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#Opinion

# 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.

# opinion - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: As Moria camp burns, we cannot stand over the EU's neglect of refugees any longer Refugees

Opinion: As Moria camp burns, we cannot stand over the EU's neglect of refugees any longer

Jack Sheehan says the EU’s policy on refugees is inhumane and that Irish citizens must hold MEPs to account.

From TheJournal.ie Cheap clothes are cheap clothes, but fast fashion is the real environmental problem Opinion

Cheap clothes are cheap clothes, but fast fashion is the real environmental problem

Carolyn Moore says the government’s Waste Action Plan rightly tackles fast fashion – which encourages mass consumerism, exploitation and waste – but says that doesn’t mean cheap clothes are in the firing line.

# opinion - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Brexit: The adults are no longer in charge in Downing Street Opinion

Brexit: The adults are no longer in charge in Downing Street

Former ambassador Bobby McDonagh says the Cummings-driven cabal of ‘weirdos and misfits’ are now steering the UK onto a dangerous path in the Brexit negotiations.

# opinion - Monday 7 September, 2020

Kenny needs time to reshape the Irish team - ignore anyone who says otherwise

It is much too early to judge the new Irish boss, although that hasn’t stopped some.

From TheJournal.ie Leaving Cert student: Waiting for today's results feels like an anti-climax Opinion

Leaving Cert student: Waiting for today's results feels like an anti-climax

Poppy Kane is a sixth year pupil about to receive her Leaving Cert results like thousands of others today. She shares her thoughts on the last six months.

# opinion - Sunday 6 September, 2020

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Finland

It was a disappointing evening for Ireland in Stephen Kenny’s first game in charge.

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: It's now 'Game On' in the Biden vs Trump race Opinion

Larry Donnelly: It's now 'Game On' in the Biden vs Trump race

Larry Donnelly says we are in a crucial phase of the US election cycle and if the Democrats don’t tackle Trump’s fear-based message, they could be in trouble.

# opinion - Saturday 5 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Ireland at the UN Security Council is uniquely placed to take a stance on Hezbollah United Nations

Ireland at the UN Security Council is uniquely placed to take a stance on Hezbollah

Sir Ivor Roberts warns of the dangers of a stronger Hezbollah in Lebanon and urges Ireland and the EU to take a tougher stance against the group.

From TheJournal.ie Jamie Oliver shares two delightful recipes from his new book Saturday Serving

Jamie Oliver shares two delightful recipes from his new book

Try a butter chicken dish and broccoli quiche, courtesy of the world-renowned chef.

# opinion - Friday 4 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie An Irishman in Berlin: There's a housing shortage here too, despite a different approach Opinion

An Irishman in Berlin: There's a housing shortage here too, despite a different approach

Irishman William Campbell lives in Berlin and says despite how we hold up the German housing market as one of the best, it has developed some serious flaws.

# opinion - Thursday 3 September, 2020

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Bulgaria

Ireland had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Stephen Kenny’s first game in charge.

From TheJournal.ie Living with an eating disorder: The last few months have brought unwelcome challenges Opinion

Living with an eating disorder: The last few months have brought unwelcome challenges

Ciara lives with an eating disorder. She says the health service is not fit for purpose when it comes to these illnesses.

# opinion - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Blaming young people for making mistakes with this virus is unfair and unhelpful Opinion

Opinion: Blaming young people for making mistakes with this virus is unfair and unhelpful

Dr Laura Durcan says it’s not just young people spreading Covid-19 – it’s lunch, brunch, christenings and all manner of social gatherings.

# opinion - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Trump's presidency has weakened the electoral college - time for it to go Opinion

Trump's presidency has weakened the electoral college - time for it to go

Caoimhín de Barra looks at the dual US voting system and says the electoral college has the potential to cause major upheaval now and in future.

# opinion - Monday 31 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie 'Babies don't wait': How the National Maternity Hospital coped in the early days of Covid Column

'Babies don't wait': How the National Maternity Hospital coped in the early days of Covid

Mary Brosnan, the director of nursing & midwifery, writes: “Babies wait for no one, even in a pandemic they will be born.”

# opinion - Saturday 29 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Living with the 'new normal' is extra difficult with a disability - here are some small changes that would help Inclusion

Living with the 'new normal' is extra difficult with a disability - here are some small changes that would help

Carrie Williams, who lives with a debilitating illness outlines the challenges Covid-19 has brought for people with disabilities.

From TheJournal.ie Beirut blast: 'I heard BOOM as a pink mushroom cloud spread above me, eating the city alive' Opinion

Beirut blast: 'I heard BOOM as a pink mushroom cloud spread above me, eating the city alive'

Tania Khalil was in Beirut when the blast happened on 4 August.

