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Dublin: 15 °C Saturday 5 September, 2015

#Read Me

# read-me - Saturday 22 August, 2015

Grow your own divine tomatoes at home and leave the consumer-bred blandness of the supermarket variety behind

Tips on how to make your own mildew spray, celeriac, and a home-made winter tonic, with GIY’s Michael Kelly.

Unless you can magic up a few houses, welfare recipients will need to move away from Dublin

It’s an unpalatable solution politically, but the truth is workers and students need to be in a place while those in receipt of welfare cannot make the same claim.

# read-me - Saturday 15 August, 2015

Many of the herbs the high street charge a fortune for are sitting, free, under our very noses

Tips on how to grow your own herbs, as well as fabulous recipes, from GIY’s Michael Kelly.

The taxman is right to chase Airbnb hosts. Here’s why

Allowing those who rent their rooms via the sharing website to be tax exempt will simply put more professionals and students on the streets in times of severe rental crisis.

# read-me - Monday 10 August, 2015

Headfort headmaster: I was wrong to look for JobBridge interns

I mistakenly thought the scheme was a way to broaden our horizons, to go beyond the past pupil pool.

We’re a group of young people who picket JobBridge businesses. Here’s why

Members of youth activist group Work Must Pay explain why they’ve decided to take action.

# read-me - Sunday 9 August, 2015

Being dumped by text was heartbreaking, but I can see why people do it

Could a text actually be the most humane way to break up with someone? Christine Allen considers the possibility.

Struggle to eat your greens? Twist veg into new shapes to replace carbs

Tips on making the most of your seasonal produce, as well as tasty summer recipes, from GIY’s Michael Kelly.

Being a female bodybuilder drives me in a way nothing else does

Ireland’s bikini fitness champion, Jessi Kavanagh, on the highs and lows of a life of intense training and dieting.

# read-me - Saturday 8 August, 2015

Ted Heath a paedophile? Not until he’s proven guilty

The former British prime minister has a right to his presumed innocence.

Visiting Ibrahim Halawa in prison, I saw the devastating impact of his incarceration

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan describes her visit to the Egyptian prison in which the 19-year-old Dubliner is currently being held without trial.

Debating prostitution? Why not listen to sex workers for once?

In the debate over criminalisation, sex workers’ voices are all too often drowned out.

How breastfeeding has brought me closer to my baby daughter

Nothing compares to the pure job of seeing her relax while I feed her.

# read-me - Friday 7 August, 2015

Will this Lotto shakeup really make it harder to win? A maths teacher explains the odds

In gambling terms, the new National Lottery operator has raised the stakes for players.

Who dares confront touchy billionaire Denis O’Brien?

The underlying problem is one of concentration of power and inequality in Ireland. If O’Brien was not as powerful as he is, his legal actions would not go very far.

Three weeks after open heart surgery, I’ve come to terms with losing control

Sometimes someone will agree that, yes, it’s a bit crap, and there’s not much anyone can do about it for the moment. That’s often all you need to hear.

# read-me - Thursday 6 August, 2015

My first daughter was taken from me at 18, but I never gave up hope of meeting her again

Adopted children shouldn’t be prevented from contacting their natural mothers, Irish First Mothers founder Kathy McMahon writes.

The amazing story of the Irish nun who survived Hiroshima

Julia Canny and I met in Tokyo 40 years after the dropping of the world’s first atomic bomb, and we immediately fell in love.

# read-me - Wednesday 5 August, 2015

What’s it like to cycle the world’s most dangerous route? This Irish couple found out

Bolivia’s so-called Death Road has a 1,500-foot drop and claims up to 200 lives a year.

Glued to your phone? Here are some tips for managing mobile addiction

Try setting it down and having a conversation with someone in front of you instead.

# read-me - Tuesday 4 August, 2015

Leaving Cert results don’t define your future

I only learned to appreciate education after quitting school.

# read-me - Monday 3 August, 2015

Being a rape survivor affects every aspect of my life, but I won’t let the trauma control who I am

I am still myself, my personhood matters and I have the power to choose what defines my future. I have survived.

Like many other graduates, I left Ireland knowing I wanted to come back

Some days I ache for Dublin. I long for its old haunts, restaurants, pubs, faces, places.

# read-me - Sunday 2 August, 2015

New parent struggling to keep your relationship alive? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one

Having a baby is a stressful experience that challenges even the best of relationships. When it comes to staying connected, small loving gestures mean everything.

Beetroot burgers I can grow in the back garden? Don’t mind if I do

Tips on growing and preparing your own summer produce from GIY’s Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Saturday 1 August, 2015

Hero or terrorist? This Cork patriot should be remembered whatever the answer

UCC historian Gabriel O’Doherty on the life and legacy of Fenian leader Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, whose funeral centenary is being commemorated today.

New fines begin the overdue fightback against pesky cyclists

With the backing of powerful bureaucratic interests, cyclists have been getting a free ride where it comes to their responsibilities on the road.

# read-me - Friday 31 July, 2015

Donald Trump taps into the fear and anger of ordinary Americans – and that makes him powerful

The emerging sentiments that the billionaire’s candidacy appeals to won’t be willed away easily.

# read-me - Thursday 30 July, 2015

Why are we so embarrassed about nudity? It’s the ultimate body celebration

Naturism taught me not to be ashamed of my body, the president of the Irish Naturist Association writes.

Don’t listen to lazy economic arguments against Irish unity. They couldn’t be further from the truth

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy responds to a column published on TheJournal.ie last week.

# read-me - Monday 27 July, 2015

After too many tearful airport goodbyes, I couldn’t be happier to be home from Australia

There’s a feeling that Dublin, at least, is alive and thriving again.

# read-me - Sunday 26 July, 2015

What I learned winding my way through Thailand’s sweaty party epicentre

As a tourist, you have to accept that you’re entering a foreign country as exactly that: a tourist. There will always be something inherently transactional about the experience.

Was 19th-century Dublin really the ‘decaying Calcutta of the north’?

The standard narrative represents the pre-independence city as economically stagnant and socially polarised.

Here’s what it’s really like to work in an Irish factory

We sit in rows of five assembling, labelling and scanning. Most of us were not here a year ago and most of us will not be here a year from now.

# read-me - Saturday 25 July, 2015

Living with anxiety is difficult enough without being told to cheer up

People with depression often keep it quiet because they’re afraid that they aren’t really sick. I was suffering from depression and anxiety for nearly three years before I saw a psychiatrist.

Disaster of a reunited Ireland may come one step closer this summer

UK Labour leader frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn is a longtime supporter of Irish unification. What would his election mean for Northern Ireland?

# read-me - Friday 24 July, 2015

Irish politics explained through Game of Thrones

Just like securing thrones in the HBO series, Irish elections are more about fending off contenders than truly winning popular support.

Time to reclaim our Dublin streets from thuggish acts of violence

Walk down any Dublin city street sober on a Saturday night and you will at some point be worried about your personal safety.

# read-me - Thursday 23 July, 2015

Seagulls are not monsters – let’s stop the hysteria

BirdWatch Ireland’s Niall Hatch responds to concerns about Ireland’s ‘rogue’ gulls.

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