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# opinion - Saturday 14 May, 2022

Larry Donnelly: Will the midterms be a tough day or a bloodbath for the Democrats?
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# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Will the midterms be a tough day or a bloodbath for the Democrats?

Sat 8:00 PM 11,534 Views 7 Comments

Our columnist says the leaked Roe V Wade draft and Republican candidates endorsed by Donald Trump may prove costly for the Biden administration.

# opinion - Thursday 12 May, 2022

Opinion: I look back at the surgery and trauma and ask myself - how did I get through it all?
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# Opinion

Opinion: I look back at the surgery and trauma and ask myself - how did I get through it all?

Thu 7:00 PM 43,210 Views 0 Comments

Growing up, Marguerite Penrose had various labels placed on her: Black, born in a mother and baby home, disabled. Here, she writes about her journey to be herself.

# opinion - Tuesday 10 May, 2022

John Gibbons: By the time Ireland takes the climate emergency seriously, it'll be far too late
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# Opinion

John Gibbons: By the time Ireland takes the climate emergency seriously, it'll be far too late

May 10th 2022, 10:30 PM 24,079 Views 104 Comments

The environmental campaigner says none of the main political parties have the slightest appetite to push through measures that are unpopular with the public or resisted by lobbyists.

# opinion - Saturday 7 May, 2022

'It's heartbreaking’: My husband is unable to return home to our family after stroke
# No Room
# No Room

'It's heartbreaking’: My husband is unable to return home to our family after stroke

May 7th 2022, 8:00 PM 44,666 Views 15 Comments

Michelle Murray outlines how her husband Charles is living in a nursing home nearly two years after being discharged from hospital due to unsuitable housing.

# opinion - Saturday 30 April, 2022

Larry Donnelly: Why hasn’t the far-right risen in Ireland?
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# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Why hasn’t the far-right risen in Ireland?

Apr 30th 2022, 8:00 PM 38,662 Views 0 Comments

Ireland’s history of emigration has made most of us resistant to anti-immigration rhetoric, our columnist writes.

# opinion - Tuesday 26 April, 2022

Adi Roche: I dread to think that the 'next Chernobyl' could be Chernobyl itself
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# Opinion

Adi Roche: I dread to think that the 'next Chernobyl' could be Chernobyl itself

Apr 26th 2022, 7:00 AM 17,941 Views 14 Comments

Founder and CEO of Chernobyl Children International Adi Roche shares her fears as the world marks the 36th anniversary of the tragedy.

# opinion - Saturday 23 April, 2022

Opinion: Why Northern Ireland's elections could change everything - or change nothing
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# Opinion

Opinion: Why Northern Ireland's elections could change everything - or change nothing

Apr 23rd 2022, 7:00 AM 13,984 Views 11 Comments

The former BBC correspondent says recent political unrest in Northern Ireland follows a well-worn pattern.

# opinion - Thursday 21 April, 2022

Tom Clonan: Russia's renewed assault on the Donbas region is an attempt to re-frame the narrative
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# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Russia's renewed assault on the Donbas region is an attempt to re-frame the narrative

Apr 21st 2022, 7:00 PM 15,887 Views 22 Comments

For symbolic and propaganda reasons, Putin has a few weeks to turn things around in Ukraine, writes security analyst Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Monday 18 April, 2022

Opinion: Under-funded and inadequately equipped coroner service needs reform
# Prolonging Grief
# Prolonging Grief

Opinion: Under-funded and inadequately equipped coroner service needs reform

Apr 18th 2022, 8:30 AM 9,633 Views 3 Comments

Liam Herrick says that the process of investigating tragic deaths is not functioning as it should be.

# opinion - Saturday 16 April, 2022

Larry Donnelly: Busting myths ahead of the referendum on allowing the Irish diaspora vote for the President
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# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Busting myths ahead of the referendum on allowing the Irish diaspora vote for the President

Apr 16th 2022, 8:30 PM 23,310 Views 58 Comments

Our columnist addresses the news that a referendum to allow Irish diaspora to vote for a new Irish president to take place before 2024.

