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Dublin: 12 °C Sunday 4 October, 2015

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.

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.

Tuesday 7 April, 2015

‘I have never felt so strongly wronged by those who represent our country’

Here I am, feeling like a second-class citizen in my own country, crying over a water meter. Do the politicians I voted for even care?

Wednesday 1 April, 2015

‘I’m desperately reaching out for help… but where can I get it?’

Despite being referred by my GP for a mental health problem, I could still have to wait for two months for specialist treatment.

Sunday 15 March, 2015

‘I’m the child of an alcoholic. I’m 40 years old and I can’t fix my father’

‘My alcoholic father’s attitude is to see how much alcohol he can drink before he falls over and dies.’

Wednesday 11 March, 2015

Open letter from a lone parent: ‘I’m exhausted of trying to provide for my child while living in financial hardship’

A single mother of a 15-year-old writes an open letter to the government about her struggle to make ends meet.

Saturday 7 March, 2015

‘It was always my job to check if Dad was breathing after he passed out’

Living with a parent who is an alcoholic is confusing, isolating and terrifying for young people. Why are we not doing more to help them?

Saturday 21 February, 2015

Bullying in workplaces needs to be addressed, especially in small organisations

How should you react if you’re belittled or bullied in the workplace?

Tuesday 10 February, 2015

‘I was raped. Legislating for abortion in rape cases wouldn’t go far enough’

The precedent set by the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act would see a raped woman questioned, put on trial, and forced to relive the worst experiences of her life.

Monday 2 February, 2015

Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now

I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that a mere three weeks could change my life so drastically.

Saturday 17 January, 2015

Opinion: On the surface, I had accepted that I was bipolar – but I now realise I was in denial

Recovering from a psychotic episode takes time, hard work and support. However, the absolute hardest part for me was truly accepting that I have a mental illness.

Friday 9 January, 2015

‘Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition’

An open letter to the Minister for Social Protection: “I left that office embarrassed, angry, degraded, and a shadow of the educated, confident woman I am meant to be.”

Thursday 1 January, 2015

Opinion: Codeine addiction has taken over my life – and yet I don’t feel that I can stop

Are there many more codeine users in Ireland out there?

Sunday 7 December, 2014

Opinion: Some of the everyday struggles people with mental illnesses face in Ireland

It has taken me a long time not to see myself as a ‘failure’ for having this illness.

Wednesday 12 November, 2014

In her own words: One woman’s escape from ethnic cleansing

“I pray to God I don’t have to go back to Sudan. At the least, I will be arrested. The least, you understand? I could be killed.”

Wednesday 8 October, 2014

My Story: I have multiple sclerosis, but it doesn’t define me

My Story: I have multiple sclerosis, but it doesn’t define me

Multiple sclerosis progresses differently for every person and while some individuals suffer great difficulties, others have thriving work, romantic and social lives.

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.

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.

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.

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.