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#Opinion

# opinion - Monday 29 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Vlog: Leaving it all behind… one emigrant’s story of saying goodbye to Ireland Leaving On A Jet Plane

Vlog: Leaving it all behind… one emigrant’s story of saying goodbye to Ireland

Young graduate Oisin Gregorian is making a video diary of his experience of leaving Ireland for Spain.

Opinion: Struggling Munster must give Hanrahan more game time

The centre pairing of Denis Hurley and Ivan Dineen struggled in the province’s recent match with Ospreys.

Opinion: Manchester United have no excuse not to reach Champions League

Chelsea and Manchester City will make the Premier League a two-horse race – but the Red Devils are right in the chasing pack

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Coming out of addiction and homelessness is a major life event Homeless Ireland

Opinion: Coming out of addiction and homelessness is a major life event

If we want to address complex social issues like addiction and homelessness, we need the activity of frontline services to match the vision of high level policy.

From TheJournal.ie A Personal Story: My life with Turner Syndrome My Experience

A Personal Story: My life with Turner Syndrome

At 28, Turner Syndrome continues to dominate my life and now the time is right to step out from the invisible wall I seem to have built around myself.

# opinion - Sunday 28 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Game over for mortgage affordability? Property

Opinion: Game over for mortgage affordability?

In many areas property is simply unaffordable, again – yet our political class seems to regard the ‘recovery’ in property prices as only a good thing.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Would you know how to react if someone revealed they were suicidal? Suicide Prevention

Opinion: Would you know how to react if someone revealed they were suicidal?

Death is an inevitable part of life – but suicide is not. We all need to arm ourselves with the skills to intervene and assist people when they need help.

# opinion - Saturday 27 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Pause to appreciate a simple moment – it’s what makes life beautiful The Little Things

Opinion: Pause to appreciate a simple moment – it’s what makes life beautiful

The stresses and strains of life were getting me down, but then I did what we so often neglect to do: I embraced the moment.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ireland’s law on abortion is a shambles entirely of the State’s creation Pregnancy

Opinion: Ireland’s law on abortion is a shambles entirely of the State’s creation

The case of Ms Y highlights the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment girls and women are subjected to because of Ireland’s abortion laws.

# opinion - Friday 26 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: Find your focus with these 5 tips Clear Thinking

Column: Find your focus with these 5 tips

Many of us find it hard to focus, blaming the distractions we have on our modern working lives – but how can we achieve clear thinking?

# opinion - Thursday 25 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A world without hunger is everyone’s business – let’s put things right Chronic Hunger

Opinion: A world without hunger is everyone’s business – let’s put things right

The picture is clear: without adequate food and proper nutrition, a child will not live, learn and grow up to lead a healthy and productive life.

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From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Practising mindfulness is a valuable tool for easing stress and anxious thoughts Mindfulness

Opinion: Practising mindfulness is a valuable tool for easing stress and anxious thoughts

Mindfulness meditation is about accepting our current experience, whatever that may be, in a relaxed, alert, and open way.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: How do we bring the issue of social housing from ‘political priority’ to concrete action? Housing

Opinion: How do we bring the issue of social housing from ‘political priority’ to concrete action?

We need an increased supply of new social housing whose future is not as heavily dependent on private market interests.

# opinion - Tuesday 23 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: It was the largest coordinated demonstration in human history – and they ignored it Iraq War

Column: It was the largest coordinated demonstration in human history – and they ignored it

Director Amir Amirani writes about his stunning documentary, We Are Many, which explores the 2003 Stop the War global protests and their legacy.

# opinion - Monday 22 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Yes, Scotland has stayed in the UK – but the old union is dead What Now?

Opinion: Yes, Scotland has stayed in the UK – but the old union is dead

Despite the defeat for independence, Scotland and the UK will never be the same again – and Ireland’s relationship with its neighbours will change too.

# opinion - Sunday 21 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: How does colour affect our way of seeing the world? Language

Column: How does colour affect our way of seeing the world?

Language affects worldview in minuscule ways, as a study of colour perception has shown.

# opinion - Saturday 20 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘The anger and pain get hold of me too quickly – I feel trapped and afraid’ Mental Health

Opinion: ‘The anger and pain get hold of me too quickly – I feel trapped and afraid’

A young person experiencing mental health problems gives an honest and unflinching account of what it’s like to have suicidal thoughts, and the challenges to finding help.

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: What are our coalition options after the next election? Friend Or Foe

Aaron McKenna: What are our coalition options after the next election?

Coalitions are the price of proportional systems such as ours: voters should have truthful information about potential alliances in order to make informed decisions.

# opinion - Friday 19 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Are these questions about climate change preventing you from taking action? Global Concern

Opinion: Are these questions about climate change preventing you from taking action?

This weekend, protests are planned all over the world to show that citizens care about this climate change – but do they really?

