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Dublin: 12 °C Monday 27 March, 2017

#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

'Is the situation really as simple as "cash for passports" here in Ireland? Yes, it is'

Offering passports to billionaires is in stark contrast to our treatment of the 4,000 people currently residing in direct provision centres, writes Éilis Ryan.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

'My baby was never going to look into my face, or yawn or cry for food. She was still'

Grace was with me for just 28 weeks. She was diagnosed with a fatal fetal abnormality but she left me with a lifetime of love, writes Tracey Smith.

'With mental illness comes a different kind of mothering and different worries'

'With mental illness comes a different kind of mothering and different worries'

Finding that middle ground between idealistic and realistic mothering can be very difficult, writes Grace Vaughan.

From Business ETC 'Nothing has changed since the crash and there's no reason why it can't happen again' Opinion

'Nothing has changed since the crash and there's no reason why it can't happen again'

Company directors need to be held more accountable for their firms’ actions.

'Religious identities, or any identity, should never be reduced to a violent caricature'

Our societies are at their best when the diversity of our worldviews are ethically celebrated, writes Jacob J Erickson.

# opinion - Saturday 25 March, 2017

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto GIY

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto

There’s something about this time of the year that just gladdens the heart, writes Michael Kelly.

'Extremism, racial intolerance and ultra-nationalism mean we need the EU now'

Sixty years on from the signing of the Treaty of Rome, European unity is more important than ever, writes Noelle O Connell.

'All women live under the male gaze, but the European hijab ruling feels like the eye of Sauron'

World Hijab Day allowed me to see the hijab for what it is – not a threat, not a tool of oppression – but a reflection of care for others and sense of belonging, writes Sinead Mercier.

From The42 A night in which football felt secondary Analysis

A night in which football felt secondary

5 talking points from Friday’s controversy-filled World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Wales.

# opinion - Friday 24 March, 2017

From The42 Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Wales Opinion

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Wales

Ireland faced a crucial game in Group D at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

Atheist John Halligan's sermon in a Brazilian church: 'I felt it was the respectful thing to do'

This was the first ever occasion of a non-believing Irish government minister delivering the weekly homily to Brazilian parishioners, writes John Halligan.

Opinion: 'A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now'

Damascus has settled on a clear strategy for a military solution, and has been brutally and successfully executing it, writes Derek O’Rouke

# opinion - Thursday 23 March, 2017

Alan Kelly: 'Craft beer is booming but licensing regulations are harming business'

If we’re serious about rural development we must enable craft breweries to become tourist hubs, writes Alan Kelly.

'As the UK withdraws economic opportunities will arise. Ireland must aggressively pursue them'

As Chairman of the Seanad Special Select Committee, I will ensure that we will not spend our time analysing the problems Brexit poses, writes Neale Richmond.

# opinion - Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Debate Room: Should the Irish abroad be allowed vote in presidential elections?

A referendum will be held on whether to allow Irish citizens living abroad vote in future presidential elections.

'After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home'

Redressing survivors of Mother and Baby homes needs to avoid the pitfalls of the Residential Institution Redress Board for Industrial and Reformatory School survivors, writes Sinead Pembroke.

# opinion - Tuesday 21 March, 2017

Opinion: 'McGuinness ended up in a better place, bringing his party, followers and society with him'

Irish politics lost a major political figure today, writes David McCann.

From The42 Kante’s not all he’s cracked up to be - Joey Barton Opinion

Kante’s not all he’s cracked up to be - Joey Barton

The Burnley man has said that pundits are too willing to talk up the performances of the France international.

'Trump’s budget is easy to understand: he’s boosting the military, cutting everything else. Scary'

Donald Trump’s first official budget document reveals his militarisation plans at the expense of the environment and civil society, writes Julien Mercille.

# opinion - Monday 20 March, 2017

Junior Cert English: 'There isn’t a fifteen-year-old alive that can spit out high quality writing in two hours'

Make the new English Junior Cert exam fairer by adding thirty extra minutes, writes Junior Cert pupil Tara O’Sullivan.

From Business ETC Poll: Are the CEOs of big companies being paid too much? Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Are the CEOs of big companies being paid too much?

Trade unionists have called for ‘major reforms’ in how private firms pay their top execs.

