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#Read Me

# read-me - Today’s News

Opinion: 'Gender matters Leo. To win elections you need women's support too'

Only in a sexist society would women be told that caring about representation at the highest levels of government is wrong, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

Teen mental health: 'The first time I was admitted, albeit voluntarily, I was absolutely terrified'

Our teen suicide rate is the 4th highest in the EU but I’m not surprised, writes Natalie Marr.

# read-me - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

'Does our Housing Minister know how many homes are at risk of rapid fire spread?'

In Ireland, the concerns of residents about fire safety in several housing developments constructed hastily during the Celtic Tiger boom have fallen on deaf ears, writes Cian O’Callaghan.

# read-me - Monday 19 June, 2017

French elections: 'Macron can't claim a strong popular mandate'

President Emmanuel Macron’s comfortable majority might turn out to be less comfortable than the numbers suggest, writes Dr Míde Ní Shúilleabháin.

'My patients die younger and develop chronic conditions earlier than affluent patients'

The current healthcare delivery does not recognise their increased health needs, writes Dr David Gibney.

# read-me - Sunday 18 June, 2017

Arthritis: 'I am grateful for arthritis. I’m a better person than before my diagnosis'

I don’t wish my life had taken any other path and that’s the honest truth, writes Peter Boyd.

Coming out on the Late Late: 'Gay mirrored the prejudice that existed at the time'

But I didn’t lose my job and after a few weeks things settled down, writes Joni Crone.

'Dads aren't recognised in our Constitution and the Citizen's Assembly denied them a voice'

Parental equality isn’t only the right thing to do. It will create stronger, healthier, happier Ireland, writes Matt O’Connor.

# read-me - Saturday 17 June, 2017

Fracking: 'We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded'

This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities, writes Scott Coombs.

'A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish from our seas'

This is a light, vibrant, cheap and healthy alternative to the traditional seafood chowder, writes Michael Kelly.

'At 38 Taoiseach Varadkar is not too old to listen to his father. Let’s hope he does'

Across Europe young people are voting in their droves for candidates that reflect Ashok Varadkar’s community-focused idealism, writes Kate Shanahan.

Gerry Adams: 'What kind of Irish leader would swear loyalty to the English Queen?'

Active abstentionism is about energetically representing citizens, writes Gerry Adams.

# read-me - Friday 16 June, 2017

Countering radicalisation: 'Tell people if you work hard, you can have a better future'

For real success, we must prevent the radicalisation of individuals, writes Bart Somers.

# read-me - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Why has the terrorism threat level not been raised here?

There are moves afoot that show increased security here and Taoiseach Varadkar needs to further strengthen our hand.

Lynn Ruane: 'She was pure goodness and spent her life sharing that goodness' RIP

Lynn Ruane: 'She was pure goodness and spent her life sharing that goodness'

What will never be lost is the incredible positive change that Ann-Louise left with us, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

Opinion: 'The British General Election changed everything'

The astonishing performance of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has far reaching implications, not just within Britain but beyond, writes Owen Worth.

# read-me - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Column: 'I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island'

My boys will not have “typical” childhood but they will have very special memories, writes carer Geraldine Renton.

'Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool'

How many more girls are our government prepared to abuse while they delay a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, asks Gerry Edwards.

# read-me - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

Column: 'It's not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms'

We must stop pouring money into alternative energies like wind power. They must stand on their own two feet, writes Michael Fitzmaurice TD.

# read-me - Monday 12 June, 2017

'We need to be cautious about celebrating Varadkar’s political success'

We are far from everything being grand. Just this week a mosque in Galway was attacked, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

# read-me - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Fair City scriptwriter: 'Heather's brain injury is my brother's story too'

Sometimes a storyline comes along that is different, that is deeply personal, writes Jennifer Davidson.

Traveller ethnicity: 'We always knew we were people in our own right'

We expect substantial, progressive changes now, for example in repealing the Criminal Trespass legislation, in education and health, and in effective anti-discrimination measures.

'People think environmentalists want to destroy farming. This is sad and unfortunate'

In truth, farmers and environmentalists are all on the same side, writes Mícheál Callaghan.

# read-me - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'Ramadan is about so much more than refraining from food and drink'

Ramadan is that one month where you can easily focus on your spirituality in a busy world, writes Hajar Akl.

Grow it yourself: New potato salad with capers and herbs

The new potato crop is looking healthy right now, writes gardener Michael Kelly.

The Tories and DUP: 'A messy and weak parliamentary rule of the hard right flavour'

The British Labour party is on an upwards trajectory and its supporters will feel emboldened, writes Rob Winkel.

# read-me - Friday 9 June, 2017

British General Election: 'Being young in Britain right now is weird'

When I turned on the news this morning and saw that we had a hung parliament, I wasn’t overly surprised, writes Chloe Rennard.

'Europe is voting for the centre again, and is endorsing more Europe, not less'

Ireland should retain and strengthen its close European ties at a time of increasing global change, writes David Higgins.

# read-me - Thursday 8 June, 2017

'Last Sunday Bernie Sanders delivered a message Ireland needed to hear'

We are becoming increasingly like the United States, and not by accident, writes Ruairi McKiernan.

# read-me - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Opinion: 'An ambitious strategy with the potential to revolutionise Irish healthcare'

If we don’t invest in our health systems now, the costs will be vast and destructive, writes Paul Gordon.

# read-me - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

Column: 'Tomorrow I'll be undertaking the biggest mind-melt of my life'

The Leaving Cert is an experience that characterises life as an Irish person, writes Gavin Dowd.

Column: 'Quality childcare costs and we need well paid early educators to make it happen'

Goodwill alone will not pay the people building and delivering this scheme on the ground, writes Teresa Heeney.

# read-me - Monday 5 June, 2017

Column: 'The doctors wouldn’t listen, and why would they? I’m not a doctor'

The healthcare system has failed me. Nobody knows how to treat me, writes Elisha Reilly.

Discrimination? 'Only 16% of people who are blind or vision impaired in Ireland are working'

People with sight loss do not have the same opportunities as their sighted peers, writes Chris White.

'The Leaving Cert is a valuable life lesson. If you want something, you need to work hard to get it'

I have never forgotten the idea that I needed to put in long hours if I wanted to achieve something, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# read-me - Sunday 4 June, 2017

'I used to hold everything back. My shyness triggered depression and nearly killed me'

For some people, shyness can lead to social anxiety and crippling depression, writes Brian Strahan.

Opinion: 'I’ve never seen hunger and despair like I saw last week in Kenya'

With severe drought gripping many parts of East Africa, millions of people are facing starvation in the coming months, writes David O’Hare.

'Neutrality and pluralism are not particularly good reasons for taking God out of our Constitution'

There are certainly very strong philosophical reasons for accepting at least the existence of God, writes Dr Thomas Finegan.

# read-me - Saturday 3 June, 2017

An Irish emigrant: 'I knew I wouldn't make it back home in time to say goodbye'

Technology meant I could still chat with my family every day but I was too far away when my brother suddenly got very sick, writes Romy Delaney.

Gardening column: Growing carrots in the veg patch and roasting radishes in the kitchen

In a chaotic world, the veg patch is a place of such calm, writes Michael Kelly.

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