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From TheJournal.ie Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: Christmas can be a nightmare of anxiety for children with autism Opinion

Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: Christmas can be a nightmare of anxiety for children with autism

The wish for all families is that they have their perfect Christmas but that may mean adjusting expectations to find what works in a family with autism, writes Tara Matthews.

From TheJournal.ie Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones RIP

Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones

Graham Jones, who died earlier this month, lived an extraordinary life. Here, Lynn Ruane explains about the difference he made to the people around him.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Why I no longer have turkey for Christmas dinner Opinion

Opinion: Why I no longer have turkey for Christmas dinner

Unlike turkey flesh, vegan foods are cholesterol-free and high in fibre and other nutrients, importantly they are also delicious, writes Elisa Allen.

From TheJournal.ie Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol Opinion

Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol

Teenagers will always push the boundaries, here is what you should do if you find out your teen is drinking over the holiday period, writes Dr Gerry McCarney.

From TheJournal.ie The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics Opinion

The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics

Larry Donnelly looks back on 2018 and ahead to 2019 in American politics.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Supermarkets selling below cost veg is hurting farmers and it is bad for us all Column

From the Garden: Supermarkets selling below cost veg is hurting farmers and it is bad for us all

Farmers protested outside M&S in Liffey Valley last week to draw attention to what the IFA called ‘predatory’ pricing models, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: You say you love your children - so why are you stealing our futures? Opinion

Opinion: You say you love your children - so why are you stealing our futures?

15-year-old Beth Doherty is here to hold you accountable for your lack of action on climate change. ‘As an adult reading this – you have power, I don’t have any,’ she writes.

From TheJournal.ie Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face' Column

Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'

Yesterday, the Taoiseach asked why the Sinn Féin leader was not in the chamber.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Let's talk about sex and pornography - like adults do Opinion

Opinion: Let's talk about sex and pornography - like adults do

Now is the time for a mature and sensible discussion about sex and porn. We really need mandatory modern sex education introduced in schools too, writes Caroline West.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Debunking the myth of the squeezed middle Opinion

Opinion: Debunking the myth of the squeezed middle

High earners pay more tax but they also benefit from the fact workers in the service industry get paid low wages, writes Killian Donoghue.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Irish state is a very bad parent - when its children turn 18 they often end up on the streets Column

Opinion: The Irish state is a very bad parent - when its children turn 18 they often end up on the streets

Sometimes we talk about people ending up as statistics. But there are no statistics compiled for how many children raised in state care become homeless, writes Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire Column

The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire

As one of the first human inventions fire is often used as a metaphor for human civilisation and its downsides, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland in a Snapshot: Inside our crumbling former asylums, the walls whisper 'forgive me' Column

Ireland in a Snapshot: Inside our crumbling former asylums, the walls whisper 'forgive me'

Magnificent 19th-century buildings housed the homeless, misfits and the mentally ill. They are shameful relics of the past but we should not forget their story, writes Donal Moloney.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Every cloud has a silver lining and bogland proved useful this summer Column

From the Garden: Every cloud has a silver lining and bogland proved useful this summer

Bogland is usually not the best place to grow things, but it came in handy this summer for growing squash during the drought, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A virtual college changed my life and my family's future Opinion

Opinion: A virtual college changed my life and my family's future

I’m a single mother of four who was once homeless but now I’m working and studying for a degree. I want to let everyone know about An Cosán Virtual Community College, writes Róisín Kelly

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Should disabled characters be played by disabled actors? Opinion

Opinion: Should disabled characters be played by disabled actors?

‘I’m really not a fan of hiring someone because they have or have not got a disability and I, for one, would not like to be hired for a job on that basis,’ writes filmmaker Paddy Slattery.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: It took us 8 years to build 19 social homes although we owned the land and there were no objections Opinion

Opinion: It took us 8 years to build 19 social homes although we owned the land and there were no objections

Bureaucratic and administrative delays could be eliminated if councils were given funding to build homes directly, writes Labour councillor Dermot Lacey.

From TheJournal.ie 'When the border was finally ripped down - hope rose and healing began. We must not go back' Opinion

'When the border was finally ripped down - hope rose and healing began. We must not go back'

‘Growing up on the Irish border during the 1970s & 1980s was akin to some Bermuda Triangle existence, where people mysteriously disappeared and to this day, were never seen again,’ writes Grace Vaughan from Monaghan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There are some striking similarities between Irish independence and Brexit Opinion

Opinion: There are some striking similarities between Irish independence and Brexit

Irish negotiators had to agree that Ireland would remain within the British empire while May’s deal could keep the UK trapped in the EU indefinitely, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: It doesn't get much weirder than being asked to twerk but Ada Hegerberg reacted like a real star Opinion

Opinion: It doesn't get much weirder than being asked to twerk but Ada Hegerberg reacted like a real star

I was really impressed with the dignity of how Hegerberg handled the sexist question at the Ballon d’Or awards. She is an outstanding role model for young women around the world, writes Louise Quinn.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: All the characters you  know - good, bad or total craic vortex Column

The Irish For: All the characters you know - good, bad or total craic vortex

Darach Ó Séaghdha has a typecast character for every letter in the alphabet – the funny one, the vulgar one, the one with notions or the one who sucks all the craic clean out of the room.