'It’s inevitable a leader will make mistakes and create the conditions for opportunistic incumbents'

Enda Kenny’s future as Fine Gael leader will be top of the media agenda this week, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Sunday 19 March, 2017

A carer goes on holiday: 'Catching a glimpse of the life you once hoped to lead can be painful'

Visiting friends showed me the life I can never have and it hurts, writes Candi O’Reilly.

Dublin needs to build up: maybe we should speak to this skyscraper wizard

Zhang can build a skyscraper in three weeks – a few of those might liven up our cityscape, writes Jonathan McCrea.

'When the fasten seatbelt light illuminates, my right to decide what happens to my body is paused'

I’m an ex-pat in London but I turned the frustration I felt about Ireland’s lack of reproductive rights into action, writes Cara Sanquest.

HeForShe: Emma Watson's empty promise that when women's problems are solved, men will be free too

Emma Watson made an empty promise to young men that if only they do as men have always been expected to do—sacrifice and serve—they will eventually be liberated, writes Karen Straughan.

# opinion - Saturday 18 March, 2017

My boyfriend's gambling: 'I loved two people. One was a compulsive liar and emotionally unavailable'

My whole life used to be consumed by my ex boyfriend’s gambling addiction.

'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day'

We have somewhat of a pre-parade tradition in the Kelly household of sowing spuds with the children, writes Michael Kelly.

Border poll: 'Nationalists will say the recent Assembly elections show things are trending in their direction'

Nationalists may be fobbed off in the short term, but this will lead to demands for clarification from the British government about what conditions will permit a border poll, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# opinion - Friday 17 March, 2017

An American in Ireland: 'Thank you Ireland - you've helped to heal my broken heart'

Ireland is gloriously beautiful but it’s the people who helped me heal after losing my husband, writes Kathleen Maloney.

From The Daily Edge It's Different For Girls - women love music, make music and are good at music, thanks very much Twist And Shout

It's Different For Girls - women love music, make music and are good at music, thanks very much

“Women gather in kitchens at parties and drunkenly point at their friends and say ‘THIS IS OUR SONG’ about every single song and then get them in a headlock”. Jenn Gannon is here for women and she’s here for music.

From Business ETC 'There has been a huge hollowing-out of our main banks' presence on high streets' Opinion

'There has been a huge hollowing-out of our main banks' presence on high streets'

The future of the sector needs to be driven by something other than short-term decisions.

Julien Mercille: 'We should transform Paddy's Day into a people’s celebration, that's not about blind patriotism'

If we created an alternative and more inclusive Paddy’s Day, it might even change the country for the better, writes Julien Mercille.

# opinion - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Ian Dempsey: 'Was I really asleep in that picture? But I was standing up. Did Matt Cooper really say that?'

The atmosphere of trying out new ideas was addictive and the fearless nature of all the staff allowed us to go on a kind of radio crusade, writes Ian Dempsey.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'It's time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time'

It is our responsibility to speak truth to power. If it doesn’t happen in the White House, it’ll happen in The Riverside Church NYC tomorrow, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# opinion - Wednesday 15 March, 2017

'Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability'

Assad’s popularity is a narrative that has been marginalised in the West, but that doesn’t make it any less vital to bringing an end to the terrible war in my country, writes Antoine Bakhash with the help of Eimhin O’Reilly.

# opinion - Tuesday 14 March, 2017

From Business ETC The Double Irish and Apple tax case have hurt our reputation - here's how we can stop a repeat Policy

The Double Irish and Apple tax case have hurt our reputation - here's how we can stop a repeat

The country needs an independent body to advise on tax fairness and transparency.

Zoo deaths: 'In the wild, gorillas don't eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration'

Even in the best circumstances, it’s impossible for zoos to meet all the unique needs of the various species they hold captive, writes Elisa Allen.

# opinion - Monday 13 March, 2017

From Business ETC Poll: Should An Post close loss-making post offices? Services This post contains a poll

Poll: Should An Post close loss-making post offices?

As many as 200 are reportedly on the chopping block.

Opinion: 'Tax isn't just an expense, it's a societal good and an investment in all our futures'

It’s time that the Irish government and multinationals start to reconsider their attitudes about tax, writes Sorley McCaughey.

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