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Dublin: 13 °C Friday 22 May, 2015

Living - Today’s News

The HSE is about to buy up half a million condoms

And 200,000 packets of lubricant to boot.

‘My life in Ireland is the normal tapestry of pleasure and pain – but the good far outweighs any bad’

It took me a little time to get used to a new culture, but I have discovered that Irish people love spreading happiness and positivity.


Living - Yesterday’s News

It’s not scaremongering to look at the bioethical implications of the marriage referendum

Both surrogacy and donor-conception require more, not less, ethical discussion before the Government’s plans in this area become formalised in law.

Pictures: A giant oil slick has hit the California coast

The spill is the result of an onshore pipeline leak spewing oil into the ocean for several hours yesterday.

First world problem alert: There’s a global Prosecco drought on the way…

The grape used to produce everyone’s favourite pre-drink has had a couple of particularly bad harvests in a row in Italy.


‘My experience in Ireland has been quite simply incredible’

My life here has given me amazing opportunities as a professional musician. I don’t miss a lot of things from Kinshasa (apart from the sun, obviously).

Paul Gascoigne has won €264,000 in damages for having his phone hacked

The troubled former footballer, along with numerous other celebrities, has received a settlement from Mirror Group Newspapers.

The Grangegorman squatters have no intention of moving…

A High Court order has been passed for the arrest of those who remain, but they intend to appeal.

I get annoyed when it is assumed that older people in rural Ireland will vote No

Former president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Mamo McDonald, explains why she will be voting Yes tomorrow.

Living - Wednesday 20 May, 2015

Cork comedian Maeve Higgins appears on cult US show Inside Amy Schumer This post contains videos

Cork comedian Maeve Higgins appears on cult US show

Higgins popped up in a sketch on Amy Schumer’s TV show last night.

A Dublin bus has turned away a wheelchair-user…

Caroline O’Leary was turned away from a number 13 bus as a child’s buggy was occupying the wheelchair space on board.

From Business ETC So where do Irish graduates want to work in 2015? And how much do they expect to make? Show Me The Money

So where do Irish graduates want to work in 2015? And how much do they expect to make?

What Irish students REALLY want it seems is stability. That, and to work for Paddy Power…

From Business ETC Audi’s new carbon fibre bike weighs about the same as a box of Rice Krispies Wheely Light

From Business ETC Marks and Spencer’s fortunes are looking a lot rosier – is it all down to this skirt? Skirting The Issue

The story of us: “I have never felt luckier or like I was on a bigger adventure”

Long-term couples talk about their lives together – and their hopes for the future – ahead of Friday’s vote on same-sex marriage.

Living - Tuesday 19 May, 2015

From The42 8 reasons why Monday Night Football is the best sports show on TV Essential Viewing

8 reasons why Monday Night Football is the best sports show on TV

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher waved goodbye to their tactics gadgets for another season last night.

‘The marriage referendum proposal could affect future laws relating to children’

Solicitor Eileen King writes about why a group of lawyers are advocating a No vote this Friday.

Coleen Nolan under fire after comparing gay rights with supporting ISIS

Some viewers have been calling for ITV to fire the presenter over her comments.

One of the world’s worst-rated beers is crushing all the competition

‘Faded aromas of sulphur, faint skunk, mild cooked veggies.’

What are the economics of same-sex marriage?

Dr Daragh McGreal discusses the potential economic impact of the same-sex marriage vote.

Here’s what Prince Charles and Camilla will get up to in Ireland today

The party have stated that a “healing process” needs to be developed.

Living - Monday 18 May, 2015

It’s official: I’ve found my first grey hair… The inevitable is happening.

It’s fair to say that I’ve developed a slight hang up about getting older.

From Business ETC Ireland is now responsible for the privacy of 240 million Twitter users Private Dancers

Ireland is now responsible for the privacy of 240 million Twitter users

Or rather, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner is. Rather her than us.

We’re being short-changed by the ‘other referendum’

The presidential age referendum is a watered-down version of attempts at real political reform.


You told us: Your tips on how to plan meals for the week

We asked, you answered – did your suggestion make the cut?

A huge number of Irish adults are worried about not having enough money to buy food

A full third of Irish parents with young children are concerned about feeding their family.

Sex workers have asked Jill Meagher’s husband to drop his support for an anti-sex trade group

Sex workers in St Kilda, Victoria, have signed an open letter to Tom Meagher claiming that campaigning for men to stop buying sex services is ‘not helpful’.

Gardaí have rowed back on their line regarding contaminated drugs in Dublin

18-year-old Ana Hick died after an incident at the Twisted Pepper nightclub in Dublin on Saturday night.

Living - Sunday 17 May, 2015

From Business ETC ‘We thought we could set up an online shop, work from home and make a fortune’ Sister Act

‘We thought we could set up an online shop, work from home and make a fortune’

One of the sisters behind Clevamama tells us about building an award-winning export business.

Blanchett denies gay past as lesbian movie wows Cannes

‘Carol’, a film set in 1950s New York, is already generating Oscar buzz.

What I’ve learned through my career as a counsellor

People are different – from each other and from what the books say. A “textbook case” is rare, if not non-existent.

From Business ETC Why are Irish creches going out of business? Rock And A Hard Place

Why are Irish creches going out of business?

Ireland has some fairly progressive childcare measures in place, yet still child-minding businesses are going to the wall.

Living - Saturday 16 May, 2015

Time to get sowing! These are the crops you should be planting this week

Squashes are incredibly delicious and they store well – so they can certainly start you on your path to self-sufficienty.

Living - Friday 15 May, 2015

Why voting No won’t tackle the ethical challenges around surrogacy or donor conception

The ethical issues surrounding surrogacy and donor conception arise both straight and gay couples.

Marriage is the only institution which unites children with their mother and father

People need to ask themselves if Ireland should eliminate from law the sole institution that unites kids with their mam and dads.

7 essential mince dishes you need to learn to cook

It’s more than just spag bol (but relax – we have that too).

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