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#Read Me

# read-me - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

Digital can deliver vital votes – but how do politicians earn the ‘like’ love?

Nothing can beat the knock on the door – sure – but this will be the year to pay attention to the ones who don’t answer.

# read-me - Sunday 31 January, 2016

Struggling with confidence? Keep going, keep trying and be kind to yourself

If you have a deep‐rooted problem, treat it as you would a physical or practical problem, and seek expert advice.

# read-me - Saturday 30 January, 2016

Lawyers grew fat on fees as the banking inquiry wasted our time and money

Political inquires are expensive spectacles set up by politicians trying to appear macho, Aaron McKenna writes.

# read-me - Sunday 20 December, 2015

It’s very Irish to be ashamed if you don’t stumble upon love by some act of serendipity

“Actually admitting that we would be happier in a relationship seems to be an emotional hot potato,” says Rena Maycock.

Do you really need your bosses to prove how much they love you?

There’s a problem with work relationships. We nurture them and expect them to be like our personal ones. But they’re not and can never be, writes Karen Frampton.

# read-me - Saturday 12 December, 2015

The worst thing about losing our home? How guilty it made me feel as a mother

I felt like I had failed my daughter in some way after we were forced to live out of a hotel room.

# read-me - Saturday 5 December, 2015

Here’s how to grow the most popular herbs that will save you cash

Tips on making the most of your seasonal produce from GIY’s Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

Ireland’s crisis: I have never seen it so bad. These families are living under terrible stress

At least two families lost their home today – and the homeless crisis is deepening, writes Sr Stanislaus Kennedy.

# read-me - Monday 30 November, 2015

No opportunities for non-EU students: I fell in love with Ireland but will soon have to leave

The flooded market for HSE placements has become unsustainable, an American medical student studying here writes.

# read-me - Sunday 29 November, 2015

Not all psychopaths are serial killers – some can function perfectly well in society

Conservative estimates suggest there are 30 million psychopaths in the world – around one in 200 of us – Dr Stephen McWilliams writes.

A soup kitchen founded in Victorian times is feeding the working poor. That’s some centenary

Donal O’Keeffe reflects on a visit to Cork Penny Dinners, one of the country’s oldest soup kitchens.

# read-me - Saturday 28 November, 2015

Overcoming addiction: I used to drink myself to oblivion every night

Mike Meehan had drunk 48 cans one weekend when something clicked – he was fed up of feeling hopeless and miserable.

It’s freeeeezing. Keep warm with this delicious soup recipe

Tips on making the most of your seasonal produce from GIY’s Michael Kelly.

Why are our taxes paying for magic fairy stories to be told in schools?

State-funded religion classes are a waste of time and should be scrapped, Aaron McKenna writes.

# read-me - Friday 27 November, 2015

Relationship breakdowns: 11 tips on helping your children cope

Relationships end and marriages fail, but the collateral damage can be controlled, Karl Melvin writes.

# read-me - Thursday 26 November, 2015

Living in fear: Garda cutbacks are deeply felt in rural Ireland

Strong local communities are needed to tackle the increasing threat of rural crime, Darragh McCullough writes.

# read-me - Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Are we willing to risk Irish lives by sending troops to Mali or Lebanon?

Minister Simon Coveney must address the potential dangers involved in sending Irish soldiers to replace French forces, Ryan McCarrel writes.

# read-me - Saturday 21 November, 2015

Irish neutrality won’t be respected by the likes of ISIS, so why hold so dear to it?

Ireland will be neutral until the day, unlikely and all that it is, that we require someone else’s military assistance, writes Aaron McKenna.

# read-me - Thursday 29 October, 2015

‘I am a child of refugees. Had others not taken us in we all would have been killed’

Looking at the current crisis, I see myself and my parents at the time when we struggled, writes Thamil Ananthavinayagan.

# read-me - Sunday 25 October, 2015

Are sexy Halloween outfits empowering or degrading? That all depends on your sense of self

“You are a fat, worthless pig.” Words women say to themselves everyday, writes Lorraine Courtney, who questions whether hypersexualised Halloween outfits are empowering or degrading?

# read-me - Saturday 24 October, 2015

You want to ban novels in schools that contain sex? Hello, 1960s Ireland

There has been controversy about the book Noughts & Crosses being on the Junior Cert curriculum. The description of passionate young love, later sex and (hang on to your seats) an abortion all speaks to things that young adults are likely to encounter in their lives, writes Aaron McKenna.

