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#Opinion

# opinion - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: In Ireland a pregnancy must continue even if a woman is raped, suicidal or clinically dead Abortion

Opinion: In Ireland a pregnancy must continue even if a woman is raped, suicidal or clinically dead

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.

From TheJournal.ie “I should be looking forward to Christmas but it seems like a mountain I have to climb” Christmas

“I should be looking forward to Christmas but it seems like a mountain I have to climb”

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: 4,000 people under the age of 65 are living with dementia in this country Dementia

Column: 4,000 people under the age of 65 are living with dementia in this country

Let’s make 2015 the year we begin to listen the voice of the person with dementia.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Banking Inquiry will help put the final pieces of the jigsaw together Austerity

Opinion: The Banking Inquiry will help put the final pieces of the jigsaw together

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

From TheJournal.ie Minister: It’s time to increase the minimum wage and here’s how we’ll do it Cash Money This post contains videos

Minister: It’s time to increase the minimum wage and here’s how we’ll do it

Ged Nash on why the Low Pay Commission is being set up and why the minimum wage should rise.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Austerity cuts that directly affect women and children have been piled on by this government Lone Parents

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The simple, powerful gesture you can make to balance the sadness of the past week Kindness

Opinion: The simple, powerful gesture you can make to balance the sadness of the past week

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.

4 winners and 5 losers after the crucial back-to-back European rugby fixtures

Rounds three and four of the Champions Cup weren’t great for the Irish sides, were they?

# opinion - Sunday 14 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Stay-at-home fathers are still seen as a ‘novelty’ but perceptions are slowly changing Parenting

Opinion: Stay-at-home fathers are still seen as a ‘novelty’ but perceptions are slowly changing

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Messages like this shouldn’t be given to patients – depression isn’t an ‘embarrassing problem’ Mental Health

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What you should know about hushed negotiations taking place between the EU and US Trade

Column: What you should know about hushed negotiations taking place between the EU and US

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Forget the fancy stuff, THIS is my Christmas wishlist Matching Socks

Opinion: Forget the fancy stuff, THIS is my Christmas wishlist

Imaginative gifts are all well and good but just help me out with the basics!

From TheJournal.ie Column: How to survive the festive season as a singleton Dating

Column: How to survive the festive season as a singleton

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘Poor people can’t cook’ remark caused outrage – but consider the facts behind the headlines Health

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

From TheJournal.ie The KAL case kickstarted a decade of debate on marriage equality Watershed

The KAL case kickstarted a decade of debate on marriage equality

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan made global headlines when they tried to have their Canadian marriage recognised by the Irish State.

From TheJournal.ie How to buy a slap-up Christmas meal (and all the extras) on a budget Canny Cooking

How to buy a slap-up Christmas meal (and all the extras) on a budget

The main Christmas meal is actually relatively cheap to cook from scratch providing you plan ahead.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Finally, I have an appointment with a psychologist… 294 days after being discharged from the hospital’ Not Good Enough

‘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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Of all the member states, Ireland would be the most affected if the UK opted to leave the EU Breixt

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?

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A simple act of kindness could help someone feeling alone at this time of year Loneliness

Opinion: A simple act of kindness could help someone feeling alone at this time of year

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

From TheJournal.ie Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’ Torture

Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We have been sold out, we have been failed. That is why I’m marching today. Protest

Opinion: We have been sold out, we have been failed. That is why I’m marching today.

We deserve better and, today, people across the country will come together – dignified and defiant.

# opinion - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: When the people lead, politicians are forced to follow – so let’s make our voices heard Protest

Opinion: When the people lead, politicians are forced to follow – so let’s make our voices heard

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

From TheJournal.ie The forgotten voice: a student’s opinion of the Junior Cycle Education

The forgotten voice: a student’s opinion of the Junior Cycle

In the bickering between unions and government, one voice is often lacking: that of the student.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Goodbye Ray – we’ve been through a lot together (even though you don’t know it) Goodbye Old Friend

Opinion: Goodbye Ray – we’ve been through a lot together (even though you don’t know it)

As a new mum, he was my window into the outside world. My connection with civilisation. Often my only adult ‘mate’.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Have yourself a mindful Christmas Mindfulness

Opinion: Have yourself a mindful Christmas

Some tips to help you enjoy a peaceful and magical celebration.

# opinion - Sunday 7 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Some of the everyday struggles people with mental illnesses face in Ireland Mental Health

Opinion: Some of the everyday struggles people with mental illnesses face in Ireland

It has taken me a long time not to see myself as a ‘failure’ for having this illness.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin Sounds: An autumnal walk in Dartmouth Square Listen

Dublin Sounds: An autumnal walk in Dartmouth Square

A sound sketch of a beautiful space in Dublin on a crisp autumn day…

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The left needs to form a stronger alliance – and soon Divided

Opinion: The left needs to form a stronger alliance – and soon

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

Ruan returns, half and half from Hump and more talking points after Ulster beat Scarlets

Ulster got the job done, but left plenty of room for improvement.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We can’t let bad charities sour us on doing good this Christmas Spread A Little Tenderness

Opinion: We can’t let bad charities sour us on doing good this Christmas

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There has been a shift in Ireland’s political climate… but why now? Vision For The Future

Opinion: There has been a shift in Ireland’s political climate… but why now?

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?

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Despite talk of an improving economy, worrying mortgage arrears on family homes persist Home

Opinion: Despite talk of an improving economy, worrying mortgage arrears on family homes persist

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Taoiseach visiting Pantibar shows we will no longer be hidden away A Thousand Words

Opinion: The Taoiseach visiting Pantibar shows we will no longer be hidden away

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: US policing culture is growing increasingly violent – so where will it end? Protect And Serve

Opinion: US policing culture is growing increasingly violent – so where will it end?

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Christmas – the season of sugar-laced tantrums, queues, and unreasonable demands Ho Ho No

Opinion: Christmas – the season of sugar-laced tantrums, queues, and unreasonable demands

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…

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The 1916 centenary is coming… but are we honouring the ideal of equality for all? Political Legacy

Opinion: The 1916 centenary is coming… but are we honouring the ideal of equality for all?

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

From TheJournal.ie 800 Days: ‘I thought I knew what anger was, but I had never even touched its surface’ Jill Meagher

800 Days: ‘I thought I knew what anger was, but I had never even touched its surface’

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: ‘I want to support my students, I don’t want to judge them’

Opinion: ‘I want to support my students, I don’t want to judge them’

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The ‘smart homes’ of the near future – Irish homes will have about 500 connected devices Opinion

Opinion: The ‘smart homes’ of the near future – Irish homes will have about 500 connected devices

In order to be ready for the connected home of the future, we need to be getting our ‘infrastructure house’ in order now.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Healthcare apartheid is unacceptable – there can be no ‘them and us’ EBOLA

Opinion: Healthcare apartheid is unacceptable – there can be no ‘them and us’

Solutions do not come easy, but Ebola transmission can be stopped.

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