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From TheJournal.ie Plans for 'co-living' apartment blocks in Dublin are in opposition to the 'cohousing' model popular in Europe Opinion

Plans for 'co-living' apartment blocks in Dublin are in opposition to the 'cohousing' model popular in Europe

Cohousing arrangements are a co-operative movement that helps to create affordable housing, writes Tom O’Donnell.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy Opinion

Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy

Citizens of some cities will vote on Friday as to whether to introduce a directly elected mayor – the move would boost local government, writes Deiric Ó Broin .

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'The Farage approach would strip the heart from democracy' Opinion

Opinion: 'The Farage approach would strip the heart from democracy'

The Brexit Party is leading the polls but has refused to publish a manifesto – that approach poses a threat to democracy, writes Matthew Murphy.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Are we ready to let go of the Catholic Church's rituals? Opinion

Opinion: Are we ready to let go of the Catholic Church's rituals?

Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Burial are now rites of passage but do we understand their theological foundations, writes Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence Column

The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence

The word appears to originate before 1900 in parts of Ireland where spoken Irish was high and literacy was low, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Being more productive doesn’t mean working harder – it means working smarter Opinion

Opinion: Being more productive doesn’t mean working harder – it means working smarter

Productivity involves finding your own rhythm and getting things done in the way that works best for you – according to your own skills and abilities writes Gill Hasson.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Underarm hair is natural so why do people reel in horror from my hairy armpits? Opinion

Opinion: Underarm hair is natural so why do people reel in horror from my hairy armpits?

The kickback women face when we dare to show contempt for this societal norm is most intriguing, writes Síomha Ní Ruairc.

From TheJournal.ie Adi Roche: Heroic men were sent in to fight a nuclear disaster with shovels and their bare hands Opinion

Adi Roche: Heroic men were sent in to fight a nuclear disaster with shovels and their bare hands

‘The Chernobyl series on Sky TV is an honest, truthful and a jarring appraisal of human behaviour – acting as a cautionary tale for all of us’, writes Adi Roche.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The tragic death of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest highlights the dangers of confessional TV Voices

Opinion: The tragic death of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest highlights the dangers of confessional TV

Some talk shows walk a thin line between sympathy, sensationalism and exploitation, writes Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear' Opinion

Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear'

Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: New laws to ban 'upskirting' and 'revenge porn' are welcome but stalking should also be defined as a crime Opinion

Opinion: New laws to ban 'upskirting' and 'revenge porn' are welcome but stalking should also be defined as a crime

The Law Reform Commission says stalking should be defined as a crime and the introduction of stalking laws in the UK resulted in an increase in prosecutions, writes Catherine O’Sullivan.

From TheJournal.ie Lynn Ruane: I'm tabling a bill to support the voices of community and advocacy groups Column

Lynn Ruane: I'm tabling a bill to support the voices of community and advocacy groups

We need a vibrant and active civil society. Otherwise politicians and big business will call all the shots, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug Column

The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug

Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but they’re both part of our cultural heritage, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Support Palestinians and show your opposition to apartheid by boycotting Eurovision Opinion

Opinion: Support Palestinians and show your opposition to apartheid by boycotting Eurovision

You can show solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom against Israeli apartheid, occupation and war crimes by supporting the boycott, writes Zoe Lawlor.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Eurovision boycott activists are opposed to Israel's right to self-determination Opinion

Opinion: Eurovision boycott activists are opposed to Israel's right to self-determination

They pretend that the Jewish people have no right to live in the places where they were born and where their history, religion and culture are deeply rooted, writes the Israeli ambassador to Ireland, Ophir Kariv.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Cancer screening can't provide 100% certainty - but the programme saves many lives Opinion

Opinion: Cancer screening can't provide 100% certainty - but the programme saves many lives

A recent judgement said doctors must have absolute confidence that results are normal – unfortunately, that just isn’t possible, writes Dr Ciarán Ó Riain.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I always wanted pets but our hairy, howling cat is making my life hell Opinion

Opinion: I always wanted pets but our hairy, howling cat is making my life hell

Are you a 30-something couple with no kids, who are thinking about getting a pet? Well think again, writes Leah Ni Chuinn.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The US alliance with Saudi Arabia reveals their true stance on human rights Opinion

Opinion: The US alliance with Saudi Arabia reveals their true stance on human rights

The sad truth is that the enemies of the western powers look pretty good when compared to our close friends in Saudi, writes Diarmuid Pepper.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 10% of homeless families have been made homeless for a second time Opinion

Opinion: 10% of homeless families have been made homeless for a second time

Families exiting homelessness are increasingly accommodated in the private rental sector. But if the landlord decides to sell up – the family becomes homeless again, writes Wayne Stanley.

From The42 Player ratings: How did Liverpool and Barcelona fare tonight? Opinion

Player ratings: How did Liverpool and Barcelona fare tonight?

