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Opinion: The role of Attorney General should be more transparent - let's start by publishing the advice
# Constitution
# Constitution

Opinion: The role of Attorney General should be more transparent - let's start by publishing the advice

Jan 30th 2021, 7:40 AM 11,187 Views 9 Comments

Dr David Kenny and Dr Conor Casey argue that the refusal to publish the advice of the AG by successive governments serves no one.

Opinion: The case for Zero Covid - have we reached a tipping point?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Opinion: The case for Zero Covid - have we reached a tipping point?

Jan 29th 2021, 6:00 PM 24,433 Views 90 Comments

UCC’s Professor Ivan Perry says the idea that a Zero Covid approach offers a ‘false promise’ for the elimination of the virus is just wrong.

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans
# Child Welfare
# Child Welfare

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans

Jan 29th 2021, 7:00 AM 9,971 Views 6 Comments

Childcare provider Regina Bushell says the government has not inspired confidence with regard to how childcare will work throughout 2021.

Kerri Ní Dochartaigh on 2021: 'One thing is certain, and that is that there still is hope'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Kerri Ní Dochartaigh on 2021: 'One thing is certain, and that is that there still is hope'

Jan 28th 2021, 8:00 PM 12,118 Views 0 Comments

Writer Kerri Ní Dochartaigh explores the idea of the year ahead, taking in the ideas of time, borders, and family.

Opinion: Ireland has dropped rank on the global corruption index - we can and should do better
# Transparency
# Transparency

Opinion: Ireland has dropped rank on the global corruption index - we can and should do better

Jan 28th 2021, 4:29 PM 17,001 Views 63 Comments

DCU’s John Devitt and Robert Gillanders say the country must control corruption if it is to protect more than just its international reputation.

Aoife Martin: 'There’s something magical about swimming. I float there, looking up at the blue sky'
# Column
# Column

Aoife Martin: 'There’s something magical about swimming. I float there, looking up at the blue sky'

Jan 28th 2021, 7:00 AM 21,305 Views 0 Comments

Our columnist writes about her love of swimming, the issues that caused her to walk away from it, and her will to dive back in.

Opinion: The Affordable Housing Bill will line developers' pockets while young couples can't buy a home
# Affordable Homes
# Affordable Homes

Opinion: The Affordable Housing Bill will line developers' pockets while young couples can't buy a home

Jan 26th 2021, 7:00 PM 23,955 Views 28 Comments

The Government must stop pursuing policies which inflate the property market and think again about the Affordable Housing Bill, writes Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats.

Opinion: Is the Brexit war over or has it just begun - what now for the Union?
# Brexit
# Brexit

Opinion: Is the Brexit war over or has it just begun - what now for the Union?

Jan 25th 2021, 7:00 AM 33,702 Views 40 Comments

UL’s Dr Owen Worth says the Brexit question may have been answered, but the greater concept at stake is the Union itself.

Opinion: This Covid lockdown is particularly hard, so it's important to mind your mental health
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Opinion: This Covid lockdown is particularly hard, so it's important to mind your mental health

Jan 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 47,652 Views 57 Comments

Therapist Bernie Hackett says this lockdown, coupled with dark January days can take its toll, but she has some helpful advice for self-care.

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley: The story of Derek Leinster and the Bethany Home tells us we have more to learn
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley: The story of Derek Leinster and the Bethany Home tells us we have more to learn

Jan 24th 2021, 8:30 AM 21,166 Views 5 Comments

NUIG historian Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley says the recent Commission report into mother and baby homes needed to have a deeper look at Protestant institutions and the neglect of children like Derek.

Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'
# Funding Fertility
# Funding Fertility

Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'

Jan 23rd 2021, 7:01 PM 24,916 Views 48 Comments

The Government needs to take action and implement the model of care for infertility, writes Emma Mc Dade.

Opinion: The mother and baby homes Commission report misses the point on redress
# Child Welfare
# Child Welfare

Opinion: The mother and baby homes Commission report misses the point on redress

Jan 23rd 2021, 10:00 AM 15,339 Views 16 Comments

Academic Máiréad Enright takes a forensic look at the Mother & Baby Home report and shares her concerns with its approach to redress.

Opinion: Film and Irish History – the fine lines between fact and fiction
# Irish On Film
# Irish On Film

Opinion: Film and Irish History – the fine lines between fact and fiction

Jan 23rd 2021, 8:30 AM 17,964 Views 37 Comments

Dr Seán Crosson of NUI Galway looks at the treatment of historical Irish figures on film and says history will often suffer at the hands of dramatic effect.

Opinion: Fix the mortgage rate problem in Ireland by considering public ownership of banks
# Interest Rates
# Interest Rates

Opinion: Fix the mortgage rate problem in Ireland by considering public ownership of banks

Jan 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 28,447 Views 55 Comments

Cillian Doyle says there are positive international examples of how large banks taken into public ownership can work better for customer, environment and economy.

