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# opinion - Yesterday's News

Tom Clonan: Putin's running out of conventional military solutions to impose his will on Ukraine
# Analysis
# Analysis

Tom Clonan: Putin's running out of conventional military solutions to impose his will on Ukraine

21 hours ago 36,985 Views 45 Comments

The security analyst writes that on the other hand, the Ukrainian motivation to fight is high.

# opinion - Wednesday 28 September, 2022

3 winners and losers from Ireland's latest international window
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From The42
# Opinion

3 winners and losers from Ireland's latest international window

Sep 28th 2022, 7:00 PM 16,257 Views 12 Comments

Stephen Kenny has plenty to contemplate after an eventful last few days.

# opinion - Monday 26 September, 2022

Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Armenia?
# Have Your Say
From The42
# Have Your Say

Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Armenia?

Sep 26th 2022, 8:00 PM 23,717 Views 29 Comments

Stephen Kenny is expected to make a couple of changes from the Scotland game.

# opinion - Saturday 17 September, 2022

Opinion: No one told me that childcare is the true engine of creative work
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: No one told me that childcare is the true engine of creative work

Sep 17th 2022, 8:00 PM 14,733 Views 1 Comment

Erin Fornoff on how she wrote a play while living on a sinking barge with a toddler – and no childcare.

# opinion - Monday 12 September, 2022

Opinion: Never heard of hygiene poverty? Here's how it affects people in Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Never heard of hygiene poverty? Here's how it affects people in Ireland

Sep 12th 2022, 7:00 AM 22,612 Views 5 Comments

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

# opinion - Wednesday 7 September, 2022

Opinion: The world wants us to go back to normal after the pandemic. Maybe we need to rest instead
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The world wants us to go back to normal after the pandemic. Maybe we need to rest instead

Sep 7th 2022, 7:00 PM 25,186 Views 11 Comments

Artist Áine O’Hara has created the Rest Rooms, where rest is a form of resistance – here, she explains the background to the installation.

# opinion - Tuesday 6 September, 2022

Opinion: Does the behaviour of gulls in the city need to change - or do we?
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# Opinion

Opinion: Does the behaviour of gulls in the city need to change - or do we?

Sep 6th 2022, 7:00 PM 19,190 Views 36 Comments

Artist Shanna May Breen found herself mulling over this after seagulls nested near her flat. Now she’s made a theatre show in tribute to the bird.

# opinion - Monday 5 September, 2022

From the energy crisis to the never-ending Brexit saga - the challenges facing the new UK PM
# Analysis
# Analysis

From the energy crisis to the never-ending Brexit saga - the challenges facing the new UK PM

Sep 5th 2022, 11:45 AM 9,725 Views 5 Comments

Christina McSorley of the BBC’s politics Westminster team on what lies in store for the new occupant of Number 10 Downing Street.

# opinion - Thursday 1 September, 2022

Opinion: Exploring sex work in Ireland - eight inch heels, pink acrylics and stigma
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# Opinion

Opinion: Exploring sex work in Ireland - eight inch heels, pink acrylics and stigma

Sep 1st 2022, 7:00 PM 31,750 Views 0 Comments

Playwright Lianne O’Hara makes her stage debut with FLUFF – following two Dublin strippers through an evening’s work and aiming to amplify the voices of sex workers – opening at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival

# opinion - Tuesday 30 August, 2022

Therapist: Back-to-school anxiety is real for many pupils this week - here's how you can help
# Back To School
# Back To School

Therapist: Back-to-school anxiety is real for many pupils this week - here's how you can help

Updated Aug 30th 2022, 1:42 PM 19,847 Views 19 Comments

Susi Lodola writes about what causes anxiety in children, how to identify it and what you parents and guardians can do to help.

