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#Opinion

# opinion - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Gerry Adams: 'It's up to the UK government now to address the cases of other internees'

Gerry Adams welcomes the UK Supreme Court quashing today of his conviction for attempted Maze Prison escapes in the 1970s.

Wellness Wednesday: 'Distress around Covid-19 is not a mental illness. It's an understandable reaction'

Psychotherapist Gerry Cunningham urges us to use the supports available.

# opinion - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

'We cannot just flatten the curve, we need to crush it. Wearing masks will help'

Professor Gerry Killeen has worked on the control of malaria and zika viruses in the past. He says we should all be wearing masks.

Are others really breaking the shutdown rules? Or is it just our perception?

Behavioural expert Dr Shane Timmons says our internal bias can dictate our perception of shutdown compliance.

# opinion - Monday 11 May, 2020

'Lockdown, disability and me': One man shares his thoughts on the Covid-19 shutdown

James Rickard has Cerebral Palsy. He says this shutdown has reminded him of the importance of connection.

# opinion - Sunday 10 May, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Has America finally had enough of Trump?

Trump was on track to take a second term, but Covid-19 has changed everything, writes Donnelly.

# opinion - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Olympian, author and fitness expert Derval O'Rourke shares some healthy recipes

Derval offers some simple tips for maintaining health and well-being during the Covid-19 shutdown.

Remembering Bewley’s: Once 'the heart and the hearth of Dublin'

Donal Fallon reflects on the end of an era, as Bewley’s cafe on Grafton street prepares to close its doors.

'Europe must emerge stronger from this crisis': A message from EU Presidents von der Leyen, Sassoli and Michel

On Europe Day, marking the Schuman declaration in 1950, the three presidents of the EU, Commission and Parliament share thoughts on Covid-19 and the future for Europe.

# opinion - Friday 8 May, 2020

Opinion: 'The HSE should reverse centralisation policy to avoid disastrous waiting lists'

Dr Naveed Abbas argues that peripheral hospitals should return to doing more complex surgeries once this emergency has passed.

# opinion - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Opinion: 'Those with intellectual disabilities have not featured in discussions around coronavirus'

Much of the discussion and planning around Covid-19 was not relevant or appropriate to our populations in institutional care, writes Seamus Cowman.

# opinion - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

'The pharmacy is playing a key role in the care of the community during Covid-19'

Pharmacist Steve Philips describes life behind the counter during the pandemic.

# opinion - Monday 4 May, 2020

'Children love cycling and the quieter roads right now offer them a chance to learn'

Allison Phillips of the Green-Schools programme argues that the shutdown is helping families embrace cycling, within 2km of home, on quieter roads.

# opinion - Saturday 2 May, 2020

'This pandemic is nothing compared to what climate change has in store'

John Gibbons lays out the stark climate facts and urges us to take coronavirus as a warning that it’s now time to act, or perish.

# opinion - Friday 1 May, 2020

'We have a duty to our healthcare workers to mind them, while they mind us'

Ciara Wright of The Wellness Crew says burnout will be of concern for frontline workers in the coming months. She offers some help.

# opinion - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

'Cocooning by voluntary informed consent or enforced expectation? Time to rethink our treatment of over 70s'

Consultant geriatrician Rónán Collins understands the reasons for cocooning but says enough is enough.

# opinion - Monday 27 April, 2020

'This week I had to receive the results of my latest scan on my own'

Holly Kennedy is doing her best to handle her treatment for breast cancer, while all around her has changed.

# opinion - Saturday 25 April, 2020

Rewilding: ‘This shutdown gives us a chance to return to seeing the world as if for the first time’

Lucy O’Hagan of the Phoenix Forest School believes this is a chance for us to reengage with nature.

# opinion - Friday 24 April, 2020

'Boris the Bungler' has been a calamity for the UK, but it's ordinary people who will pay the price

Peter Flanagan says the UK is merely catching up on the terrible reality of Covid-19.

# opinion - Thursday 23 April, 2020

He saw the plight of older people and couldn't stand idly by: Remembering Willie Bermingham

Donal Fallon remembers the founder of ALONE on the 30th anniversary of his death.

