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# read-me - Thursday 14 May, 2015

Column: Enda’s charm offensive has begun

The Taoiseach’s rare appearance on Irish television is a firm signal that Fine Gael is gearing up for a general election – but don’t expect him on Vincent Browne any time soon.

# read-me - Thursday 16 April, 2015

Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages

While politics in Ireland are still centred around the parish pump, in the US and UK social media has transformed how politicos engage with the public, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

Prisoners, parole and politics don’t – and shouldn’t – mix

Jim O’Callaghan SC on why the power of parole should be taken from Ministers for Justice and put in independent hands.

‘Ireland over-medicalises birth – and it is terrifying mothers-to-be’

Dil Wickremasinghe, since she has become pregnant, has found the maternity system is fraught with fear and discourages women from making decisions about the birthing process.

# read-me - Friday 20 March, 2015

Why Vincent Browne must be licking his lips in anticipation of Renua Ireland

Established parties are going to fight, and fight dirty, ahead of the general election – Lucinda Creighton’s party need to sort out their communication strategy, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Sunday 15 March, 2015

‘I’m the child of an alcoholic. I’m 40 years old and I can’t fix my father’

‘My alcoholic father’s attitude is to see how much alcohol he can drink before he falls over and dies.’

# read-me - Friday 13 March, 2015

‘Insulting customers who complain about their meal is never the answer’

A bride-to-be was recently left stunned by a restaurant that responded to bad reviews of her hen party meal by calling her friends “chav cheap trash” and “peasants”.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

I was called a child abuser for conceiving through IVF – and it hasn’t ended there

Dil Wickremasinghe outlines the attacks she has suffered on social media relating to her pregnancy – and the social stigma they illustrate.

# read-me - Tuesday 10 March, 2015

‘The New Land League goes against the spirit of the original group’

People should look to the original Land League a little more closely and learn from the past, writes historian Kevin McGuire.

‘I’m happy to be turning 30, it’s the new 23′

People in their thirties are under less pressure to conform to society than ever before and as with anything there are positives and negatives.

# read-me - Monday 9 March, 2015

VIDEO: ‘We’re Roman Catholics, 50 years married… and we’re voting yes’

This video of Brighid and Paddy is being shared by the Vote With Us campaign.

# read-me - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

An octogenarian gentleman taught me that it’s never too late to come out

News of Pat Carey’s brave move reminds Dil Wickremasinghe of an elderly man who asked to connect with LGBT community. “I’ve wanted to do this all my life,” he said.

# read-me - Saturday 14 February, 2015

From Business ETC Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive? Analysis

Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive?

Dumbing down their content, pursuing ‘edgy’ stories over quality journalism, are not wise decisions, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Sunday 25 January, 2015

How to pick the right therapist for you

People are reaching out more for counselling and psychotherapy, write Dil Wickremasinghe and Anne Marie Toole, but it’s important to know how to find the right help.

# read-me - Saturday 24 January, 2015

Column: What Ireland can learn from the left-wing party set to win victory in Greece tomorrow

Greece’s Syriza party has an impressive to-do list if it gets into office.

# read-me - Saturday 27 December, 2014

Aaron McKenna: We need our politicians to behave themselves in 2015

The Oireachtas descended into the anarchist’s cook book in 2014 – and it threatens to break our democratic system.

# read-me - Friday 26 December, 2014

My 2014: Awards, marches, and the most longed-for baby

Broadcaster and activist Dil Wickremasinghe has had one hell of a year but wait until you see what she has lined up for 2015…

# read-me - Wednesday 24 December, 2014

Fine Gael doesn’t just stand for the wealthy, it robs from the poor and gives to the rich

I’m one of those mischievous opposition politicians doing down a government trying it’s best but listen instead to the ESRI, writes Eoin Ó Broin.

# read-me - Friday 12 December, 2014

The KAL case kickstarted a decade of debate on marriage equality

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan made global headlines when they tried to have their Canadian marriage recognised by the Irish State.