# opinion - Sunday 28 August, 2022

Remember what our soldiers told the Snake Island ship? That's how I feel reading calls for us to capitulate
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# Opinion

Remember what our soldiers told the Snake Island ship? That's how I feel reading calls for us to capitulate

Aug 28th 2022, 8:30 PM 26,148 Views 23 Comments

Ukrainian writer and journalist Polina Bashkina has made her home in Ireland in recent months – she says her nation is physically incapable of giving up.

# opinion - Saturday 27 August, 2022

Excerpt: In our culture, old women are mostly ignored - but it hasn't always been that way
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# Opinion

Excerpt: In our culture, old women are mostly ignored - but it hasn't always been that way

Aug 27th 2022, 8:00 PM 26,089 Views 15 Comments

Author and psychologist Sharon Blackie writes about what we can learn from the ‘Cailleach’ about our views on aging, and how we can challenge them.

# opinion - Thursday 25 August, 2022

Opinion: Lack of clarity around monkeypox vaccination specifics is likely to add to confusion
# Monkeypox
# Monkeypox

Opinion: Lack of clarity around monkeypox vaccination specifics is likely to add to confusion

Aug 25th 2022, 8:00 PM 6,778 Views 0 Comments

Dr John Gilmore and Dr Chris Noone write that the Government must ensure that those most at risk from the virus receive adequate support.

Opinion: The hyperfocus on our punters blinds people to the real issues sex workers face
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The hyperfocus on our punters blinds people to the real issues sex workers face

Aug 25th 2022, 7:00 AM 16,399 Views 0 Comments

A sex worker writes about her experiences and what needs to change, on foot of new research about sex work in Ireland.

# opinion - Tuesday 23 August, 2022

Emily Ashmore: Stand-up comedy helped me deal with my mystery health issue
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Emily Ashmore: Stand-up comedy helped me deal with my mystery health issue

Aug 23rd 2022, 7:00 AM 18,799 Views 4 Comments

When Emily Ashmore dislocated her knees, it was the start of a long medical journey. She found solace in humour.

# opinion - Saturday 20 August, 2022

Author: 'I knew those neo-Nazi classmates were living in a sort of oblivion of meaninglessness'
# Smalltown America
# Smalltown America

Author: 'I knew those neo-Nazi classmates were living in a sort of oblivion of meaninglessness'

Aug 20th 2022, 7:00 AM 20,740 Views 8 Comments

Conner Habib has now made Ireland his home. But here, he recalls his youth in Pennsylvania, and how it fed into the writing of his debut novel.

# opinion - Saturday 13 August, 2022

Opinion: "You can't see the sorrow after lights out..." - Iran's persecution of Bahá’ís
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Opinion: "You can't see the sorrow after lights out..." - Iran's persecution of Bahá’ís

Aug 13th 2022, 8:00 PM 20,192 Views 12 Comments

Brendan McNamara says we cannot turn a blind eye while minorities are persecuted for their faith.

# opinion - Saturday 6 August, 2022

Larry Donnelly: Are we seeing rays of hope for Democrats?
# US Politics
# US Politics

Larry Donnelly: Are we seeing rays of hope for Democrats?

Aug 6th 2022, 8:00 PM 29,141 Views 25 Comments

Our columnist says surprising abortion votes and the fact that Republicans have an issue with Trump could sway things for Democrats.

# opinion - Wednesday 3 August, 2022

Donnacha Ó Beacháin: Sabina Higgins' letter - a damaging and avoidable controversy
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# Opinion

Donnacha Ó Beacháin: Sabina Higgins' letter - a damaging and avoidable controversy

Updated Aug 3rd 2022, 2:11 PM 38,723 Views 102 Comments

The politics professor says the letter damaged Ireland’s reputation regarding its position on Russia’s war against Ukraine.

# opinion - Wednesday 27 July, 2022

Stephen Donnelly: The intimidation of women seeking abortion services will soon be illegal
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# Opinion

Stephen Donnelly: The intimidation of women seeking abortion services will soon be illegal

Jul 27th 2022, 5:50 PM 17,012 Views 47 Comments

The health minister outlines new legislation agreed by Cabinet today for safe access zones outside abortion providers.

