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Dublin: 10 °C Saturday 30 May, 2015

#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie The UK may be wavering, but Irish people sure don’t want to leave the EU Not Going Anywhere

The UK may be wavering, but Irish people sure don’t want to leave the EU

A new Red C poll shows that Ireland is very happy to remain a part of Europe.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland and the UK should double team the EU on tax Opinion

Ireland and the UK should double team the EU on tax

Eurocrats are gearing up, once again, to meddle with our corporate tax rate. We should take a leaf out of our neighbour’s book and demand better.

Getting rid of Blatter not enough to eradicate Fifa’s problems

The 79-year-old was elected for a fifth term as president at Fifa Congress today.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie Young people are powerful. Let’s harness our newfound voting spirit to change Ireland. Opinion

Young people are powerful. Let’s harness our newfound voting spirit to change Ireland.

The number who recently registered to vote was enough to elect six TDs…. There’s a new politicised generation that politicians must pay heed to.

From TheJournal.ie “The Rohingya people are seen as a group to be eliminated” Column

“The Rohingya people are seen as a group to be eliminated”

The Rohingya people are languishing at sea because any possibility they had of a meaningful existence in Myanmar has been eradicated.

# opinion - Thursday 28 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie 5 reasons you should go to Bloom this weekend Opinion

5 reasons you should go to Bloom this weekend

If you think it’s just about some pretty plants, think again!

What would a Pro12 title mean for Anthony Foley’s Munster?

It’s four years since Munster last claimed silverware, and it’s time for their young stars to make their mark.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Averil did us an amazing disservice and I feel like her inconvenient truth’ Inside Politics

‘Averil did us an amazing disservice and I feel like her inconvenient truth’

Dublin councillor Paul McAuliffe on why his emotions went from disappointment to deflation and then finally to anger on Monday.

# opinion - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Nepal earthquake survivor: ‘More than anything now, the women need safety’ Opinion

Nepal earthquake survivor: ‘More than anything now, the women need safety’

One month on, a survivor of the Nepalese earthquake talks about the conditions in the camps and the dangers faced by displaced women and girls.

From TheJournal.ie Whatever about What Averil Did Next, what about the future of the Soldiers of Destiny? Opinion

Whatever about What Averil Did Next, what about the future of the Soldiers of Destiny?

How will the party cope with the sudden loss of Averil Power – aka 50% of its female parliamentarians?

# opinion - Tuesday 26 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Meeting a food hero who once only served food grown in a prison garden Sustainable Food

Meeting a food hero who once only served food grown in a prison garden

Seasonal produce should drive the day’s menu, rather than set menus driving the acquisition of produce.

From TheJournal.ie “In that moment, looking ‘gay’ no longer felt like a negative thing. It no longer felt dangerous.” Opinion

“In that moment, looking ‘gay’ no longer felt like a negative thing. It no longer felt dangerous.”

The swell of positivity towards the LGBT community is affecting all parts of my life, from how I feel walking down the street to the future I see for myself.

# opinion - Monday 25 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie To shape a fairer Africa in the next 50 years, we must listen to women Opinion

To shape a fairer Africa in the next 50 years, we must listen to women

The African Union’s ‘Agenda 2063’ sets out a vision for the continent’s development over the next half-century – but how will it be reached?

From TheJournal.ie I salute the gluten-free trend (but let’s recognise real coeliacs from the fashion followers) Opinion

I salute the gluten-free trend (but let’s recognise real coeliacs from the fashion followers)

Having lived with gluten-free since the days when the bread came in a tin, it is interesting to think someone might cut out gluten as a choice.

John Gardiner: ‘Victory was a massive boost for Limerick and a defeat that will upset Clare’

The42′s hurling columnist gives his thoughts on yesterday’s big game.

# opinion - Sunday 24 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie The New Parenting: Nowadays, are mum and dad the ones seen and not heard? Opinion

The New Parenting: Nowadays, are mum and dad the ones seen and not heard?

Not pandering to a child’s tantrums is better for everyone in the long run, but be prepared for horrified looks from other adults.

From TheJournal.ie This referendum will be remembered as a victory for equality, democracy and love Opinion

This referendum will be remembered as a victory for equality, democracy and love

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.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Ireland’s maternity units are facing chronic and dangerous understaffing’ Opinion

‘Ireland’s maternity units are facing chronic and dangerous understaffing’

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

From TheJournal.ie What an extraordinary, historic and momentous day for Ireland Opinion

What an extraordinary, historic and momentous day for Ireland

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.

