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# opinion - Saturday 28 November, 2020

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services

Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project describes how a shift in policy around Covid-19 brought about the changes to drug treatment that had been sought for years.

# opinion - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Holly Cairns: The greyhound industry is inherently cruel – so why should the taxpayer fund it?

The Social Democrats TD says it defies logic that the greyhound industry should receive an increase of €2.4m on top of its already high funding.

Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik says the 2004 referendum has caused needless suffering and she’s asking the Government to back a new Bill addressing this issue.

# opinion - Monday 23 November, 2020

From The42 Magic. Special. What it's all about: Cavan's fairytale Ulster triumph just means more Raw Emotion

Magic. Special. What it's all about: Cavan's fairytale Ulster triumph just means more

The42′s Emma Duffy reflects on a day that will live long in the memory of Cavan people.

From The42 The English video is a non-issue - Stephen Kenny's real problem is that the story went public Opinion

The English video is a non-issue - Stephen Kenny's real problem is that the story went public

The FAI consider the matter dealt with, but the leaking of dressing room details undermines Kenny’s work as manager.

Opinion: There's no point asking employees to 'work from home' when employers hold all the cards

As NPHET calls for more people to work from home, ICTU’s Dr Laura Bambrick says workers have no rights in law to work remotely, and this needs to change.

Opinion: Let's call 'revenge porn' what it really is - sexual abuse

Legal expert Róisín Á Costello discusses the recent sharing of images of thousands of women online without consent and says it’s now time to right the legal wrongs in this area.

# opinion - Sunday 22 November, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Joe Biden won, but Democrats don’t get it

Larry Donnelly says while defeating Trump is a welcome victory, Democrats are in danger of storing up problems for the future by isolating the centre-ground.

# opinion - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle

If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.

Donal Fallon: 100 years on from the IRA assassinations of Bloody Sunday morning, mysteries remain

The historian sets the scene of the morning of that fateful day 100 years ago today and the killings that preceded the Croke Park massacre.

# opinion - Friday 20 November, 2020

Anonymous Teacher: 'Instead of cheers and claps, we are getting sneers from the public'

A teacher says the TUI calls this week for an early Christmas break were unhelpful, as those in her profession face a change in tone from the public.

Opinion: 'Thatcher dismissed FitzGerald's proposals but later said she could do business'

The Anglo-Irish Agreement is 35 years old this month. Mike Chinoy charts how the work of two professors shaped that agreement and laid the ground for the peace process.

# opinion - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Opinion: We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies

Trinity professor Ciaran O’Neill says it’s time for Irish universities to address their own dark imperial past as students now seek real change.

# opinion - Monday 16 November, 2020

Opinion: Wild Mountain Thyme does what Hollywood has always done - sells 'Oirland' to Irish America

Film lecturer Dr Seán Crosson says we have often been offended by the portrayal of Ireland on screen, but that Hollywood isn’t aiming such movies at us.

Opinion: 'He was a local hero after Jadotville - but that's not how he remembers it'

Daughter of Tadgh Quinn, Helena Quinn recounts the effect the siege of Jadotville had on her father and welcomes recent moves to properly recognise the men of “A” Company.

# opinion - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Opinion: Why Biden’s presidency will be defined by the Georgia vote in January

Rory McNab says Georgia is key to setting the tone of Biden’s administration but he will be up against the might of McConnell.

# opinion - Friday 13 November, 2020

Malcolm Byrne: I worry we are entering a Trumpian era of divided politics in Ireland

The Fianna Fáil senator says recent events have convinced him that political discourse has changed and that a place for considered compromise must now be found in Irish politics.

# opinion - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Have your say: a chance for the public to tell policymakers where we go from here

Live discussions on Science Week platform will hear what Irish citizens think the ‘new normal’ should look like.

# opinion - Sunday 8 November, 2020

Opinion: Stink bugs, hairy mollies and hedge mustard - local nature in a pandemic

In this extract from her book, An Irish Nature Year, author Jane Powers explores the significance of nature throughout these strange times.

# opinion - Saturday 7 November, 2020

Opinion: Let's celebrate the dog - man's best friend in a pandemic

Tom Inglis and his Wheaten terrier, Pepe, lived together for eighteen years. Here, he pays tribute to Pepe and all the furry friends who have helped us through 2020.