# read-me - Thursday 22 October, 2015

‘My first novel was published 18 years ago and I still get asked the oddest questions’

Author Cathy Kelly writes about all the unusual things she gets asked about as a writer and gives some tips to those who think they have a book in them.

# read-me - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

‘I was an Irish-born soldier in the British Army during the Troubles. People just couldn’t understand it’

Alan Barry was a second-generation Irish man who joined the British Army and found himself stationed in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.

# read-me - Monday 19 October, 2015

Carrickmines tragedy shows we all have empathy, but it gives way when it comes close to our backyard

Ireland’s dirty secret is that the Carrickmines tragedy could happen in any parish in the country, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

# read-me - Saturday 17 October, 2015

Here’s the seasonal veg you can enjoy raw this autumn

Michael Kelly gives us the latest on what we should be planting this autumn and a great recipe for beetroot, apple and carrot Salad.

Low earners can’t have a free ride and pay no income taxes at all

It is right and proper that we all contribute to the running of the state. If you’re not that well off, and are earning very little, you still should contribute something.

# read-me - Friday 16 October, 2015

Nutella and curries are off the menu for me. If I have one nut I could die

Health Minister Leo Varadkar announced new laws for the use of EpiPens, something which should have happened a long time ago, writes Aoibheann Diver.

# read-me - Thursday 15 October, 2015

‘I’m sorry, there’s no heartbeat’: I thought it was my fault we lost our babies

Losing a baby through miscarriage, especially in your first trimester, is a very peculiar and isolated kind of grief. All I wanted was for people to acknowledge our loss and say ‘I am sorry ’.

# read-me - Wednesday 14 October, 2015

Are prefab villages really the future of housing? Opinion This post contains a poll

Are prefab villages really the future of housing?

Innovative solutions are required to solve the housing and homelessness crisis, not “off the shelf” solutions, writes Mary Hughes.

# read-me - Saturday 10 October, 2015

Matt Damon used manure to grow potatoes on Mars – it works pretty well down here too

Michael Kelly gives us the latest on what we should be planting this autumn and a great recipe for Chilean squash and bean stew.

Is it time we give up on Dublin’s O’Connell Street?

Instead of wading into the sea to demand the oncoming tide go back, we might stop a minute and wonder why O’Connell Street is going through a seeming relentless process of regression, writes Aaron Mckenna.

# read-me - Friday 9 October, 2015

‘I found out I was dyslexic in the 90s. Deep down I knew I wasn’t as ‘stupid’ as I was made to feel in school’

‘My experience of being dyslexic in school gave me additional skills I didn’t realise I had, such as problem solving.’

# read-me - Thursday 8 October, 2015

There are nude photos of Justin Bieber on the Internet today – but you shouldn’t look at them

They were paparazzi shots, taken without knowledge or consent.

# read-me - Wednesday 7 October, 2015

The J1 was a rite of passage for me. We’re not all party-animals

There’s fear that the J1 Visa programme could come to an abrupt end, but Catherine Devine says she spent her summer engaging in American culture, not partying and acting out of control.

Snowden leaks provided momentum to bring us to this crucial point in data protection

It’s important to pause and consider the manner in which Edward Snowden has influenced the direction of EU data protection law, writes Maria Helen Murphy.

# read-me - Tuesday 6 October, 2015

The unfree Irish in the Caribbean were indentured servants, not slaves

It’s a myth there were ‘Irish slaves’ in Barbados. As difficult as white servants’ experiences were, enslaved Africans were the people treated as livestock.

# read-me - Monday 5 October, 2015

Debate Room: Should there be a rent freeze?

There has been talk about penalties for landlords who don’t accept rent supplement, calls for the ban on bedsits to be lifted and continuous calls for more housing supply — so what is the answer? We asked two experts with different viewpoints what is at play here.

# read-me - Sunday 4 October, 2015

We were better parents before smartphones

There’s something slightly tragic about the sight of a two -year-old tugging at his mother’s trouser leg as she scrolls or the kid who is perilously close to falling off the high bars as Dad checks the latest score, writes Claire Micks.

Is it time America had a woman president?

Here in Ireland, the question repeatedly posed to me by family, friends and colleagues is: “Will it be Hillary?” writes Larry Donnelly.

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