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From TheJournal.ie Opinion: In makeshift refugee camps a lost generation of Syrian children cling to hope Opinion

Opinion: In makeshift refugee camps a lost generation of Syrian children cling to hope

The Syrian crisis may be entering its ninth year but a return home still feels a long way off for half a million children stranded in Lebanon, writes Aine Costigan

From TheJournal.ie The Irish for: Irish is the first language of the constitution. Here's some legal terminology as Gaeilge Column

The Irish for: Irish is the first language of the constitution. Here's some legal terminology as Gaeilge

Bannaí means bail and is not to be confused with banaí which means a womaniser, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: How you see the Irish economy depends on if you're a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person Opinion

Opinion: How you see the Irish economy depends on if you're a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person

In many ways, the Irish economy looks to be in ‘Goldilocks’ territory: not too cold, but still not too hot, writes Victor Duggan.

From TheJournal.ie Sebastian Barry: Fragment of a coffin ship journal, author unknown Opinion

Sebastian Barry: Fragment of a coffin ship journal, author unknown

The truth is my father was ashamed of our emergency, he was a proud man that had worked his quarter acre like a Trojan. Now he was nothing.

From The42 Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Gibraltar Opinion

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Gibraltar

Ireland got Mick McCarthy’s tenure off to a less-than-satisfactory start with a 1-0 defeat of their opponents.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: What is the difference between celery and celeriac? Column

From the Garden: What is the difference between celery and celeriac?

Time to transplant those tomatoes too. ‘Did you know that the little fuzzy hairs on the stem of a tomato seedling can become a root if planted under the soil?’

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I had a tumour growing in my breast but I also had a life growing inside me Opinion

Opinion: I had a tumour growing in my breast but I also had a life growing inside me

How can these drugs rid me of cancer, take away my hair, blast my immune system and still allow this little life inside me to grow unharmed? writes Mary Canavan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I’m thinking of you' and 9 other things it's OK to say to a family going through cancer Daffodil Day

Opinion: 'I’m thinking of you' and 9 other things it's OK to say to a family going through cancer

On Daffodil Day, Sarah Geraghty examines her own experiences to provide a useful guide of what not to say to a family hit by a diagnosis – and some suggestions on what to offer instead.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Can Irish media users identify trustworthy news sources? Opinion

Opinion: Can Irish media users identify trustworthy news sources?

A recent Irish survey found that social media users are among the most media-savvy consumers of news, writes Niamh Kirk.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion:  'Homelessness in Ireland has many faces and come this June I could be one' Opinion

Opinion: 'Homelessness in Ireland has many faces and come this June I could be one'

I am 57 years old, born and reared in Dublin. I started working when I was 15 but now I’m facing eviction from yet another rented property, writes Janette Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Tech giants must be held responsible for publishing images of murder and child abuse Opinion

Opinion: Tech giants must be held responsible for publishing images of murder and child abuse

Google is pioneering self-driving cars and bringing the internet to remote parts of Africa via a network of giant balloons, yet somehow they cannot deal with snuff films or child abuse images, writes Diarmuid Pepper.

From The42 Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt 6 Nations

Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt

The outgoing head coach won’t tear up his gameplan and start anew, so Ireland will have to fight their way out of this corner.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: What can we learn from the Irish people who live to be 100? Opinion

Opinion: What can we learn from the Irish people who live to be 100?

Resilience, positivity and staying connected are the keys to longevity, writes Alison Fagan, who visited Ireland’s inspirational centenarians.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: When the Beatles played Dublin in 1963 John Lennon declared: ‘We’re all Irish’ Opinion

Opinion: When the Beatles played Dublin in 1963 John Lennon declared: ‘We’re all Irish’

Lennon’s search for rebellion was nurtured by his embrace of Liverpool’s Irish influence and the dynamic effect of the city’s seafarer culture via the movement of ideas across oceans, writes Francis Kenny.

From TheJournal.ie Leaving Neverland: 'A monster was hiding in plain sight and we chose to look the other way' Column

Leaving Neverland: 'A monster was hiding in plain sight and we chose to look the other way'

Child protection expert Shane Dunphy writes that the allegations are credible and consistent but cannot now be proven definitively.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: My generation has only known peace on this island, but I’m afraid that’s about to change Opinion

Opinion: My generation has only known peace on this island, but I’m afraid that’s about to change

Brexit and the possibility of a resurrected border loom over us like a hammer ready to crush our fragile peace – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences., writes Emily Duffy.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw Column

The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw

If you’re doing your Irish oral exam next week – you’ll need to know how to say ‘confidence and supply agreement’ and ‘frictionless border’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: In many ways St Patrick's Day is an Irish American festival Opinion

Opinion: In many ways St Patrick's Day is an Irish American festival

‘Maybe this St Patrick’s Day we should concede ownership of our patron saint and accept that we have been sharing him with America for centuries’, writes Robbie Smyth.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: 'Traditionally Irish people put their spuds in the ground on or around St Patrick’s Day' Column

From the Garden: 'Traditionally Irish people put their spuds in the ground on or around St Patrick’s Day'

The act of harvesting spuds is pure GIY joy. Rummaging in the soil underneath a potato plant and finding lots of lovely tubers is as good as Christmas, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Irish American community is still an influential force in US politics Opinion

Opinion: The Irish American community is still an influential force in US politics

A recent book claims that the Irish American influence in Washington is waning but top politicians wouldn’t still be rolling out the green carpet if it was, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish? Opinion

Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?

