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#Opinion

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Wales

Ireland faced a crucial game in Group D at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

From TheJournal.ie Atheist John Halligan's sermon in a Brazilian church: 'I felt it was the respectful thing to do' Column

Atheist John Halligan's sermon in a Brazilian church: 'I felt it was the respectful thing to do'

This was the first ever occasion of a non-believing Irish government minister delivering the weekly homily to Brazilian parishioners, writes John Halligan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now' Syrian Civil War

Opinion: 'A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now'

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

From TheJournal.ie Alan Kelly: 'Craft beer is booming but licensing regulations are harming business' Column

Alan Kelly: 'Craft beer is booming but licensing regulations are harming business'

If we’re serious about rural development we must enable craft breweries to become tourist hubs, writes Alan Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'As the UK withdraws economic opportunities will arise. Ireland must aggressively pursue them' Opinion

'As the UK withdraws economic opportunities will arise. Ireland must aggressively pursue them'

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

From TheJournal.ie Debate Room: Should the Irish abroad be allowed vote in presidential elections? Debate

Debate Room: Should the Irish abroad be allowed vote in presidential elections?

A referendum will be held on whether to allow Irish citizens living abroad vote in future presidential elections.

From TheJournal.ie 'After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home' Column

'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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'McGuinness ended up in a better place, bringing his party, followers and society with him' Martin McGuinness

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.

Kante’s not all he’s cracked up to be - Joey Barton

The Burnley man has said that pundits are too willing to talk up the performances of the France international.

From TheJournal.ie 'Trump’s budget is easy to understand: he’s boosting the military, cutting everything else. Scary' Column

'Trump’s budget is easy to understand: he’s boosting the military, cutting everything else. Scary'

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

From TheJournal.ie Junior Cert English: 'There isn’t a fifteen-year-old alive that can spit out high quality writing in two hours' Read Me

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.

From Business ETC Poll: Are the CEOs of big companies being paid too much? Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Are the CEOs of big companies being paid too much?

Trade unionists have called for ‘major reforms’ in how private firms pay their top execs.

From TheJournal.ie 'It’s inevitable a leader will make mistakes and create the conditions for opportunistic incumbents' Enda Kenny

'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

From TheJournal.ie A carer goes on holiday: 'Catching a glimpse of the life you once hoped to lead can be painful' Read Me

A carer goes on holiday: 'Catching a glimpse of the life you once hoped to lead can be painful'

Visiting friends showed me the life I can never have and it hurts, writes Candi O’Reilly.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin needs to build up: maybe we should speak to this skyscraper wizard Opinion

Dublin needs to build up: maybe we should speak to this skyscraper wizard

Zhang can build a skyscraper in three weeks – a few of those might liven up our cityscape, writes Jonathan McCrea.

From TheJournal.ie 'When the fasten seatbelt light illuminates, my right to decide what happens to my body is paused' Abortion Rights

'When the fasten seatbelt light illuminates, my right to decide what happens to my body is paused'

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.

From TheJournal.ie HeForShe: Emma Watson's empty promise that when women's problems are solved, men will be free too Opinion

HeForShe: Emma Watson's empty promise that when women's problems are solved, men will be free too

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

From TheJournal.ie My boyfriend's gambling: 'I loved two people. One was a compulsive liar and emotionally unavailable' Addiction

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day' Gardening

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Border poll: 'Nationalists will say the recent Assembly elections show things are trending in their direction' Opinion

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

From TheJournal.ie An American in Ireland: 'Thank you Ireland - you've helped to heal my broken heart' Opinion

An American in Ireland: 'Thank you Ireland - you've helped to heal my broken heart'

Ireland is gloriously beautiful but it’s the people who helped me heal after losing my husband, writes Kathleen Maloney.

From The Daily Edge It's Different For Girls - women love music, make music and are good at music, thanks very much Twist And Shout

It's Different For Girls - women love music, make music and are good at music, thanks very much

“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.

