# opinion - Yesterday’s News
The 42′s hurling columnist gives his thoughts on today’s big game.
Not pandering to a child’s tantrums is better for everyone in the long run, but be prepared for horrified looks from other adults.
This historic vote has served as a catalyst for profound social change by prompting us to think beyond our narrow self-interests and helping us to overcome some of our deepest fears.
Maternity staff are being asked to deal with far, far more births than they can safely handle in hospitals up and down the country.
# opinion - Saturday 23 May, 2015
Ireland’s decision to become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage via a popular referendum shows just how much it has changed in recent years.
Characters like Charlize Theron’s Furiosa are so important, particularly in a pop culture landscape that has come to take stock gender roles for granted.
The trouble with trying to put limits on free speech and the freedom of conscience is that you inevitably wind up tying yourself in knots.
Last night’s starter was incredible, we’re ready for the main course.
# opinion - Friday 22 May, 2015
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, will visit next week to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland joining the UN.
# opinion - Thursday 21 May, 2015
Both surrogacy and donor-conception require more, not less, ethical discussion before the Government’s plans in this area become formalised in law.
My life here has given me amazing opportunities as a professional musician. I don’t miss a lot of things from Kinshasa (apart from the sun, obviously).
Former president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Mamo McDonald, explains why she will be voting Yes tomorrow.
# opinion - Wednesday 20 May, 2015
The ongoing debate between the youngster and his club seems no closer to a resolution after this week’s developments.
Why did the State foot the bill for Sinn Fein’s biggest publicity stroke as Gerry Adams shook the hand of Prince Charles, while the Taoiseach and opposition leaders were nowhere to be seen, asks Paul Allen.
Long-term couples talk about their lives together – and their hopes for the future – ahead of Friday’s vote on same-sex marriage.
# opinion - Tuesday 19 May, 2015
Solicitor Eileen King writes about why a group of lawyers are advocating a No vote this Friday.
Dr Daragh McGreal discusses the potential economic impact of the same-sex marriage vote.
That ‘other referendum’ could bridge a gap between the Irish and English versions of our Constitution
Given the significant gap that currently exists in the translation of Bunreacht na hÉireann, there is a good reason to pass this second referendum.
# opinion - Monday 18 May, 2015
It’s fair to say that I’ve developed a slight hang up about getting older.
The presidential age referendum is a watered-down version of attempts at real political reform.
This weekend’s play-offs are the most evenly balanced since the competition changed structure.
# opinion - Sunday 17 May, 2015
I don’t want to ‘lose’ my stutter – I want to be someone who accomplishes great things, and also stutters
Stuttering is unlike anything else. There is no absolute cure, but learning to be confident despite it can help us reach our full potential.
People are different – from each other and from what the books say. A “textbook case” is rare, if not non-existent.
As a child raised by gay parents, I can tell you that my childhood was full of joy and laughter and the same as yours in every way that matters.
# opinion - Saturday 16 May, 2015
If we redefine marriage, we change our Constitution to require that some children will be left motherless or fatherless by design
Squashes are incredibly delicious and they store well – so they can certainly start you on your path to self-sufficienty.
People are finally talking about ways to flush less drinking water down their toilets. Why? Because that water is going to cost them money.
10 teams have something worth playing for this weekend, and it’s all thanks to the men who killed the Heineken Cup.
# opinion - Friday 15 May, 2015
Three Irish provinces have a lot to play for tomorrow.
The ethical issues surrounding surrogacy and donor conception arise both straight and gay couples.
The broadcaster is encouraging people to vote Yes in the upcoming referendum.
People need to ask themselves if Ireland should eliminate from law the sole institution that unites kids with their mam and dads.
The result of the marriage referendum is far from a foregone conclusion. But one thing’s certain: we now have many more young and passionate voters in this country.
# opinion - Thursday 14 May, 2015
The Taoiseach’s rare appearance on Irish television is a firm signal that Fine Gael is gearing up for a general election – but don’t expect him on Vincent Browne any time soon.
The opportunity to lower the age of eligibility for the president is about giving Irish people more choice, not forcing their hand.
What kind of food do we want to eat? On what kind of farms do we want to see it produced? It’s long past time to have these discussions.
# opinion - Wednesday 13 May, 2015
The prospect of the UK leaving the EU presents a massive challenge to the future of the European Union; its entire viability is at stake.
The Aston Villa youngster turned down Martin O’Neill’s offer of a place in the Ireland squad yesterday.
We need to attract experienced members of our diaspora back home to drive economic growth. Refusing them the right to vote pushes them further away.