My daughter speaks mostly in English but there are also lots of words that she only knows the Irish for – so she mixes them in, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Let's drop the narrative of the undeserving poor and other myths that dehumanise people Opinion

Opinion: Let's drop the narrative of the undeserving poor and other myths that dehumanise people

My new play attempts to capture the perspective of young people who have been in state care – humanity has to be at the core of our response, writes Fionnuala Kennedy.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: As a teacher should I encourage my students to strike against climate change? Opinion

Opinion: As a teacher should I encourage my students to strike against climate change?

Part of me has begun hoping that I’ll turn up one morning with my Hamlet and Sylvia Plath prepared but my students won’t be there anymore, writes Ronan Moore.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Is Brexit advancing the cause of Scottish independence from the UK? Opinion

Opinion: Is Brexit advancing the cause of Scottish independence from the UK?

‘Scottish Independence in the context of Brexit is like Schrödinger’s Cat – it’s both alive and dead depending on who you ask’, writes Gareth Brown.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un is a recreation of the emperors who ruled Korea for centuries Opinion

Opinion: I visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un is a recreation of the emperors who ruled Korea for centuries

Despite being a product of the Cold War and spouting Marxist and Maoist sounding jargon, Kim is far more of a recreation of the Chosun Emperors than a throwback to Joseph Stalin or Chairman Mao, writes Tom Farrell.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Some older words don't exist in English - clochscríbhinn means an inscription on stone Column

The Irish For: Some older words don't exist in English - clochscríbhinn means an inscription on stone

George Orwell said that history was a palimpsest – a chalkboard which could be scraped clean and reinscribed, exactly as often as necessary, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Claims culture is out of control - as play centres close due to being sued for kids falling Opinion

Opinion: Claims culture is out of control - as play centres close due to being sued for kids falling

Kids fall, that is what they do, it can happen anywhere. If they fall at Granny’s – do we sue the pants off Granny?

From TheJournal.ie From the garden: Grow, Cook, Eat is back on TV this month and we'll be tackling food waste Opinion

From the garden: Grow, Cook, Eat is back on TV this month and we'll be tackling food waste

We’ll be teaching you to grow onions, pumpkins, sweetcorn, courgettes, kale, beans and chillis for all shapes and sizes of gardens, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Lone parents who work get up very early in the morning - but Varadkar doesn't represent us Opinion

Opinion: Lone parents who work get up very early in the morning - but Varadkar doesn't represent us

Lone parent families are twice as likely to be living in poverty now compared to 2012, but the Taoiseach doesn’t see that as a problem, writes Louise Bayliss.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We need a fair and transparent system for deciding which expensive new drugs to fund Opinion

Opinion: We need a fair and transparent system for deciding which expensive new drugs to fund

If the drugs bill keeps growing – we will have to cut funding for home care packages, primary care services or maternity care, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Venezuelan government must go - it has failed its people and become utterly corrupt Opinion

Opinion: The Venezuelan government must go - it has failed its people and become utterly corrupt

Venezuela, once among the richest countries in Latin-America, now needs food aid. Only free and fair elections can save the country, writes Eamon Stack.

From TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Who is responsible for the incendiary devices posted from Dublin to London this week? Opinion

Tom Clonan: Who is responsible for the incendiary devices posted from Dublin to London this week?

This is precisely the same type of incendiary device used by a dissident republican group in recent years but it could also be a lone wolf, writes Tom Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There is a good reason why nobody plays golf in Manhattan Opinion

Opinion: There is a good reason why nobody plays golf in Manhattan

Cities with a large population and expensive housing do not have golf courses near their centre, due to the self-evident inefficiency of that land use, writes Paddy Smyth.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Had Denis O'Brien's suit succeeded, our democratic system could have been undermined Law

Opinion: Had Denis O'Brien's suit succeeded, our democratic system could have been undermined

Free speech and open debate in parliament is essential to our democratic system and would be inhibited if TDs were constantly under threat of lawsuits, writes David Kenny.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A million people have no health cover as low-paid families are excluded from access to the medical card Opinion

Opinion: A million people have no health cover as low-paid families are excluded from access to the medical card

Since 2012 there has been a 66% increase in the number of people with no private or public health cover, writes Feilim O’Rourke.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Long-awaited surrogacy laws still won't recognise many parents Opinion

Opinion: Long-awaited surrogacy laws still won't recognise many parents

Surrogacy still isn’t regulated in Ireland. New rules are on the way but they won’t solve the problem of recognition for couples who previously entered surrogacy arrangements abroad, writes Brian Tobin.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a 'pontifical secret'? Opinion

Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a 'pontifical secret'?

The summit heard that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases. Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue – indicating that it is ongoing. writes Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed Opinion

Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed

Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: While Europe was stuck in the Dark Ages - Ireland's Brehon laws were relatively enlightened Column

The Irish For: While Europe was stuck in the Dark Ages - Ireland's Brehon laws were relatively enlightened

Satire (Áer) was taken as seriously as physical assault in old Ireland and a range of satirical offences were deemed to warrant compensation, including ‘coining a nickname that sticks’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Families of murder victims have a legal right to information about the case Opinion

Opinion: Families of murder victims have a legal right to information about the case

The Victims of Crime Bill 2015 legally obliges An Garda Síochana and the Director of Public Prosecutions to keep victims (or in homicide cases, their families) informed about their cases, writes Joan Deane.