Paul Murphy: It's time to break the cycle of lockdowns and go for zero Covid in Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Paul Murphy: It's time to break the cycle of lockdowns and go for zero Covid in Ireland

Jan 21st 2021, 9:00 PM 94,310 Views 101 Comments

The RISE TD argues that now is the time for an overhaul of our approach to Covid-19 so we can make this lockdown the last.

Eoin Ó Broin: We can end homelessness but absolute reform of the system is required
# Opinion
# Opinion

Eoin Ó Broin: We can end homelessness but absolute reform of the system is required

Jan 21st 2021, 6:55 AM 15,645 Views 77 Comments

The Sinn Féin TD says we have to set aside our obsession with the charitable model and instead fund preventative services and new homes.

School principal: 'Pitting school staff against parents in a game of political football has not helped'
# Opinion
# Opinion

School principal: 'Pitting school staff against parents in a game of political football has not helped'

Jan 20th 2021, 8:14 AM 28,842 Views 119 Comments

Wicklow principal Pádraig Murphy says some vulnerable children will need years of added support after this but it’s important to only open schools when safe to do so.

Opinion: The UN Security Council needs an 'outsider' and Ireland fits that bill
# UN Security Council
# UN Security Council

Opinion: The UN Security Council needs an 'outsider' and Ireland fits that bill

Jan 20th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,507 Views 12 Comments

Andrew Anderson of Front Line Defenders says Ireland can play a pivotal role at the UN Security Council by improving international relations at a difficult time.

Larry Donnelly: I cannot forgive Trump for imploring his most radicalised followers to storm the Capitol
# Insurrection
# Insurrection

Larry Donnelly: I cannot forgive Trump for imploring his most radicalised followers to storm the Capitol

Jan 17th 2021, 8:30 AM 61,153 Views 86 Comments

Larry Donnelly reflects on the final days of President Donald Trump’s term.

Opinion: 'Once a bike is stolen it's unlikely you’ll get it back'
# Stolen Wheels
# Stolen Wheels

Opinion: 'Once a bike is stolen it's unlikely you’ll get it back'

Jan 16th 2021, 7:01 PM 32,487 Views 67 Comments

The serial number is reported to Gardaí for only one in 16 stolen bikes, writes Dublin Cycling Campaign’s David Timoney.

Grace O'Sullivan: More deadly pandemics are coming unless urgent climate action is taken
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Grace O'Sullivan: More deadly pandemics are coming unless urgent climate action is taken

Jan 16th 2021, 8:30 AM 42,186 Views 85 Comments

The Green MEP says animal-to-human disease transmission, such as the one we’re dealing with now, is linked to wildlife stresses and habitat destruction.

Opinion: Government plans for remote working are welcome, but companies must embrace the changes
# Business Matters
# Business Matters

Opinion: Government plans for remote working are welcome, but companies must embrace the changes

Jan 15th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,938 Views 16 Comments

Grow Remote’s Tracy Keogh welcomes the Government plans to legislate for more remote working but says companies must move from ‘remote-friendly’ to ‘remote-first’ for it to work.

Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Jan 15th 2021, 12:10 AM 19,329 Views 46 Comments

David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says the legal advice provided to Government in relation to rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed.

Opinion: Covid-19 vaccine rollout may present future challenges for employers
# Covid Vaccine
# Covid Vaccine

Opinion: Covid-19 vaccine rollout may present future challenges for employers

Jan 14th 2021, 7:00 AM 83,589 Views 59 Comments

As vaccinations continue, employers need to consider the rights of employees when looking at the health of their teams and any return to the workplace writes Jason O’Sullivan.

Opinion: It's no coincidence that some of those storming the US Capitol were New Age conspiracists
# Trump
# Trump

Opinion: It's no coincidence that some of those storming the US Capitol were New Age conspiracists

Jan 13th 2021, 7:00 AM 28,560 Views 30 Comments

Queens University’s Tom Albrecht and Tristan Sturm chart the parallels between last week’s attack on the US Capitol and a similar gathering at the German Reichstag building last year.

Ian Dempsey on Bowie: 'I was so captivated by his music I had to go back the next night'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Ian Dempsey on Bowie: 'I was so captivated by his music I had to go back the next night'

Jan 10th 2021, 8:30 AM 24,178 Views 34 Comments

On the fifth anniversary of the death of David Bowie, Ian Dempsey pays tribute to his musical hero and looks back at some of his gigs in Ireland.

Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system

Jan 9th 2021, 8:00 PM 30,347 Views 44 Comments

Psychiatrist Anne Doherty on how increased demand during Covid-19 has left already stretched services ‘drowning under the additional pressure’.

