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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 22 January, 2017

#Read Me

# read-me - Today’s News

Just 9% of Travellers sit the Leaving: 'These education findings are frightening and a poor reflection on us'

We need to be more ambitious and innovative in tackling Traveller inequality, writes Martin Collins.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

Column: 'Obama showed that traditional oratory is the most powerful way that politicians can connect'

The only certainty now is that gifted orators like Barack Obama come along once in a lifetime, writes Amy Rose Harte.

Gardening: Plant your potatoes right now plus a recipe for warming winter root veg frittata

It’s the perfect time of year to clean out your polytunnel and start sowing potatoes and carrots, writes gardening expert Michael Kelly.

Opinion: 'Charities need to be above reproach. Afterall it's our money that funds them'

Charities will have a powerful role to play in the future but they need proper regulation, writes Cormac O’Ceallaigh.

# read-me - Friday 20 January, 2017

Colm O'Gorman: 'I have resolved to work every day to prove that love can trump hate'

For those of us who care deeply about freedom and human rights, there has never been a more vital moment for activism, writes Colm O’Gorman.

Six lessons for 2017 from an Irish fact-checker in a "fake news" era

After fact-checking Irish public debate during a tumultuous year for politics, the news media and the concept of truth itself, there are ways we can all improve public debate in 2017, writes Dan Mac Guill.

# read-me - Thursday 19 January, 2017

Debate: We need to tell pregnant women not to drink alcohol

Although it’s accepted that binge-drinking poses significant risks to a foetus, health professionals and the public are divided on the effects of an occasional drink after 12 weeks.

Everyone was equal, we left our egos at the door: Why I volunteered at Apollo House

Hazel Larkin tells her personal experience of what supporting residents meant to them – and to her.

# read-me - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Operation Transformation diary: 'I'm disheartened that I've only lost a pound but I'm going to accept it'

Planning your meals in advance and doing your weekly shop on Sundays are my two secrets to successful weight loss, writes Lucy Dillon.

Julien Mercille: 'From a progressive perspective, Obama's record is less than impressive'

Barack Obama’s contributions to the economy and health care were positive but his list of failures is longer, writes Julien Mercille.

# read-me - Tuesday 17 January, 2017

Opinion: Theresa May seems to be saying 'Give me the deal I want or the 64 million Brits get it'

The ultimate shape of Brexit will only emerge in 2018 and beyond, despite Theresa May’s current posturing, writes Dr Declan Jordan.

# read-me - Monday 16 January, 2017

Relationship blues: How to ensure you don't become another January divorce statistic

January is when divorce solicitors enjoy a surge in business. Dr Ray O’Neill puts the New Year blues into perspective for couples.

Humanless libraries and driverless cars: 'We will live to regret them'

The Declaration of Amsterdam, which commits EU support for driverless vehicles, may have been endorsed by Transport Ministers last April, writes Eric Nolan.

# read-me - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Living with albinism: 'I can't go into town without someone pointing or laughing at me'

All people with albinism are subjected to prejudice, but it is devastating to be rejected at job interviews too, writes Sinead McManus.

Trivialities of the 'reformed' Seanad: 'Senators talking about All-Ireland tickets and seagulls'

Voters chose by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2013 to retain the Seanad. It’s unlikely they are happy with that decision, writes Senator Gerard P Craughwell.

# read-me - Saturday 14 January, 2017

'Vladimir Putin, such a vastly overrated leader': 'We are one tweet away from bad relations'

It’s easy to see why Russia has been pro-Trump but that could quickly turn sour, writes Neil Robinson.

Garden Guru: GIYing your own ingredients for hummus and beetroot burgers

Forget about the stuff you buy in tins. Fresh beetroot from the garden is much tastier and jam-packed with health-giving properties, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 13 January, 2017

A living kidney donor writes: 'We need to encourage more donors – living or deceased'

Living donor kidney transplants are growing in number here. Donors can be family members, friends or even altruistic donors, writes Enda Fanning.

# read-me - Thursday 12 January, 2017

We need to upgrade democracy: 'Our world is steered by whims of a small minority'

We already take to social media to voice our opinion on whatever’s happening. Digital democracy would make everybody’s opinion count, writes Jonathan Victory.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Debate: The shock tactics of the Irish Cancer Society's new campaign are hurtful

The Irish Cancer Society’s controversial “I want to get cancer” awareness campaign launched last week.

