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#Opinion

# opinion - Today’s News

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 - Yesterday’s News

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.

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: ‘We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy’ Opinion

Aaron McKenna: ‘We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy’

European Commissioners aren’t picked on any basis of merit or usefulness. It’s no different than most governments, but at least we elect the cabinet together at home.

# opinion - Friday 12 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘I’ve never found it at all incongruous that I could be both British and Scottish’ Column

Opinion: ‘I’ve never found it at all incongruous that I could be both British and Scottish’

I was brought up to be and remain a passionate patriot undiluted by years of exile – but here’s why I would vote No.

Opinion: Falcao and Di Maria can spark United title challenge

Will Louis van Gaal’s £150m spending spree pay off and help the club recapture past glories?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders War Crimes

Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders

Massacres, hostage-taking, torture and sexual violence. These are the war crimes happening in Syria, yet why don’t we care, asks GOAL CEO Barry Andrews.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘Peig Sayers represents our complexity and there is a little of her in us all’ Irish Language

Opinion: ‘Peig Sayers represents our complexity and there is a little of her in us all’

The Sayers family were Protestant Cromwellian landed genrty whose descendent ended up being one of the most famous storytellers in Europe, speaking the Irish language.

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From TheJournal.ie Column: Four trends that will have a significant impact on every business in Ireland SMEs

Column: Four trends that will have a significant impact on every business in Ireland

Paying special attention to the shifting needs and attitudes of the new, experiential generation will pay off for all businesses, writes Renaud Visage co-founder of Eventbrite.

# opinion - Thursday 11 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Dublin is a great place to live, but not necessarily when you’re old Age Friendly

Opinion: Dublin is a great place to live, but not necessarily when you’re old

By 2041, the number of people in this country over the age of 65 is predicted to reach 1.4 million.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Ebola outbreak is much more than a medical emergency The Toll

Column: The Ebola outbreak is much more than a medical emergency

Food scarcities, rocketing transport costs, closures to schools and clinics – an on-the-ground account of the situation in Liberia.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Turn those angry tweets into bums on seats Women In Sport

Opinion: Turn those angry tweets into bums on seats

There’s more hurling to be done in Croke Park this Sunday.

# opinion - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘We patrol the waters on the look out for someone contemplating suicide’ Suicide Prevention

Opinion: ‘We patrol the waters on the look out for someone contemplating suicide’

Since Waterford Search and Rescue was established they have saved 74 lives.

From TheJournal.ie Column: It’s still okay to say ‘NO!’ to your Junior Cert teen on drinking Opinion This post contains a poll

Column: It’s still okay to say ‘NO!’ to your Junior Cert teen on drinking

…But saying ‘No’ alone is not good enough. Tell the whole story.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: It’s not a Mickey Mouse exam, the Junior Cert does actually matter JC RESULTS

Opinion: It’s not a Mickey Mouse exam, the Junior Cert does actually matter

To say it doesn’t is an insult to the 60,698 Irish students who studied for 3 years to sit the exam last June.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: As Apple moves further into data, it’s time we start taking responsibility for our own Tech

Opinion: As Apple moves further into data, it’s time we start taking responsibility for our own

With Apple moving into health and fitness and quantifying our lives even further, more data about us is going to be gathered.

# opinion - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘I saw my wife’s face and I couldn’t hide from it any more. I had to stop gambling’ Addiction

Opinion: ‘I saw my wife’s face and I couldn’t hide from it any more. I had to stop gambling’

An anonymous contributor says it doesn’t matter what way you gamble, it comes down to losing control over it.

7 things we’d like to see between now and Ireland’s upcoming Germany encounter

Martin O’Neill’s men are set for games against the world champions and Gibraltar next month.

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