Opinion: What lessons, if any, can we learn from German reunification in considering a united Ireland?
# Brexit
# Brexit

Opinion: What lessons, if any, can we learn from German reunification in considering a united Ireland?

Jan 9th 2021, 8:30 AM 38,059 Views 114 Comments

In the wake of Brexit, as some debate continues about a united Ireland in the future, Dr Thamil Ananthavinayagan looks at the reunification of Germany and the lessons it can provide.

Opinion: Trump has been a disaster for democracy - he has laid the ground for fascism
# Democracy
# Democracy

Opinion: Trump has been a disaster for democracy - he has laid the ground for fascism

Jan 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 29,776 Views 64 Comments

Caoimhín De Barra looks at Trump’s legacy and the impact his presidency has had on democracy.

Opinion: If an Electoral Commission is established, it faces a mammoth task
# Democracy
# Democracy

Opinion: If an Electoral Commission is established, it faces a mammoth task

Jan 7th 2021, 7:00 PM 14,451 Views 17 Comments

As plans continue for a new Register of Electors Bill, the Fianna Fáil senator says a Commission would face major challenges.

Opinion: On Nollaig na mBan, we strive to celebrate Irish women in business
# Business Matters
# Business Matters

Opinion: On Nollaig na mBan, we strive to celebrate Irish women in business

Jan 6th 2021, 8:00 PM 13,855 Views 6 Comments

Emily and Lucy O’Connor felt there wasn’t enough being done for Irish women in business, so they decided to do something about that.

Secondary student: 'No one has asked us how we feel about returning to school'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Secondary student: 'No one has asked us how we feel about returning to school'

Jan 5th 2021, 5:40 PM 46,341 Views 0 Comments

Secondary student Beth Doherty says it’s unfair for Government to make sweeping decisions about school closure and exams in 2021 without consulting students.

Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that
# Infodemic
# Infodemic

Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that

Jan 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 14,692 Views 21 Comments

Dr Jane Suiter explores how one of the biggest challenges to public health in 2021 will be conspiracy theories around vaccines.

The death and life of Pat Tierney, the Bard of Ballymun
# Fionnuala McCarthy
# Fionnuala McCarthy

The death and life of Pat Tierney, the Bard of Ballymun

Jan 3rd 2021, 8:00 PM 69,626 Views 33 Comments

Twenty-five years ago, poet and activist Pat Tierney died on his 39th birthday. Fionnuala McCarthy remembers a life story overshadowed by a controversy in death.

Opinion: The true test of Biden will be his handling of climate change
# US Election
# US Election

Opinion: The true test of Biden will be his handling of climate change

Jan 3rd 2021, 7:30 AM 10,914 Views 42 Comments

Rory McNab says President-elect Joe Biden’s climate policies are ambitious, but if Georgia doesn’t go in the Democrats’ favour, he could be up against it.

Notes from a GP: '20% of Christmas Covid tests have been positive in our practice'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Notes from a GP: '20% of Christmas Covid tests have been positive in our practice'

Jan 1st 2021, 3:54 PM 47,985 Views 26 Comments

Our GP outlines the spike in Covid cases and says he agrees with NPHET’s decision not to automatically test close contacts of confirmed cases.

A GP: Untreated menopause can be seismic for a woman, but help is at hand
# Women's Health
# Women's Health

A GP: Untreated menopause can be seismic for a woman, but help is at hand

Jan 1st 2021, 10:00 AM 74,718 Views 37 Comments

GP Dr Deirdre Forde specialises in menopause and is urging women suffering to seek advice and assistance.

Opinion: For a change this New Year, try the 'One Word Resolution'
# Wellness
# Wellness

Opinion: For a change this New Year, try the 'One Word Resolution'

Dec 31st 2020, 12:30 PM 23,423 Views 15 Comments

Resilience coach Siobhán Murray says it’s time to forget the overwhelming and unreachable resolutions and to instead focus on one key word for 2021.

My 2020: 'Covid stole our chance to buy a family home so we now live with my parents'
# Opinion
# Opinion

My 2020: 'Covid stole our chance to buy a family home so we now live with my parents'

Dec 31st 2020, 8:00 AM 48,703 Views 16 Comments

Kildare mum Margaret Lynch says she’s grateful for all the blessings in her life, despite the fact that 2020 pushed her family’s dream of a new home further away.

Aoife Martin: 'There are few people as expert in their own healthcare as trans people are - we have to be'
# Column
# Column

Aoife Martin: 'There are few people as expert in their own healthcare as trans people are - we have to be'

Dec 31st 2020, 7:00 AM 12,226 Views 0 Comments

Our new columnist writes about the importance of listening to trans people when it comes to healthcare, sparked by a recent visit to the doctor’s.