Shane Rigney shares a recipe and asks: 'To veg, or not to veg?'

Shane Rigney of Riggers D8 hopes to consider the environment while also keeping customers and suppliers happy. It’s tricky, but he says balance is key.

# opinion - Thursday 5 November, 2020

Larry Donnelly: 'Trumpism' is alive and well no matter who wins the US presidency

While evaluating why Trump remains so popular, one must examine what is on offer from his foes, writes Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Tuesday 3 November, 2020

Opinion: I once ran as a candidate in a US election - I'm from Cork

Corkman Greg Delanty, a poet, found himself running as a candidate in the US election in 2004. It was a learning experience.

Tom Clonan: Last night's attack in Vienna shows Islamic State is regrouping and shifting focus

Islamic State’s so-called ‘Caliphate’ took a beating last year, but the terror group has been revived from new bases in Africa, writes Tom Clonan.

Opinion: I was shamed for being diagnosed with Covid

Amy Donohoe was diagnosed with Covid-19 last month and found that the experience brought with it an unwelcome sense of shame.

# opinion - Monday 2 November, 2020

'With its Security Council seat, Ireland has a unique opportunity to defend democracy in Belarus'

We must now take the lead in defending a European country in which democracy is under attack, writes Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan.

# opinion - Sunday 1 November, 2020

‘Barrage of noise, stress and drama’: Life in emergency accommodation

Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes, a rough sleeper with a disability on staying in a hostel for the homeless.

Larry Donnelly: It’s definitely advantage Biden - but watch Pennsylvania

Larry Donnelly’s rational self tells him that Joe Biden will win – but does lightning ever strike twice?

To tackle income poverty and inequality, we need to fully understand the complexities of the data

The 2019 Survey of Income and Living Conditions offers an important insight into life in Ireland today.

# opinion - Saturday 31 October, 2020

'Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill scooped up handfuls of her lover's blood, drank, then threw back her head and howled'

Author and poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards – here she writes about how ghosts inspired her nominated book.

Dr Mark Murphy: 'GPs are seeing the mental health impact of Covid-19 on their patients'

We must move on from saying ‘we need to do more’ and outline practical solutions to mitigate the secondary impact of the pandemic, writes Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy.

# opinion - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Don't be fooled: The polls weren't wrong in 2016, the analysis was

The goalposts – and polling analysis – have shifted since 2016, Noel Rock writes.

# opinion - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Opinion: China is going carbon neutral, and the USA needs to take note no matter who it elects

Luke O Callaghan White says China’s leader was being strategic when he stunned the international community recently by declaring ambitious climate action plans.

# opinion - Monday 26 October, 2020

Opinion: Eating disorders are ruthless but specialised regional care is hard to find

One mother, who has seen her daughter suffer, feels the Government and HSE are badly failing people with eating disorders.

Eoin McGee: We will have the power to kickstart the economy

Eoin McGee runs the numbers in the wake of Budget 2021 and says Ireland’s savers will need to step up after Level 5 to bring the economy back to life.

# opinion - Saturday 24 October, 2020

Time for baking bread: Try seeded loaf and Guinness and treacle bread from The Cake Cafe

Baker Ray O’Neill shares his views on Level 5 restrictions where he says supporting local is vital. He has two delicious bread recipes for you.

# opinion - Friday 23 October, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Biden did just fine, so he won the debate

In a much calmer debate than we’ve seen, Trump may have taken the night on points, but all Biden had to do was not mess up, and he was in the clear.

Fionn Davenport: I was born in a mother and baby home - we have a right to our past

Writer Fionn Davenport says the government’s rushing through of legislation last night condemns survivors of mother and baby homes to 30 more years of darkness.

# opinion - Thursday 22 October, 2020

Opinion: The gym is great, but please don't insult us by suggesting it's the answer to mental illness

Rachel O’Neill lives with anxiety and depression and says ‘bad actors’ using mental health as an excuse to keep gyms open in Level 5 is unforgivable.

Roisin Shortall: Human behaviour, not just data, must be factored into the Government Covid strategy

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall says NPHET and the Government are not factoring in human behaviour and our social structures in their attempts to stop Covid-19.

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