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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie My life with shingles: ‘It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor’ Opinion

My life with shingles: ‘It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor’

It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor. writes Carol Reddy Locke

From TheJournal.ie ‘I’m an American, but Sarah Palin and Donald Trump do not speak for me’ Opinion

‘I’m an American, but Sarah Palin and Donald Trump do not speak for me’

‘I’m not sure when there began to be such a disconnect between myself and the campaign oratory – and whether I have changed or if it’s the American discourse.’

From TheJournal.ie ‘Power is a drug’: Alan Kelly’s recent interview showed the true colours of Irish politics Column

‘Power is a drug’: Alan Kelly’s recent interview showed the true colours of Irish politics

We need more than narcissism and hubris in Irish politics, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales Opinion

Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales

This isn’t happening because of a shift in cultural attitudes towards sex; it is the result of a growth in online pornography., writes Lorraine Courtney.

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael picks up support while Sinn Féin drops Up And Down

Fine Gael picks up support while Sinn Féin drops

The latest opinion poll also puts Sinn Féin and Fianna Fail on equal support.

From TheJournal.ie Beetroot gets a rough deal. It’s time to give it another go with this marmalade Column

Beetroot gets a rough deal. It’s time to give it another go with this marmalade

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk beetroot.

From TheJournal.ie Overweight people should pay more tax. Others can’t pay for our folly Column

Overweight people should pay more tax. Others can’t pay for our folly

Operation Transformation is not fat-shaming. We can’t mollycoddle to spare people’s feelings, writes Aaron McKenna.

# opinion - Friday 5 February, 2016

From The42 Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016 Opinion

Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016

There are some exciting and surprising calls in Schmidt’s first XV of 2016.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can’t afford to laugh and dismiss them’ Column

‘Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can’t afford to laugh and dismiss them’

Two protests are taking place this Saturday – there are bound to be a clash of ideas, writes Julien Mercille.

From The42 The case for Mick McCarthy as Ireland’s greatest ever manager Opinion

The case for Mick McCarthy as Ireland’s greatest ever manager

It’s 20 years today since the Barnsley native was appointed as coach of the Boys in Green.

# opinion - Thursday 4 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’ Opinion This post contains images

‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’

When I applied for Operation Transformation I knew what I was getting myself into, writes Alan Mullen.

From TheJournal.ie We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence Opinion

We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence

Compelling first year Trinity College students to attend mandatory classes on sexual consent has raised eyebrows, writes Ruairí McKiernan.

From TheJournal.ie The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated Opinion

The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated

With the power of social media, one might wonder if there is a better way for election candidates to communicate directly with voters, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# opinion - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again Opinion

Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again

Who was to blame for these eyesores, asks Frank Armstrong, part of the Nama to Nature campaign.

From The42 Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls Opinion

Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls

Joe Schmidt has big selection calls of his own before the sides meet this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Digital can deliver vital votes – but how do politicians earn the ‘like’ love? Opinion

Digital can deliver vital votes – but how do politicians earn the ‘like’ love?

Nothing can beat the knock on the door – sure – but this will be the year to pay attention to the ones who don’t answer.

# opinion - Monday 1 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie While economic recovery has opened up the jobs market, make sure your course is right for you Opinion

While economic recovery has opened up the jobs market, make sure your course is right for you

It’s important to pursue a career that you want and are confident you can handle, writes Clive Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experience Opinion

Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experience

While we’re hearing that jobs are being created around the country, some people still find themselves out of work, writes Eoghan McDermott.

# opinion - Sunday 31 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Struggling with confidence? Keep going, keep trying and be kind to yourself Column

Struggling with confidence? Keep going, keep trying and be kind to yourself

If you have a deep‐rooted problem, treat it as you would a physical or practical problem, and seek expert advice.

From TheJournal.ie ‘No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors’ Column

‘No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors’

Lorraine Courtney writes that naming doctors in fitness to practice inquiries should be scrapped.

# opinion - Saturday 30 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘I turned into a blubbering mess when I found my wedding dress’ Opinion

‘I turned into a blubbering mess when I found my wedding dress’

I never believed you would just feel the right dress for you, but it is absolutely true, writes Pamela Tully.

From TheJournal.ie Chard is highly nutritious and should be a popular addition to your healthy January diet Column

Chard is highly nutritious and should be a popular addition to your healthy January diet

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk chard.

From TheJournal.ie Lawyers grew fat on fees as the banking inquiry wasted our time and money Opinion

Lawyers grew fat on fees as the banking inquiry wasted our time and money

Political inquires are expensive spectacles set up by politicians trying to appear macho, Aaron McKenna writes.