# opinion - Friday 15 April, 2022

Opinion: My journey to discover the San Francisco Tapes that held Ireland's lost WWII secrets
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# Opinion

Opinion: My journey to discover the San Francisco Tapes that held Ireland's lost WWII secrets

Apr 15th 2022, 9:00 PM 33,715 Views 7 Comments

Mark Mc Menamin writes about how he discovered the fascinating story of the hunt for the Ireland’s Nazi spies.

Opinion: Dog fertility clinics and artificial insemination are the wild west of animal welfare
# Cruel Practice
# Cruel Practice

Opinion: Dog fertility clinics and artificial insemination are the wild west of animal welfare

Apr 15th 2022, 7:30 AM 17,144 Views 13 Comments

The senator says some unscrupulous operators are cashing in on demand for certain breeds and that further regulation is urgently needed.

# opinion - Tuesday 12 April, 2022

Tom Clonan: Russia has pivoted to regenerate a major offensive on the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts
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# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Russia has pivoted to regenerate a major offensive on the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts

Apr 12th 2022, 7:30 PM 20,614 Views 22 Comments

Security analyst Tom Clonan writes about how the Russian forces have taken out their frustrations on the civilian population.

# opinion - Saturday 9 April, 2022

Opinion: We don’t grant girls autonomy, but when we do, it’s because something is their fault
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: We don’t grant girls autonomy, but when we do, it’s because something is their fault

Apr 9th 2022, 7:00 AM 31,712 Views 19 Comments

Author Catherine Prasifka reflects on what growing up has taught her about how society treats teenage girls.

# opinion - Friday 8 April, 2022

Opinion: I'm a psychiatrist, and here's what Ireland's mental health services need
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# Opinion

Opinion: I'm a psychiatrist, and here's what Ireland's mental health services need

Apr 8th 2022, 7:00 AM 28,004 Views 25 Comments

Brendan Kelly writes about what he’s learned in his decades of working as a psychiatrist and how best to serve people.

# opinion - Saturday 2 April, 2022

Larry Donnelly: Republicans are reviving the culture wars ahead of the US midterm elections
# US Politics
# US Politics

Larry Donnelly: Republicans are reviving the culture wars ahead of the US midterm elections

Apr 2nd 2022, 7:30 PM 16,296 Views 13 Comments

Our columnist says Republicans in the US are agitating around the culture wars to energise their base ahead of the US midterms in November.

# opinion - Thursday 31 March, 2022

Aoife Martin: 'Those who wouldn't cross the road for women's sport are now upset by trans women in sport'
# Trans Day Of Visibility
# Trans Day Of Visibility

Aoife Martin: 'Those who wouldn't cross the road for women's sport are now upset by trans women in sport'

Updated Mar 31st 2022, 9:39 AM 58,889 Views 0 Comments

Our columnist addresses the contentious debate around trans women in sport and outlines the damage it is doing to many trans people.

# opinion - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

Tom Clonan: A turning point has been reached in the invasion of Ukraine
# Analysis
# Analysis

Tom Clonan: A turning point has been reached in the invasion of Ukraine

Mar 29th 2022, 6:15 PM 67,400 Views 30 Comments

The security analyst looks at the past few days of activity and peace talks and what that tells us about the future.

# opinion - Wednesday 23 March, 2022

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

Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Belgium?

Mar 23rd 2022, 9:43 PM 36,592 Views 28 Comments

Stephen Kenny has some tough calls to make.

# opinion - Tuesday 22 March, 2022

Malcolm Byrne: We need a TV leaders' debate on Ireland's foreign policy
# Russia Invades Ukraine
# Russia Invades Ukraine

Malcolm Byrne: We need a TV leaders' debate on Ireland's foreign policy

Mar 22nd 2022, 7:00 PM 10,720 Views 34 Comments

The Fianna Fáil senator says war in Ukraine has shown how international events truly affect us here and it’s time party leaders debated the issues.

