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Dublin: 10 °C Sunday 20 April, 2014

Monday 24 March, 2014

Column: Ireland shows no love to babies dying in their mothers’ wombs

I cried all day at the thought that I would have to go to a clinic in London and endure people throwing holy water and condoms at me because my nation would not help me when I needed it most.

Monday 23 December, 2013

Column: I volunteer with Samaritans every Christmas. Here’s why…

Sometimes people call Samaritans at Christmas who might never normally do so. It could be the first Christmas they are bereaved, the could feel isolated, or they could have major money worries. We’re there to listen.

Monday 9 December, 2013

Column: Domestic abuse in same-sex relationships isn’t talked about – but it’s real

When my girlfriend became abusive I didn’t know what to do. I felt scared and alone – but I also felt that I had to be a representative for other gay people, and that admitting to what was happening would let others down.

Wednesday 20 November, 2013

Column: This is home – a mouldy kitchen, faulty electrics, damp and children with respiratory illnesses

One desperate renter details what it’s like to live in a substandard apartment.

Saturday 9 November, 2013

Column: Why I’m still afraid to come out to my friends and family

I’m 28 and in a committed, loving relationship but none of my friends or family know that – because I’ve never told them I’m gay. For all the talk of social acceptability, I still fear of losing the people I love.

Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Column: I was raped by my ex-boyfriend but I’ve taken back control of my life

Despite the dark road I travelled after being assaulted, I realised that I’m a young, intelligent woman with everything to live for – and I won’t let my attacker ruin my life for one second longer.

Sunday 6 October, 2013

Column: Chuggers, chuggers everywhere – is street fundraising crossing the line?

There are better ways to secure donations that the overly-direct approaches employed by some street fundraisers – so why aren’t charities using them?

Sunday 4 August, 2013

Column: My girls are entirely dependent on others – how will we cope with care cuts?

A father of two girls, both with disabilities, says cutting the much-needed day support will make it difficult – if not impossible – for his family to cope.

Thursday 4 July, 2013

Column: I was pregnant when I was beaten up by my partner

I thought I had married the perfect man but after I became pregnant with our first child he became cold and controlling; it wasn’t long before the abuse turned physical. One woman speaks about the trauma of domestic violence.

Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Column: Meth is not glamorous – and nobody is immune to the tragedies it brings

I dabbled with drugs on a social basis and thought I was in control; but that was before trying crystal meth. The drug stripped away everything I believed about myself as a person, exposing me to dangers and tragedies I would never have imagined.

Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here

Each of my miscarriages were different experiences, but they’ve all had a lasting affect on my life, writes an anonymous contributor.

Saturday 1 June, 2013

Open letter to my priest abuser: ‘I thought it was my fault and I never told my mam’

A survivor of abuse tells a priest it is time he comes forward and tells the truth.

Thursday 30 May, 2013

Column: ‘I’m living as an undocumented migrant in Ireland’

“Mary” has been living in Ireland since 2004 and says she can’t imagine her life anywhere else. Here, she explains what it’s like to live under the constant fear of deportation.

Saturday 13 April, 2013

Column: Should there be alcohol advertising in sport?

As a recovering alcoholic I should say that alcohol advertising and sponsorship has no place in sport, but I can’t: I know there are few options for sports clubs and I need my GAA club to stay open, writes an anonymous contributor.

Friday 22 March, 2013

‘All we’re looking for is a fair deal’ – An IBRC worker on the impact of liquidation

Since the bank formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank was liquidated last month ordinary workers have been left in the dark as to their fate and that of redundancy packages they’d agreed prior to ‘promnight’. Here, an employee speaks out…

Monday 21 January, 2013

Column: Working conditions in hospitals are so bad that sometimes I get no sleep at all

Writing under the condition of anonymity, one junior doctor describes a typical work week in a busy Dublin hospital.

Sunday 25 November, 2012

Column: As a mother, I’m not not too posh to push… just too scared

“While I’m awestruck by the natural birth brigade, I’ve vowed never to do it again,” says a mother who is opting for a C-section.

Friday 23 November, 2012

Column: If we care about our society, we should legalise cannabis

Legislating cannabis use in Ireland would bring in revenue for the government and help control the market, argues this writer.

Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Column: I’m so grateful I had an unplanned pregnancy in America, not Ireland

An Irish girl recalls her experience of deciding to have a termination – and her relief that she was away from home.

Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Column: ‘Your hope goes, and that’s that’ – a homeless drug user’s story

Homeless person John speaks to about the struggle to get clean, changes in drug use, and being branded a ‘stupid junkie’.

Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Syrian conflict: Obama and Putin issue joint call for peace

The call comes amid reports Russian naval ships have been dispatched to the violence-wracked country.

Saturday 16 June, 2012

UN suspends Syria mission as violence intensifies

Meanwhile, a group of Muslims and Christians have issued a desperate appeal for help escaping the flashpoint city of Homs.

Sunday 10 June, 2012

Column: ‘Getting a job is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us’

A mother describes how finding work has left her family worse off than in unemployment, thanks to what she believes is a broken system.

All 14 passengers found dead after Peru helicopter crash

A Czech, a Swede, a Dutch citizen and eight South Koreans were among the victims.

Saturday 9 June, 2012

190 arrested in international child pornography crackdown

Eighteen children were rescued from locations in the US and Europe.

Thursday 17 May, 2012

Column: A response from an Irish taxi driver

Following on from the debate about attitudes towards non-Irish national taxi drivers, one Irish driver says he has noted antipathy towards non-nationals – but that it is also important not to pigeonhole Irish cabbies.

Friday 11 May, 2012

Column: ‘I did not tell people about my termination as I did not want to be judged’

A reader shares her traumatic experience of travelling to the UK for an abortion.