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#Opinion

From The42 'Johnny is an antagonistic person' - BOD on Sexton's 'confrontational' captaincy style Skippers

'Johnny is an antagonistic person' - BOD on Sexton's 'confrontational' captaincy style

O’Driscoll believes it can sometimes have a ‘negative knock-on connotation’ for the team as a whole.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The key to the trolley crisis lies in a statutory right to access home care Opinion

Opinion: The key to the trolley crisis lies in a statutory right to access home care

The home care sector is an outdated, bewildering and unfair patchwork of charities, HSE-funded programmes and for-profit carer agencies, writes Dr Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Nobody should have to live like this - I need more care to meet my basic needs' Opinion

Opinion: 'Nobody should have to live like this - I need more care to meet my basic needs'

The HSE doesn’t recognise my disability. The lack of care hours means choosing between food and a shower, writes Corina Duyn

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill Israel Palestine

Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill

If Ireland is committed to peace between Israel and Palestine then we must show it and pass this legislation, writes Niall Collins.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: What the evolution of the Special K swimsuit taught me about body image Opinion

Opinion: What the evolution of the Special K swimsuit taught me about body image

Michelle McBride has grown up with the evolving Special K swimsuit, and wonders about its impact on how it has affected how she looks at herself.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The press needs to stop sensationalising the weather Opinion

Opinion: The press needs to stop sensationalising the weather

No matter what is reported by Met Éireann or any other weather forecaster around the globe, the media will report the worst-case scenario which scares citizens, writes David Fitzsimons.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs Opinion

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs

People using drugs should be dealt with exclusively via the health system, writes Tony Duffin. Let’s make the change in 2019.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines! Grow It Yourself

From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!

As usual, the aubergines were a disaster – at this stage, I think I only bother sowing them because there’s not much else to do in February, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Previewing Ireland's economy in 2019: The stats don't lie - Ireland is doing well right now Opinion

Previewing Ireland's economy in 2019: The stats don't lie - Ireland is doing well right now

And yet there are some potential concerns to look out for in 2019, writes Victor Duggan.

From The42 Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe despite horrendous 18 months - Neville Pog

Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe despite horrendous 18 months - Neville

The former Red Devils defender is pleased to see him rediscovering his form after a testing period.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Should judges hand down concurrent sentences in rape cases? Criminal Law

Opinion: Should judges hand down concurrent sentences in rape cases?

‘It is essential, for victims of crime and for society in general, that coherent sentencing policy is developed’, writes Ivana Bacik.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Top five parenting tips to surviving Christmas Column

Opinion: Top five parenting tips to surviving Christmas

Striving for a picture perfect Christmas will bring certain disappointment, as a parent aiming for survival is much more realistic, writes Shane Dunphy.

From TheJournal.ie Indigestion at Christmas time - that is your stomach crying out for a break Opinion

Indigestion at Christmas time - that is your stomach crying out for a break

Use of indigestion medication can lead to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins and could start a vicious cycle. Heed the warning signs and try improving your diet instead, writes Ciara Wright.

From TheJournal.ie Fr Richard Gibbons: 'When was the last time you did something truly selfless for someone else, even if they didn’t deserve it?' Opinion

Fr Richard Gibbons: 'When was the last time you did something truly selfless for someone else, even if they didn’t deserve it?'

Fr Gibbons – of Knock – writes about finding the true meaning of Christmas even when things feel hard.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge) Column

The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge)

Hó hó hó! Darach Ó Séaghdha has a selection box of Irish words for Christmas.

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.