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#Opinion

# opinion - Sunday 16 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Staying sober is really hard but life without booze is magic Opinion

Opinion: Staying sober is really hard but life without booze is magic

Are you sober-curious? It can be hard to say no to drink but my life is so much better without it, writes Elaine Benson.

From TheJournal.ie 'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff' Regina Doherty

'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff'

When a customer provides a tip after satisfactory service, they should know exactly where that money goes, writes Minister Regina Doherty.

# opinion - Saturday 15 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Tomatoes are the most high-maintenance of all veg plants - but they’re worth it Column

From the Garden: Tomatoes are the most high-maintenance of all veg plants - but they’re worth it

As well as specific watering methods there is the regular pinching out of side shoots to allow air to circulate around the plants, writes Michael Kelly.

# opinion - Friday 14 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Quitting social media enriched my life hugely - would you dare to hit delete? Opinion

Opinion: Quitting social media enriched my life hugely - would you dare to hit delete?

I had a thousand Facebook friends but no one begged me to stay, writes Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha.

# opinion - Thursday 13 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I won't wear ceremonial robes in council as they are a symbolic barrier to participation' Opinion

Opinion: 'I won't wear ceremonial robes in council as they are a symbolic barrier to participation'

The robes make it harder for the average person to see themselves as a public representative, writes Galway City Councillor, Owen Hanley.

# opinion - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Indonesia: Government moves to block social media as fake images lead to violent clashes Opinion

Indonesia: Government moves to block social media as fake images lead to violent clashes

Social media hoaxes, including doctored images and fake videos, have contributed to bloodshed in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, writes Barry Dunning.

# opinion - Tuesday 11 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Technology was meant to be our great liberator but instead it became our prison Opinion

Opinion: Technology was meant to be our great liberator but instead it became our prison

We’re addicted to technology but as with most addictions, we don’t believe we have a problem, writes Shane Cradock.

# opinion - Monday 10 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Co-living will push up the price of land and make it unviable to build residential homes Opinion

Opinion: Co-living will push up the price of land and make it unviable to build residential homes

Co-living is exciting alright – for property developers, writes housing policy analyst, Mel Reynolds.

# opinion - Sunday 9 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: It was an unusual US presidential visit - but what is its broader significance? Opinion

Larry Donnelly: It was an unusual US presidential visit - but what is its broader significance?

The Government deserves credit for successfully handling what was inevitably going to be a tricky situation, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Cans, Tans and Summer Plans Column

The Irish For: Cans, Tans and Summer Plans

Samhradh comes with a sense of disappointment, rarely delivering on its promises of sunshine and gaiety, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 8 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: There are very few commercial growers left but you can buy direct from some of them Column

From the Garden: There are very few commercial growers left but you can buy direct from some of them

As consumers we have to vote with our wallets, eating in season and buying Irish, writes Michael Kelly.

# opinion - Friday 7 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: If my family pet died I would hold a religious end-of-life ceremony Opinion

Opinion: If my family pet died I would hold a religious end-of-life ceremony

Pope John Paul II said that ‘animals possess a soul’ and are ‘as near to God as men are,’ writes Diarmuid Pepper.

# opinion - Thursday 6 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Only the person themselves can decide if they are a 'disabled person' or 'person with a disability' Opinion

Opinion: Only the person themselves can decide if they are a 'disabled person' or 'person with a disability'

You might roll your eyes at yet another millennial taking issue over the order in which we put the words – but labels matter, writes Brigid O’Dea.

# opinion - Wednesday 5 June, 2019

Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Denmark?

Mick McCarthy has some tough selection calls ahead of Friday’s game.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Farmers should support the Green Party - and secretly some of them probably do Voices

Opinion: Farmers should support the Green Party - and secretly some of them probably do

Farming needs to become sustainable to survive and most farmers don’t want to damage the natural world, writes Ray Foley.

# opinion - Tuesday 4 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Prada is set to stop using fur but Ireland continues to support this barbaric industry Opinion

Opinion: Prada is set to stop using fur but Ireland continues to support this barbaric industry

Major players in fashion and media are turning their backs on this dying, cruel trade – it is time that we did too, writes John Carmody.

# opinion - Monday 3 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The left is not inspiring any confidence that it can challenge the status quo Opinion

Opinion: The left is not inspiring any confidence that it can challenge the status quo

The left-wing parties failed to progress the ideas behind Right2Change – so potential voters stayed at home, writes Cillian Doyle.

# opinion - Sunday 2 June, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Column: Top tips for parents to avoid a holiday from hell this summer Column

Column: Top tips for parents to avoid a holiday from hell this summer

They may be the apple of your eye but a break from the little darlings might just be the best part of your holiday, writes Shane Dunphy.

# opinion - Saturday 1 June, 2019

Player ratings: How Liverpool and Spurs fared in the Champions League final

The Reds earned a hard-fought 2-0 win.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service Opinion

Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service

Oglaigh na h’Eireann is reaching a tipping point, a point of no return, in terms of recruitment, retention and falling numbers, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Friday 31 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Leaving Cert might not be perfect but it is fairer than many other systems Opinion

Opinion: The Leaving Cert might not be perfect but it is fairer than many other systems

The university bribery scandal in the US shows how far some parents will go to secure their child’s college place, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# opinion - Thursday 30 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Proposals for the night time economy could boost our town centres Opinion

Opinion: Proposals for the night time economy could boost our town centres

We should overhaul nightlife to tap into emerging consumer trends, writes Richard Guiney, CEO of DublinTown.

