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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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A variety of non-Christian historical sources support the idea that Jesus rose from the dead Opinion

Opinion: A variety of non-Christian historical sources support the idea that Jesus rose from the dead

The eyewitnesses to the resurrection were willing to die for their faith – but who would die for a lie, writes Thomas Finegan.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages? Column

The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages?

‘Thousands of Irish people know their rights if they’re arrested in America but not if they’re arrested in Ireland… and nobody would know what mitosis was if it wasn’t for Sabrina,’ writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: In Colombia indigenous protests follow communities being displaced and leaders murdered Opinion

Opinion: In Colombia indigenous protests follow communities being displaced and leaders murdered

Thousands of indigenous people have attended a minga -a collective action for the common good – in defence of life, writes Kieran Duffy.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope' Opinion

Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope'

‘We can all help to change the outdated teachings, traditions and structures which repel many adults and young people,’ writes Joe Mulvaney.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Sometimes it just takes a little moment of courage to change your life forever' Opinion

Opinion: 'Sometimes it just takes a little moment of courage to change your life forever'

‘One day I realised I didn’t want to hide my arm anymore. I didn’t want to be ashamed of my body. I wanted to embrace it,’ writes Paralympian Ellen Keane.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention' Opinion

Opinion: 'Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention'

But education and individual agency cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their health, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Inappropriate comments by customers in the workplace are not 'good craic' Opinion

Opinion: Inappropriate comments by customers in the workplace are not 'good craic'

You might not expect women to be subjected to inappropriate sexual comments while working as pharmacists in Ireland, but it happens fairly often, writes Laura Farrell.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I'm not a victim, I am a survivor ... I don’t flinch when someone touches me' Opinion

Opinion: 'I'm not a victim, I am a survivor ... I don’t flinch when someone touches me'

Aicha Dounia was abused by her biological father from the age of four but she refuses to live a life ‘consumed by hatred’.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: At a cannabis dispensary in Colorado I found the only thing that offered relief for my chronic pain Opinion

Opinion: At a cannabis dispensary in Colorado I found the only thing that offered relief for my chronic pain

I was prescribed fentanyl, a dangerous, highly addictive, synthetic opiate with horrible side effects – while a relatively harmless plant remains banned, writes Clare McAfee.

From TheJournal.ie Lynn Ruane: The overdose drug Naloxone can save lives so let's remove the barriers to accessing it Column

Lynn Ruane: The overdose drug Naloxone can save lives so let's remove the barriers to accessing it

There are more deaths in Ireland as a result of overdose than road traffic accidents and many of these deaths are preventable, writes senator Lynn Ruane.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse Column

The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse

Gaeilgeoirí often feel the odds are stacked against them. Even when we are right we still end up looking like a spoilsport or a pain in the arse, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I wanted to pursue my acting dreams - but having kids was a huge risk. What should I do?' Opinion

Opinion: 'I wanted to pursue my acting dreams - but having kids was a huge risk. What should I do?'

Actress Sarah Carroll held off on expanding her family because of her job – but writes about how she eventually managed to make it work.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays' Column

From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays'

‘The beauty of a module tray is that the roots of seedlings are kept apart which means you don’t upset them when you are transplanting them’, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Blue Care: The healing power and potential of the deep blue sea Opinion

Blue Care: The healing power and potential of the deep blue sea

Reclaiming our connection with our watery origins in the ancient sea is an essential part of our human wellbeing and sense of identity and belonging as islanders, writes Easkey Britton.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: My name is Gearóidín and I want the Irish State to give me back my fadas Opinion

Opinion: My name is Gearóidín and I want the Irish State to give me back my fadas

‘According to the HSE, the internal systems in place cannot deal with fadas. But why? Fadas are not exactly a new invention,’ writes Gearóidín McEvoy.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I was born with my organs outside my body and given the last rites but now I have two children of my own' Opinion

Opinion: 'I was born with my organs outside my body and given the last rites but now I have two children of my own'

When I was born I weighed just 3lbs 3oz and was expected to die. I survived but faced persistent bullying about my condition well into adulthood, writes Edwina Wrenn.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'As I attempt to buy my first home, disheartened isn't even the word' Opinion

Opinion: 'As I attempt to buy my first home, disheartened isn't even the word'

In Berlin, a proposed referendum seeks to ban the largest landlord company and expropriate the homes for social housing – but the average rent in Dublin is twice that of Berlin, writes Ciaran Connolly.

From The42 Player ratings: How did Man United and Barcelona fare? Have Your Say

Player ratings: How did Man United and Barcelona fare?

Give us your thoughts on tonight’s big game.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Lisa Smith needs to be exploited to the maximum as an intelligence source on her return' Column

Opinion: 'Lisa Smith needs to be exploited to the maximum as an intelligence source on her return'

“While Smith was living with IS during 2016, 135 European citizens were slaughtered in 10 separate attacks that year,” security expert Tom Clonan writes.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Frustrated with a lack of progress? Time to redefine winning Opinion

Opinion: Frustrated with a lack of progress? Time to redefine winning

Sisters Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski have written a book on burnout – and in this extract, they explain that redefining winning can help you reach your goals in a way you didn’t expect.