The Reds completed a miraculous comeback.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Our apathy is the single greatest tool that vicious political groups will seek to weaponise as we head into the European election' Opinion

Opinion: 'Our apathy is the single greatest tool that vicious political groups will seek to weaponise as we head into the European election'

So far Ireland has rejected the toxic political rhetoric of far-right nationalism and Euroscepticism – but elsewhere in Europe that populist dogma is spreading, writes Benjamin Moore.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn Opinion

Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn

There is a whole generation of violent porn-watchers and they are seeking more and more extreme things from the women in prostitution, writes a Ruhama caseworker.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why are personalised attacks on children with disabilities, like Greta Thunberg, being tolerated? Column

Column: Why are personalised attacks on children with disabilities, like Greta Thunberg, being tolerated?

We should debate Thunberg’s ideas but comments that focus on the symptoms of her condition are out of order, writes Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Time is running out to save planet earth so we are organising a campaign of civil resistance Opinion

Opinion: Time is running out to save planet earth so we are organising a campaign of civil resistance

‘If we don’t act now we are condemning our children and grandchildren to a world of wildfires, hurricanes, storm surges and droughts – which will cause the collapse of our societies,’ writes Ciaran O’Carroll.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: At a club football match on a cold and rainy, dismal evening - I fell in love with Gaelic games Opinion

Opinion: At a club football match on a cold and rainy, dismal evening - I fell in love with Gaelic games

I love the sense of community spirit that is manifest at every match. Throughout Ireland, the GAA is the glue that binds residents together, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ireland's brightest kids may never fulfill their potential as most schools don't do enough to challenge them Opinion

Opinion: Ireland's brightest kids may never fulfill their potential as most schools don't do enough to challenge them

Despite our policy of focusing on the smart economy and jobs in technology – no strategy exists to promote the learning of our brightest students, writes Colm O’Reilly.

From TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Compared with other EU countries, Ireland has a high rate of gun violence - so why is our government so complacent? Opinion

Tom Clonan: Compared with other EU countries, Ireland has a high rate of gun violence - so why is our government so complacent?

Gardai responding to armed incidents are usually unarmed and untrained in firearms.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Mortgage rules are massively unfair on people who can't rely on their parents for a sizeable deposit' Opinion

Opinion: 'Mortgage rules are massively unfair on people who can't rely on their parents for a sizeable deposit'

Since the banks no longer require you to prove that you saved the deposit – having one says nothing about your ability to repay the loan, writes Fiona Cassim.

From TheJournal.ie Winning the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition changed my life. It's like I'm floating outside myself Read Me

Winning the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition changed my life. It's like I'm floating outside myself

I had no money or backup plan when I started writing. That’s why the call from RTE meant so much, writes Colin Walsh.

From TheJournal.ie We need to change the disabled parking logo - so people stop telling me that I'm not disabled when I am Opinion

We need to change the disabled parking logo - so people stop telling me that I'm not disabled when I am

‘I find these interventions by members of the public quite insulting and extremely embarrassing,’ writes cystic fibrosis advocate, Benat Broderick, 15.

From TheJournal.ie Lynn Ruane: 'Now is not the time to stop listening to David Attenborough' Column

Lynn Ruane: 'Now is not the time to stop listening to David Attenborough'

We don’t have time for small measures when it comes to climate change, writes Lynn Ruane.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation Column

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation

Thanks to Queen Bé, April 2019 has been an interesting month for accessorised letters, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead' Column

From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'

It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power, writes Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Parental Leave: 'Fathers have moved on from sitting in the pub next door to the hospital - Ireland has not' Opinion

Parental Leave: 'Fathers have moved on from sitting in the pub next door to the hospital - Ireland has not'

A lot of what governs Ireland is stuck in the 1960s and hasn’t moved on at all. Parental Leave is one such thing, writes Derek Power.

From TheJournal.ie Brazilian student: Coming to Dublin was a dream come true but sharing a house with 14 others was a nightmare Opinion

Brazilian student: Coming to Dublin was a dream come true but sharing a house with 14 others was a nightmare

‘We are delighted to come and spend our savings on courses and accommodation but we need help to get set up. None of us wants to sleep on the streets,’ writes Ana Marta Gonçalves.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'There are consequences to paying for all the most expensive new drugs' Opinion

Opinion: 'There are consequences to paying for all the most expensive new drugs'

We need to radically improve waiting times for treatment rather than focus on buying all the most expensive drugs, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: My Sri Lankan relatives had a lucky escape from the bombings - I'm struggling to keep my hopes for peace alive Opinion

Opinion: My Sri Lankan relatives had a lucky escape from the bombings - I'm struggling to keep my hopes for peace alive

After a decade of peace, I had hoped that our troubles were behind us, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Creative spaces are under threat so councils must be proactive to ensure that the arts survive Opinion

Opinion: Creative spaces are under threat so councils must be proactive to ensure that the arts survive

Rents are sky-rocketing making spaces unaffordable for many artists. But with proper planning, we can protect the creative life of the city, writes Councillor Patrick Costello.

From TheJournal.ie Giving birth in the 1960s: 'All the mothers were terrified of the doctors and matron so we never asked any questions' Opinion

Giving birth in the 1960s: 'All the mothers were terrified of the doctors and matron so we never asked any questions'

‘Was I traumatised? I don’t know – back then you just had to get on with it,’ writes Ava Stapleton.

From TheJournal.ie Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up Column

Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up

‘I have no problem with due process, but when this gets in the way of truth and allows a culture of secrecy and collusion to continue, then we need to re-evaluate’, writes Shane Dunphy.

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