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Dublin: 11 °C Saturday 29 April, 2017

#Read Me

# read-me - Today’s News

When to use horticultural fleece: 'The Irish spring can bite you in the bum'

Let’s hope that’s the end of the cold nights for this year, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: 'The State should pay for mothers to stay at home'

Caring in the home needs to be supported too, writes Pauline O’Reilly.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

'Trump's ban and inflammatory rhetoric have emboldened anti-Muslim behaviour'

The Trump administration’s ongoing threats to human rights remain but so does the resolve to defeat them, writes Colm O’Gorman.

'I phoned my mother at 4.30am. I couldn't say a word. She brought me to hospital'

Treating depression isn’t as simple as putting on a brave face, writes our final Darkness Into Light contributor.

'I am genuinely sick worrying how I am going to pay for back to school costs this year'

A right is not a right if you have to pay for it, writes June Tinsley.

# read-me - Thursday 27 April, 2017

'It isn't sustainable for our tax revenues to be so dependent on Washington'

Thought will need to be given to further broadening Ireland’s tax base, writes Victor Duggan.

Delayed maternity payment: 'It seemed my application had been "forgotten about"'

Pay us properly and pay us on time, writes Nicola Cassidy.

# read-me - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

'The hallucinations were 100% real to me. But people were telling me there was nothing there'

At times it felt like there was no hope of recovery at all, writes Brian Scallan

Adi Roche: 'I'm asking world leaders to help removing and storing Chernobyl's radioactive material'

Let’s show the people of Chernobyl that they are not forgotten, writes Adi Roche.

# read-me - Tuesday 25 April, 2017

'In my head, I didn't deserve to be helped. I was broken and couldn't be fixed'

Ireland rugby international Hannah Tyrrell on the eating disorder that overshadowed her teenage years

Drugs: 'How is arresting someone for something that they are addicted to helping?'

Decriminalisation of addiction is our next great step to a better drug policy, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# read-me - Monday 24 April, 2017

Column: 'The time has come. We demand the opportunity to live our lives through Irish'

The hour has come for a generation to bring the language to life while also calling time on the government bluff, writes Michael McCaughan.

# read-me - Sunday 23 April, 2017

'I am so proud that my body was Carragh’s safe haven for those 38 weeks, that it was her home'

I took comfort and healing from the 38 weeks Carragh and I spent together, writes Mandy O’Neill.

Brain injury: ''Fighting' has become my mission in life since my son Pádraig’s catastrophic accident'

It’s time to stand tall for the rights of persons with neurological illnesses, and especially for those with severe acquired brain injuries, writes Reinhard Schaler.

'Racism isn't always malicious. It can be a white person asking me to “twerk like Beyoncé”'

Be aware of how you practice unconscious racism through harmful words, attitudes, and interactions, writes Angela Fichter.

# read-me - Saturday 22 April, 2017

No Facebook, no WhatsApp: Three things we learned from a digital detox

Housemates Dermot and Darren decided to undertake a digital detox to try and spur them on to use their phone less. As part of our Live A Better Life series, they tell us what they learned.

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty GIY

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty

The humble onion is one of the most important and versatile vegetables of all, so much so that it’s still worth shedding a few tears over, writes Michael Kelly.

Changing our county boundaries: 'There is far more at stake than just identity'

Taking the richer parts of some counties and pushing them into other counties will hurt communities, writes Michael Fitzmaurice TD.

# read-me - Friday 21 April, 2017

Sport snobbery: 'McGregor still has a tough fight if he wants to win over the home crowd'

Conor McGregor’s success has made mixed martial arts a viable outlet for children around Ireland, writes Lorraine Courtney.

'There’s a strong chance the Assembly won’t recommend repealing the Eighth Amendment outright'

The Assembly should recommend taking the issue out of the Constitution, allowing it to be regulated through legislation, writes Eoin Daly.

# read-me - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Opinion: 'The government won't remove the Church from its authority over social services until we demand it'

It will take legal challenges on the grounds of gender discrimination to fully remove the Catholic Church from publicly-funded services, writes Colleen Hennessy.

# read-me - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Recycling: 'This can't go on. I want refundable deposits on bottles and cans. It can be done'

The schemes that work in other countries can work here too, writes Victoria White.

Opinion: 'What standard of living do people want? What is required to deliver this?'

Now is the perfect opportunity to develop a new and radical social contract for Ireland’s second century, writes Dr Seán Healy.

# read-me - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

Zero-hour contracts: 'Clare has to live with her parents and can't afford to go to the doctor'

The government needs to play catch up with Europe and implement legislation that gives part-time workers security of hours, writes Sinead Pembroke.

# read-me - Monday 17 April, 2017

Fitness goals: 'Be specific. Choose something concrete like running 5K in 30 minutes'

If the first quarter of the year hasn’t gone well, start re-thinking your fitness goals now, writes Carl Cautley.

'If we want to cherish all children equally, stop the subsidies to foreign executives'

There is such a sense of entitlement among elites that they barely try to hide their privileges, writes Kieran Allen.

# read-me - Sunday 16 April, 2017

Psoriatic arthritis: 'It is very much an invisible illness because I look and appear fine'

It is unacceptable to only have access to medical experts and services within regular business hours, writes Sandra Quinn.

'Ireland is slowly discarding its age-old loyalty card attitude toward established religions'

Laws, government policies and the public funding of services should benefit all members of Irish society, writes Terry Flynn.

'Planners are trying to engage with us and we have a duty to join the conversation'

When we accept that we are all part of the planning process everything becomes easier, writes Carol Tallon.

Shane Ross: 'If you could save one person's life, would you?'

The fact that my Bill will save lives is not a truth some vested interests want to hear, writes Transport Minister Shane Ross.

# read-me - Saturday 15 April, 2017

Column: 'I'd like to know the science of the resurrection but my belief goes beyond an empty tomb'

Hope for humanity is the key Easter message, writes Fr Richard Gibbons.

Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru

It’s the perfect time of the year to talk about sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.

Big Little Lies: 'No woman just lets domestic violence happen. But maybe we do'

HBO’s Big Little Lies has quietly evolved into something more resonant and harrowing, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Friday 14 April, 2017

Why I'm marching for science: 'The alternative, doing nothing, is unthinkable'

Anyone who supports scientific research, evidence-based policies and equality should take a stand too, writes Dr Joseph Roche.

Northern Ireland: 'Most people would probably welcome a redrawn border'

All options, radical or otherwise for Northern Ireland, need to be weighed up, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# read-me - Thursday 13 April, 2017

Luke Ming Flanagan: 'Regulation, like taxes, is only for the little people'

Corporate Ireland doesn’t need to live up to the laws that are put in place for our health and our environment, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

# read-me - Wednesday 12 April, 2017

'Tribunals and commissions achieve nothing. They just shield the guilty from prosecution'

In Ireland, any objective observer can see that justice is dead, writes William Campbell.

# read-me - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Julien Mercille: Liberals are wrong to cheer on Trump's bombs

Boosting humanitarian aid and taking in more refugees would be more effective in alleviating suffering, writes Julien Mercille.

# read-me - Monday 10 April, 2017

'Do we invest money into private pockets, or into public housing, that we own?'

It is entirely feasible to establish a State company that can borrow off balance sheet, writes Éilis Ryan.

# read-me - Sunday 9 April, 2017

Column: 'I can look an animal in the eye, knowing I'm not contributing to their suffering'

Becoming vegan has revolutionised my life as well as my thinking, writes Katie McEneaney.

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