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Dublin: 5 °C Thursday 2 April, 2015

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# column - Yesterday’s News

‘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.

‘Dragging myself out of bed on cold mornings, I wonder if I’m mad – but it’s for a good cause’

Ever fancied cycling cross-country from Kildare to Galway? It’s not always easy but you’ll raise much-needed funds (and have serious craic).

# column - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

Graham Dwyer and the true nature of violence against women in Ireland

This trial was about a misogynist’s criminal desire to control, dominate, harm and kill a woman – we must not exceptionalise this.

10 things to do to make sure your child won’t be cyberbullied

You wouldn’t allow a young child to go to an unsupervised disco or house party. Think of your child’s online presence in similar terms.

# column - Monday 30 March, 2015

Sunny side up for spring! How to get a pop of colour with daffodils

Get that flush of colour that lights up our city parks and gardens every spring with a little forward planning.

# column - Sunday 29 March, 2015

I regularly vote in US elections from abroad. Why can’t Irish emigrants do the same?

No matter where in the world I am, I will always be an American. As such, I am grateful that my right to vote there is legally enshrined.

Product placement is here to stay, so we’d better get used to it

Product placement can be annoying but advertising is a necessary evil of our favourite shows.

We can’t back down over equality – we must demand more

Voting on marriage rights should be just one part of a national effort to address the serious social and material inequalities that plague Ireland.

Imagine how terrifying it is for a child to become homeless

Too many families are facing homelessness. Why are we allowing this to continue?

# column - Saturday 28 March, 2015

Demystifying home-grown food: How to sow indoors

By sowing indoors you are giving a seedling a chance to get itself established and sturdy before it has to deal with outside threats.

The Graham Dwyer trial shows why some cases should be held in seclusion

The life and death of Elaine O’Hara and the details of Graham Dwyer’s predilections flowed out of this trial, but details could have withheld until a verdict.

# column - Friday 27 March, 2015

‘I pick up patients and drive them to the hospital – it’s a privilege’

Volunteers like Breda Lane help out people undergoing cancer treatment in a simple but invaluable way, and you could too.

# column - Thursday 26 March, 2015

How many sons and brothers must we lose to suicide before we act?

Ireland has exceptionally high rates of male suicide, but it’s being met with a wall of silence.

Non-religious parents are being discriminated against by our outdated school system

Children who are not baptised are discriminated against by Irish national schools (despite the taxpayer funding these schools).

# column - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Meet Nellie Cashman – Irishwoman, philanthropist and prospector in Alaska’s gold rush

Nellie Cashman was an extraordinary woman from Cork who made her way to the US west coast in search of a lucky strike.

‘When I realised my thoughts were unhealthy, I retreated into myself even more’

After struggling in silence for so long, the feeling of freedom that comes from talking openly about my eating disorder is indescribable.

# column - Tuesday 24 March, 2015

We need to talk more about relationships, consent and sexual violence

A recent survey in UCC found that many students have worrying gaps in knowledge about sexual violence.

Young people will see online porn – shouldn’t we help them interpret it?

Rapidly advancing technology means children will be confronted by pornography online at some point. How should we help them to interpret what they see?

# column - Monday 23 March, 2015

IRA abuse claims show – once again – how the institution is always placed before the victim

There are parallels between Sinn Féin’s reaction to allegations by Paudie McGahon and Maíria Cahill and the Catholic Church’s pursuit of its own institutional safety.

How to master the art of saying ‘No’

It’s a small word but many of us are afraid of using it…

# column - Sunday 22 March, 2015

Gay men still can’t donate blood in Ireland – it’s not only unfair, it’s illogical

Our blood banks often run low, yet we are locking thousands of safe donors out.

The Irish fight for human rights in Colombia

Colombia has over 5,000 political prisoners, many of them jailed on sweeping charges of “rebellion”.

‘Often it’s the times when I most need support that I’m least able to talk’

Staying quiet about a mental health problem is the worst thing you can do, which is why a new campaign is being launched in out third level institutions.

# column - Saturday 21 March, 2015

‘I arrived in Ireland aged 7, not able to speak English – now I’m organising a nationwide festival’

Polska-Eire 2015 highlights the contribution of non-Irish populations to this society and the importance of integration.

Fancy growing your own? Here’s what to plant this week…

It’s the month of all things Irish so, fittingly, it’s time to get the spuds planted.

Should TDs be allowed to hire family members? Yes, of course!

Hiring a family member can be advantageous to accomplishing the work that voters demand of our TDs.

# column - Friday 20 March, 2015

From The42 Troubled Limerick can be a force if the club, fans and community unite Column

Troubled Limerick can be a force if the club, fans and community unite

A former chief executive of the Premier Division club, John O’Sullivan looks at the Blues’ current position — on and off-the-field — in his latest column.

Racism is fact of life for all minorities in Ireland

We need to face up to the reality that racism and racial violence exists in our country.

The rights of unmarried fathers are being changed – but is it enough?

Unmarried fathers in Ireland need greater clarity when it comes to their rights

# column - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Having more stuff doesn’t make you happier – so what does?

We are increasingly recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and well-being, not the size of our wallets.

Why is speculation on residential homes allowed?

It’s time to face up to the mortgage arrears crisis.

# column - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

The furore around fatty, inedible hospital food overshadows a far more serious issue

Disease-related malnutrition remains a major cause of avoidable complications in our hospitals.

We have been silenced for too long – it’s time for a youth revolution

So we’re getting ‘back on track’? That may be true for middle Ireland, but not everyone.

From The42 ‘Scotland game will be the biggest challenge of Joe Schmidt’s international career’ Column

‘Scotland game will be the biggest challenge of Joe Schmidt’s international career’

The nature of the Wales defeat has led to disproportionate levels of gloom, writes Simon Hick.

# column - Tuesday 17 March, 2015

The future of Ireland is urban – but can our politicians accept this?

We need to face up to what’s gone wrong with spatial policy in this country.

# column - Monday 16 March, 2015

Paddy’s Day should be about celebrating our culture and creativity – without getting locked

Too much focus is placed on drinking in Ireland, especially on St Patrick’s Day, and people want an alternative.

# column - Friday 13 March, 2015

From The42 ‘We lack a clear strategy and can’t get our heads up to look a few years down the line’ Column

‘We lack a clear strategy and can’t get our heads up to look a few years down the line’

John O’Sullivan questions what Athlone Town’s latest statement could mean for their future in his latest column.

# column - 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.

# column - Monday 9 March, 2015

From The42 Rich, thick and out of Europe – Why English clubs need to get smart Column

Rich, thick and out of Europe – Why English clubs need to get smart

As the Champions League resumes, Tommy Martin wonders if the Premier League’s dreadful performance in this season’s knockouts suggests they have forgotten what is needed in European football.

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