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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I’ve just signed up to Irish Water. I don’t think that makes me a traitor. Water Charges

Opinion: I’ve just signed up to Irish Water. I don’t think that makes me a traitor.

Reluctantly and unhappily, I’ve decided I can no more pick the taxes I pay than the laws I obey.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Our harmful drinking culture impacts us all – we urgently need to tackle it Drinking

Opinion: Our harmful drinking culture impacts us all – we urgently need to tackle it

A hazardous level of alcohol consumption exists across Irish society, but women and young people are showing the most alarming trends.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn’t linked to the austerity agenda? Education

Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn’t linked to the austerity agenda?

We live in a time of austerity – and education is being targeted along with other elements of society.

Football chiefs must ensure Cabinteely do not follow Mervue

The newest League of Ireland club must not end up suffering the same fate as Mervue United, with support and advice from the FAI essential to their success.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Those criticising the President for signing Bills into law are overestimating his power Water

Opinion: Those criticising the President for signing Bills into law are overestimating his power

By not using Article 26, President Higgins leaves the door open for future constitutional challenges.

# opinion - Wednesday 28 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Rural homelessness remains a hidden problem in Ireland Homeless

Opinion: Rural homelessness remains a hidden problem in Ireland

Rural homelessness tends to be more ‘hidden’ than urban homelessness – with Dublin being the only area where an official rough sleeper count takes place.

From TheJournal.ie How an electoral commission can stop another e-voting fiasco Opinion

How an electoral commission can stop another e-voting fiasco

A new electoral commission can streamline the way we run elections and referenda in this country, writes the Labour TD Michael McCarthy.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Age-ing or Sage-ing? It’s time to focus on the positive aspects of getting older Wisdom

Opinion: Age-ing or Sage-ing? It’s time to focus on the positive aspects of getting older

Disempowering attitudes towards ageing are pervasive in our culture, leading to the more positive dimensions of ageing getting lost.

# opinion - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I thought my eating disorder gave me control, but it was really controlling me Mental Health

Opinion: I thought my eating disorder gave me control, but it was really controlling me

Talking to people is so important – keeping everything bottled up inside only leads to disaster.

Henderson and Sterling: Liverpool’s leaders for the post-Gerrard generation

Neither are likely to have the impact at Anfield as the 34-year-old, but they won’t need to

From TheJournal.ie ‘I think about the different family I might have had – if only she had been given sanctuary’ Holocaust

‘I think about the different family I might have had – if only she had been given sanctuary’

My grandfather pleaded with the authorities for permission to bring his niece to Ireland in 1938. He was refused – and then the Nazis invaded Poland.

# opinion - Monday 26 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Greece has turned the page – it’s up to all of us to write the next chapter Anti-austerity

Opinion: Greece has turned the page – it’s up to all of us to write the next chapter

This election was vital – not just for Greeks, but for working class people throughout Europe.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Not being open about my health nearly cost me my colon Health

Opinion: Not being open about my health nearly cost me my colon

Don’t ever find yourself in the position I did – don’t put off getting health problems checked out.

# opinion - Sunday 25 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie How to pick the right therapist for you Advice

How to pick the right therapist for you

People are reaching out more for counselling and psychotherapy, write Dil Wickremasinghe and Anne Marie Toole, but it’s important to know how to find the right help.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Buying a woman’s body for sexual gratification is not a harmless act Buying Sex

Opinion: Buying a woman’s body for sexual gratification is not a harmless act

It is not acceptable to turn a blind eye to the sex industry as it stands – far too little is done to protect the vulnerable.

# opinion - Saturday 24 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Column: On marriage equality and the red herring of raising children Marriage

Column: On marriage equality and the red herring of raising children

Whenever same-sex marriage is argued against – be it in print, radio or television – the issue of raising children is inevitably raised. But it’s a red herring.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What Ireland can learn from the left-wing party set to win victory in Greece tomorrow Election

Column: What Ireland can learn from the left-wing party set to win victory in Greece tomorrow

Greece’s Syriza party has an impressive to-do list if it gets into office.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door? Childcare

Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door?

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the land of working parents – there’s not much of the pay cheque left after crèche fees, commute and (caffeine) subsistence.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Advice for overweight people to slim down is valid – it’s about health, not body image Health

Opinion: Advice for overweight people to slim down is valid – it’s about health, not body image

We don’t need a nation of size 8s and Disney-proportioned cartoon characters, but we do need to admit that being overweight is not healthy.

# opinion - Friday 23 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Column: The people making a new life in the desert after civil war Mali

Column: The people making a new life in the desert after civil war

The Mbera refugee camp is home to 50,000 people – most of them from northern Mali, a country torn apart by civil war.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: An alliance between secular and religious people would defeat extremism BALANCING ACT

Opinion: An alliance between secular and religious people would defeat extremism

Defeating religious extremism cannot be left one group alone – we’re in this together.

