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Dublin: 7 °C Sunday 11 December, 2016

#Read Me

# read-me - Today’s News

Family in tracker mortgage error: 'My budget is €70 per week for food for four of us'

18 months since the Central Bank first announced an industry-wide investigation of tracker mortgage issues, I still haven’t been contacted by Ulster Bank, writes Caitriona Redmond.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

GIY Yacon: The Peruvian tuber that looks like a potato but tastes like a pear

Just like last week’s oca, yacon is another unusual veg that we can thank our friends the ancient Incas for, writes Michael Kelly.

Debate Room: Should we ban the burqa in Ireland?

This week Angela Merkel has said that she supports prohibition of the burqa. Should we also ban face veils here in Ireland?

# read-me - Friday 9 December, 2016

'Those with a disability have the right to choose where to live, to an education and to a sexual relationship'

Ireland has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but we are the only EU state that hasn’t ratified it, writes Kathleen O’Meara.

# read-me - Thursday 8 December, 2016

DEBATE ROOM: Is the insurance industry to blame for spiralling insurance prices?

A damning new report concluded that lack of transparency from the insurance industry is a major contributing factor to the rising cost of motor insurance.

Filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill: 'It's time for us to take ownership of our natural resources'

How many of us really know what is going on in our coastal communities, asks director of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill.

One of the key people in the making of modern Ireland turns 100 today

TK Whitaker was just 39 when he took on the challenge of leading a dark and depressed 1950s Ireland into a brighter future.

# read-me - Wednesday 7 December, 2016

'A sense of perspective about what Trump's presidency may be like is badly needed'

“Trump Derangement Syndrome” is affecting many otherwise reasonable, thoughtful people at the moment, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Monday 5 December, 2016

Column: What the Department of Social Protection doesn't want you to find out

Our welfare regime treats jobseekers harshly and pushes them into precarious work, write Tom Boland and Ray Griffin.

# read-me - Sunday 4 December, 2016

President Higgins on Castro: 'Next time he’ll require more than one line to reflect reality'

Was President Higgins’ Castro tribute appropriate, asks Barry McLoughlin.

# read-me - Saturday 3 December, 2016

Drink spiking: 'I was ashamed. I felt like I had done something wrong'

There are no reliable statistics on how many women have their drinks spiked but anecdotally it appears to be an issue, writes Shauna Bowers.

Rediscover your roots: 'Exotic oca thrives in Irish gardens'

Cultivated by the Incas since ancient times, oca is a potato-type crop that’s blight resistant and easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 2 December, 2016

Michelle Mulherin: 'We need to look at murder sentencing. Our law isn't fit for purpose'

The Law Reform Commission’s Report on mandatory sentences needs to be implemented urgently, writes Senator Michelle Mulherin.

Column: 'I don't have the same civil rights as other Irish women. I have a disability'

Ireland must ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), writes Ann Marie Flanagan.

# read-me - Thursday 1 December, 2016

Medicinal cannabis: 'It's magic. I now swim three times a week and can take steps in the water'

This evening the Dáil is debating the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Debate Room: Should we legalise medicinal cannabis?

There’s a demand for medicinal marijuana among groups of people suffering from ill-health, but is it safe?

# read-me - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

Abortion: 'Rights of tomorrow’s women continue to be abridged by yesterday’s men'

America’s new VP, Mike Pence, embodies a worrying strand of male influence within the reproductive rights debate, writes Ronan Mullen.

# read-me - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

'We are living in dangerous times and feminism is our best hope of resistance'

Women still have to deal with sex-shaming, slut-shaming, victim-blaming and zero reproductive rights, writes Sophie Kane.

# read-me - Monday 28 November, 2016

Opinion: 'My little boy isn't worth the cost of Orkambi'

News broke last night on Twitter that the Government have rejected a drug – Orkambi – that could stop my son’s pain, suffering and lengthen his life, writes Elmarie Tipper.

# read-me - Sunday 27 November, 2016

'My Jobseeker's Allowance was cut to €40 a week - I can’t afford to go to interviews'

I don’t want a free ride. I want the Department of Social Protection to assist me.

# read-me - Saturday 26 November, 2016

Corn salad: Super-hardy, nutty-flavoured salad leaves to sow now

Expert tips from our GIY guru, Michael Kelly, that will send you straight past the supermarket mixed bags.

