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From TheJournal.ie 'Europe must emerge stronger from this crisis': A message from EU Presidents von der Leyen, Sassoli and Michel Opinion

'Europe must emerge stronger from this crisis': A message from EU Presidents von der Leyen, Sassoli and Michel

On Europe Day, marking the Schuman declaration in 1950, the three presidents of the EU, Commission and Parliament share thoughts on Covid-19 and the future for Europe.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'The HSE should reverse centralisation policy to avoid disastrous waiting lists' Decentralisation

Opinion: 'The HSE should reverse centralisation policy to avoid disastrous waiting lists'

Dr Naveed Abbas argues that peripheral hospitals should return to doing more complex surgeries once this emergency has passed.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Those with intellectual disabilities have not featured in discussions around coronavirus' Opinion

Opinion: 'Those with intellectual disabilities have not featured in discussions around coronavirus'

Much of the discussion and planning around Covid-19 was not relevant or appropriate to our populations in institutional care, writes Seamus Cowman.

From TheJournal.ie 'The pharmacy is playing a key role in the care of the community during Covid-19' Opinion

'The pharmacy is playing a key role in the care of the community during Covid-19'

Pharmacist Steve Philips describes life behind the counter during the pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie 'Children love cycling and the quieter roads right now offer them a chance to learn' Opinion

'Children love cycling and the quieter roads right now offer them a chance to learn'

Allison Phillips of the Green-Schools programme argues that the shutdown is helping families embrace cycling, within 2km of home, on quieter roads.

From TheJournal.ie 'This pandemic is nothing compared to what climate change has in store' Opinion

'This pandemic is nothing compared to what climate change has in store'

John Gibbons lays out the stark climate facts and urges us to take coronavirus as a warning that it’s now time to act, or perish.

From TheJournal.ie 'We have a duty to our healthcare workers to mind them, while they mind us' Opinion

'We have a duty to our healthcare workers to mind them, while they mind us'

Ciara Wright of The Wellness Crew says burnout will be of concern for frontline workers in the coming months. She offers some help.

From TheJournal.ie 'Cocooning by voluntary informed consent or enforced expectation? Time to rethink our treatment of over 70s' Coronavirus

'Cocooning by voluntary informed consent or enforced expectation? Time to rethink our treatment of over 70s'

Consultant geriatrician Rónán Collins understands the reasons for cocooning but says enough is enough.

From TheJournal.ie 'This week I had to receive the results of my latest scan on my own' Opinion

'This week I had to receive the results of my latest scan on my own'

Holly Kennedy is doing her best to handle her treatment for breast cancer, while all around her has changed.

From TheJournal.ie Rewilding: ‘This shutdown gives us a chance to return to seeing the world as if for the first time’ Opinion

Rewilding: ‘This shutdown gives us a chance to return to seeing the world as if for the first time’

Lucy O’Hagan of the Phoenix Forest School believes this is a chance for us to reengage with nature.

From TheJournal.ie 'Boris the Bungler' has been a calamity for the UK, but it's ordinary people who will pay the price Opinion

'Boris the Bungler' has been a calamity for the UK, but it's ordinary people who will pay the price

Peter Flanagan says the UK is merely catching up on the terrible reality of Covid-19.

From TheJournal.ie He saw the plight of older people and couldn't stand idly by: Remembering Willie Bermingham Opinion

He saw the plight of older people and couldn't stand idly by: Remembering Willie Bermingham

Donal Fallon remembers the founder of ALONE on the 30th anniversary of his death.

From TheJournal.ie 'Fianna Fáil is struggling with its identity, but we are up for the challenges ahead' Opinion

'Fianna Fáil is struggling with its identity, but we are up for the challenges ahead'

Malcolm Byrne says Confidence and Supply didn’t yield much for Fianna Fáil and there’s now understandable anxiety in the party about coalition with FG.

From The42 'Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup. I would rather delay it until 2021' - McIlroy Opinion

'Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup. I would rather delay it until 2021' - McIlroy

The world number one backs the players who are opposed to playing the tournament without spectators.

From TheJournal.ie 'Social distancing is impossible for refugees in Greece'. One volunteer describes conditions there Opinion

'Social distancing is impossible for refugees in Greece'. One volunteer describes conditions there

Freya Mergler says the odds are against the people in camps there.

From TheJournal.ie O'Casey said: 'Th’ time is rotten ripe for revolution'. Minister McHugh, now is the time to revolutionise the Leaving Cert Opinion

O'Casey said: 'Th’ time is rotten ripe for revolution'. Minister McHugh, now is the time to revolutionise the Leaving Cert

Our teacher says that in the midst of this Covid-19 crisis, we need an empathetic response to the Leaving Certificate question.

From TheJournal.ie 'We can find meaning in this isolation'. Professor Ciaran O’Boyle says supporting each other is the key to getting through this Opinion

'We can find meaning in this isolation'. Professor Ciaran O’Boyle says supporting each other is the key to getting through this

Professor O’Boyle says we should embrace all means of communication to stay connected.

From TheJournal.ie 'The future of food is local'. Dave Whelan of the Edible Landscape Project says now is the time for us to make the change Opinion

'The future of food is local'. Dave Whelan of the Edible Landscape Project says now is the time for us to make the change

Whelan says we can make a small difference by thinking about our food sources.

From TheJournal.ie 'Older people are not a passive vulnerable group. They are a vital part of Irish society' Opinion

'Older people are not a passive vulnerable group. They are a vital part of Irish society'

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing group offers sound, evidence-based advice to those who are remaining at home during the Covid-19 crisis.