From The42 Plenty of history made as Mourneabbey end long wait for All-Ireland glory Talking Points

Plenty of history made as Mourneabbey end long wait for All-Ireland glory

5 talking points on the newly-crowned All-Ireland senior club champions and the 2018 showpiece.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods Column

Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods

I was honoured to be asked to shoot a music video for artist David Rooney, best known for his unique illustrations, I didn’t realise he had a hidden talent as a singer, writes Donal Moloney.

From TheJournal.ie Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'I remember the detail of my errors and the guilt and shame I felt are burnt onto my mind' Opinion

Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'I remember the detail of my errors and the guilt and shame I felt are burnt onto my mind'

Dr Anthony O’Connor writes about how doctors make mistakes – and what we can do about creating an atmosphere that’s not about ‘blame and shame’.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Leeks don't get the recognition they deserve Column

From the Garden: Leeks don't get the recognition they deserve

Leeks often don’t grab the health headlines the way their allium cousins – garlic and onions do. But they contain most of the same flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 16 years of precarious work in English language schools caused me to develop anxiety Opinion

16 years of precarious work in English language schools caused me to develop anxiety

I felt anxious, alienated and depressed. Irish workers must unite to resist the creeping casualisation of work, writes Keith Murdiff.

From TheJournal.ie 'They are doing their very best to build a future': Filmmaker Greg Byrne on working with undocumented teenagers in Ireland Opinion This post contains videos

'They are doing their very best to build a future': Filmmaker Greg Byrne on working with undocumented teenagers in Ireland

The filmmaker collaborated with undocumented youth who had grown up in Ireland to help tell their story.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A united Ireland is a realistic possibility now so we need to prepare for it Opinion

Opinion: A united Ireland is a realistic possibility now so we need to prepare for it

There are serious challenges to creating a united Ireland but with proper forward planning it could be achieved, writes Paul Goslng.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Harris: 'This is the beginning of a new era for women’s health' Opinion

Simon Harris: 'This is the beginning of a new era for women’s health'

‘Change is coming,’ writes Health Minister Simon Harris following the passing of abortion legislation through the Dáil.

From TheJournal.ie What is the psychological impact of Christmas? Opinion

What is the psychological impact of Christmas?

‘Christmas affects the human mind in many ways, capable of stimulating joy, nostalgia, excitement, trepidation, and stress – occasionally all at the same time’, writes Professor Brian Hughes.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: It is not just about petrol prices - years of austerity in France caused violent protests Opinion

Opinion: It is not just about petrol prices - years of austerity in France caused violent protests

The French are practical people and they tightened their belts as much as they could until eventually they couldn’t survive, writes Renaud Beranger.

From TheJournal.ie Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness Opinion

Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness

In the most interconnected period in history people are lonelier than ever writes Senator and GP Keith Swanick.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: When I became disabled I thought I had no future but now I'm studying for a PhD Opinion

Opinion: When I became disabled I thought I had no future but now I'm studying for a PhD

I thought my life was as good as over when I became disabled and lost my business, but studying at the National Learning Network changed everything, writes Keith Murphy.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words Column

The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words

Codladh Geimhridh literally means ‘winter sleep’ and is the Irish for hibernation. Sometimes that feels like a viable option in the Land of Eternal Winter (Hibernia), writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland in a Snapshot: Decay at the manor - exploring Ireland's abandoned houses Column

Ireland in a Snapshot: Decay at the manor - exploring Ireland's abandoned houses

The winding long walk from the rusty main gate to the house had my pulse racing, writes Donal Moloney.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: HIV positive women face a unique set of challenges Opinion

Opinion: HIV positive women face a unique set of challenges

On the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, women who have HIV still face increased stigma, writes Dr Denise Proudfoot

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Artichokes have an unfortunate nickname but don't let that turn you off Fartichokes

From the Garden: Artichokes have an unfortunate nickname but don't let that turn you off

Fermenting artichokes will reduce their – ahem – windiness and this recipe is delicious, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Legislating for abortion is very complex and a clear guiding principle is required Opinion

Opinion: Legislating for abortion is very complex and a clear guiding principle is required

The ‘yes’ side contained a wide range of views about when abortion should be permitted – the government can’t please them all, writes Professor Dermot Cox.

From The42 Is Robbie Keane underrated? Opinion This post contains videos

Is Robbie Keane underrated?

The former Tottenham, Leeds, Liverpool and Ireland striker confirmed his retirement from football earlier today.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: CBD oil changed my son's life - so why isn't it licenced as a medical product here? Opinion

Opinion: CBD oil changed my son's life - so why isn't it licenced as a medical product here?

Noreen O’Neill’s son started experiencing seizures at three months – she says that CBD oil has changed his health since he started using it.