Tom Clonan: Russia has converted Mariupol into a pressure cooker of human suffering
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Russia has converted Mariupol into a pressure cooker of human suffering

Updated Mar 22nd 2022, 6:50 AM 35,221 Views 27 Comments

However, the security analyst writes that the Russian military has been “mauled” on the approach to Kyiv.

# opinion - Sunday 20 March, 2022

Opinion: Invisible illness will unhinge your identity and splinter your world
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Invisible illness will unhinge your identity and splinter your world

Mar 20th 2022, 7:45 AM 40,602 Views 9 Comments

Poet Trudie Gorman has found solace and hope through writing about the unseen – like chronic illness and poverty.

# opinion - Saturday 19 March, 2022

Bobby McDonagh: There's no need for self-righteousness or self-flagellation over our neutrality
# Neutral Ireland
# Neutral Ireland

Bobby McDonagh: There's no need for self-righteousness or self-flagellation over our neutrality

Mar 19th 2022, 7:00 PM 24,578 Views 29 Comments

The former ambassador says events in Ukraine bring to light the need for wider discussion around Ireland’s neutrality.

# opinion - Friday 18 March, 2022

Opinion: Worried about climate change? Here are some tips for helping nature in your area
# Local Heroes
# Local Heroes

Opinion: Worried about climate change? Here are some tips for helping nature in your area

Mar 18th 2022, 8:00 PM 12,118 Views 20 Comments

Lauren Tuite is a local environmental activist – she has some tips for other budding environmentalists.

# opinion - Thursday 17 March, 2022

Larry Donnelly: 'Don't wear tweed caps' - advice for Americans in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day
# Going Green
# Going Green

Larry Donnelly: 'Don't wear tweed caps' - advice for Americans in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day

Mar 17th 2022, 8:00 AM 45,822 Views 25 Comments

From patiently waiting for a pint to settle to accepting everyone will be late, our American columnist has some advice for his countrymen visiting Ireland.

# opinion - Wednesday 16 March, 2022

Opinion: St Patrick's story should make us consider how Ireland treats refugees
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# Opinion

Opinion: St Patrick's story should make us consider how Ireland treats refugees

Mar 16th 2022, 7:00 PM 9,553 Views 21 Comments

Author and medieval historian Elizabeth Boyle writes that tomorrow we should reflect on how we can write a new chapter of Ireland’s history.

# opinion - Tuesday 15 March, 2022

Opinion: The youth climate movement has learned and grown - now is the time to be heard
# Fridays For Future
# Fridays For Future

Opinion: The youth climate movement has learned and grown - now is the time to be heard

Mar 15th 2022, 8:00 PM 8,435 Views 20 Comments

Irish climate activist Jessica Dunne says she has learned a lot since the massive global protest three years ago today.

By saying nothing, Eddie Howe said everything
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

By saying nothing, Eddie Howe said everything

Mar 15th 2022, 7:15 AM 12,628 Views 18 Comments

The Newcastle boss has been criticised for not condemning Saudi Arabia’s execution of 81 people in one day.

# opinion - Sunday 13 March, 2022

Barry Andrews: The EU's response to Ukraine must not repeat the mistakes it made around Syria
# Putin And Assad
# Putin And Assad

Barry Andrews: The EU's response to Ukraine must not repeat the mistakes it made around Syria

Updated Mar 13th 2022, 6:37 PM 28,563 Views 19 Comments

The Irish MEP says Putin had a hand in atrocities in Syria too but the EU’s response there was muted at best.

# opinion - Saturday 12 March, 2022

Extract: Irishisms - Craic, grand, yokes; what our words say about us

Extract: Irishisms - Craic, grand, yokes; what our words say about us

Mar 12th 2022, 8:00 PM 38,045 Views 22 Comments

Author Denise Deegan uses Irish sayings and phrases to look at the Irish soul.