From TheJournal.ie 'We are the Class of Covid-19. Let us prove ourselves.' One Leaving Cert student welcomes the chance to sit the exams Opinion

'We are the Class of Covid-19. Let us prove ourselves.' One Leaving Cert student welcomes the chance to sit the exams

Poppy Kane says despite the challenges, many students believe the exams give them a sense of control in an uncertain time.

From TheJournal.ie Wellness Wednesday: 'Anxiety isn’t only in your head' - an occupational therapist says the body holds the key Wellness

Wellness Wednesday: 'Anxiety isn’t only in your head' - an occupational therapist says the body holds the key

Mental Health Occupational Therapist Michelle Murray says we can freeze up at times like this, but there are simple ways to ease stress.

From TheJournal.ie This pandemic has taught us that science matters. In a sea of misinformation, communication is crucial Opinion

This pandemic has taught us that science matters. In a sea of misinformation, communication is crucial

Malcolm Love says science communication has never been more important, as conspiracy theories grow.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Love and loss in the time of coronavirus... Together, apart, we wait for the dawn' Opinion

Opinion: 'Love and loss in the time of coronavirus... Together, apart, we wait for the dawn'

Maura McElhone writes about how the imminent birth of her first child makes her reflect on the loss of her grandmother, and in turn on what this current pandemic means for families.

From TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Ireland's ICU guidelines for Covid-19 must safeguard people with disabilities Opinion

Tom Clonan: Ireland's ICU guidelines for Covid-19 must safeguard people with disabilities

Rationing of critical care during any coronavirus surge must not happen at the expense of the most vulnerable, writes Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie Embracing the new normal after the Covid-19 shutdown - notes from a Kerryman in China Opinion

Embracing the new normal after the Covid-19 shutdown - notes from a Kerryman in China

Greg McDonough says life is returning to some semblance of normal for his family after the shutdown in China.

From TheJournal.ie 'Nefarious actors are at the root of Covid-19 fake news - and they are part of dangerous geo-political games' Opinion

'Nefarious actors are at the root of Covid-19 fake news - and they are part of dangerous geo-political games'

We have a habit of thinking in Ireland that the likes of Russia, China or the alt-right in the United States have no interest in our country. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, writes Ireland South MEP Billy Kelleher.

From TheJournal.ie GOAL: We hope to learn lessons from the west when tackling any African Covid-19 outbreak Opinion

GOAL: We hope to learn lessons from the west when tackling any African Covid-19 outbreak

Dr Enida Friel of GOAL says Covid-19 will not be beaten until it’s beaten by all countries.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics? Coronavirus

Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics?

It is useful to draw some comparisons with the West African Ebola crisis before Covid-19, John Farrelly writes.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language Narnia

The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language

We look to language when seeking a reassuring symbol of endurance, Darach Ó Séaghdha writes.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Why labelling your emotions can help you cope with coronavirus anxiety Opinion

Opinion: Why labelling your emotions can help you cope with coronavirus anxiety

Psychologist Brendan Kelly shares an extract from his new book, which is about coping with the coronavirus.

From TheJournal.ie A nurse returning to work at the frontline: 'Not all heroes wear capes, but they all need a face mask' Opinion

A nurse returning to work at the frontline: 'Not all heroes wear capes, but they all need a face mask'

I left nursing years ago and now I feel I have a duty to return, but the odds are against us, writes Deirdre Mullins.

From TheJournal.ie How I Spend My Money: A 35-year-old manager from Dublin earning €55,000 living and working in Sweden Money Diary

How I Spend My Money: A 35-year-old manager from Dublin earning €55,000 living and working in Sweden

This week’s reader lives on the west coast of Sweden and owns an apartment with his girlfriend.

From TheJournal.ie How I Spend My Money: A 28-year-old doctor commuting from Dublin to the midlands on €63,000 Money Diaries

How I Spend My Money: A 28-year-old doctor commuting from Dublin to the midlands on €63,000

This week, our reader is a junior doctor saving to buy a house with her boyfriend.

From TheJournal.ie Hilary Fannin: 'My mother longed for freedom, for a romantic-whirlwind kind of world that existed far beyond our garden wall' Opinion

Hilary Fannin: 'My mother longed for freedom, for a romantic-whirlwind kind of world that existed far beyond our garden wall'

Author Hilary Fannin writes about her late mother, and how their relationship coloured her life.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's a matter of when we health workers get this coronavirus, not if': Notes from a doctor at the frontline Opinion

'It's a matter of when we health workers get this coronavirus, not if': Notes from a doctor at the frontline

Professor Rónán Collins says that he and his colleagues have accepted that they will most likely contract Covid-19

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Dublin is changing - and we don't need conversations, we need interventions' Opinion

Opinion: 'Dublin is changing - and we don't need conversations, we need interventions'

While searching for an accessible bathroom, Rosaleen McDonagh began to ruminate on the kinds of contentious spaces we see around our city.

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: Super Tuesday 2 makes Joe Biden the Democratic nominee in-waiting US Election

Larry Donnelly: Super Tuesday 2 makes Joe Biden the Democratic nominee in-waiting

Biden was all but counted out by most onlookers before recently, writes Larry Donnelly.

From The42 Player ratings: How the Ireland squad are shaping up for Slovakia Opinion

Player ratings: How the Ireland squad are shaping up for Slovakia

The pivotal play-off takes place in Bratislava on 26 March.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Kevin Boyle - the Irishman who took on the Ayatollah Opinion

Opinion: Kevin Boyle - the Irishman who took on the Ayatollah

Lawyer Kevin Boyle found himself placed “in the perilous front lines of the emerging clash between Islamic extremism and western liberal democracy”, writes Mike Chinoy.

From The42 Is Ireland's rugby media too extreme, too harsh, or too soft? The42 Rugby Weekly

Is Ireland's rugby media too extreme, too harsh, or too soft?

Bernard Jackman gave his view on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly.