# read-me - Today’s News
Stitch up the X Case’s dangling loopholes and then hold a referendum to legalise abortion in Ireland – because no woman wants an abortion just for the hell of it, writes Carol Redmond.
# read-me - Yesterday’s News
With youth unemployment at 23 per cent, the European Union and policy makers have a collective responsibility and obligation to help the “Lost Generation”, writes Liam Aylward.
The radio presenter could have attacked those responsible for mismanaging the country – but instead he kicked down, writes Lisa McInerney.
# read-me - Sunday 19 May, 2013
The extent to which banks are running Ireland and Europe is clearly shown by the recently published Insolvency Guidelines and Rules, writes Dave Hughes.
As Hillsborough families continue to strive for truth about how 96 people died, Irish writer Niamh Cooper O’Sullivan shares a fictional depiction of the horror of 15 April 1989.
National Volunteering Week ends today. Here Donnacha Maguire, who is in Ethiopia, tells us about some of the work being done by Irish volunteers in the country.
Many sensible individuals are now rightly worried about the security of their savings and investments, writes David Quinn who says diversification is key.
# read-me - Saturday 18 May, 2013
Jim Larkin is an iconic figure in Irish history, yet when I was in school the Lockout only received a minor mention on the history syllabus – we wanted to make him more accessible, says Rory McConville.
The economic and societal importance of plants is hard to underestimate; in order to meet the global challenges facing us today, we need to invest time and money into this sector, writes Eoin Lettice.
Bailed-out Ireland is to contribute an additional €90 million to the European Union to help plug a shortfall in its 2013 budget. Ludicrous? Yes – but it’s hardly a blip on the radar of incongruity that is the EU’s funny money parade, writes Aaron McKenna.
# read-me - Friday 17 May, 2013
Some of the world’s most successful companies are investing in mindfulness training for their employees to help them deal better with stress and workplace challenges, writes Joanne O’Malley
Séan Lemass is one of the few Irish leaders whose popularity transcends political parties – but his path wasn’t always an easy one. Modern politicians could learn a lot from his approach to politics, writes David McCann.
While there are practical arguments for a bill that requires no constitutional change, it limits any reform across the whole legislative body, writes Eoin O’Malley.
# read-me - Thursday 16 May, 2013
People in Ireland seem to be obsessed with getting a tan – but this country has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the entire world. It’s time to wake up to the real danger sun of exposure, says Pauline Power, who was diagnosed with a melanoma at 29.
There’s a crisis in the buy-to-let sector due to landlords falling into mortgage arrears and innocent tenants are getting caught in the chaos. Receivers have to realise people renting properties are not commodities, writes Bod Jordan.
# read-me - Wednesday 15 May, 2013
Adrian Millar was one of the hundreds of thousands of people who took part in this year’s Darkness into Light fundraiser. He describes the atmosphere of hope and support he experienced as he walked shoulder-to-shoulder with others raising awareness about suicide.
Michael D Higgins won the Irish presidential elections based on his vision of a ‘radically inclusive Republic’. So how could anyone be surprised about him elaborating on that vision, asks Maura Adshead.
# read-me - Tuesday 14 May, 2013
With photos shared on social media and down-to-earth video interviews, Commander Chris Hadfield is surely inspiring many young people to become astronauts and to work in other areas of the space industry, writes Colm Quinn.
# read-me - Monday 13 May, 2013
Our collective inability to recognise the enormity of a growing food crisis caused by climate change is to our detriment, writes Gerry Crilly.
Various political scandals and our current economic woes have increased levels of mistrust in politicians among young people. This does not mean we are apathetic, we just need to be engaged, writes Órla Ryan.
# read-me - Sunday 12 May, 2013
Movies are often a reflection of current affairs what’s going on in the world, and even the unlikely genre of mass-market US action movies can deal with the fears and uncertainties felt by the American people at any given time, writes Darren Mooney.
Name recognition surely benefits politically candidacy both here and abroad, but it shouldn’t just be the Kennys, McEntees or the Clintons that are getting involved in the politics of shaping nations – we all should be, writes Larry Donnelly.
# read-me - Saturday 11 May, 2013
Even if you pride yourself on your principles, you may well have been an unsuspecting participant in gossip by repeating other people’s options as fact. It’s hard to overstate how damaging rumours can be, writes counsellor Tony Moore.
The residents evacuated from Priory Hall are the only people who have paid in any way for the problems uncovered in the buidling, writes Alison Doyle.
Despite soaring youth unemployment rates, there are two million job vacancies across Europe due to a lack of skilled individuals in specific sectors. It’s time to think strategically about how to fill the gaps, writes Aaron McKenna.
# read-me - Friday 10 May, 2013
In all, 8200 candidates will contest 240 seats in Bulgaria this weekend – making for a particularly complex process. TD Eoghan Murphy explains why he is part of an observation mission to the EU member state.
About 4,000 people go missing for a time in Ireland each year – and the emotional impact on their loved ones, who live with ongoing uncertainty and questions, is immense. They must be given proper support, writes, Dermot Browne.
# read-me - Thursday 9 May, 2013
Austerity has not worked in Ireland or across the eurozone, writes Joan Collins, who points out that even the architects of our bailout admit it was the wrong path.
# read-me - Wednesday 8 May, 2013
Our political systems have declined to a point where they cannot introduce profound change in the social order – this needs to change in order for society to flourish, writes Niall Crowley.
Standardised textile labelling is vital to keep vulnerable workers safe in developing countries like Bangladesh, writes Aisling Twomey.
# read-me - Tuesday 7 May, 2013
TV shows like ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’ show that history is more popular than ever – yet, under proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, history could become an optional subject or short course. It makes no sense, writes teacher Christian O’Connor.
While we can’t definitively rule out the possibility that the US attacking Iraq and Libya to seize control of their oil supplies, when all factors are considered one thing is missing from this hypothesis: a compelling reason, writes Scott Fitzsimons.
# read-me - Monday 6 May, 2013
Director Kieron J Walsh says it can be difficult to get Irish people to watch Irish movies, but this is changing. Here, he discusses shining a light on suicide, how Northern Ireland is not all about the the Troubles, and why Irish cinema is on the up.
…not when the party still owe us a tooth and an eye. So why are many people perversely choosing to drift back=?
# read-me - Sunday 5 May, 2013
A former IMF head of the mission for Ireland has said an entire reliance on austerity was not the right move – yet we’re still following that road. David Cronin asks why.
The Catholic Church teaching on abortion still holds – but the bishops are opposing the proposed legislation the wrong way, writes Fr Tony Flannery.
Revealing personal and confidential details in his new book, George Mordaunt talks about his own debt recovery programme and his struggle with the banks. He says debt resolution exists and questions why more don’t know about it.
# read-me - Saturday 4 May, 2013
Following the tragic accident at a Bangladesh clothing factory, Penneys has said it will give money to people who lost family members in the collapse – but we as consumers have a responsibility too, says Ruth Tanner.
Student filmmaker Nicky O’Donnell writes about how he contributed to a video about responsible drinking aimed at young people – without talking down to them.