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From TheJournal.ie Opinion: It is time to ban employers from keeping workers' tips Opinion

Opinion: It is time to ban employers from keeping workers' tips

‘A pattern began to emerge: the more sophisticated the operation the more sophisticated the method of syphoning the tips’, writes James Larkin.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: You’ve just won €175m in the euro millions - don't buy the yacht just yet Opinion

Opinion: You’ve just won €175m in the euro millions - don't buy the yacht just yet

‘Research from Harvard has shown that money can, in fact, buy you happiness but not in the way you think’, writes Eoin McGee.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I joined the army out of love for Israel... but I was just playing the part of the British soldier' Opinion

Opinion: 'I joined the army out of love for Israel... but I was just playing the part of the British soldier'

‘At first, I hated shooting school children with rubber-coated bullets … but after a few months in Hebron, we would high-five each other every time we hit one’, writes Dean Issacharoff.

From TheJournal.ie 'Why can't I find comfortable, sweat-resistant, appropriate sportsgear? I'm a woman' Column

'Why can't I find comfortable, sweat-resistant, appropriate sportsgear? I'm a woman'

‘I wonder if my O’Neills tracksuit from P.E. is stashed away anywhere at home?’, writes Sarah Geraghty.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Irish people travelled to Nicaragua in solidarity in the 1980s - now it needs our help again Opinion

Opinion: Irish people travelled to Nicaragua in solidarity in the 1980s - now it needs our help again

The Nicaraguan people continue to struggle for democracy and justice – only this time against a surprising enemy writes Molly O’Duffy.

From TheJournal.ie 'The gang saved my life. If it weren’t for them lads, I’d be dead by now' Opinion

'The gang saved my life. If it weren’t for them lads, I’d be dead by now'

A young gang member speaks about why he joined a gang – and the impact it had on his life.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: What do these popular boys' names mean - and what can we learn from them? Opinion

The Irish For: What do these popular boys' names mean - and what can we learn from them?

Social trends are reflected in different names, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha, whose first name means “like an oak tree”.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Is public healthcare in Ireland failing because we've chosen the path to failure? Opinion

Opinion: Is public healthcare in Ireland failing because we've chosen the path to failure?

‘As we cry in frustration over the recurring ineptitude of the state to deliver decent public healthcare service for citizens’ Maebh Ní Fhallúin examines how we got here.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Celeriac is fabulously durable, and is useful for all sorts of recipes Grow It Yourself

From the Garden: Celeriac is fabulously durable, and is useful for all sorts of recipes

This week, Michael Kelly took advantage of a quiet period in the growing season to take stock.

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: Too many observers have been unable or unwilling to come to grips with Trump’s appeal Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Too many observers have been unable or unwilling to come to grips with Trump’s appeal

I still find it difficult to believe that he is President Trump. I wish it weren’t so. But it is.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Inspiration porn' trending on social media is objectification of disabled people Opinion

Opinion: 'Inspiration porn' trending on social media is objectification of disabled people

Stop sharing videos of disabled people attempting to walk up the aisle, or stand for their first dance – pretending to be able-bodied is far from inspirational, writes Eileen Daly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus' Opinion

Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus'

But activist Robbie Lawlor sets out how people like him are breaking away from stigma and living full lives – and says people need to be more open and honest.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Here's how to fight being 'good' all the time and mind yourself first (by a Zen Buddhist) Opinion

Opinion: Here's how to fight being 'good' all the time and mind yourself first (by a Zen Buddhist)

Haemin Sunim is a Zen Buddhist who writes about how to love imperfect things – including yourself – in his new book.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Food was a drug for me' Opinion

Opinion: 'Food was a drug for me'

I thought if I could just eat and be thin I’d be OK, writes a member of Addictive Eaters Anonymous.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Small farmers need to wake up and realise that the big farming lobby doesn't represent their interests Opinion

Opinion: Small farmers need to wake up and realise that the big farming lobby doesn't represent their interests

The small farmer in Ireland has a very high-quality product. To differentiate themselves from the mass producers, they need to focus on quality and sustainability, writes Saoirse McHugh.

From The42 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's honeymoon period is over Opinion

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's honeymoon period is over

Man United were left with a second leg mountain to climb, after losing 2-0 to PSG in the Champions League last night.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Is allowing children unrestricted internet access a child protection issue? Opinion

Opinion: Is allowing children unrestricted internet access a child protection issue?

Would you be happy for your six-year-old to have unlimited, unsupervised access to a firearm – perhaps if it had been modified to only shoot lighter loads? asks Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie Lynn Ruane: 'We need to change society radically from the ground up' Opinion

Lynn Ruane: 'We need to change society radically from the ground up'

I am a product of the community development projects that have been systematically eroded writes, Senator Lynn Ruane.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Prevention is better than cure so there is no point in taxing vitamins Opinion

Opinion: Prevention is better than cure so there is no point in taxing vitamins

Those people who mind their health and take supplements save the state money by needing less healthcare writes Ciara Wright.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ireland is wrong about Venezuela - US regime change never brings improvement Opinion

Opinion: Ireland is wrong about Venezuela - US regime change never brings improvement

‘An impressive spin campaign has been waged to create an illusion that all ‘civilised nations’ support regime change in Venezuela – similar to the ‘grand alliance’ which invaded Iraq’, writes Eilis Ryan.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Cleaning the house and garden are not chores - but the route to enlightenment Column

From the Garden: Cleaning the house and garden are not chores - but the route to enlightenment

Since reading the book, I’ve started sweeping the floor every morning in a mindful way – it’s delightfully old school and calming at the same time, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The partnership with Fianna Fail won't give the SDLP the electoral boost it's hoping for Opinion

Opinion: The partnership with Fianna Fail won't give the SDLP the electoral boost it's hoping for

This proposed partnership won’t do much for either party and it won’t help to revive the institutions in the North, writes Gareth Brown.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Milestone ceremonies provide an alternative for children not making their communion Opinion

Opinion: Milestone ceremonies provide an alternative for children not making their communion

A humanist alternative to the First Holy Communion means that non-Catholic kids don’t miss out on having a special day, writes Tony O’Donohoe.