# opinion - Tuesday 26 July, 2022

Brian Rowan: How loyalist support helped an embattled David Trimble seal the Good Friday deal
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# Opinion

Brian Rowan: How loyalist support helped an embattled David Trimble seal the Good Friday deal

Jul 26th 2022, 9:39 AM 9,876 Views 3 Comments

Trimble’s position was encapsulated within the words – ‘no guns-no government’.

# opinion - Monday 25 July, 2022

Fire chief: Last week we witnessed the arrival of climate change in Britain
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Fire chief: Last week we witnessed the arrival of climate change in Britain

Jul 25th 2022, 11:59 PM 18,908 Views 17 Comments

Dave Walton of Yorkshire Fire and Rescue describes the extreme conditions they faced last week and warns that it’s just the beginning.

# opinion - Thursday 21 July, 2022

Opinion: In order to tackle the climate crisis, we must look to collective action
# Global Emergency
# Global Emergency

Opinion: In order to tackle the climate crisis, we must look to collective action

Updated Jul 21st 2022, 10:40 AM 9,650 Views 82 Comments

Dr Patrick Bresnihan and Dr Fiadh Tubridy write that action on social problems should be considered a core part of the climate movement.

# opinion - Sunday 17 July, 2022

Opinion: Is the Ukraine invasion finally whipping back the curtain to reveal the backstage grime of society?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Is the Ukraine invasion finally whipping back the curtain to reveal the backstage grime of society?

Jul 17th 2022, 6:00 AM 30,488 Views 6 Comments

Author Sam O’Brien explores what the current geopolitical situation tells us about what lies behind echelons of power.

# opinion - Saturday 16 July, 2022

Extract: I was in the prison when the call came through: 'We have a situation'
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

Extract: I was in the prison when the call came through: 'We have a situation'

Jul 16th 2022, 7:30 AM 39,537 Views 5 Comments

Former prison officer David McDonald has written a book about his career – in this extract, he writes about the beginning of a riot.

# opinion - Tuesday 12 July, 2022

Opinion: As Boris departs, the British public should ask the Conservatives 'what took you so long?'
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# Opinion

Opinion: As Boris departs, the British public should ask the Conservatives 'what took you so long?'

Jul 12th 2022, 7:00 AM 14,098 Views 7 Comments

Cabinet members and Conservative backbenchers stuck with Johnson while the public cried for him to leave, former UK/EU negotiatior Sydney Nash writes.

# opinion - Sunday 10 July, 2022

Opinion: Adults with ADHD are vulnerable to mental health challenges - they need support
# Neurodiversity
# Neurodiversity

Opinion: Adults with ADHD are vulnerable to mental health challenges - they need support

Jul 10th 2022, 7:30 AM 19,246 Views 27 Comments

Ken Kilbride says society needs to move change its thinking in relation to ADHD.

# opinion - Thursday 7 July, 2022

Boris Johnson: Four recent polls indicate where the UK crisis is heading
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# Opinion

Boris Johnson: Four recent polls indicate where the UK crisis is heading

Jul 7th 2022, 8:25 AM 16,823 Views 4 Comments

Hannah Bunting and Daniel Devine look at the embattled UK prime minister and why his mandate no longer exists.

# opinion - Tuesday 5 July, 2022

Ranking the 8 teams most likely to win the Euros
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From The42
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Ranking the 8 teams most likely to win the Euros

Jul 5th 2022, 6:00 AM 4,885 Views 0 Comments

Spain, England and Netherlands are among the favourites.

# opinion - Saturday 2 July, 2022

Opinion: 'My son's diagnosis was terrifying but came as a relief - we now knew what to expect'
# Prader-willi Syndrome
# Prader-willi Syndrome

Opinion: 'My son's diagnosis was terrifying but came as a relief - we now knew what to expect'

Jul 2nd 2022, 8:30 AM 55,081 Views 5 Comments

Marguerite Hughes describes her son Louis’ diagnosis with Prader-Willi Syndrome and the challenges he and family have faced since.

