# read-me - Sunday 3 August, 2014
Voters should be allowed to question their political leaders in parliament, according to the UK’s Labour leader Ed Miliband. But is this a cheap gimmick or an idea that could re-invigorate people’s passion for politics?
# read-me - Monday 30 June, 2014
Despite his reputation being torn to shreds by the media, Luis Suarez will remain hot property for companies eager to associate with one of the hottest, if most controversial, figures in sport, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Wednesday 18 June, 2014
# read-me - Monday 9 June, 2014
It’s a common refrain that widespread abuse was only exposed in recent decades – but the real story is very different, writes Fin Dwyer.
# read-me - Saturday 31 May, 2014
Column: How the Catholic Church and the media thought Satanic cults were a real danger to young people in the 1980s
If reports were to be believed, the Ouija Board rivalled the Game Boy in the popularity stakes with young people in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.
# read-me - Sunday 25 May, 2014
Archbishop Eamon Martin has shared his thoughts on how to have a sense of humour and “be missionary” online.
# read-me - Sunday 18 May, 2014
Willful ignorance or not, the crude approach is going to end in misery. Again.
# read-me - Monday 12 May, 2014
Restaurant critic Ross Golden-Bannon reveals his pet hates cultivated as a restaurant critic and food writer
Telling jokes to buy bikes and riding bikes to save lives – Comedian PJ Gallagher on finding a passion for volunteering.
# read-me - Sunday 11 May, 2014
Professor James Kelly explains how tying a rooster to a post and throwing sticks at it until it died was considered sport in the 17th century.
Damien Kiberd finds the election promise of an ‘average’ water charge is as leaky as a badly-laid pipe.
# read-me - Saturday 10 May, 2014
We thought we had the makings of a Eurovision winner – but what are we doing wrong?
# read-me - Friday 9 May, 2014
Working long hours, with a wife and child at home, reverted me to a 1950s style husband until somebody (not me) spoke up.
Dr Natalie Robers describes her time in Central African Republic where small children of six or seven carry machetes and villages live in fear.
Should employers be receptive to employees calling in sick for a mental health issue – they should be, writes an anonymous contributor.
# read-me - Thursday 8 May, 2014
His behaviour has been odd to say the least, so is Franco engaging in a little method acting?
# read-me - Sunday 4 May, 2014
“This country is suffering from paralysis by analysis”.
# read-me - Saturday 3 May, 2014
The small screen, once home to has-been actors and low-budget dross, has been revolutionised, writes Dave Winterlich.
# read-me - Sunday 27 April, 2014
But it hasn’t helped them as those old-school types have made it next to impossible for young qualified types to get a permanent job.
# read-me - Thursday 24 April, 2014
A code and compass is needed to guide journalism through the challenges of going online, writes an NUJ Ethics Council member.
# read-me - Sunday 20 April, 2014
With the EU forcing us into a ‘devaluation for slow learners’, isn’t it time we look closer at what exactly the euro has done for us?
# read-me - Sunday 13 April, 2014
There’s a hole in the balance sheets, dear Liza.
# read-me - Sunday 6 April, 2014
…but this might not be a Bad Thing.
# read-me - Wednesday 2 April, 2014
At the height of the recession, thousands of Irish people found employment and new lives abroad. Now, many are returning to Ireland, especially as the economy starts to get back on its feet, Matthew Jones writes.
# read-me - Tuesday 1 April, 2014
# read-me - Sunday 23 March, 2014
Statisticians tell us inflation is a memory but what lies beneath – massive premiums on childcare, health insurance, water tax and more – is a better measure of the pain consumers feel.
# read-me - Sunday 16 March, 2014
“My heart nearly flung itself up through my gob and into the fireplace”… One of the ‘Two Richies’ recalls that fateful call-up from the mysterious ‘Phantom Towers’.
‘Spin doctors? But who the hell is sick?’ To paraphrase the TV drama Borgen, Frank Flannery’s dismissal uncovers some uncomfortable truths about ‘access all areas’ PR in politics.
# read-me - Friday 14 March, 2014
As I watched the St Patrick’s Day parade march down New York’s Fifth Avenue, the true meaning of our national holiday struck me. And it made me realise many of us fail to understand what March 17 actually represents for our small nation, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Sunday 9 March, 2014
And more to the point – are we “f**ked and brainwashed” by the ‘European Project’?
# read-me - Sunday 2 March, 2014
When the economy collapsed the banks got top priority. Building workers and people who need social housing were far down the pecking order. Now they’re telling us a miracle is on the way…
# read-me - Tuesday 25 February, 2014
With a constant flow of leaks, jousting between journalists and politicians, and the resulting war of words spinning out of control, the casualties in the Garda Ombudsman conflict will be high, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Monday 24 February, 2014
# read-me - Sunday 23 February, 2014
A glut of cash buyers, homeowners anchored by negative equity and tracker mortgages – in Dublin, the situation for young people trying to buy is alarming.
# read-me - Sunday 16 February, 2014
Official Ireland does not like inconvenient truths – which is why Trinity professor Jim Stewart’s spot-on research makes it defensive.
# read-me - Sunday 9 February, 2014
RTÉ would do well to remember the story of Jurgen Klinsmann’s dive in the 1990 World Cup and the effect that had on schoolboy footballers for years to come.
# read-me - Thursday 6 February, 2014
The Stardust fire happened 33 years ago, but we still have not learned the lessons of that horrific night, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Sunday 26 January, 2014
Psychopath or a good soldier? The ‘no show’ of global leaders at his final goodbye nods to a life of contradictions.
# read-me - Sunday 19 January, 2014
When the chips are down, Ireland has always been able to count on Britain – so why don’t we support them if they want to leave the EU?
# read-me - Sunday 12 January, 2014
Were they not correct to put the business interests of Ireland first? And what about those other human rights abusers Ireland conveniently chooses to ignore?