# opinion - Thursday 22 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A person who suffers from anxiety can’t just ‘get over it’ – it’s not that simple Anxiety

Opinion: A person who suffers from anxiety can’t just ‘get over it’ – it’s not that simple

Being a little more accepting of somebody with anxiety problems could make it a little easier for them to deal with it themselves.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Hold hands or hide? I’m going to stop adjusting my life to suit everyone else I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Opinion: Hold hands or hide? I’m going to stop adjusting my life to suit everyone else

I am fed up with being worried about other people’s reactions. My new year’s resolution is to hold my boyfriend’s hand when we walk down the street.

# opinion - Wednesday 21 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Lacking New Year motivation? There is always some science to explain it! The Science Bit

Opinion: Lacking New Year motivation? There is always some science to explain it!

Despite the fact that we are more than halfway through January the to-do list just keeps growing.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I might have been born in Lagos, but I was definitely made in Dublin Dublin Town

Opinion: I might have been born in Lagos, but I was definitely made in Dublin

Maturing into the person I am today happened in Ireland, and, more specifically, in Dublin. If anyone asks where I’m from, the first thought that comes to mind is ‘Ireland’.

# opinion - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Battle lines are being drawn – this year, eight EU states will vote Austerity

Opinion: Battle lines are being drawn – this year, eight EU states will vote

2015 is going to be a significant year in the European Union, as citizens in eight member states will be able to vote – beginning with Greece this Sunday.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Could you quit ALL social media for a month? Digital Detox

Opinion: Could you quit ALL social media for a month?

If excessive phone or social media usage is something you’re aware of, take back your power with Facebook Free February.

# opinion - Monday 19 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I can be an awful grump when it comes to my folks – but, the truth is, they’re saints Family Ties

Opinion: I can be an awful grump when it comes to my folks – but, the truth is, they’re saints

I spent most of Christmas suffering from serious food poisoning on my parents’ couch… and it made me realise how much they do for me.

# opinion - Sunday 18 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Learning from the Paris bloodshed – the need for an intercultural Ireland Understanding Our World

Opinion: Learning from the Paris bloodshed – the need for an intercultural Ireland

Irish sports clubs, and in particular the GAA, have been immeasurable helpful in warmly welcoming young people from diverse backgrounds.

From TheJournal.ie Reflections on two years of fatherhood: I never thought I could love so much (or be so tired) Parenting

Reflections on two years of fatherhood: I never thought I could love so much (or be so tired)

I used to think that male friends who openly expressed their love for their young children were going soft, I now find myself feeling the same way.

# opinion - Saturday 17 January, 2015

Cannonball Cronin and more talking points after Leinster put 50 on Castres

The hooker scored arguably the try of the night as Leinster took the driver’s seat in Pool 2.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Healing broken souls and bodies – how sexual violence is shattering lives in CAR Support

Column: Healing broken souls and bodies – how sexual violence is shattering lives in CAR

“Sophie was on a bus going to the market in Boguila in northwest Central African Republic when it was stopped by a group of armed men.”

Rivals have themselves to blame for McGregor’s PR pedestal

Spare a thought for Dennis Siver? Not on the eve of the biggest opportunity of his career.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Keeping a new year’s resolution can be difficult – here’s how you can succeed Hang In There

Opinion: Keeping a new year’s resolution can be difficult – here’s how you can succeed

Don’t worry if you’ve slipped up a little – get back up and try again.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: On the surface, I had accepted that I was bipolar – but I now realise I was in denial Bipolar Disorder

Opinion: On the surface, I had accepted that I was bipolar – but I now realise I was in denial

Recovering from a psychotic episode takes time, hard work and support. However, the absolute hardest part for me was truly accepting that I have a mental illness.

# opinion - Friday 16 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The secret to managing a stress-free employee review Business Sense

Opinion: The secret to managing a stress-free employee review

January is the time of year when most employees have a performance appraisal with their manager – but what are the benefits and potential pitfalls facing the employer?

# opinion - Thursday 15 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Government is making a mockery of democratic reform – so we’re taking matters into our own hands Reform

Opinion: Government is making a mockery of democratic reform – so we’re taking matters into our own hands

It’s shameful to think that a raggle-taggle group like ours, with day jobs and no money, are making a better go of inviting public opinion than the Government itself.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Meet the Irish man managing global change on behalf of everyone on the planet Development

Column: Meet the Irish man managing global change on behalf of everyone on the planet

Ireland’s ambassador to the UN, David Donoghue, could be one of the most important people of 2015.

# opinion - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 4 things to help you overcome burnout at work Career

Opinion: 4 things to help you overcome burnout at work

Imagine for a moment that people had petrol tanks like cars do. Where are your energy reserves in this ‘petrol tank’?

# opinion - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Why the Ballon d’Or increasingly resembles the Eurovision song contest

Greater levels of political voting means the competition is at risk of losing credibility.

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