Debate Room: Charlie Flanagan and Richard Boyd Barrett debate Ireland's neutrality
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# Opinion

Debate Room: Charlie Flanagan and Richard Boyd Barrett debate Ireland's neutrality

Mar 12th 2022, 11:00 AM 17,898 Views 16 Comments

As war rages in Ukraine, the question of Ireland’s place in the world as a neutral voice for peace is under the spotlight.

# opinion - Friday 11 March, 2022

Tom Clonan: Russia will now target more innocent civilians to achieve 'victory' in this war
# Cities Under Siege
# Cities Under Siege

Tom Clonan: Russia will now target more innocent civilians to achieve 'victory' in this war

Mar 11th 2022, 5:57 PM 23,200 Views 10 Comments

The security analyst says based on the trajectory of this invasion, it’s now clear that the civilian population in Ukraine is a de facto target.

# opinion - Sunday 6 March, 2022

Larry Donnelly: Against a backdrop of war, Biden seeks State of the Union reboot
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# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Against a backdrop of war, Biden seeks State of the Union reboot

Mar 6th 2022, 7:04 AM 22,189 Views 0 Comments

Larry Donnelly writes about President Biden’s speech, which had to undergo a massive edit due to the invasion of Ukraine.

# opinion - Wednesday 2 March, 2022

Opinion: Raising your children through Irish is the best way to learn the language yourself
# Seachtain Na Gaeilge
# Seachtain Na Gaeilge

Opinion: Raising your children through Irish is the best way to learn the language yourself

Mar 2nd 2022, 7:00 PM 15,587 Views 43 Comments

The best strategy for creating a bilingual family environment is for one parent to speak the minority language exclusively, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

Opinion: Lockdown took me on a journey to film life along Dublin's North Circular Road
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# Opinion

Opinion: Lockdown took me on a journey to film life along Dublin's North Circular Road

Mar 2nd 2022, 7:00 AM 17,265 Views 3 Comments

Director Luke McManus on how being confined to his local area made him see it in a new way.

# opinion - Tuesday 1 March, 2022

Opinion: Ever heard of Baggotonia? Why I've made a film about this forgotten part of Dublin's past
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# Opinion

Opinion: Ever heard of Baggotonia? Why I've made a film about this forgotten part of Dublin's past

Mar 1st 2022, 1:00 PM 17,061 Views 7 Comments

Director Alan Gilsenan has made a new documentary about the history of Baggot St in Dublin. Here, he explains the inspiration behind it.

# opinion - Thursday 24 February, 2022

Tom Clonan: This war will test European values in a manner not seen since the 1940s
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: This war will test European values in a manner not seen since the 1940s

Updated Feb 24th 2022, 7:15 PM 51,565 Views 46 Comments

The choreography for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been protracted and overt, Tom Clonan writes.

# opinion - Tuesday 22 February, 2022

Tom Clonan: By force or by diplomacy, Russia wants to re-take separatist territory from Ukraine
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# Opinion

Tom Clonan: By force or by diplomacy, Russia wants to re-take separatist territory from Ukraine

Feb 22nd 2022, 5:35 PM 11,779 Views 17 Comments

Russia’s recognition of the breakaway republics’ ‘2014 borders’ represents a declaration of intent to re-take the region, Tom Clonan writes.

# opinion - Sunday 20 February, 2022

Lynn Ruane: A mature society accepts that drug use is normal and does not punish addiction
# Irish Drug Policy
# Irish Drug Policy

Lynn Ruane: A mature society accepts that drug use is normal and does not punish addiction

Feb 20th 2022, 7:30 AM 29,829 Views 122 Comments

The independent senator says criminalising addiction is about intimidation – it’s society taking revenge and warning others of their fate.

# opinion - Friday 18 February, 2022

Opinion: The government's temporary measures are doing nothing to tame inflation
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Opinion: The government's temporary measures are doing nothing to tame inflation

Feb 18th 2022, 6:30 AM 16,480 Views 24 Comments

Putting money in people’s pockets after the fact instead of tackling the cause of high prices won’t curb the cost of living, Victor Duggan writes.

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