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#Opinion

# opinion - Sunday 18 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: As we near the final phase, it seems Trump needs a miracle Opinion

Larry Donnelly: As we near the final phase, it seems Trump needs a miracle

Larry Donnelly looks at the numbers, the fact that Joe Biden is not Hillary Clinton and concludes that Donald Trump faces an uphill battle to return to the White House.

# opinion - Friday 16 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Paul Murphy: The case is growing for a ‘Covid Tax’ on the rich to avoid future austerity Opinion

Paul Murphy: The case is growing for a ‘Covid Tax’ on the rich to avoid future austerity

RISE TD Paul Murphy is part of a new Europe-wide campaign for a ‘Covid Tax’, to avoid saddling people with years of austerity after the pandemic.

Harry Maguire should be taken out of Man United firing line, says Rio Ferdinand

‘In these situations – that I’ve been in as well, you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven.’

From TheJournal.ie Rebecca Moynihan: We cannot ask those living alone to isolate further - time for social bubbles Opinion

Rebecca Moynihan: We cannot ask those living alone to isolate further - time for social bubbles

The Labour senator is calling for the introduction of support bubbles through Covid restrictions – not just for older people, but for everyone who lives alone in this country.

# opinion - Thursday 15 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie My miscarriage: 'I kept hoping mine would be one of those miracle stories, where the baby would survive' Miscarriage

My miscarriage: 'I kept hoping mine would be one of those miracle stories, where the baby would survive'

Kitty Maguire works with a lot of women who have suffered miscarriages. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and until now, Kitty hadn’t written about her own loss.

Ignore the culture wars - Kenny is making progress but improvements are needed

Ireland have shown plenty of encouraging signs over the last week, but the bare stats show there is still as serious problem in front of goal.

# opinion - Monday 12 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Government must learn the lessons of the Leaving Cert calculated grades debacle Leaving Cert Controversy

Opinion: Government must learn the lessons of the Leaving Cert calculated grades debacle

Aisling Ryan and Pierce Ryan of UCC say the State and tech will intertwine more and more and the Leaving Cert issue tells us that transparency is key for future projects.

# opinion - Sunday 11 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: Here's why the make-up of the Supreme Court is so central to US political debate Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Here's why the make-up of the Supreme Court is so central to US political debate

Larry Donnelly looks at the how the highest court in America became “such a political hot potato”.

# opinion - Saturday 10 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Stop diverting funding allocated for eating disorders to other areas Funding Failure

Opinion: Stop diverting funding allocated for eating disorders to other areas

The Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to spend the money for eating disorder services on eating disorder services.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Telling the stories of Irish women - a tribute to Margaret MacCurtain Tribute

Opinion: Telling the stories of Irish women - a tribute to Margaret MacCurtain

Academic Mary McAuliffe pays tribute to Dr MacCurtain and the groundbreaking work she did.

# opinion - Friday 9 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Shane Ross: Golfgate is proof that judicial appointments are infected by political patronage Opinion

Shane Ross: Golfgate is proof that judicial appointments are infected by political patronage

Shane Ross analyses Seamus Woulfe’s account of the recent Golfgate controversy and has a few things to say.

From TheJournal.ie Grace O'Sullivan: You wait for one Climate Action Bill, then two come along Opinion

Grace O'Sullivan: You wait for one Climate Action Bill, then two come along

MEP Grace O’Sullivan gives a broad welcome to Ireland’s Climate Action Bill and the EU’s Climate Law, both on the table this week.

# opinion - Thursday 8 October, 2020

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Slovakia

It was a heartbreaking night as the Irish side were beaten on penalties.

From TheJournal.ie Notes from a GP: Covid cases in millennials are now showing in their grandparents Opinion

Notes from a GP: Covid cases in millennials are now showing in their grandparents

Our GP argues that while it’s understandable the government didn’t want to rush to Level 5 this week, the numbers now mean this is inevitable.

# opinion - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Professor Sam McConkey: Prepare for Levels 4 and 5, yesterday just delayed the inevitable Coronavirus

Professor Sam McConkey: Prepare for Levels 4 and 5, yesterday just delayed the inevitable

Professor Sam McConkey says he understands the thinking behind yesterday’s decision by Government, but believes it won’t be enough to stop the second wave of Covid-19.

# opinion - Friday 2 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'The pandemic isn't down to one reckless group - it's because of the contagiousness of Covid-19' Opinion

Opinion: 'The pandemic isn't down to one reckless group - it's because of the contagiousness of Covid-19'

Behavioural expert Dr Shane Timmons says that disapproval from the right sources is the key to fighting non-compliance.

# opinion - Thursday 1 October, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’ Opinion

Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’

Professor Gary Murphy explains how the cooling-off period for politicians turned lobbyists is ‘limited and contentious’.

# opinion - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Class and wealth, not merit, are rewarded in Ireland's education system Bonus Points

Opinion: Class and wealth, not merit, are rewarded in Ireland's education system

Professor Kathleen Lynch argues that a class divide is feeding injustice into our education system.

# opinion - Monday 28 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Now is the time to make Ireland's cities liveable again City Planning

Opinion: Now is the time to make Ireland's cities liveable again

Strategic planning consultant James Chilton says 2020 has exposed weaknesses in the design of Irish cities, and now is the time to reimagine a new liveable urban space.

# opinion - Sunday 27 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Self-publishing your own book is an achievable dream Saturday Serving

Opinion: Self-publishing your own book is an achievable dream

Self-published author Seán Brennan has some simple advice for anyone who feels it’s time to write that book they’ve been thinking about.

From TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Our Defence Forces are effectively on life-support Defence Forces

Tom Clonan: Our Defence Forces are effectively on life-support

Tom Clonan says the government’s new Commission on the Future of the Defence Forces must not delay in tackling the many crises faced in the forces of this country.

# opinion - Saturday 26 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Letter from China: Life is back to normal after Covid-19, but under strict conditions China

Letter from China: Life is back to normal after Covid-19, but under strict conditions

Greg McDonough, an Irishman living in China gives an account of ‘normal’ life after lockdown, where tough but fair measures are now in place.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We cannot let concerns about cross-border shopping stop us controlling a minimum price of alcohol here Health

Opinion: We cannot let concerns about cross-border shopping stop us controlling a minimum price of alcohol here

Eunan McKinney of Alcohol Action Ireland says public health demands the commencement of minimum unit pricing must proceed.

# opinion - Thursday 24 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Brexit may be bleak but Ireland has many allies throughout Europe and beyond Brexit

Opinion: Brexit may be bleak but Ireland has many allies throughout Europe and beyond

Noelle O Connell says it’s easy for us to keep the focus on what’s happening across the Irish Sea, but if we look beyond, there is a huge body of support for Ireland in the face of Brexit.

# opinion - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie A teacher and her Sixth Year students debate To Kill A Mockingbird's place on the syllabus Literature

A teacher and her Sixth Year students debate To Kill A Mockingbird's place on the syllabus

We asked our anonymous teacher to share her views and those of some of her students on the recent controversy surrounding To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Dublin City Council's decision to cut Local Property Tax will only favour the wealthy Dublin City Council

Opinion: Dublin City Council's decision to cut Local Property Tax will only favour the wealthy

Dublin City Council councillors last night voted in favour of retaining a 15% cut. Here, Michael Pidgeon argues why he believes this to be a regressive step.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ireland's forestry industry has hit a blockade - here's a way we can get through it Opinion

Column: Ireland's forestry industry has hit a blockade - here's a way we can get through it

Ireland needs a new model for forestry that does not damage nature, writes Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett.

# opinion - Monday 21 September, 2020

'The taking of the knee is now not dissimilar to a fancy hashtag or a nice pin badge,' says Ferdinand

Les Ferdinand feels the gesture’s ‘message has been lost’.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online Misinformation

Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online

Disinformation analyst Ciaran O’Connor says extremist groups online are offering simple answers to complex questions at a time when many people are frustrated.

# opinion - Sunday 20 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: The country of my birth is broken. Can it be fixed? Opinion

Larry Donnelly: The country of my birth is broken. Can it be fixed?

Larry Donnelly says based on recent events in his home country, it’s hard to argue that America is still the ‘land of opportunity’.

# opinion - Saturday 19 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The road ahead is a bleak one when it comes to climate change Climate

Opinion: The road ahead is a bleak one when it comes to climate change

Climate commentator John Gibbons outlines the critical state of the planet globally and urges us to embrace radical action to face down climate change.

From TheJournal.ie Neale Richmond: Brexit was no one hit wonder - the Tory party fostered this toxic sentiment over many years Opinion

Neale Richmond: Brexit was no one hit wonder - the Tory party fostered this toxic sentiment over many years

Neale Richmond says the UK has become a slave to insular thinking and it has led them to Brexit and the current mess it has caused.

# opinion - Friday 18 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Tomorrow I'll climb my 50th peak as part of a lockdown-interrupted charity challenge. Here's what I've learned Opinion

Tomorrow I'll climb my 50th peak as part of a lockdown-interrupted charity challenge. Here's what I've learned

At times drumming up the publicity needed to generate funds turned out to be harder than the actual mountain-climbing, writes Dermot Behan.

# opinion - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Mary Lou McDonald: Confusion, mixed messaging and punch-down policies - this government is out of touch with reality Covid-19

Mary Lou McDonald: Confusion, mixed messaging and punch-down policies - this government is out of touch with reality

The Sinn Féin leader says in a pandemic and now recession, the lack of clarity from Government is the last thing the country needs.

# opinion - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Boris and his friends are living in a post-truth 'Alice and Brexitland' Opinion

Opinion: Boris and his friends are living in a post-truth 'Alice and Brexitland'

Former ambassador Bobby McDonagh says Johnson’s team have used every excuse to cover their breach of international law, short of the PM eating his own homework.

# opinion - Monday 14 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer Opinion

Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer

Green Party TD Patrick Costello says foster care in Ireland has been at breaking point for some time and it cannot be ignored any longer.

# opinion - Sunday 13 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Retired Colonel Dorcha Lee: Is a Sinn Féin Minister for Defence really that unthinkable? Opinion

Retired Colonel Dorcha Lee: Is a Sinn Féin Minister for Defence really that unthinkable?

Lee says he feels conflicted about the possibility of a Sinn Féin government but admits the party now has a mandate that deserves recognition.

# opinion - Saturday 12 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Is Britain on the path to becoming a rogue state? Opinion

Opinion: Is Britain on the path to becoming a rogue state?

The UK government this week told the Commons that it would be breaking international law in relation to Brexit in ‘a limited and specific way’. Rights campaigner Emma DeSouza says she’s seen this before.

# opinion - Friday 11 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: The messaging from this new government has been an omnishambles Opinion

Tom Clonan: The messaging from this new government has been an omnishambles

Its communications strategy has been a mess at a crucial time for public health, Brexit and the economy, writes Clonan.

# opinion - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Opinion: 'I tried to take my own life more than once and felt the compassion of staff begin to fade'

On World Suicide Prevention Day our reader details her struggles and experience of the Irish mental health services.

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