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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie Open letter to Ban Ki-Moon: ‘Ireland’s commitments to human rights are being weakened ‘ Opinion

Open letter to Ban Ki-Moon: ‘Ireland’s commitments to human rights are being weakened ‘

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, will visit next week to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland joining the UN.

From TheJournal.ie ‘My life in Ireland is the normal tapestry of pleasure and pain – but the good far outweighs any bad’ Opinion

‘My life in Ireland is the normal tapestry of pleasure and pain – but the good far outweighs any bad’

It took me a little time to get used to a new culture, but I have discovered that Irish people love spreading happiness and positivity.

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# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie It’s not scaremongering to look at the bioethical implications of the marriage referendum Opinion

It’s not scaremongering to look at the bioethical implications of the marriage referendum

Both surrogacy and donor-conception require more, not less, ethical discussion before the Government’s plans in this area become formalised in law.

From TheJournal.ie ‘My experience in Ireland has been quite simply incredible’ Opinion

‘My experience in Ireland has been quite simply incredible’

My life here has given me amazing opportunities as a professional musician. I don’t miss a lot of things from Kinshasa (apart from the sun, obviously).

From TheJournal.ie I get annoyed when it is assumed that older people in rural Ireland will vote No Opinion

I get annoyed when it is assumed that older people in rural Ireland will vote No

Former president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Mamo McDonald, explains why she will be voting Yes tomorrow.

# opinion - Wednesday 20 May, 2015

From The42 His agent is right — Raheem Sterling has been bullied by Liverpool Opinion

His agent is right — Raheem Sterling has been bullied by Liverpool

The ongoing debate between the youngster and his club seems no closer to a resolution after this week’s developments.

From TheJournal.ie That handshake was a publicity coup for Sinn Fein – why were the opposition missing in action? Opinion

That handshake was a publicity coup for Sinn Fein – why were the opposition missing in action?

Why did the State foot the bill for Sinn Fein’s biggest publicity stroke as Gerry Adams shook the hand of Prince Charles, while the Taoiseach and opposition leaders were nowhere to be seen, asks Paul Allen.

From TheJournal.ie The story of us: “I have never felt luckier or like I was on a bigger adventure” Opinion

The story of us: “I have never felt luckier or like I was on a bigger adventure”

Long-term couples talk about their lives together – and their hopes for the future – ahead of Friday’s vote on same-sex marriage.

# opinion - Tuesday 19 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie ‘The marriage referendum proposal could affect future laws relating to children’ Opinion

‘The marriage referendum proposal could affect future laws relating to children’

Solicitor Eileen King writes about why a group of lawyers are advocating a No vote this Friday.

From TheJournal.ie What are the economics of same-sex marriage? Column

What are the economics of same-sex marriage?

Dr Daragh McGreal discusses the potential economic impact of the same-sex marriage vote.

From TheJournal.ie That ‘other referendum’ could bridge a gap between the Irish and English versions of our Constitution Opinion

That ‘other referendum’ could bridge a gap between the Irish and English versions of our Constitution

Given the significant gap that currently exists in the translation of Bunreacht na hÉireann, there is a good reason to pass this second referendum.

# opinion - Monday 18 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie It’s official: I’ve found my first grey hair… The inevitable is happening. Opinion

It’s official: I’ve found my first grey hair… The inevitable is happening.

It’s fair to say that I’ve developed a slight hang up about getting older.

From TheJournal.ie We’re being short-changed by the ‘other referendum’ Opinion

We’re being short-changed by the ‘other referendum’

The presidential age referendum is a watered-down version of attempts at real political reform.

From The42 After 10 failed attempts, there will finally be an away winner in the Pro12 semi-finals Opinion

After 10 failed attempts, there will finally be an away winner in the Pro12 semi-finals

This weekend’s play-offs are the most evenly balanced since the competition changed structure.

# opinion - Sunday 17 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie I don’t want to ‘lose’ my stutter – I want to be someone who accomplishes great things, and also stutters Opinion

I don’t want to ‘lose’ my stutter – I want to be someone who accomplishes great things, and also stutters

Stuttering is unlike anything else. There is no absolute cure, but learning to be confident despite it can help us reach our full potential.

From TheJournal.ie What I’ve learned through my career as a counsellor Opinion

What I’ve learned through my career as a counsellor

People are different – from each other and from what the books say. A “textbook case” is rare, if not non-existent.

From TheJournal.ie My wonderful gay family: I was raised by two loving, beautiful lesbian mums Opinion

My wonderful gay family: I was raised by two loving, beautiful lesbian mums

As a child raised by gay parents, I can tell you that my childhood was full of joy and laughter and the same as yours in every way that matters.

# opinion - Saturday 16 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie My No vote isn’t about faith, it’s about children Opinion

My No vote isn’t about faith, it’s about children

If we redefine marriage, we change our Constitution to require that some children will be left motherless or fatherless by design

From TheJournal.ie Time to get sowing! These are the crops you should be planting this week Opinion

Time to get sowing! These are the crops you should be planting this week

Squashes are incredibly delicious and they store well – so they can certainly start you on your path to self-sufficienty.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Got a big Irish Water bill? Alright – now fix that leak’ Opinion

‘Got a big Irish Water bill? Alright – now fix that leak’

People are finally talking about ways to flush less drinking water down their toilets. Why? Because that water is going to cost them money.

