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From TheJournal.ie 'What has the Catholic Church ever done for the world? Quite a lot, actually' Opinion

'What has the Catholic Church ever done for the world? Quite a lot, actually'

A lecturer in Theology sketches the Roman Catholic Church’s influence on legal, political, social and philanthropic movements through the ages.

From TheJournal.ie 'In 1969, I fell pregnant as a teen - and then the Church took over' Opinion

'In 1969, I fell pregnant as a teen - and then the Church took over'

Ava Stapleton had to make a stark choice when she was a pregnant 17 year old: give up her baby or have a shotgun wedding.

From TheJournal.ie Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry' Voices

Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry'

‘Personal faith, separate from the institution, unwavering respect for those who educated me, and the comfort of community’.

From TheJournal.ie 'Ireland's decision to prohibit GM crops doesn't make sense' Opinion

'Ireland's decision to prohibit GM crops doesn't make sense'

Two eminent plant biotechnologists argue that the Irish government has made the wrong decision to opt out of growing GMOs here.

From TheJournal.ie 'We have twice had to rebuild our village on the West Bank - now our school is under threat' Opinion

'We have twice had to rebuild our village on the West Bank - now our school is under threat'

The principal of the school used by Palestinian children in Susya makes a direct appeal to the Irish government to support them.

From TheJournal.ie 'Dry stone walls are part of our history and culture but there are plans to replace them with fencing' Opinion

'Dry stone walls are part of our history and culture but there are plans to replace them with fencing'

The first proposed stretch of wall to be replaced is along the N67 between Kinvara and Ballindereen, Co. Galway.

From TheJournal.ie 'Paddy Cosgrave was wrong to invite Le Pen - and wrong to use Northern Ireland in his justification' Opinion

'Paddy Cosgrave was wrong to invite Le Pen - and wrong to use Northern Ireland in his justification'

David McCann, an expert on the politics of peace, can not equate Marine Le Pen with the stakeholders of Northern Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'Compostable cup for your coffee sound good? It all depends on where it ends up' Opinion

'Compostable cup for your coffee sound good? It all depends on where it ends up'

Recyclable and compostable options are only truly beneficial if they end up, and are processed, in the correct waste facility, writes industry expert Brian O’Sullivan.

From TheJournal.ie 'Avoid burnout and maintain productivity you can be proud of by installing work boundaries' Opinion

'Avoid burnout and maintain productivity you can be proud of by installing work boundaries'

‘Our boundaries need to be clearer than ever, with ourselves and with others’, writes Aoife McElwain.

From TheJournal.ie 'The devastating impact of social class is not an abstract concept to hundreds of thousands on this island' Opinion

'The devastating impact of social class is not an abstract concept to hundreds of thousands on this island'

Working class communities are punished for a system they had little real control over, writes Lynn Ruane.

From TheJournal.ie Home births: 'It was really special to be able to hold him for the very first time in our own living room' Opinion

Home births: 'It was really special to be able to hold him for the very first time in our own living room'

David Caren gives practical advice for Irish expectant dads.

From TheJournal.ie 'If the non-inclusive attitude is not radically reformed, the Irish Catholic Church will continue to decline' Opinion

'If the non-inclusive attitude is not radically reformed, the Irish Catholic Church will continue to decline'

The organisers of the World Meeting of Families have taken a hardline approach and only unquestioning docile Catholics are welcome, writes Brendan Butler.

From TheJournal.ie 'Sowing season doesn’t stop at the end of spring if you want vegetables over the winter' Column

'Sowing season doesn’t stop at the end of spring if you want vegetables over the winter'

This is a crucially important time of the year to be sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Irish sports women are leading the way and there's no longer this dominant sense of tokenism' Opinion

'Irish sports women are leading the way and there's no longer this dominant sense of tokenism'

It’s an outstanding time for Irish sports that needs to be recognised and relished, writes Emma Duffy.

From TheJournal.ie 'Living with your parents in your late 20s isn't not going to kill you but it’s uncomfortable, it’s stifling' Opinion

'Living with your parents in your late 20s isn't not going to kill you but it’s uncomfortable, it’s stifling'

‘I want to move forward but I’m being forced to take a step back and move back home because of the current rental market’, writes Brigid O’Dea.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was 13 when the Pope came to Ireland and I was raped by a priest the next year' Opinion

'I was 13 when the Pope came to Ireland and I was raped by a priest the next year'

Colm O’Gorman says he had believed Pope John Paul II when he said he loved the young people of Ireland – but instead, the pope protected his institution, not children.

From TheJournal.ie Thuggery, vandalism and urinating at playgrounds: 'We need zero tolerance to anti-social behaviour' Opinion

Thuggery, vandalism and urinating at playgrounds: 'We need zero tolerance to anti-social behaviour'

People’s daily lives are being blighted by persistent anti-social behaviour, writes Jim O’Callaghan.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was made Minister for the Gaeltacht but I could hardly speak a word as Gaeilge' Opinion

'I was made Minister for the Gaeltacht but I could hardly speak a word as Gaeilge'

‘Our language is not just a communication too, it’s a gateway to our past’, writes Joe McHugh.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Fussing about low breastfeeding rates reeks of mother-shaming' Support

Opinion: 'Fussing about low breastfeeding rates reeks of mother-shaming'

World Breastfeeding Week should be about promoting existing supports, not questioning our rates writes Adrienne Corless.

From TheJournal.ie 'If Drake can't shift a bulk of physical albums, what hope have Irish musicians?' Album

'If Drake can't shift a bulk of physical albums, what hope have Irish musicians?'