# opinion - Thursday 27 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: If we do it the right way we can avoid a school run clogged up by cars Schools

Opinion: If we do it the right way we can avoid a school run clogged up by cars

Jane Hackett of the Green-Schools Travel Programme is urging parents to avoid slipping back to the overuse of the car because of concerns over Covid-19.

# opinion - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Parents: 'We're both excited and nervous about the return to school' Opinion

Parents: 'We're both excited and nervous about the return to school'

With many of Ireland’s schools reopening this week, we asked a number of parents from around the country to share their thoughts on what’s ahead.

'He was born to coach and manage' - Quiet man Crawford the perfect fit for Ireland U21s

Conan Byrne predicts a continued run of good form for the side under Jim Crawford’s stewardship

# opinion - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried' Assessing Autism

The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'

‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’

From TheJournal.ie Shane Ross: What on Earth was a Supreme Court Judge doing at an Oireachtas members’ golf outing? Opinion

Shane Ross: What on Earth was a Supreme Court Judge doing at an Oireachtas members’ golf outing?

Former minister Shane Ross says the recent ‘golfgate’ event in Clifden has the familiar ring of political and judicial cosiness.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Golfgate' shows that we need an independent body to investigate complaints against judges Golfgate

Opinion: 'Golfgate' shows that we need an independent body to investigate complaints against judges

Dr Laura Cahillane and Dr David Kenny say the controversy around Judge Seamus Woulfe’s attendance at the recent Clifden event shows the need to tidy up our oversight of the judiciary.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Clifden opened wounds, but we must resist the urge to lock down Irish life entirely Coronavirus

Opinion: Clifden opened wounds, but we must resist the urge to lock down Irish life entirely

Consultant Geriatrician, Professor Rónán Collins says it’s more important to ‘add life to years’ than ‘add years to life’ and that Irish life must go on, despite Covid-19.

# opinion - Sunday 23 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Lyons Tea: Is it as Irish as we think? Opinion

Lyons Tea: Is it as Irish as we think?

The history of Lyon is not what you might expect, writes Tom Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie Caelainn Hogan: 'This institution for ‘unmarried mothers’ is not part of some distant past - it closed in 2006' Opinion

Caelainn Hogan: 'This institution for ‘unmarried mothers’ is not part of some distant past - it closed in 2006'

Writer Caelainn Hogan has accessed files that give an insight into life at a Donegal mother-and-baby home known as The Castle.

From TheJournal.ie Lise Hand: 'Journalism matters. And this week has been a crucial reminder of that' Journalism

Lise Hand: 'Journalism matters. And this week has been a crucial reminder of that'

“Behind every headline, at the heart of the story but not part of the story, are journalists.”

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Joe Kennedy fights for his family’s legacy in a 'nasty' campaign Showdown

Opinion: Joe Kennedy fights for his family’s legacy in a 'nasty' campaign

As Democrats rally against Trump, the race for Massachusetts’ Senate seat is also worth watching, Larry Donnelly writes.

# opinion - Saturday 22 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services' Birth Place

Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services'

The National Maternity Strategy recommendations have been watered down or sidelined, writes Dr Krysia Lynch of AIMS Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'Here we are again. A global crisis rages and a government clown car is ablaze with a conflagration of its own making' Golfgate

'Here we are again. A global crisis rages and a government clown car is ablaze with a conflagration of its own making'

Lise Hand draws parallels between Fianna Fáil past and present: “It was this lethal combination of incoherence and arrogance which did it for the government in 2011.”

# opinion - Friday 21 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Column: Five months into 'cocooning' and I’ve learned it’s the little things that get you Voices

Column: Five months into 'cocooning' and I’ve learned it’s the little things that get you

Aimée, 32, writes of missing Lidl and walks on Bank Holiday Mondays.

# opinion - Thursday 20 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'We should fight for equal training for all doctors in memory of Dr Syed Waqqar Ali Shah' Dr Naveed Abbas

Opinion: 'We should fight for equal training for all doctors in memory of Dr Syed Waqqar Ali Shah'

We need to start training as many doctors as we can and that should not be based on the fairness of their skin or their country of origin, but on their skill and hard work, writes Dr Naveed Abbas.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks Lowering Standards

Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks

Orla Hegarty writes that lockdown has been a time to reflect on getting our new housing right.

# opinion - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Back to training after lockdown? A sports nutritionist shares her advice Opinion

Back to training after lockdown? A sports nutritionist shares her advice

The fuel we put into our bodies goes a long way in getting the most out of physical activity, says Kate McDaid.