From TheJournal.ie Was the Brexit timeline always unrealistic? Back in 1982 it took Greenland three years to leave Opinion

Was the Brexit timeline always unrealistic? Back in 1982 it took Greenland three years to leave

It took Greenland three years to complete their exit negotiations with the EEC and that was a lot less difficult, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Miscarriages are part of nature - so why is the subject still such a taboo? Opinion

Opinion: Miscarriages are part of nature - so why is the subject still such a taboo?

It is difficult going through a miscarriage with all the confused emotions that brings, without being censored too, writes Darragh Quinn.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Ireland only made its pollution targets in 2010 by crashing the economy' Climate Action

Opinion: 'Ireland only made its pollution targets in 2010 by crashing the economy'

Every day we delay the inevitable transition to sustainable energy – makes it more costly and disruptive, writes Oisin Coghlan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We need to remove the stigma around lung cancer - no one should be blamed for getting it Opinion

Opinion: We need to remove the stigma around lung cancer - no one should be blamed for getting it

Smoking is one of the primary causes of lung cancer and some patients feel they are being blamed for having cancer, writes Dr Anne-Marie Baird.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Severe overcrowding is widespread in social housing and it's harming people's health Dublin City Council

Opinion: Severe overcrowding is widespread in social housing and it's harming people's health

There are thousands of families in Dublin living in conditions of severe overcrowding – the worst case I’ve come across was 14 people living in a 2-bed flat, writes Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The death of James Bulger still haunts me Column

Opinion: The death of James Bulger still haunts me

We have an ethical responsibility to face up to the dark truth that children perpetrate violence and equally we have an ethical responsibility to show empathy for victim’s families, writes Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Is it time to fully remove divorce from the Irish constitution? Opinion

Opinion: Is it time to fully remove divorce from the Irish constitution?

The government is proposing a referendum to reduce the time period for divorce but other constitutional restrictions will still apply, writes David Kenny.

From TheJournal.ie Forget the Bird Box challenge: Try dealing with automated services when you are blind Opinion

Forget the Bird Box challenge: Try dealing with automated services when you are blind

It is frustrating that the challenges vision impaired people face are different from what is portrayed in Bird Box – because they are structural, writes Kevin Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: The spirit of meitheal lives on as the neighbours come to lend a hand Column

From the Garden: The spirit of meitheal lives on as the neighbours come to lend a hand

Turning over the soil in the polytunnel is a breeze with a little help from friends – who also provide some helpful tips, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Simply refusing a straw with your cocktail isn't going to do much to reduce the world's plastic consumption Opinion

Simply refusing a straw with your cocktail isn't going to do much to reduce the world's plastic consumption

A ban on single-use plastics in Ireland won’t make a dent in ocean plastic pollution, while just five developing nations are the source of most of the pollution, writes Barry Dunning.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Who will represent the Democrats in 2020? Opinion

Opinion: Who will represent the Democrats in 2020?

After Trump’s election it would be a mistake to ignore the long shots, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The critical finding of the Carrickmines inquest was not emphasised by media enough Opinion

Opinion: The critical finding of the Carrickmines inquest was not emphasised by media enough

Much of the media reporting focused on the alcohol intake of the victims but that it is not how fire inquests are normally reported, writes Jacinta Brack.

From TheJournal.ie 'In one day I might care for a very ill woman and help resuscitate a baby - and there's no respect' Opinion

'In one day I might care for a very ill woman and help resuscitate a baby - and there's no respect'

Midwives didn’t pick the job for the money, but they want their skills to get the same recognition as other healthcare professionals, Maeve Gaynor writes.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ireland is now the 18th-least corrupt country in the world but there's work to be done Opinion

Column: Ireland is now the 18th-least corrupt country in the world but there's work to be done

The report recommends that Ireland should aim to restore public trust in the Gardai, work towards improving press freedom and tackle foreign bribery, write Robert Gillanders and Michael Breen.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: At 12 I started taking Orkambi as a trial drug and it transformed my life Opinion

Opinion: At 12 I started taking Orkambi as a trial drug and it transformed my life

It was scary starting a drug trial for my cystic fibrosis. We didn’t know how I would react but thankfully my breathing and energy levels improved, writes Benat Broderick (15).

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Pat was refused mental health services because of his addiction - now he's dead Column

Opinion: Pat was refused mental health services because of his addiction - now he's dead

Mental illness and addiction are interlinked so why are people who suffer from both routinely excluded from services, asks Senator Lynn Ruane.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it Opinion

Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it

A white bread sandwich in the belly is better than a vegan curry in the bin, writes Mary McCarthy.

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