# opinion - Friday 24 June, 2022

Aoife Martin: When you question trans people's rights, it shows you see us as second-class citizens
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# Opinion

Aoife Martin: When you question trans people's rights, it shows you see us as second-class citizens

Jun 24th 2022, 7:00 AM 25,678 Views 0 Comments

Our columnist writes in the wake of the Liveline controversy that trans rights are at the forefront of the so-called ‘culture wars’ – but it’s not going to stop at trans people, she says.

# opinion - Saturday 18 June, 2022

Opinion: Rivers are our last true wilderness in Ireland
# Nature
# Nature

Opinion: Rivers are our last true wilderness in Ireland

Jun 18th 2022, 7:00 AM 14,621 Views 9 Comments

Author John Connell writes about how a canoe trip in lockdown showed him the importance of the country’s waterways.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 June, 2022

Opinion: We are all climate reporters now
# Climate Control
# Climate Control

Opinion: We are all climate reporters now

Jun 15th 2022, 9:30 AM 5,320 Views 5 Comments

The public is telling the media what it wants, writes Dr David Robbins, and that is trustworthy, engaging climate coverage.

Rory Hearne: One year on from Maynooth controversy, the govt still backs funds over individuals
# Investor Funds
# Investor Funds

Rory Hearne: One year on from Maynooth controversy, the govt still backs funds over individuals

Jun 15th 2022, 12:05 AM 26,172 Views 51 Comments

Housing expert Rory Hearne asks: A year on from the purchase of an entire housing estate in Maynooth by an investor fund, what has changed?

# opinion - Tuesday 14 June, 2022

What to expect next from this UK government? A lot of noise and not much competence
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# Opinion

What to expect next from this UK government? A lot of noise and not much competence

Jun 14th 2022, 11:50 AM 18,203 Views 22 Comments

Expect Johnson to do what he’s always done – pick fights with the EU in a bid to keep power, former UK/EU negotiatior Sydney Nash writes.

# opinion - Monday 13 June, 2022

Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Ukraine?
# Have Your Say
From The42
# Have Your Say

Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Ukraine?

Updated Jun 13th 2022, 8:01 PM 25,746 Views 10 Comments

The Boys in Green have been bolstered by a big win over Scotland on Saturday.

# opinion - Saturday 11 June, 2022

Opinion: EU moves to tackle food insecurity cannot be at the expense of others
# Food Security
# Food Security

Opinion: EU moves to tackle food insecurity cannot be at the expense of others

Jun 11th 2022, 9:30 AM 8,809 Views 6 Comments

Ukraine conflict has exacerbated Covid disruptions and rising costs of energy and fertilisers – and not just in the EU.

# opinion - Friday 10 June, 2022

Opinion: The four big challenges facing Ireland in its future with the EU
# European Union
# European Union

Opinion: The four big challenges facing Ireland in its future with the EU

Jun 10th 2022, 6:30 AM 14,612 Views 16 Comments

Alexander Conway looks at how Ireland can be involved in the criticial discussions which will shape the next 50 years of the EU.

# opinion - Thursday 9 June, 2022

Opinion: 'A real home feels like an unattainable dream' for many disabled people
# No Room
# No Room

Opinion: 'A real home feels like an unattainable dream' for many disabled people

Jun 9th 2022, 7:01 PM 9,239 Views 19 Comments

Julie Helen of Inclusion Ireland is calling for government action on housing and supports in Budget 2023.

Opinion: Neurodiversity could be a powerful tool to help re-shape the world
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# Opinion

Opinion: Neurodiversity could be a powerful tool to help re-shape the world

Jun 9th 2022, 7:00 AM 11,248 Views 2 Comments

Artist AlanJames Burns on how his personal experiences led him to create work challenging narratives about disability.

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