# opinion - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

'Fianna Fáil is struggling with its identity, but we are up for the challenges ahead'

Malcolm Byrne says Confidence and Supply didn’t yield much for Fianna Fáil and there’s now understandable anxiety in the party about coalition with FG.

From The42 'Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup. I would rather delay it until 2021' - McIlroy Opinion

'Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup. I would rather delay it until 2021' - McIlroy

The world number one backs the players who are opposed to playing the tournament without spectators.

# opinion - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

'Social distancing is impossible for refugees in Greece'. One volunteer describes conditions there

Freya Mergler says the odds are against the people in camps there.

# opinion - Monday 20 April, 2020

O'Casey said: 'Th’ time is rotten ripe for revolution'. Minister McHugh, now is the time to revolutionise the Leaving Cert

Our teacher says that in the midst of this Covid-19 crisis, we need an empathetic response to the Leaving Certificate question.

# opinion - Sunday 19 April, 2020

'We can find meaning in this isolation'. Professor Ciaran O’Boyle says supporting each other is the key to getting through this

Professor O’Boyle says we should embrace all means of communication to stay connected.

# opinion - Saturday 18 April, 2020

'The future of food is local'. Dave Whelan of the Edible Landscape Project says now is the time for us to make the change

Whelan says we can make a small difference by thinking about our food sources.

# opinion - Friday 17 April, 2020

'Older people are not a passive vulnerable group. They are a vital part of Irish society'

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing group offers sound, evidence-based advice to those who are remaining at home during the Covid-19 crisis.

# opinion - Thursday 16 April, 2020

'We are the Class of Covid-19. Let us prove ourselves.' One Leaving Cert student welcomes the chance to sit the exams

Poppy Kane says despite the challenges, many students believe the exams give them a sense of control in an uncertain time.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: 'Anxiety isn’t only in your head' - an occupational therapist says the body holds the key

Mental Health Occupational Therapist Michelle Murray says we can freeze up at times like this, but there are simple ways to ease stress.

# opinion - Monday 13 April, 2020

This pandemic has taught us that science matters. In a sea of misinformation, communication is crucial

Malcolm Love says science communication has never been more important, as conspiracy theories grow.

# opinion - Saturday 11 April, 2020

Opinion: 'Love and loss in the time of coronavirus... Together, apart, we wait for the dawn'

Maura McElhone writes about how the imminent birth of her first child makes her reflect on the loss of her grandmother, and in turn on what this current pandemic means for families.

# opinion - Thursday 9 April, 2020

Tom Clonan: Ireland's ICU guidelines for Covid-19 must safeguard people with disabilities

Rationing of critical care during any coronavirus surge must not happen at the expense of the most vulnerable, writes Clonan.

Embracing the new normal after the Covid-19 shutdown - notes from a Kerryman in China

Greg McDonough says life is returning to some semblance of normal for his family after the shutdown in China.

# opinion - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

'Nefarious actors are at the root of Covid-19 fake news - and they are part of dangerous geo-political games'

We have a habit of thinking in Ireland that the likes of Russia, China or the alt-right in the United States have no interest in our country. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, writes Ireland South MEP Billy Kelleher.

GOAL: We hope to learn lessons from the west when tackling any African Covid-19 outbreak

Dr Enida Friel of GOAL says Covid-19 will not be beaten until it’s beaten by all countries.

# opinion - Sunday 5 April, 2020

Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics?

It is useful to draw some comparisons with the West African Ebola crisis before Covid-19, John Farrelly writes.

The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language

We look to language when seeking a reassuring symbol of endurance, Darach Ó Séaghdha writes.

# opinion - Friday 3 April, 2020

Opinion: Why labelling your emotions can help you cope with coronavirus anxiety

Psychologist Brendan Kelly shares an extract from his new book, which is about coping with the coronavirus.

# opinion - Thursday 2 April, 2020

A nurse returning to work at the frontline: 'Not all heroes wear capes, but they all need a face mask'

I left nursing years ago and now I feel I have a duty to return, but the odds are against us, writes Deirdre Mullins.

# opinion - Sunday 29 March, 2020

How I Spend My Money: A 35-year-old manager from Dublin earning €55,000 living and working in Sweden

This week’s reader lives on the west coast of Sweden and owns an apartment with his girlfriend.