# opinion - Friday 29 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘Ireland’s gang killings are remarkably similar to ISIS murders’ Narco Terrorism

‘Ireland’s gang killings are remarkably similar to ISIS murders’

That seems like an extreme statement but Tom Clonan has taken a look at the evidence.

From TheJournal.ie ‘What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst’ Opinion

‘What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst’

The fear of missing out is something every mother experiences returning to work after maternity leave, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.

# opinion - Thursday 28 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’ Opinion This post contains images

‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’

Alan Mullen was a leader last year, but he hasn’t given up. In week three he tells us how he is staying on track.

# opinion - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie A clerical child abuse survivor’s experience of the movie Spotlight Abuse Survivors

A clerical child abuse survivor’s experience of the movie Spotlight

“Spotlight is largely about journalists and journalism…”

From TheJournal.ie ‘We’ve spent hours in the basement of Leinster House trying to find out what happened’ Opinion

‘We’ve spent hours in the basement of Leinster House trying to find out what happened’

The final report from the banking inquiry is to be released today.

# opinion - Tuesday 26 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘Needles, doctors and hospitals have been a part of Colleen’s life for as long as she remembers’ Opinion

‘Needles, doctors and hospitals have been a part of Colleen’s life for as long as she remembers’

Colleen’s mother commends the hospital staff for their work, but says her daughter has been left languishing on waiting lists for years.

# opinion - Monday 25 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Looks shouldn’t matter, but they do. Especially when you’re applying for a job Opinion

Looks shouldn’t matter, but they do. Especially when you’re applying for a job

First impressions are the foundation for having an impact, writes Eoghan McDermott.

# opinion - Sunday 24 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Promoting ‘brand Ireland’ with a film about emigration? I’m not comfortable with that Opinion

Promoting ‘brand Ireland’ with a film about emigration? I’m not comfortable with that

There’s something weird about a media and government cheering on a movie about emigration, writes Julien Mercille.

From TheJournal.ie Will Fine Gael join forces with Fianna Fáil? Opinion

Will Fine Gael join forces with Fianna Fáil?

With no political party likely to get an outright majority and the probability Labour will take a right beating, it makes sense for Enda to join forces with Micheál Martin to form the next Government, writes Paul Allen.

From TheJournal.ie It’s now more difficult for Irish journalists to hold those in powerful positions to account Opinion

It’s now more difficult for Irish journalists to hold those in powerful positions to account

Ireland’s small community of hard-pressed crime journalists are up in arms, writes Tom Clonan.

# opinion - Saturday 23 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie ‘I’m an Irishman in the West Bank helping kids get to school through checkpoints’ Opinion

‘I’m an Irishman in the West Bank helping kids get to school through checkpoints’

Alex Dunne has been in the West Bank for over 40 days now, collecting stories of stories of military incursions, night raids, and settler attacks.

From TheJournal.ie This purple broccoli goes down a treat with parmesan and bread crumbs Column

This purple broccoli goes down a treat with parmesan and bread crumbs

Still on your January health buzz? Michael Kelly talks about sprouting broccoli this week – a nice addition to your meals.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Erect a monument to the IRA’s foiled Marita Ann gun-smuggling operation? I don’t think so’ Opinion

‘Erect a monument to the IRA’s foiled Marita Ann gun-smuggling operation? I don’t think so’

Sinn Féin want a monument to gun-smuggling ship if Kerry council backs plan to add names of Fusiliers to monument.

# opinion - Friday 22 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Cork house party shows the ‘don’t take drugs’ message just won’t cut it Opinion

Cork house party shows the ‘don’t take drugs’ message just won’t cut it

Six young people were hospitalised after a house party in the south of Cork. The issue can no longer be ignored, writes Graham de Barra.

From The42 Championship changes? No We Can’t – Even Obama would struggle to lead reform in the GAA Column

Championship changes? No We Can’t – Even Obama would struggle to lead reform in the GAA

TV3′s Tommy Martin believes the organisation is at a crossroads as the divide grows between grassroots and the elite level.

From TheJournal.ie The pubs definitely won’t be open on Good Friday, but it’s high time this changed Opinion

The pubs definitely won’t be open on Good Friday, but it’s high time this changed

Frances Fitzgerald said she would not be changing the law this year to open pubs on Good Friday. Dale McDermott says it’s time.

# opinion - Thursday 21 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie The over-emphasis on medication over therapy is just one problem that needs fixing Opinion

The over-emphasis on medication over therapy is just one problem that needs fixing

Before the 2011 election, Taoiseach Enda Kenny singled out mental health as the key issue he wanted to tackle.

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