Former Today FM CEO Peter McPartlin on how an Irish Album Day could harness the power of the LP.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was kidnapped by Islamic State, sold into slavery and endured rape, torture and humiliation' Opinion

'I was kidnapped by Islamic State, sold into slavery and endured rape, torture and humiliation'

UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad writes how six of her brothers were shot and buried in irrigation ditches when Islamic State invaded the Sinjar region in northern Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie 'Newborn babies can only receive blood given in the last five days - so why are so few of us donating?' Opinion

'Newborn babies can only receive blood given in the last five days - so why are so few of us donating?'

Only 3% of us who are eligible to give blood actually do so.

From TheJournal.ie 'I can’t see him as a Thor FitzGerald': 10 rules for choosing a baby name Opinion

'I can’t see him as a Thor FitzGerald': 10 rules for choosing a baby name

David Caren gives practical advice for Irish expectant dads.

From TheJournal.ie 'A gambler can lose everything in an instant, destroying countless lives around them in the process' Opinion

'A gambler can lose everything in an instant, destroying countless lives around them in the process'

‘We probably won’t know the impact of online gambling on our society for another ten years’, writes John Halligan.

From TheJournal.ie Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch Column

Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch

It’s a good idea to cease watering onions for about two weeks before harvesting to help with that drying out, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Despite Newbridge and Liam Miller outcomes, the GAA lost as it looked to be bullied by public opinion' Opinion

'Despite Newbridge and Liam Miller outcomes, the GAA lost as it looked to be bullied by public opinion'

‘This is a GAA that clearly wasn’t reading the room, or the country’, writes Declan Lee.

From TheJournal.ie 'The granny grant is a trivial pre-Budget kite, indifferent to parents and disrespectful to grandparents' Opinion

'The granny grant is a trivial pre-Budget kite, indifferent to parents and disrespectful to grandparents'

Our government can and should do better, writes Frances Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie Frontline gardai need tasers and they need them now Opinion

Frontline gardai need tasers and they need them now

The Garda Representative Association believes tasers can help gardai protect themselves, the public – and even offenders.

From TheJournal.ie 'Galway has morphed into a small city - but we're stuck with the services of a town' Opinion

'Galway has morphed into a small city - but we're stuck with the services of a town'

Traffic jams are not just for Race Week, says Niall O Tuathail; they are now a year-round problem.

From TheJournal.ie 'We need to use every avenue possible to help ex-offenders find gainful employment' Read Me

'We need to use every avenue possible to help ex-offenders find gainful employment'

Those seeking to begin a new life after a criminal conviction regularly discover that the obstacles to entering the labour market are simply too great to overcome, writes Vivian Geiran and Michael Donnellan.

From TheJournal.ie Caroline Foran: 6 ways to challenge perfectionist thinking Column

Caroline Foran: 6 ways to challenge perfectionist thinking

For a healthy perfectionist, failure won’t necessarily be celebrated – let’s not expect miracles – but it won’t pin them down like a gigantic paperweight, writes Caroline Foran.

From TheJournal.ie 'The State pension wasn't designed to support the lifestyles people have in mind' Pension Plan

'The State pension wasn't designed to support the lifestyles people have in mind'

Within the complex landscape of pension investment, auto-enrolment provides a compelling case for increasing and encouraging pension take-up, writes Jerry Moriarty.

From TheJournal.ie Emilie Pine: 'I've been asked to be the 'token woman'. I don't like it but I say yes' Opinion

Emilie Pine: 'I've been asked to be the 'token woman'. I don't like it but I say yes'

Until we achieve real cultural diversity – which is a lot bigger than heterosexual, cisgender white women getting on panels – we can’t rest, writes Emilie Pine.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Country music and dancehalls: 'The cause of the ruin of hundreds of young girls' Column

Irish Country music and dancehalls: 'The cause of the ruin of hundreds of young girls'

The Catholic Church campaigned against informal house dances and crossroads dances, seeing them as opportunities for immorality, writes Kevin Martin.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables' GIY

In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables'

Of all the legume family, they are my favourite to eat, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'I couldn’t do without cocaine, couldn’t face talking to people without a few lines in me' Addiction

'I couldn’t do without cocaine, couldn’t face talking to people without a few lines in me'

“It started recreationally, just dabbling, and then it went from there. First it would just be at the weekend, then it started to spill over into the week.”

From TheJournal.ie 'I stopped eating for days at a time, having no appetite or will to carry on and live' Mental Health Services

'I stopped eating for days at a time, having no appetite or will to carry on and live'

“There are plenty of people in the same situation as me. Many are even worse off. Don’t we deserve the chance to get better?”

From TheJournal.ie Court of Appeal: 'The new court has failed to meet expectations' Read Me

Court of Appeal: 'The new court has failed to meet expectations'

Policies to reduce the backlog and to increase judicial efficiency should be put forward and rapidly put into effect, writes Seth Barrett Tillman.

From TheJournal.ie 'For those concerned about the decline in real wages, there is a solution - join a trade union' Opinion

'For those concerned about the decline in real wages, there is a solution - join a trade union'

Productivity at work is up, but we need to see decent pay rises and career progression for all workers. Trade union membership is the key to this, writes Paul Dillon.

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin and abstentionism: 'The party will eventually need people to take oaths for Ireland' Opinion

Sinn Féin and abstentionism: 'The party will eventually need people to take oaths for Ireland'

Abstentionism has been a central policy of Sinn Féin since the party’s foundation in 1905, but condemnation of the practice has sharpened since the Brexit referendum, writes Caoimhín De Barra.