From TheJournal.ie Mad Max: Fury Road – This generation may have found its Ellen Ripley Opinion

Mad Max: Fury Road – This generation may have found its Ellen Ripley

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.

From TheJournal.ie The ‘gay cake’ row and freedom of speech: Being offended isn’t a right Opinion

The ‘gay cake’ row and freedom of speech: Being offended isn’t a right

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.

Thanks Paulie and more talking points as Munster take on Ospreys

Last night’s starter was incredible, we’re ready for the main course.

# opinion - Friday 22 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Open letter to Ban Ki-Moon: ‘Ireland’s commitments to human rights are being weakened ‘ Opinion

Open letter to Ban Ki-Moon: ‘Ireland’s commitments to human rights are being weakened ‘

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, will visit next week to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland joining the UN.

From TheJournal.ie ‘My life in Ireland is the normal tapestry of pleasure and pain – but the good far outweighs any bad’ Opinion

‘My life in Ireland is the normal tapestry of pleasure and pain – but the good far outweighs any bad’

It took me a little time to get used to a new culture, but I have discovered that Irish people love spreading happiness and positivity.

# opinion - Thursday 21 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie It’s not scaremongering to look at the bioethical implications of the marriage referendum Opinion

It’s not scaremongering to look at the bioethical implications of the marriage referendum

Both surrogacy and donor-conception require more, not less, ethical discussion before the Government’s plans in this area become formalised in law.

From TheJournal.ie ‘My experience in Ireland has been quite simply incredible’ Opinion

‘My experience in Ireland has been quite simply incredible’

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).

From TheJournal.ie I get annoyed when it is assumed that older people in rural Ireland will vote No Opinion

I get annoyed when it is assumed that older people in rural Ireland will vote No

Former president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Mamo McDonald, explains why she will be voting Yes tomorrow.

# opinion - Wednesday 20 May, 2015

His agent is right — Raheem Sterling has been bullied by Liverpool

The ongoing debate between the youngster and his club seems no closer to a resolution after this week’s developments.

From TheJournal.ie That handshake was a publicity coup for Sinn Fein – why were the opposition missing in action? Opinion

That handshake was a publicity coup for Sinn Fein – why were the opposition missing in action?

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.

From TheJournal.ie The story of us: “I have never felt luckier or like I was on a bigger adventure” Opinion

The story of us: “I have never felt luckier or like I was on a bigger adventure”

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

From TheJournal.ie ‘The marriage referendum proposal could affect future laws relating to children’ Opinion

‘The marriage referendum proposal could affect future laws relating to children’

Solicitor Eileen King writes about why a group of lawyers are advocating a No vote this Friday.

From TheJournal.ie What are the economics of same-sex marriage? Column

What are the economics of same-sex marriage?

Dr Daragh McGreal discusses the potential economic impact of the same-sex marriage vote.

From TheJournal.ie That ‘other referendum’ could bridge a gap between the Irish and English versions of our Constitution Opinion

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

From TheJournal.ie It’s official: I’ve found my first grey hair… The inevitable is happening. Opinion

It’s official: I’ve found my first grey hair… The inevitable is happening.

It’s fair to say that I’ve developed a slight hang up about getting older.

From TheJournal.ie We’re being short-changed by the ‘other referendum’ Opinion

We’re being short-changed by the ‘other referendum’

The presidential age referendum is a watered-down version of attempts at real political reform.

After 10 failed attempts, there will finally be an away winner in the Pro12 semi-finals

This weekend’s play-offs are the most evenly balanced since the competition changed structure.

# opinion - Sunday 17 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie I don’t want to ‘lose’ my stutter – I want to be someone who accomplishes great things, and also stutters Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie What I’ve learned through my career as a counsellor Opinion

What I’ve learned through my career as a counsellor

People are different – from each other and from what the books say. A “textbook case” is rare, if not non-existent.

From TheJournal.ie My wonderful gay family: I was raised by two loving, beautiful lesbian mums Opinion

My wonderful gay family: I was raised by two loving, beautiful lesbian mums

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

From TheJournal.ie My No vote isn’t about faith, it’s about children Opinion

My No vote isn’t about faith, it’s about children

If we redefine marriage, we change our Constitution to require that some children will be left motherless or fatherless by design

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