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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.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: 'Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe our weather' Column

From the Garden: 'Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe our weather'

‘All aspects of our lives – food, transport, energy and waste – will have to change dramatically if we’re to avoid catastrophe,’ writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'E-cigarettes may be an effective tobacco cessation tool but at what cost to society'? E-cigarettes

Opinion: 'E-cigarettes may be an effective tobacco cessation tool but at what cost to society'?

‘We don’t want to solve the problems of current smokers by creating a whole new generation of smokers that the tobacco companies can prey on,’ writes Dr Des Cox.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'You often hear that the Irish language is badly taught in our schools but that is not true' Opinion

Opinion: 'You often hear that the Irish language is badly taught in our schools but that is not true'

Compared with other subjects Irish is not badly taught. More students got a B1 or higher in Irish than in French and German combined, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We need to be able to track where our charity donation goes. Here's how Opinion

Opinion: We need to be able to track where our charity donation goes. Here's how

Blockchain technology is a gamechanger for transparency in the charity sector – meaning fraud, corruption and misspending are eliminated, writes Danny Curran.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'My book club was my lifeline' Book Club

Opinion: 'My book club was my lifeline'

Book clubs are my lifeline. When we first floated the idea of a festival of books, I thought it was idle dreaming but it was a total success, writes Bridgit McGinnity.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing Opinion

Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing

Exercise should be viewed as medicine. Indeed, if exercise could be prescribed as a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet, writes Professor Niall Moyna.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: What does old Irish tell us about life in ancient Ireland? Column

The Irish For: What does old Irish tell us about life in ancient Ireland?

Did the knights of the Fianna use their frithbacáin (handbrake) to do doughnuts, and other boy racer tricks, in the medieval equivalent of an industrial estate? wonders Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A shock diagnosis left me a 30-year-old widower - here is how I survived Opinion

Opinion: A shock diagnosis left me a 30-year-old widower - here is how I survived

‘Something I’ve tried to live by over the past year is a lesson I learned soon after the bereavement- you honour the dead by choosing to live well, writes Noel Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Learn how to grow peas in an old gutter pipe and to make a delicious gnocchi Column

From the Garden: Learn how to grow peas in an old gutter pipe and to make a delicious gnocchi

Michelin star chef, Derry Clarke, with us at Grow HQ recently and he shares our homegrown, seasonal ethos, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney: 'What's the new mega Bill? In simple language, it’s Irish Brexit law' Opinion

Coveney: 'What's the new mega Bill? In simple language, it’s Irish Brexit law'

The Tánaiste says Ireland will be as ready as we can be for the damage a disorderly Brexit will cause.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: It is time for change in the Catholic church and that starts with equality for women Opinion

Opinion: It is time for change in the Catholic church and that starts with equality for women

‘Guided by the Holy Spirit we must come together and find new inclusive governance structures to replace the old patriarchal model, which has broken down’, writes Colm Holmes.

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.