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# Opinion

7th February 2023
Opinion: The Bell - the almost-forgotten Irish literary journal that 'took on the sacred cows'
Phyllis Boumans writes about why the literary journal The Bell was so important to Irish writing.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
Recipes: Pastry chef Shane Smith has some seasonal dishes for you to try
If baked cheese and tasty biscuits work for you, you’ve come to the right place.
Opinion: Enough talk - we need to decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use
Criminologist Dr Ian Marder proposes a paradigm shift away from criminalising drug use and towards a health-led approach.
John Gibbons: Shell made record profits as the planet burns - welcome to the toxic oil industry
The environmental campaigner questions how a global fossil fuel giant can record its highest profits ever in the shadow of a climate crisis.
The Sultans of Ping: 'It was a crazy sight to behold - every gig was exciting'
Paul McDermott traces the musical journey of Cork band The Sultans of Ping.
Vision-impaired woman: 'Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths'
Anne Marie Kearney is vision impaired and uses a cane. She says e-scooters must never reach a footpath.
Bad Bridget: Uncovering the secret lives of Ireland's emigrant women
Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick, authors of the book Bad Bridget, share the story of an Irish emigrant who was sent to prison for seven years for stealing a watch and money.
Last month
January 2023
Larry Donnelly: How will Irish politicians cope with an increasingly angry electorate?
Our columnist says the Donohoe affair and protests of recent weeks show that the political mood here has darkened.
The squeezed middle: What we should learn from the Great Recession of 2007-2013
By studying and learning from the effects of the Great Recession, policy makers can gain valuable insights into how to respond to the cost-of-living crisis.
Mary Lou McDonald: CAMHS is not working - we need to act urgently to reform how it operates
The Sinn Féin leader reacts to the CAMHS report this week and outlines her ideas for change.
Opinion: You might not know the name Artavazd Pelechian, but this cult film director matters
Director Tadhg O’Sullivan writes about why the cult director is a must-see at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival.
Therapist: How do we challenge toxic masculinity and its appeal to impressionable young men?
Geoffrey McCarthy looks at the Andrew Tate case and the troubling message it brings.
Lynn Ruane: In all my years of community work I've never met the ones 'fighting for Ireland'
The independent senator takes the narrative of the Far Right to task and asks them just how much they truly care for communities in Ireland.
Irish Iranians: 'We cannot give in to this barbaric regime'
Irish Iranians show solidarity with protestors in Iran and ask European lawmakers to take decisive action against the regime.
Larry Donnelly: Biden's classified documents problem is an embarrassing political setback
Our columnist looks at the political hot water the US president has found himself in this week.
Last year
Opinion: When it comes to AI we need to proceed with caution and build trust
Data Scientist Dr Oisín Boydell looks at the emerging trends in Artificial Intelligence and how they impact humans and society. 
Peter Power: Climate change risking famine in Somalia and beyond as global leaders dither
The head of UNICEF Ireland says children may face famine in Somalia while powerful governments stall on climate action.
# Opinion
Ranking the 10 best matches of the 2022 World Cup
Argentina-Netherlands and other memorable encounters.
Opinion: With sensitivity and care, we can find a solution to the protests in East Wall
Local Paddy O’Dea writes that in the diverse community of East Wall, the protesters against emergency accommodation do not speak for all residents.
# Opinion
Ranking the 8 remaining teams at the 2022 World Cup
Brazil and the other sides who are in contention to triumph.
# Stars
Do you agree with our World Cup team of the tournament so far?
France’s Kylian Mbappe and others who have stood out.
# Opinion
Ranking the 16 teams left in the World Cup
Brazil and France are among the favourites to lift the trophy
Gino Kenny: It's time to decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal use
The People Before Profit TD says his bill will provide a stepping stone to a more progressive drugs policy in Ireland.
# talking point
Ronaldo only has himself to blame for ignominious Man United departure
The Red Devils confirmed the star’s departure on Tuesday evening.
# Opinion
Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Malta
Jamie McGrath and Callum O’Dowda were among the bright sparks on a night that won’t live long in the memory.
Opinion: How the Kildare Mutiny helped set the gardaí on their unarmed path
Garda Stephen Moore writes about a pivotal moment for An Garda Siochána – his book is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland says it’s time Fifa showed it really cares about human rights ahead of the tournament.
Opinion: What colourised images can teach us about the Irish Civil War
Michael Barry, co-author alongside John Byrne of The Irish Civil War in Colour, explains more. The book is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.
Larry Donnelly: There was no US midterms 'red wave' - here's why
Our columnist takes a look at what the midterm results say about the state of politics in the US right now.
Dog behaviourist: Yes, you can 'speak dog' - some tips for learning
Getting to know your dog’s behaviour will increase your bond, says dog expert Suzi Walsh.
Chaos and fury in Westminster: The impact for Northern Ireland's voters
Originally from Derry, Christina McSorley is a journalist with the BBC based in Westminster and has had a ringside seat to the recent political drama.
Opinion: We've tracked Ireland's road to repeal - it would be foolish to believe the struggle is over
Therese Caherty and Pauline Conroy, alongside photographer Derek Speirs, are the editors of a new book about Ireland’s road to repeal – here they take us through their work on it.
Opinion: If you stutter, you shouldn't have to overcome it - or become a punchline
Aidan Greene writes about how becoming a stand-up comedian helped him to make the punchlines – not be one.
Student in Iran: 'Mahsa's death has lit a fire within - please do not forget us'
One young student has risked her safety to tell us her story.
Opinion: What is good for our planet can be good for our pocket too
Dr Paul Deane of UCC looks at how we use and ultimately save energy.
Tom Clonan: Putin's running out of conventional military solutions to impose his will on Ukraine
The security analyst writes that on the other hand, the Ukrainian motivation to fight is high.
# Opinion
3 winners and losers from Ireland's latest international window
Stephen Kenny has plenty to contemplate after an eventful last few days.
# Have your say
Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Armenia?
Stephen Kenny is expected to make a couple of changes from the Scotland game.
Opinion: No one told me that childcare is the true engine of creative work
Erin Fornoff on how she wrote a play while living on a sinking barge with a toddler – and no childcare.
Opinion: Never heard of hygiene poverty? Here's how it affects people in Ireland
Most of us don’t give having a shower or washing our hair a second thought. But for some people in Ireland, hygiene is never a guarantee, writes Ciara Dalton