French presidential race: 'Who will beat Marine Le Pen?'

Tomorrow’s winner will be the key challenger for the French Presidency against Marine Le Pen of the Front National, writes Senator Neale Richmond.

Rental crisis: 'The room itself is about 4m x 8m, not much bigger than a prison cell'

If we keep going in this same direction, young people will be forced to study at universities abroad, writes Billy Vaughan.

# read-me - Friday 25 November, 2016

Opinion: 'Our reaction to Kanye West's breakdown feeds cycle of judgement and scorn'

Mental health issues are still taboo when you see the reaction to Kanye West’s recent hospitalisation, writes Vicky Kavanagh.

'Get ready for a rollercoaster': Tom Clonan on Trump’s Cabinet and Defence Secretary

There has been much economic analysis around the likely impact of Donald Trump’s presidency but there are important security concerns too, writes Tom Clonan.

# read-me - Thursday 24 November, 2016

Opinion: 'In a post-Trump world, we need Gilmore Girls more than ever'

Lorelai and Rory are returning to our screens for four 90-minute films on Netflix and it couldn’t be more timely, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

Irish jobs: Unemployment is down again but we shouldn't be complacent

Brexit hasn’t had a destructive short-term impact here but there is a way to go until we have full employment, writes Victor Duggan.

Opinion: 'Rural Ireland is not dead. It’s on the verge of great things.'

We are a country renowned for our innovation and problem solving. Let’s fix Rural Ireland, writes David Minton.

# read-me - Tuesday 22 November, 2016

Opinion: Allow emigrants and young people vote for real democracy

Extending voting rights to emigrants and young people aged 16 and 17 would strengthen, expand and enrich our democratic system, writes James Doorley.

# read-me - Monday 21 November, 2016

Sport snobbery: MMA is no more violent than boxing or rugby

We find mixed martial arts distasteful because of our prejudices towards the working class, writes Frankie Gaffney.

Opinion: 'The Neutrality Bill would exclude Ireland from being an active supporter of perpetual war'

A clear and decisive majority of Irish people are in favour of enshrining neutrality in our Constitution, writes Roger Cole.

# read-me - Sunday 20 November, 2016

Steroids: 'I thought that the only way I could beat my addiction was to end my life'

Body-conscious young men are turning to steroids despite the deadly consequences, writes Marcus Power.

'I found it really tough because I couldn't even type': What it's like to go back to education

Senator Lynn Ruane encouraged early school leavers to return to education this week at an event aimed at increasing participation in adult learning.

# read-me - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Spears at the ready: How to grow asparagus GIY

Spears at the ready: How to grow asparagus

GIY guru, Michael Kelly, says don’t be put off by the hassle factor, cultivating diva-ish asparagus isn’t impossible.

Dispossessed dads: ‘Fathers are second-class parents and given limited access to children’

Separated dads are getting a raw deal when it comes to custody arrangements and it’s hurting children most, writes Dr Roisin O’Shea.

# read-me - Friday 18 November, 2016

Julien Mercille: 'Trump is simply continuing policies pursued by Democrats'

Donald Trump’s mass deportation plan and wall building is very similar to Barack Obama’s and the Clinton’s, writes Julien Mercille.

State handouts for everyone?: 'Computerisation and automation will destroy vast numbers of jobs'

In an uncertain future where robots take over our jobs, states will have to pay citizens a basic income, writes Dr Malcolm Torry.

# read-me - Thursday 17 November, 2016

Tom Clonan: 'It is possible that the US and Russia may carve up Syria and Iraq between themselves'

Both Aleppo and Mosul are being besieged by pro-government forces strongly supported by foreign air power but the media coverage is very different, writes Tom Clonan.

# read-me - Wednesday 16 November, 2016

Eamon Ryan: 'Trump won’t have it all his own way on climate change'

The President-elect will face fierce opposition both domestically and internationally if he tries to undo decades of progress on fighting climate change, writes Eamon Ryan.

# read-me - Tuesday 15 November, 2016

'The real danger to women is within their own home'

We must acknowledge that some women lives in violent, dangerous domestic situations, writes Sharon O’Halloran.

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