# read-me - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

# read-me - Friday 21 November, 2014

Luke Ming Flanagan: ‘It’s torture to watch everything falling around our ears’

The MEP describes his night in the Emergency Department with his seven-week-old baby.

# read-me - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Doctor’s corner: The biggest problem with a zero tolerance approach to drug use

Alcohol is a drug. We have guidelines on its use aimed at reducing the long-term risk of health harms. So why not have guidelines for drugs?

# read-me - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

Opinion: Some men (and women) still don’t believe that rape exists

Rapes by ‘monsters’ are actually a much rarer disease on the world. The greater epidemic is the violent men that can be found in kitchens, sports grounds and hotel rooms around the world.

# read-me - Monday 3 November, 2014

Opinion: The one thing people can do for same-sex marriage to pass in Ireland

Next year’s referendum is a once-in-a-generation moment. Let’s not blow it.

# read-me - Saturday 11 October, 2014

These handy tips will help develop your child’s maths skills (without them knowing it)

Fun ways to make maths count without it being a chore.

# read-me - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Column: ‘The legal recognition of ISL is the key to equality for deaf people in Irish society’

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is not yet legally or officially recognised in Ireland.

# read-me - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

Column: Do you suffer from social media and internet addiction?

We live in an ‘always on’ world and because the internet is constantly accessible via mobile devices, it is very difficult to control.

Column: ‘Music isn’t just about what you hear. Where and how we hear it can have just as much impact’

Composer Fergal Dowling talks about two new site-specific concerts programmed in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

# read-me - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Column: ‘At aged 48, I found out I was adopted. When I found my mother, it was too late’

It took Harry Foley 20 years to find his brother and sisters in Ireland. He said the State need to take hold of the situation and apologise.

Opinion: ‘We Irish deal with things with a sense of humour – even cancer’

The reaction is sometimes to ignore a situation, or keep it private. An attitude which we all know affects the perceptions of depression and mental health, writes Neil Douglas.

# read-me - Friday 12 September, 2014

Opinion: ‘Peig Sayers represents our complexity and there is a little of her in us all’

The Sayers family were Protestant Cromwellian landed genrty whose descendent ended up being one of the most famous storytellers in Europe, speaking the Irish language.

Column: Four trends that will have a significant impact on every business in Ireland

Paying special attention to the shifting needs and attitudes of the new, experiential generation will pay off for all businesses, writes Renaud Visage co-founder of Eventbrite.

# read-me - Thursday 11 September, 2014

Opinion: Dublin is a great place to live, but not necessarily when you’re old

By 2041, the number of people in this country over the age of 65 is predicted to reach 1.4 million.

Column: The Ebola outbreak is much more than a medical emergency

Food scarcities, rocketing transport costs, closures to schools and clinics – an on-the-ground account of the situation in Liberia.

Opinion: Turn those angry tweets into bums on seats

There’s more hurling to be done in Croke Park this Sunday.

# read-me - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Opinion: ‘We patrol the waters on the look out for someone contemplating suicide’

Since Waterford Search and Rescue was established they have saved 74 lives.

Column: It’s still okay to say ‘NO!’ to your Junior Cert teen on drinking Opinion This post contains a poll

Column: It’s still okay to say ‘NO!’ to your Junior Cert teen on drinking

…But saying ‘No’ alone is not good enough. Tell the whole story.

Opinion: It’s not a Mickey Mouse exam, the Junior Cert does actually matter

To say it doesn’t is an insult to the 60,698 Irish students who studied for 3 years to sit the exam last June.

Opinion: As Apple moves further into data, it’s time we start taking responsibility for our own

With Apple moving into health and fitness and quantifying our lives even further, more data about us is going to be gathered.

# read-me - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

Opinion: ‘I saw my wife’s face and I couldn’t hide from it any more. I had to stop gambling’

An anonymous contributor says it doesn’t matter what way you gamble, it comes down to losing control over it.

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