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#Read Me

# read-me - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Vincent Browne: Terrorism works only with the complicity of the media and its sensational reporting

What is happening in Europe and the United States is not existential, writes Vincent Browne for TheJournal.ie.

# read-me - Sunday 24 July, 2016

Working the frontline: Here's how I live on €23,171 (before tax) a year

‘My most foolhardy move?’ Leaving the private sector and joining An Garda Síochána, admits this frontline worker.

# read-me - Monday 30 May, 2016

Leaving Cert tales: 'I failed maths, dropped out of college and everything is OK'

On results day, I held myself together among friends and teachers but as soon as I left the school, I broke down crying in the car home with my mam, writes Jordan Kavanagh.

# read-me - Saturday 21 May, 2016

Living with Chronic Pain Syndrome: 'But you don't look like you are sick'

Kelly McGill explains what it’s like to have your life quality diminished by an invisible illness.

# read-me - Wednesday 18 May, 2016

Maurice McCabe was subjected to "whistleblower reprisal" - Irish style

The treatment of Sergeant Maurice McCabe shows us that the Ireland of 2016 remains a cold house for whistleblowers and truth-telling, writes security analyst Tom Clonan.

# read-me - Sunday 15 May, 2016

Through young eyes: 'Homelessness crisis makes me question the type of country I am growing up in'

The fact that homelessness is still such a big problem in Ireland makes me angry, writes Transition Year student Mark Hartery.

# read-me - Saturday 14 May, 2016

The Debate Room: Should Child Benefit be linked to school attendance?

The plan to link Child Benefit to children’s school attendance records has come under much scrutiny this week.

# read-me - Thursday 12 May, 2016

A shocking, sobering report leaked and then selectively reported upon by our national media

Some apologies are now in order. And they aren’t the ones you’ve heard about, writes Tom Clonan.

# read-me - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Opinion: Women have shown time and time again that they are a more deadly species than the male

Security expert Tom Clonan explains why armies across the world need female soldiers and officers, in all positions.

# read-me - Monday 2 May, 2016

Supporting my mam through depression: 'We never give up trying to make her feel loved'

An anonymous contributor writes about the complexities of helping a person who suffers from mental illness.

Tips on getting over procrastination (and some good news about your brain)

There’s never been a better or more urgent time to start doing the things you want to do, writes Shaa Wasmund.

# read-me - Sunday 1 May, 2016

The hardest thing about Alzheimer's? Knowing your kids will watch you slowly disappear

Kathy Ryan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago, at the age of 53. She writes here about how her life has changed since.

New year, new me? Why I abandoned my ambitious healthy living plans for 2016

It’s one thing to start a new fitness regime and quite another to stick to it, writes Andrew McGinley.

# read-me - Saturday 30 April, 2016

Abortion campaigners need to stop pushing abortion pills as an option for women

Abortion pills taken without medical supervision can kill you, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute.

Fancy some lovely rhubarb? Some tips on growing it at home

Michael Kelly continues his 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food series with a look at a classic vegetable.

What the children’s hospital tells us about public sector decision-making

In planning the project, political expediency and complacency took precedence over the actual needs of children, writes Aaron McKenna.

# read-me - Thursday 28 April, 2016

Beyoncé's new album is about much more than her marriage. We should all be listening

For all the attention it has garnered as an apparent document of marital infidelity, Lemonade is a decidedly political statement, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

This endless talk of water charges is tiring. Here are 10 things we should focus on instead

Of all the things urgently, dangerously and unfairly wrong with this country, Irish Water isn’t even in the top 10, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

# read-me - Tuesday 26 April, 2016

12 days in hospital: 'Then the Coppers crowds came. The wailing made my head swim'

Emer McGinnity writes about a recent stay in hospital, and the people she met there.

# read-me - Monday 25 April, 2016

The problem with job interview questions about duck-sized horses

Employers should stick to questions that interrogate the candidate’s experience and deliver measurable evidence, writes careers expert Eoghan McDermott.

# read-me - Sunday 24 April, 2016

Republic of equals? My son, on a waiting list, twists in a wheelchair too small for his body

Austerity and spending cuts have made second-class citizens of people with disabilities, writes Tom Clonan.

Inside the refugee camp where thousands are holding out for a better life

Over 50,000 people are stranded in Greece after EU states shut their borders to refugees. Julien Mercille meets some of those looking for a way out.

# read-me - Saturday 23 April, 2016

Given up on Catholicism? Why you should tick 'no religion' on the census tomorrow

Religion is all of our business when over 90% of state-funded schools remain in church hands, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

Howya head - how about some cabbage?

Michael Kelly continues his 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food series with a look at one of nature’s most versatile vegetables.

Google row: The EU has shown its contempt for success – and another reason to leave

The EU’s message to Google: thanks for the free operating system, guys. Please keep producing that, thanks. But you can’t use it to promote your services.

# read-me - Friday 22 April, 2016

We're helping women access abortion pills in Ireland. Here's why

When the law does not suit our lives, we take matters into our own hands, writes Need Abortion Ireland, a new support group for women seeking abortion services.

Alan Kelly: Ireland must face up to its climate change obligations

Outgoing Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly is in New York as over 150 countries sign the historic Paris climate deal.

Struggling to get stuff done? Some top tips on decluttering your mind

Replace to-do lists with done lists, and set yourself achievable goals, writes Neil Pavitt.

# read-me - Thursday 21 April, 2016

Bar workers are underpaid and undervalued. We want to change that

When major pubs across the country make huge profits, bar workers too should share in their success, writes Mandate general secretary John Douglas.

# read-me - Monday 18 April, 2016

A former waitress on the five kind of customers she (not always happily) served

Emer McGinnity offers a guide to the five categories of customers queuing up for food and drink in your local café.

# read-me - Sunday 17 April, 2016

My reality as a working mother: Anxiety, guilt, baby wipes and coffee

Being a working mother is a crash course in muddling through, writes Sharon Mannion.

# read-me - Saturday 16 April, 2016

Reflections on infertility: 'I expected to be mocked for thinking we were getting somewhere'

Infertility’s seemingly endless circle of hope and disappointment leaves you expecting the worst in all situations, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.

Grow your own peas at home - it's easy and the kids will love it

Michael Kelly continues his 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food series with a look at peas.

The EU has long passed its original purpose. Time for Brexit to kill it

A British withdrawal from the EU is the death knell we need delivered to the failed union, writes Aaron McKenna.

# read-me - Friday 15 April, 2016

A social worker's perspective: We need to rethink the way we help vulnerable children

Behind most of the damage done to children are stories of poverty and inequality, writes Donal O’Malley.

Words of thanks from a Syrian: Irish schoolchildren showed me kindness and hope

Alia Alsoud left Syria in 2011 at start of the civil war. She visited Ireland recently to meet children and teenagers concerned about the refugee crisis.

# read-me - Thursday 14 April, 2016

'TDs are not elected to be silent' - Green Party deputy gives impassioned maiden Dáil speech

The refusal of political parties to even consider forming a stable government has been disingenuously linked to the national interest, says Catherine Martin TD.

VIDEO: If you break your arm, it is fixed but what happens when your mind is broken?

Doug Leddin’s powerful video message has been shared thousands of times since he posted it last night.

What happens to your money and possessions if you die without a will

Unmarried couples should know they will not automatically inherit from each other unless they have a will, Aisling O’Leary writes.

# read-me - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

Time to face facts: Brexit would be an economic disaster for Ireland

Senator and economist Sean Barrett considers the broader impact of a potential British withdrawal from the EU.

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