From Business ETC 'There has been a huge hollowing-out of our main banks' presence on high streets' Opinion

'There has been a huge hollowing-out of our main banks' presence on high streets'

The future of the sector needs to be driven by something other than short-term decisions.

From TheJournal.ie Julien Mercille: 'We should transform Paddy's Day into a people’s celebration, that's not about blind patriotism' Column

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

From TheJournal.ie Ian Dempsey: 'Was I really asleep in that picture? But I was standing up. Did Matt Cooper really say that?' Today Fm's 20 Year Anniversary

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.

From TheJournal.ie Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'It's time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time' St Patrick's Day

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability' Opinion

'Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability'

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

From Business ETC The Double Irish and Apple tax case have hurt our reputation - here's how we can stop a repeat Policy

The Double Irish and Apple tax case have hurt our reputation - here's how we can stop a repeat

The country needs an independent body to advise on tax fairness and transparency.

From TheJournal.ie Zoo deaths: 'In the wild, gorillas don't eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration' Opinion

Zoo deaths: 'In the wild, gorillas don't eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration'

Even in the best circumstances, it’s impossible for zoos to meet all the unique needs of the various species they hold captive, writes Elisa Allen.

# opinion - Monday 13 March, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should An Post close loss-making post offices? Services This post contains a poll

Poll: Should An Post close loss-making post offices?

As many as 200 are reportedly on the chopping block.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Tax isn't just an expense, it's a societal good and an investment in all our futures' Tax Justice

Opinion: 'Tax isn't just an expense, it's a societal good and an investment in all our futures'

It’s time that the Irish government and multinationals start to reconsider their attitudes about tax, writes Sorley McCaughey.

# opinion - Sunday 12 March, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'I want to show that someone who can't speak thinks many thoughts, understands everything' Autism And Me

'I want to show that someone who can't speak thinks many thoughts, understands everything'

Fiacre is non-verbal. He wrote this himself by dictating it, pointing to letters on a board.

From TheJournal.ie Food advertising: 'Brands get onto children's newsfeeds and interact like real life friends' Opinion

Food advertising: 'Brands get onto children's newsfeeds and interact like real life friends'

We need to stand up to the the lobbying power of the multinational food industry, writes Chris Macey.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'Millennials' apathy is what is allowing Brexit and Trump to thrive' Generation Self-absorbed

Column: 'Millennials' apathy is what is allowing Brexit and Trump to thrive'

The irony is that this self-absorbed generation needs to become aware, writes Hugh O’Donnell.

# opinion - Saturday 11 March, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Feel it's too late to do anything about the Poolbeg incinerator? Not so Burning Question

Feel it's too late to do anything about the Poolbeg incinerator? Not so

Fear of an incinerator in the city of Dublin is not irrational – and we need to demand better controls and monitoring before it begins to burn.

From TheJournal.ie A female engineer: 'It's important that we respect the natural differences between men and women' Women In Stem

A female engineer: 'It's important that we respect the natural differences between men and women'

We can encourage more and more bright young women into engineering, writes Professor Laoise McNamara.

From TheJournal.ie Gardening column: What to grow when you don't have much space, plus a wild garlic pesto recipe The Vegetable Patch

Gardening column: What to grow when you don't have much space, plus a wild garlic pesto recipe

Not all vegetables are equal if you’re space constrained, writes GIY Guru Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Enda, parents sent children to industrial schools because a court compelled them or they had no choice' Opinion

'Enda, parents sent children to industrial schools because a court compelled them or they had no choice'

Enda Kenny has said he wants to deal with the dark legacies of our past but following his statements this week, he’s still way off the mark, writes Sinead Pembroke.

# opinion - Friday 10 March, 2017

Messi was the worst and is nearing the end, says Domenech

The former France manager criticised the Argentine for a poor performance against PSG.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Leprechauns are at it again in the latest GDP figures for Ireland Leprechaun Economics

Column: The Leprechauns are at it again in the latest GDP figures for Ireland

But on the upside Ireland’s inflated GDP makes it easier for the country to meet the 3% of GDP budget deficit target, writes Victor Duggan.

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