Operation Transformation diary: 'I can actually go into clothes shops now and buy clothes I want to wear'

Lucy Dillon was an Operation Transformation leader last year. She’ll be writing her weightloss diary for us over the coming weeks and motivating us to stay on track.

# read-me - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

An Irish nurse: 'I began to hate my job. I questioned my career. There were days when I came home crying'

A former public sector nurse highlights the challenging working conditions she and her colleagues endured as they cared for patients.

# read-me - Monday 9 January, 2017

Opinion: 'Brexit and a weak economy mean that Northern Ireland has little time to be stuck in neutral'

It’s game over for the current Executive just six months after the Assembly election, writes Dr David McCann.

# read-me - Sunday 8 January, 2017

Endometriosis: 'It's the kind of pain that takes the breath from you and makes you fall to your knees'

Endo is the abnormal growth of endometrial cells. The pain can be relentless and there is no cure, writes Julie Ronaghan.

Debate: Should Twitter do more to protect its users from trolls?

While calling out abusive trolls, author and feminist Lindy West said the real reason she’s leaving Twitter is because Twitter itself refused to do anything substantial to protect its users.

# read-me - Saturday 7 January, 2017

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon GIY

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon

January does not seem like the typical month for gardening, but there are actually several things you can do in the garden now, writes Michael Kelly.

An ED Consultant on the trolley crisis: 'There are solutions and they are multifactorial'

So far 2017 has been another year of chaos, morbidity and mortality with a continuation of the trolley crisis, writes ED Consultant Dr Jim Gray.

# read-me - Friday 6 January, 2017

Nollaig na mBan 2017: 'Do we trust Irish women to make the best decisions for themselves in pregnancy?'

On Nollaig na mBan, a day when traditionally women celebrate their Christmas, 12 women are travelling abroad for healthcare that is unavailable to them here, writes Orla O’Connor.

# read-me - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Children online: 'Is 13 the appropriate age for digital consent?'

The increase in technology being given at Christmas means it’s important to ensure the Internet is a safe place for kids, writes Avril Ronan.

# read-me - Wednesday 4 January, 2017

Be a better shopper: Fast fashion kills people, animals and our environment

Our addiction to ‘fast fashion’ is having a detrimental impact on the environment, animal welfare and human rights, writes Siobhan O’Brien-Selway.

# read-me - Monday 2 January, 2017

Fitness truths: 'Exercise might be uncomfortable, overwhelming. It's supposed to be'

Change your attitude – and even the goals themselves – to achieve real results. Here’s some advice from fitness expert Carl Cautley.

# read-me - Sunday 1 January, 2017

'It's not just about chilling out': an experienced Dublin teacher explains how to meditate

Advice from Jnanadhara, who has been meditating for 20 years and teaching meditation full-time in Dublin for 12 years.

Life Coach: 2017 is the year for you. Ditch your old-but-comfy habits

2017 could be the year you make a new start, develop new habits, plan something new or just start thinking about options for the future, writes Derval Chambers Petit.

New Year's Resolutions: 'Forever chasing a whole new us isn’t self-help, it’s self-harm'

Forget unrealistic goals and just be nicer to yourself and others in 2017, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Saturday 31 December, 2016

The diet is dead: 'Many of us spend far too long feeling unhappy with our bodies'

According to research most of us gain back any weight lost while dieting. Here are some food resolutions you can keep, writes Karina Melvin.

GIY: For first-time vegetable growers, leeks are an easy and tasty option

Leeks are so commonplace and familiar that it’s all too easy to forget just how versatile they are, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Thursday 29 December, 2016

Opinion: People living in rural Ireland cannot blame Dublin for the empty towns and villages

Rural Ireland needs strong villages and towns, writes urban planner Shay Kelleher – but for this to work, their people need to return and live in them.

# read-me - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

Syria's proxy war: 'The Irish government must call in the US and Russian ambassadors'

The Syrian conflict can be solved but it will be by peacemaking, not more war, writes Jim Roche.

Irish in London: ‘Brexit and Trump made me feel less welcome in the UK’

2016 was like some cosmic prank but the spike in hate crime after Brexit and Trump is very worrying, writes Ruairi O’Grady.

# read-me - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

'After Trump and Brexit, the centre ground of Irish politics shouldn't take their position for granted in 2017'

Uncertainty currently reigns in the two countries I call home. Here’s what to expect in the US and in Ireland in 2017, writes Larry Donnelly.

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