# opinion - Thursday 18 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Discovering my daughter had an eating disorder was a devastating experience Mental Health

Opinion: Discovering my daughter had an eating disorder was a devastating experience

My naivety blinded me to the complex mental health issues that bring about eating disorders in the first place

TheScore.ie’s Champions League power rankings after week 1

How are Chelsea, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund faring after the opening group games?

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The ripple effect of commodifying water – from Dublin to Detroit Water Charges

Opinion: The ripple effect of commodifying water – from Dublin to Detroit

Looking at how water charges have been implemented elsewhere allows us to glimpse what their likely effect will be in Ireland… and it’s not pretty.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Boston Mayor’s ‘homecoming’ is mutually beneficial for both sides of the Atlantic Opinion

Column: Boston Mayor’s ‘homecoming’ is mutually beneficial for both sides of the Atlantic

This week, he’s coming back in a capacity he could only have dreamed of all those years ago, writes Larry Donnelly.

# opinion - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘The legal recognition of ISL is the key to equality for deaf people in Irish society’ Opinion

Column: ‘The legal recognition of ISL is the key to equality for deaf people in Irish society’

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is not yet legally or officially recognised in Ireland.

‘Januzaj does not fit at Manchester United’ – Gillespie

The Belgium international scored a hat-trick for the club’s Under-21 side on Monday.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘The Scottish voting yes are doing so from an international, rather than just a nationalist mindset’ Independence

Column: ‘The Scottish voting yes are doing so from an international, rather than just a nationalist mindset’

If Scotland has to consider anew its membership of the European Union, then the Irish Government should be there standing up for its application, writes Eamon Ryan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘It is time to re-think what we think we know about Africa’ Overseas Aid

Column: ‘It is time to re-think what we think we know about Africa’

Clearly, people in Ireland support the principle of overseas aid, but they are not convinced our aid is actually making a difference.

# opinion - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: Do you suffer from social media and internet addiction? Turning Off

Column: Do you suffer from social media and internet addiction?

We live in an ‘always on’ world and because the internet is constantly accessible via mobile devices, it is very difficult to control.

Scholes tips Liverpool as Champions League dark horses

The former star believes Anfield will be a tough place for visiting sides.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘Music isn’t just about what you hear. Where and how we hear it can have just as much impact’ Tiger Dublin Fringe

Column: ‘Music isn’t just about what you hear. Where and how we hear it can have just as much impact’

Composer Fergal Dowling talks about two new site-specific concerts programmed in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘Ireland’s road to recovery depends on whether we’re going to bring everyone with us’ Budget 2015

Column: ‘Ireland’s road to recovery depends on whether we’re going to bring everyone with us’

A job is no longer a guarantee of economic security and women are particularly vulnerable to precarious work and low wages.

# opinion - Monday 15 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: As a country that thrives on its reputation for craic, we must ensure our cities are a place of enjoyment Opinion

Column: As a country that thrives on its reputation for craic, we must ensure our cities are a place of enjoyment

‘A good city is like a good party – people stay much longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.’

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘After many years of peace, Europe could be drawn into a war on its own borders’ Opinion

Column: ‘After many years of peace, Europe could be drawn into a war on its own borders’

The West needs to stop hiding behind treaties that Russia has already invalidated, writes John O’Donnell.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘My school was unable to have a dedicated higher maths class, so I studied through video-link’ Education

Column: ‘My school was unable to have a dedicated higher maths class, so I studied through video-link’

Through ‘Connected Classroom’ four students participated in higher-level maths classes through a video link-up with their sister school, Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin.

# opinion - Sunday 14 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: How do we get over losing the love of our life? Moving On

Column: How do we get over losing the love of our life?

Those of us who have loved and lost are told to ‘move on’. Yes, we must do just that but it takes time and a lot of healing.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘Protecting human rights in Colombia is a dangerous business’ Prison

Column: ‘Protecting human rights in Colombia is a dangerous business’

A Christian Aid Ireland delegation visited David Rabelo, a human rights defender in Bogota prison, where he is serving 18 years.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Scottish referendum is the classic heart versus head clash Independence

Opinion: The Scottish referendum is the classic heart versus head clash

There has been surprisingly little coverage or comment on Scottish independence in Ireland, but a Yes vote would affect us on many fronts.

# opinion - Saturday 13 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘At aged 48, I found out I was adopted. When I found my mother, it was too late’ Search

Column: ‘At aged 48, I found out I was adopted. When I found my mother, it was too late’

It took Harry Foley 20 years to find his brother and sisters in Ireland. He said the State need to take hold of the situation and apologise.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘We Irish deal with things with a sense of humour – even cancer’ Fringe Festival

Opinion: ‘We Irish deal with things with a sense of humour – even cancer’

The reaction is sometimes to ignore a situation, or keep it private. An attitude which we all know affects the perceptions of depression and mental health, writes Neil Douglas.

From TheJournal.ie Column: An era has truly come to an end in Northern Ireland with the death of Ian Paisley Politics

Column: An era has truly come to an end in Northern Ireland with the death of Ian Paisley

Historically it is appropriate to remember that substantial figure has gone and it is worth just remembering his substantial contribution to our politics.

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