# opinion - Thursday 24 July, 2014
We have a political culture in this country that is morally bankrupt and young people are uncomfortable in propping up a system that is unsuited to the purpose intended.
# opinion - Wednesday 23 July, 2014
International project collaboration, such as the pan-EU radio telescope LOFAR, would benefit Irish businesses and tourism, as well as our IT and science graduates.
The ECJ ruling is a godsend for criminals who want to scrub their record clean – and sets a worrying precedent for empowering governments to act beyond their borders.
# opinion - Tuesday 22 July, 2014
“It’s not fair Mama, why do only girls get sparkly things?”
# opinion - Monday 21 July, 2014
Opinion: ‘It’s a terrible blow to Aids research – and not the first time lives have been needlessly lost’
More research into Aids would help to protect the most vulnerable groups in society and also honour those who have died.
I’m a young, unemployed student. I desperately needed to pay my college tuition, so I signed up to a website seeking a ‘financial arrangement’ with a wealthy man.
# opinion - Sunday 20 July, 2014
In my mid twenties, I began to yearn for a change. A recurring voice at the back of my head kept whispering about the possibility of another path.
Ireland’s population is growing older and living longer – and the reality is we are not prepared for the fallout.
# opinion - Friday 18 July, 2014
I realised that part of me needs to go back to work, for my sanity as much as my bank balance.
# opinion - Thursday 17 July, 2014
There are serious concerns about the forthcoming mother-and-baby home inquiry; there is no international judge and a glaring lack of public debate.
The UN criticised Ireland’s abortion laws and lambasted the State for failing “to assign any accountability” to issues like Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, child abuse and symphysiotomy.
It was such an important and historic moment for Irish survivors, where the Pope was left in no doubt about the human and spiritual cost that clerical child sexual abuse causes.
# opinion - Wednesday 16 July, 2014
Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn’t care about them
The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.
“Armstrong should stay on that list,” the Dubliner insisted.
Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee was disappointing: we have not made the changes recommended four years ago.
Creighton could be a better fit for the role of a European Commissioner, while Hogan looks likely to receive a small portfolio.
# opinion - Tuesday 15 July, 2014
The newly-crowned Minister for Health’s role could be the making or breaking for one of politics’ rapidly rising stars.
A Samaritans volunteer and GAA member writes about the people-centred spirit at the heart of both organisations.
# opinion - Monday 14 July, 2014
While progress has been made in some areas, long-standing human rights issues persist in Ireland including gender-based violence and a systemic delay in processing asylum applications.
# opinion - Sunday 13 July, 2014
The fact of the matter is that many of us sleepwalk into intimate relationships: we need to have open and mature discussions before committing.
The Liverpool star donned the captain’s armband as England failed to progress from Group D in Brazil.
The last six years have been challenging, and the last 18 months even more so, but I’m looking forward to a very different future for me and my family.
Under the Obama administration the NSA has continued to grow and Libya has slipped into chaos, meanwhile relations with Russia are reaching crisis point.
# opinion - Saturday 12 July, 2014
I can’t go into town at the moment. Don’t trust myself. It’s too dangerous.
Politicians are bemoaning the fact that older people might now have to carry debt onto their pension books – but that’s the risk of re-mortgaging.
# opinion - Friday 11 July, 2014
To this day I have never experienced the grief and despair I felt leaving my baby son. I thought I would physically break in half.
# opinion - Thursday 10 July, 2014
The integrity of our planning process is a principle that our history demands we protect, whether Garth’s heart is breaking or not.
An amendment to the Employment Equality Act will prevent religious-run hospitals and schools from dismissing employees for being a lone parent, a divorcee, or LGBT – but not for being an atheist.
# opinion - Wednesday 9 July, 2014
Recent claims by the Government that it would support the development of key services through Irish Sign Language have been seriously undermined by the news that one national Deaf advocacy organisation has been forced to closed down.
The tournament hosts endured their heaviest World Cup loss ever against Joachim Löw’s side last night.
# opinion - Tuesday 8 July, 2014
I shudder to imagine what those mothers and their beautiful babies went through. But we need to ask the difficult question: is this the correct use of funds that children living today so badly need?
Our son has profound disabilities and we sometimes have to visit hospital several times a week. St James’s is a totally unsuitable site for multiple reasons.
# opinion - Monday 7 July, 2014
Is the mixture of Irish vocabulary and English grammar spoken by students in immersion courses simply incorrect language… or a linguistic gem?
You could turn up to the pub in a bunny suit and do the ‘Macarena’ on the bar, and you’d still be considered dull if you don’t do shots to boot.
# opinion - Sunday 6 July, 2014
There are few things that, pound for pound, person for person, have a greater hold of on this island society than alcohol. Yet we still talk in whispers about it.
# opinion - Saturday 5 July, 2014
“Panic attacks can be a sign of depression and mental health issues and I couldn’t believe it was happening to me” – Niall Harbison on fighting two battles; illness and stigma.
We’re clearly feeling more bullish about the economy if we’re cancelling sold-out shows. But should we be so confident?
# opinion - Friday 4 July, 2014
Like most things in life, a little planning goes a long way.
We have become somewhat soft in recent years, becoming increasingly dependent on technology and comfort – we need to get into the wild again.
# opinion - Thursday 3 July, 2014
“Unless you’re holding tickets for Brooks I, II, or III, you are Children of a Lesser God,” writes Joe O’Shea.