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Yesterday’s News

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Saturday 26 May, 2018

'I’m tired of all the feel-good campaigns when there's no real debate around entry into mental health services'

A sibling writes about their brother’s experience of being suicidal and needing access to treatment.

Friday 18 May, 2018

'I'm not amoral, not stupid, and not promiscuous. I took every precaution. I still got pregnant'

“Am I selfish for taking control of my own fate rather than simply letting life happen to me? I do not see it that way.”

Thursday 10 May, 2018

'I was nine weeks pregnant when I took an abortion pill - after staring at it for hours'

“I was in a very bad situation where continuing a pregnancy just wasn’t possible, health wise or financially.”

Friday 4 May, 2018

'The nurses asked how we planned to keep him cold. This wasn't something we were prepared for'

Things need to change in Ireland though; I don’t want any other people to have to go through what we did.

Saturday 3 March, 2018

Candid recordings of female doctor from field hospital in East Ghouta

“As I’m talking, there are rockets falling on Ghouta.”

Sunday 25 February, 2018

'We've fostered 15 children, in the beginning I thought we were going to save the world'

“The most rewarding thing about fostering is seeing the potential in children that was sometimes overlooked when they were younger.”

Tuesday 6 February, 2018

Broadband in rural Ireland: 'If I disconnect, I don't get paid - I fear for my job'

“I feel like the people of rural Ireland have been let down, with broken promise after broken promise.”

Sunday 26 November, 2017

Sexual abuse: 'Did I consent? I was just a little girl, but yes, I let it happen'

This is the story of a woman who did speak up about her abuse. But she wasn’t believed.

Sunday 22 October, 2017

#MeToo: 'I have been drugged twice by men I knew'

#MeToo was spawned by the Harvey Weinstein revelations and is where women are detailing incidences of sexual assault and harassment online.

Saturday 7 October, 2017

'My doctor insisted I leave the job, and signed me off on stress leave'

We’re not entitled to be unhappy with how we are being treated in the workplace. You are seen as a malcontent, someone who doesn’t respect authority, or that you didn’t want to do the hard work.

Sunday 9 July, 2017

'I am not ashamed of losing my home. But people's judgemental attitudes make it harder'

Believe me, no one deliberately sets out to rip apart the foundations of their home by simply not making mortgage repayments.

Monday 29 May, 2017

'We were even questioning the future of our marriage': One couple share their fertility story

A sense of isolation can be one effect of infertility – so seeking support is essential.

Saturday 27 May, 2017

My abortion: 'I don't want to be eternally attached to someone I do not love'

I feel like a woman and for the first time I feel like a responsible adult who made a very painful decision for all the right reasons.

Saturday 18 March, 2017

My boyfriend's gambling: 'I loved two people. One was a compulsive liar and emotionally unavailable'

My whole life used to be consumed by my ex boyfriend’s gambling addiction.

Tuesday 10 January, 2017

An Irish nurse: 'I began to hate my job. I questioned my career. There were days when I came home crying'

A former public sector nurse highlights the challenging working conditions she and her colleagues endured as they cared for patients.

Thursday 22 December, 2016

'One of the most horrible experiences of my life': An Irish woman on travelling for an abortion

One reader tells us her story about having to travel to the UK for an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with a debilitating illness.

'He confirmed what I had known for hours - there was no heartbeat'

One reader tells us her story about having a miscarriage, to encourage others to talk about an issue which ends one in four pregnancies.

Sunday 27 November, 2016

'My Jobseeker's Allowance was cut to €40 a week - I can’t afford to go to interviews'

I don’t want a free ride. I want the Department of Social Protection to assist me.

Sunday 4 September, 2016

'I walked past people with signs about how I was a murderer': Getting an abortion as a teenager

One reader tells us her story about having to travel to the UK for an abortion after an unplanned pregnancy at 19.

Monday 18 July, 2016

There is no easy way to escape poverty as a single parent

A reader explains why education alone is not enough to gain financial security.

