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Dublin: 5 °C Friday 19 December, 2014


# column - Today’s News


# column - Yesterday’s News

Opinion: In Ireland a pregnancy must continue even if a woman is raped, suicidal or clinically dead

Pregnancy isn’t as black and white as we would like. There are fatal foetal abnormalities, health risks, complications, and pregnancy from rape and incest. In each instance our laws allow one outcome: have the child.

“I should be looking forward to Christmas but it seems like a mountain I have to climb”

Christmas can be turned into more of an ordeal than a celebration due to loneliness, financial worries or relationship breakdowns.

# column - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

Column: 4,000 people under the age of 65 are living with dementia in this country

Let’s make 2015 the year we begin to listen the voice of the person with dementia.

Opinion: The Banking Inquiry will help put the final pieces of the jigsaw together

The banking inquiry’s first public hearings get under way today and questions remain about what happened six years ago.

# column - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

Opinion: Austerity cuts that directly affect women and children have been piled on by this government

As a society, we need to develop a more enlightened and informed view of female-led households.

# column - Monday 15 December, 2014

Opinion: The simple, powerful gesture you can make to balance the sadness of the past week

Anyone who keeps up with current affairs in Ireland would be hard-pressed to find a smile these days. I’ve decided what I need to do to change things – if even in a small way.

# column - Sunday 14 December, 2014

Opinion: Stay-at-home fathers are still seen as a ‘novelty’ but perceptions are slowly changing

In the future we will no longer think in terms of stay-at-home ‘mothers’ or ‘fathers’, and instead just refer to stay-at-home parents.

Opinion: Messages like this shouldn’t be given to patients – depression isn’t an ‘embarrassing problem’

I came across this poster just last week in a GP waiting room and have to admit I was shocked, and so incredibly disappointed.

Column: What you should know about hushed negotiations taking place between the EU and US

One of the largest free trade agreements to be negotiated in recent times is provoking serious concerns among civil groups.

# column - Saturday 13 December, 2014

Opinion: Forget the fancy stuff, THIS is my Christmas wishlist

Imaginative gifts are all well and good but just help me out with the basics!

Column: How to survive the festive season as a singleton

You never know when Mr or Ms Right will stumble across your path, so attending every opening of every envelope is mandatory during the festive season.

Opinion: ‘Poor people can’t cook’ remark caused outrage – but consider the facts behind the headlines

Is a quick and cheap story about a rich woman talking down to poor people easier to stomach than the truth?

# column - Friday 12 December, 2014

How to buy a slap-up Christmas meal (and all the extras) on a budget

The main Christmas meal is actually relatively cheap to cook from scratch providing you plan ahead.

‘Finally, I have an appointment with a psychologist… 294 days after being discharged from the hospital’

Nine and a half months for an appointment? I, like many others with varying medical issues, have been failed by the very system that I have been contributing to.

# column - Thursday 11 December, 2014

Opinion: Of all the member states, Ireland would be the most affected if the UK opted to leave the EU

What is the likelihood of the UK leaving the European Union… and what would it mean for Ireland if it did?

Opinion: A simple act of kindness could help someone feeling alone at this time of year

Spare a thought for those who will be on their own over the holiday period – this can be one of the worst times of the year.

# column - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’

Torture survivor Juan Mendez looks back at his harrowing experience, and the challenges facing the global fight against torture, in his role as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Opinion: We have been sold out, we have been failed. That is why I’m marching today.

We deserve better and, today, people across the country will come together – dignified and defiant.

# column - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Opinion: When the people lead, politicians are forced to follow – so let’s make our voices heard

We need a solution for our water needs – but one that doesn’t include creative accounting, cronyism, and possible privatisation.

# column - Monday 8 December, 2014

The forgotten voice: a student’s opinion of the Junior Cycle

In the bickering between unions and government, one voice is often lacking: that of the student.

Opinion: Goodbye Ray – we’ve been through a lot together (even though you don’t know it)

As a new mum, he was my window into the outside world. My connection with civilisation. Often my only adult ‘mate’.

Opinion: Have yourself a mindful Christmas

Some tips to help you enjoy a peaceful and magical celebration.

# column - 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.

Dublin Sounds: An autumnal walk in Dartmouth Square

A sound sketch of a beautiful space in Dublin on a crisp autumn day…

Opinion: The left needs to form a stronger alliance – and soon

With rumours rife that the two old civil war parties will go into government following the next general election, the disparate elements of the left must come together.

# column - Saturday 6 December, 2014

Opinion: We can’t let bad charities sour us on doing good this Christmas

Giving to those in need is a special thing in a world where so much indifference and evil is given free rein; we cannot allow bad apples to shake our faith in good.

# column - Friday 5 December, 2014

Opinion: There has been a shift in Ireland’s political climate… but why now?

Given the fact that we have been living through turbulent political times for the past six years, why are such profound shifts in political consciousness happening now?

Opinion: Despite talk of an improving economy, worrying mortgage arrears on family homes persist

Will the State will put the interests of its people above commercial and provide us with strong consumer protection standards?

# column - Thursday 4 December, 2014

Opinion: The Taoiseach visiting Pantibar shows we will no longer be hidden away

The image of the head of government in a gay bar – once an utterly unimaginable event – sends a powerful signal to all of society about the status of LGBT people in our society.

Opinion: US policing culture is growing increasingly violent – so where will it end?

Adjusting for the disparity in population, citizens in Britain – another country with armed police – are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans.

# column - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Opinion: Christmas – the season of sugar-laced tantrums, queues, and unreasonable demands

One disastrous shopping attempt and an aborted visit to see the Christmas tree lights are all you need to find what’s really important in the run-up to Christmas…

Opinion: The 1916 centenary is coming… but are we honouring the ideal of equality for all?

Is becoming ‘The Best Small Country In The World In Which To Do Business By 2016’ really the best ambition Ireland can have for the centenary year of the Rising?

# column - Tuesday 2 December, 2014

800 Days: ‘I thought I knew what anger was, but I had never even touched its surface’

Jill was three months younger than me: her life should have been lived parallel to mine. Now the landmarks of my life seem tainted – any happiness is edged with sadness and guilt.

Opinion: ‘I want to support my students, I don’t want to judge them’

Opinion: ‘I want to support my students, I don’t want to judge them’

Times are changing, as is teaching, but we can’t lose sight of what’s important; instilling a love of learning in our students.

# column - Monday 1 December, 2014

Opinion: The ‘smart homes’ of the near future – Irish homes will have about 500 connected devices

In order to be ready for the connected home of the future, we need to be getting our ‘infrastructure house’ in order now.

Opinion: Healthcare apartheid is unacceptable – there can be no ‘them and us’

Solutions do not come easy, but Ebola transmission can be stopped.

# column - Sunday 30 November, 2014

Column: ‘My mother is not a person dying from Alzheimer’s – she is a hero living with it’

Whenever I feel that caring for my mother is getting the better of me, I think back on the all amazing memories I have with this inspiring and courageous woman.

Vlog: I’ve finally started playing GAA – as an emigrant in Spain

When I decided to emigrate to Spain for a more stable work life teaching English, I wondered how long would it take me to settle – GAA has made all the difference.

# column - Saturday 29 November, 2014

Column: The power and beauty in exploring other cultures

Travelling has given me so much and enriched my life in so many ways – and it’s the people who I’ve met that I remember most.

Column: Why is the Government afraid of celebrating 1916?

It appears to be a case of ‘don’t mention the war’ in the corridors of power at Dáil Éireann when it comes to 1916.

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