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Dublin: 16 °C Thursday 31 July, 2014

Monday 21 July, 2014

Opinion: When you think of a sex worker, you might never think of someone like me

I’m a young, unemployed student. I desperately needed to pay my college tuition, so I signed up to a website seeking a ‘financial arrangement’ with a wealthy man.

Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Opinion: A fatal foetal diagnosis is nobody’s fault – the deliberate lack of support by the State is.

Do people campaign against families faced with the heartbreaking decision to turn off the life support machine of a loved one? Cases of fatal foetal abnormality are precisely the same.

Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Opinion: Post Natal Depression – should it discourage you from ‘going again’?

Literally tens of thousands of women out there must find themselves in a similar predicament to my own. Yet I have never seen or heard it openly discussed. Ever.

Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Opinion: St James’s is the “best site” for the children’s hospital? It’s a complete farce.

Our son has profound disabilities and we sometimes have to visit hospital several times a week. St James’s is a totally unsuitable site for multiple reasons.

Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Opinion: Antidepressants – friend or foe?

I resisted taking medication for a long time because I was worried about other people’s reactions, but antidepressants have undoubtedly been my friend.

Friday 9 May, 2014

Opinion: There were days I struggled. I wished I could call in sick and not have to pretend

Should employers be receptive to employees calling in sick for a mental health issue – they should be, writes an anonymous contributor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sunday 10 June, 2012

All 14 passengers found dead after Peru helicopter crash

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

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.