Sunday 10 July, 2016

'As a child of an alcoholic, I am damaged'

A reader talks about their experiences in the wake of the establishment of a government Group on Alcohol Harm

Monday 2 May, 2016

Supporting my mam through depression: 'We never give up trying to make her feel loved'

An anonymous contributor writes about the complexities of helping a person who suffers from mental illness.

Sunday 10 April, 2016

Leaving an abusive relationship: He knocked me into a wall when I dared to speak back

A year after leaving her violent partner, one woman is still learning how to cope.

Sunday 21 February, 2016

'I fed myself through looking or smelling, but never eating. I'm not over anorexia; I'm living with it'

When I finally got it, I still didn’t think I deserved help. I checked into hospital still believing I was “too fat”, writes an anonymous contributor.

Wednesday 17 February, 2016

Call me a selfish criminal and a murderer if you want, but having an abortion was right for me

I made a decision to abort at seven weeks for many reasons, writes an anonymous contributor.

Wednesday 10 February, 2016

'My partner was lovely at first, but things changed after we moved in together'

At the beginning he was nice, making sure I got home safely and on time for curfew, but things changed, writes an anonymous contributor.

Tuesday 8 December, 2015

I chose to put my four children through private secondary school, here's why

There may be an air of ambition that one hopes will be contagious. If the friends all have high hopes, ours probably will too.

Sunday 6 December, 2015

I love a drink but I don’t want to end up like my dad: an alcoholic and alone

“Having struggled to deal with my father’s alcoholism my entire life, I wonder just how his ‘fondness for the drink’ has distorted my perception of alcohol.”

Monday 30 November, 2015

No opportunities for non-EU students: I fell in love with Ireland but will soon have to leave

The flooded market for HSE placements has become unsustainable, an American medical student studying here writes.

Wednesday 11 November, 2015

‘I’ll never forget the looks he gave me. I knew he wanted me dead’

A woman living in a women’s refuge in Tallaght tells her story and appeals to the government to prevent its closure.

Tuesday 3 November, 2015

‘If I don’t have papers I won’t be able to study after the Leaving Cert’

An undocumented teenager says she doesn’t want handouts, just the chance to reach her full potential.

Tuesday 27 October, 2015

I spent five long years studying to be a vet and I'm up against JobBridge ads paying €50 a week

Veterinary Ireland has said it has written to the Department of Social Protection to express their concerns about JobBridge vet positions. Here, one graduate tells her story.

Saturday 24 October, 2015

'My failure to conceive makes me feel like I'm not functioning as a woman'

An anonymous contributor talks about her struggle to conceive and the emotional impact it can have on a person.

Sunday 20 September, 2015

An Irish solution: These are your abortion stories

On a daily basis women make the journey out of Ireland to have an abortion.

Tuesday 4 August, 2015

Leaving Cert results don't define your future

I only learned to appreciate education after quitting school.

Monday 27 July, 2015

'I know it's not healthy to be fat. You really, really don’t have to tell me that'

Reacting to journalist Lindy West’s article about being a “fat” bride, a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous says it gave her hope that even if she doesn’t lose weight, she has a future.

Wednesday 17 June, 2015

We all have dreams as young girls. Having a termination is not one of them.

I never knew all the things that could go wrong with a pregnancy… until they happened. Life can throw your dreams upside down.

Saturday 13 June, 2015

'My dad was a violent alcoholic. I vowed to make my daughter's childhood better than mine.'

My father drank to forget the worst years of his life – his childhood – and at the same time destroyed mine.

Tuesday 21 April, 2015

I feed my children when they're hungry. Parents in direct provision don't have that choice.

Parents in direct provision have so few ways in which they can model healthy, productive adulthood for their children.

Sunday 12 April, 2015

What it’s like to have schizophrenia: an anonymous story

I’ve been dealing with schizophrenia for as long as I can remember, but was never correctly medicated for it until seven months ago.

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