# opinion - Yesterday’s News
Pregnancy isn’t as black and white as we would like. There are fatal foetal abnormalities, health risks, complications, and pregnancy from rape and incest. In each instance our laws allow one outcome: have the child.
Christmas can be turned into more of an ordeal than a celebration due to loneliness, financial worries or relationship breakdowns.
# opinion - Wednesday 17 December, 2014
Let’s make 2015 the year we begin to listen the voice of the person with dementia.
The banking inquiry’s first public hearings get under way today and questions remain about what happened six years ago.
# opinion - Tuesday 16 December, 2014
Ged Nash on why the Low Pay Commission is being set up and why the minimum wage should rise.
Opinion: Austerity cuts that directly affect women and children have been piled on by this government
As a society, we need to develop a more enlightened and informed view of female-led households.
# opinion - Monday 15 December, 2014
Anyone who keeps up with current affairs in Ireland would be hard-pressed to find a smile these days. I’ve decided what I need to do to change things – if even in a small way.
Rounds three and four of the Champions Cup weren’t great for the Irish sides, were they?
# opinion - Sunday 14 December, 2014
In the future we will no longer think in terms of stay-at-home ‘mothers’ or ‘fathers’, and instead just refer to stay-at-home parents.
Opinion: Messages like this shouldn’t be given to patients – depression isn’t an ‘embarrassing problem’
I came across this poster just last week in a GP waiting room and have to admit I was shocked, and so incredibly disappointed.
One of the largest free trade agreements to be negotiated in recent times is provoking serious concerns among civil groups.
# opinion - Saturday 13 December, 2014
Imaginative gifts are all well and good but just help me out with the basics!
You never know when Mr or Ms Right will stumble across your path, so attending every opening of every envelope is mandatory during the festive season.
Opinion: ‘Poor people can’t cook’ remark caused outrage – but consider the facts behind the headlines
Is a quick and cheap story about a rich woman talking down to poor people easier to stomach than the truth?
# opinion - Friday 12 December, 2014
Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan made global headlines when they tried to have their Canadian marriage recognised by the Irish State.
The main Christmas meal is actually relatively cheap to cook from scratch providing you plan ahead.
‘Finally, I have an appointment with a psychologist… 294 days after being discharged from the hospital’
Nine and a half months for an appointment? I, like many others with varying medical issues, have been failed by the very system that I have been contributing to.
# opinion - Thursday 11 December, 2014
Opinion: Of all the member states, Ireland would be the most affected if the UK opted to leave the EU
What is the likelihood of the UK leaving the European Union… and what would it mean for Ireland if it did?
Spare a thought for those who will be on their own over the holiday period – this can be one of the worst times of the year.
# opinion - Wednesday 10 December, 2014
Torture survivor Juan Mendez looks back at his harrowing experience, and the challenges facing the global fight against torture, in his role as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture.
We deserve better and, today, people across the country will come together – dignified and defiant.
# opinion - Tuesday 9 December, 2014
We need a solution for our water needs – but one that doesn’t include creative accounting, cronyism, and possible privatisation.
# opinion - Monday 8 December, 2014
In the bickering between unions and government, one voice is often lacking: that of the student.
As a new mum, he was my window into the outside world. My connection with civilisation. Often my only adult ‘mate’.
Some tips to help you enjoy a peaceful and magical celebration.
# opinion - Sunday 7 December, 2014
It has taken me a long time not to see myself as a ‘failure’ for having this illness.
A sound sketch of a beautiful space in Dublin on a crisp autumn day…
With rumours rife that the two old civil war parties will go into government following the next general election, the disparate elements of the left must come together.
# opinion - Saturday 6 December, 2014
Ulster got the job done, but left plenty of room for improvement.
Giving to those in need is a special thing in a world where so much indifference and evil is given free rein; we cannot allow bad apples to shake our faith in good.
# opinion - Friday 5 December, 2014
Given the fact that we have been living through turbulent political times for the past six years, why are such profound shifts in political consciousness happening now?
Will the State will put the interests of its people above commercial and provide us with strong consumer protection standards?
# opinion - Thursday 4 December, 2014
The image of the head of government in a gay bar – once an utterly unimaginable event – sends a powerful signal to all of society about the status of LGBT people in our society.
Adjusting for the disparity in population, citizens in Britain – another country with armed police – are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans.
# opinion - Wednesday 3 December, 2014
One disastrous shopping attempt and an aborted visit to see the Christmas tree lights are all you need to find what’s really important in the run-up to Christmas…
Is becoming ‘The Best Small Country In The World In Which To Do Business By 2016’ really the best ambition Ireland can have for the centenary year of the Rising?
# opinion - Tuesday 2 December, 2014
Jill was three months younger than me: her life should have been lived parallel to mine. Now the landmarks of my life seem tainted – any happiness is edged with sadness and guilt.
Times are changing, as is teaching, but we can’t lose sight of what’s important; instilling a love of learning in our students.
# opinion - Monday 1 December, 2014
In order to be ready for the connected home of the future, we need to be getting our ‘infrastructure house’ in order now.
Solutions do not come easy, but Ebola transmission can be stopped.