# opinion - Wednesday 29 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie A garden in the Bloom Festival is a space where people with dementia can reminisce Opinion

A garden in the Bloom Festival is a space where people with dementia can reminisce

The garden offers a positive and enjoyable experience for people with dementia by rekindling fond memories, writes Kathy Ryan.

# opinion - Tuesday 28 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Cyclone Idai: A father searches the rubble for his dead children as millions are at risk of food shortages Voices

Cyclone Idai: A father searches the rubble for his dead children as millions are at risk of food shortages

It is hard to describe the utter devastation of the worst natural disaster to hit the Southern Hemisphere, writes Gabriella Pandini.

# opinion - Monday 27 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Why do rich people lie, cheat and steal more than those on low incomes? Opinion

Opinion: Why do rich people lie, cheat and steal more than those on low incomes?

Seven experiments produced similar results leading researchers to conclude that higher social class predicts unethical behaviour, writes Diarmuid Pepper.

# opinion - Sunday 26 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Lynn Ruane: An inspirational school project reminds us of our shared humanity Column

Lynn Ruane: An inspirational school project reminds us of our shared humanity

I find it obscene that Ireland is dragging its feet rather than creating an environment where families torn apart by war can start a new life, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

# opinion - Saturday 25 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: For wheelchair users taking public transport is like playing roulette Opinion

Opinion: For wheelchair users taking public transport is like playing roulette

The issues with public transport mean that I don’t get out of the house very much. It also limits my options in terms of employment, writes Niamh Ní Ruari.

# opinion - Friday 24 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Doctors feared I’d never walk again but resilience played a part in my recovery Opinion

Doctors feared I’d never walk again but resilience played a part in my recovery

Following a freak surfing accident, I was paralysed from the neck down, writes Billy Hedderman.

# opinion - Thursday 23 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Who will be the winners and losers of the European Elections, 2019? EE2019

Opinion: Who will be the winners and losers of the European Elections, 2019?

‘While lots of people have no interest it’s going to be absolutely fascinating for those of us who love the sport of electoral politics’ writes political columnist, Larry Donnelly

# opinion - Wednesday 22 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Plans for 'co-living' apartment blocks in Dublin are in opposition to the 'cohousing' model popular in Europe Opinion

Plans for 'co-living' apartment blocks in Dublin are in opposition to the 'cohousing' model popular in Europe

Cohousing arrangements are a co-operative movement that helps to create affordable housing, writes Tom O’Donnell.

# opinion - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy Opinion

Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy

Citizens of some cities will vote on Friday as to whether to introduce a directly elected mayor – the move would boost local government, writes Deiric Ó Broin .

# opinion - Monday 20 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'The Farage approach would strip the heart from democracy' Opinion

Opinion: 'The Farage approach would strip the heart from democracy'

The Brexit Party is leading the polls but has refused to publish a manifesto – that approach poses a threat to democracy, writes Matthew Murphy.

# opinion - Sunday 19 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Are we ready to let go of the Catholic Church's rituals? Opinion

Opinion: Are we ready to let go of the Catholic Church's rituals?

Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Burial are now rites of passage but do we understand their theological foundations, writes Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence Column

The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence

The word appears to originate before 1900 in parts of Ireland where spoken Irish was high and literacy was low, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# opinion - Saturday 18 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Being more productive doesn’t mean working harder – it means working smarter Opinion

Opinion: Being more productive doesn’t mean working harder – it means working smarter

Productivity involves finding your own rhythm and getting things done in the way that works best for you – according to your own skills and abilities writes Gill Hasson.

# opinion - Friday 17 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Underarm hair is natural so why do people reel in horror from my hairy armpits? Opinion

Opinion: Underarm hair is natural so why do people reel in horror from my hairy armpits?

The kickback women face when we dare to show contempt for this societal norm is most intriguing, writes Síomha Ní Ruairc.

# opinion - Thursday 16 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Adi Roche: Heroic men were sent in to fight a nuclear disaster with shovels and their bare hands Opinion

Adi Roche: Heroic men were sent in to fight a nuclear disaster with shovels and their bare hands

‘The Chernobyl series on Sky TV is an honest, truthful and a jarring appraisal of human behaviour – acting as a cautionary tale for all of us’, writes Adi Roche.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The tragic death of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest highlights the dangers of confessional TV Voices

Opinion: The tragic death of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest highlights the dangers of confessional TV

Some talk shows walk a thin line between sympathy, sensationalism and exploitation, writes Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill.

# opinion - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear' Opinion

Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear'

Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools.

# opinion - Monday 13 May, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: New laws to ban 'upskirting' and 'revenge porn' are welcome but stalking should also be defined as a crime Opinion

Opinion: New laws to ban 'upskirting' and 'revenge porn' are welcome but stalking should also be defined as a crime

The Law Reform Commission says stalking should be defined as a crime and the introduction of stalking laws in the UK resulted in an increase in prosecutions, writes Catherine O’Sullivan.