From The42 Champions Cup failings helped bring about this perfect Pro12 storm Opinion

Champions Cup failings helped bring about this perfect Pro12 storm

10 teams have something worth playing for this weekend, and it’s all thanks to the men who killed the Heineken Cup.

# opinion - Friday 15 May, 2015

From The42 An openside question for Munster and more talking points as the Pro12 comes down to the wire Last Chance Saloon

An openside question for Munster and more talking points as the Pro12 comes down to the wire

Three Irish provinces have a lot to play for tomorrow.

From TheJournal.ie Why voting No won’t tackle the ethical challenges around surrogacy or donor conception Opinion

Why voting No won’t tackle the ethical challenges around surrogacy or donor conception

The ethical issues surrounding surrogacy and donor conception arise both straight and gay couples.

From TheJournal.ie “A heartfelt heart-breaking story”: Huge praise for Ursula Halligan’s coming-out op-ed Bravery

“A heartfelt heart-breaking story”: Huge praise for Ursula Halligan’s coming-out op-ed

The broadcaster is encouraging people to vote Yes in the upcoming referendum.

From TheJournal.ie Marriage is the only institution which unites children with their mother and father Opinion

Marriage is the only institution which unites children with their mother and father

People need to ask themselves if Ireland should eliminate from law the sole institution that unites kids with their mam and dads.

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From TheJournal.ie Whatever happens, government may regret activating so many young, idealistic voters Opinion

Whatever happens, government may regret activating so many young, idealistic voters

The result of the marriage referendum is far from a foregone conclusion. But one thing’s certain: we now have many more young and passionate voters in this country.

# opinion - Thursday 14 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Column: Enda’s charm offensive has begun Opinion

Column: Enda’s charm offensive has begun

The Taoiseach’s rare appearance on Irish television is a firm signal that Fine Gael is gearing up for a general election – but don’t expect him on Vincent Browne any time soon.

From TheJournal.ie ‘The presidency should be about vision and energy – not stepping towards retirement’ Opinion

‘The presidency should be about vision and energy – not stepping towards retirement’

The opportunity to lower the age of eligibility for the president is about giving Irish people more choice, not forcing their hand.

From TheJournal.ie What kind of food do we want to eat? It’s a big question of our time… Opinion

What kind of food do we want to eat? It’s a big question of our time…

What kind of food do we want to eat? On what kind of farms do we want to see it produced? It’s long past time to have these discussions.

# opinion - Wednesday 13 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Will the UK leave the EU …and what would it mean for Ireland if it did? Opinion

Will the UK leave the EU …and what would it mean for Ireland if it did?

The prospect of the UK leaving the EU presents a massive challenge to the future of the European Union; its entire viability is at stake.

From The42 Kenny Cunningham is wrong — Jack Grealish deserves time to make up his mind Opinion

Kenny Cunningham is wrong — Jack Grealish deserves time to make up his mind

The Aston Villa youngster turned down Martin O’Neill’s offer of a place in the Ireland squad yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Why is Ireland snubbing talented citizens who live abroad? Opinion

Why is Ireland snubbing talented citizens who live abroad?

We need to attract experienced members of our diaspora back home to drive economic growth. Refusing them the right to vote pushes them further away.

# opinion - Tuesday 12 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie Fear is the enemy of love – on 22nd May we have a chance to choose love Opinion

Fear is the enemy of love – on 22nd May we have a chance to choose love

We can help heal Ireland and send a powerful message to the world about what kind of people we are.

From TheJournal.ie Our attention is pulled in so many directions these days – we need to find a sense of calm Opinion

Our attention is pulled in so many directions these days – we need to find a sense of calm

It is estimated that over 60,000 thoughts flow through our mind every day (and most of them are repeats).

# opinion - Monday 11 May, 2015

From The42 Is rival fans’ treatment of Steven Gerrard fair enough or does he deserve more respect? Have Your Say

Is rival fans’ treatment of Steven Gerrard fair enough or does he deserve more respect?

The Liverpool legend received a rare respectful applause at the weekend.

From The42 Why Martin O’Neill needs to swallow his pride and call up Jack Grealish Opinion

Why Martin O’Neill needs to swallow his pride and call up Jack Grealish

The Ireland manager is set to name his squad for next month’s games against England and Scotland, and Aston Villa’s young schemer should be in there.

From TheJournal.ie ‘We can protect the rights of gay people without redefining the meaning of marriage’ Opinion

‘We can protect the rights of gay people without redefining the meaning of marriage’

If the amendment is accepted, it will prevent the State from adopting a constitutional or legislative stance in relation to a vision of the family which would prioritise the parental roles of mothers and fathers, writes Mattie McGrath TD

From TheJournal.ie Everyone has a skill to share, even if they don’t shout about it… why not volunteer? Opinion

Everyone has a skill to share, even if they don’t shout about it… why not volunteer?

A growing number of employers consider volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience.

# opinion - Sunday 10 May, 2015

From TheJournal.ie What is the enduring appeal of an artist like Bowie? Opinion

What is the enduring appeal of an artist like Bowie?

David Bowie has captured popular imagination for decades; what are the historical, cultural and political reasons for this?

From TheJournal.ie What value are we putting on higher education? Opinion

What value are we putting on higher education?

Demand for education expanded during the crisis and it looks set to grow further. We must respond proactively.

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