# opinion - Sunday 31 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Struggling with confidence? Keep going, keep trying and be kind to yourself Column

Struggling with confidence? Keep going, keep trying and be kind to yourself

If you have a deep‐rooted problem, treat it as you would a physical or practical problem, and seek expert advice.

From TheJournal.ie ‘No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors’ Column

‘No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors’

Lorraine Courtney writes that naming doctors in fitness to practice inquiries should be scrapped.

# opinion - Saturday 30 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘I turned into a blubbering mess when I found my wedding dress’ Opinion

‘I turned into a blubbering mess when I found my wedding dress’

I never believed you would just feel the right dress for you, but it is absolutely true, writes Pamela Tully.

From TheJournal.ie Chard is highly nutritious and should be a popular addition to your healthy January diet Column

Chard is highly nutritious and should be a popular addition to your healthy January diet

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk chard.

From TheJournal.ie Lawyers grew fat on fees as the banking inquiry wasted our time and money Opinion

Lawyers grew fat on fees as the banking inquiry wasted our time and money

Political inquires are expensive spectacles set up by politicians trying to appear macho, Aaron McKenna writes.

# opinion - Friday 29 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘Ireland’s gang killings are remarkably similar to ISIS murders’ Narco Terrorism

‘Ireland’s gang killings are remarkably similar to ISIS murders’

That seems like an extreme statement but Tom Clonan has taken a look at the evidence.

From TheJournal.ie ‘What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst’ Opinion

‘What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst’

The fear of missing out is something every mother experiences returning to work after maternity leave, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.

# opinion - Thursday 28 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’ Opinion This post contains images

‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’

Alan Mullen was a leader last year, but he hasn’t given up. In week three he tells us how he is staying on track.

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