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# 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.

Nicki Minaj’s anger is the product of years of black marginalisation

Nicki Minaj’s anger is the product of years of black marginalisation

Minaj’s complaint was not a tantrum, it was the complaint of a black woman who has had to sit back and watch all her life while her culture has been marginalised, dismissed and then later appropriated.

# read-me - Sunday 7 June, 2015

# read-me - Saturday 6 June, 2015

What makes a graduate employable? We asked 100 top companies in Ireland

Seriously – check your writing skills.

# read-me - Friday 5 June, 2015

So you’ve graduated… now, where to get a job?

It’s hard to know where to start – here’s some advice to get you going.

# read-me - Wednesday 3 June, 2015

‘We’re fat and getting fatter – and it’s a life and death issue’

Don’t like the word ‘fat’? There’s no respect in cosseting people – and the food and drink industry – about this, writes Vincent McCarthy

# read-me - Tuesday 2 June, 2015

‘Male, pale and stale – why gender quotas are not enough to change that’

Ever heard of the 5 Cs of women in politics? Kathryn Reilly has – and they are massive hurdles.

# read-me - Sunday 31 May, 2015

Did social media really turn ‘No’ votes to a ‘Yes’?

Elections – like referendums – are determined by the undecided.

An average of 135 people drown in Ireland each year – how to protect yourself

An expert from Irish Water Safety has some practical tips for keeping all the family safe at the beach.

# read-me - Thursday 28 May, 2015

‘Averil did us an amazing disservice and I feel like her inconvenient truth’

Dublin councillor Paul McAuliffe on why his emotions went from disappointment to deflation and then finally to anger on Monday.

# read-me - Thursday 14 May, 2015

Column: Enda’s charm offensive has begun

The Taoiseach’s rare appearance on Irish television is a firm signal that Fine Gael is gearing up for a general election – but don’t expect him on Vincent Browne any time soon.

# read-me - Thursday 16 April, 2015

Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages

While politics in Ireland are still centred around the parish pump, in the US and UK social media has transformed how politicos engage with the public, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

Prisoners, parole and politics don’t – and shouldn’t – mix

Jim O’Callaghan SC on why the power of parole should be taken from Ministers for Justice and put in independent hands.

‘Ireland over-medicalises birth – and it is terrifying mothers-to-be’

Dil Wickremasinghe, since she has become pregnant, has found the maternity system is fraught with fear and discourages women from making decisions about the birthing process.

# read-me - Friday 20 March, 2015

Why Vincent Browne must be licking his lips in anticipation of Renua Ireland

Established parties are going to fight, and fight dirty, ahead of the general election – Lucinda Creighton’s party need to sort out their communication strategy, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Sunday 15 March, 2015

‘I’m the child of an alcoholic. I’m 40 years old and I can’t fix my father’

‘My alcoholic father’s attitude is to see how much alcohol he can drink before he falls over and dies.’

# read-me - Friday 13 March, 2015

‘Insulting customers who complain about their meal is never the answer’

A bride-to-be was recently left stunned by a restaurant that responded to bad reviews of her hen party meal by calling her friends “chav cheap trash” and “peasants”.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

I was called a child abuser for conceiving through IVF – and it hasn’t ended there

Dil Wickremasinghe outlines the attacks she has suffered on social media relating to her pregnancy – and the social stigma they illustrate.

# read-me - Tuesday 10 March, 2015

‘The New Land League goes against the spirit of the original group’

People should look to the original Land League a little more closely and learn from the past, writes historian Kevin McGuire.

‘I’m happy to be turning 30, it’s the new 23′

People in their thirties are under less pressure to conform to society than ever before and as with anything there are positives and negatives.

# read-me - Monday 9 March, 2015

VIDEO: ‘We’re Roman Catholics, 50 years married… and we’re voting yes’

This video of Brighid and Paddy is being shared by the Vote With Us campaign.

# read-me - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

An octogenarian gentleman taught me that it’s never too late to come out

News of Pat Carey’s brave move reminds Dil Wickremasinghe of an elderly man who asked to connect with LGBT community. “I’ve wanted to do this all my life,” he said.

# read-me - Saturday 14 February, 2015

From Business ETC Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive? Analysis

Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive?

Dumbing down their content, pursuing ‘edgy’ stories over quality journalism, are not wise decisions, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Sunday 25 January, 2015

How to pick the right therapist for you

People are reaching out more for counselling and psychotherapy, write Dil Wickremasinghe and Anne Marie Toole, but it’s important to know how to find the right help.

# read-me - Saturday 24 January, 2015

Column: What Ireland can learn from the left-wing party set to win victory in Greece tomorrow

Greece’s Syriza party has an impressive to-do list if it gets into office.

# read-me - Saturday 27 December, 2014

Aaron McKenna: We need our politicians to behave themselves in 2015

The Oireachtas descended into the anarchist’s cook book in 2014 – and it threatens to break our democratic system.

# read-me - Friday 26 December, 2014

My 2014: Awards, marches, and the most longed-for baby

Broadcaster and activist Dil Wickremasinghe has had one hell of a year but wait until you see what she has lined up for 2015…

# read-me - Wednesday 24 December, 2014

Fine Gael doesn’t just stand for the wealthy, it robs from the poor and gives to the rich

I’m one of those mischievous opposition politicians doing down a government trying it’s best but listen instead to the ESRI, writes Eoin Ó Broin.

# read-me - Friday 12 December, 2014

The KAL case kickstarted a decade of debate on marriage equality

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan made global headlines when they tried to have their Canadian marriage recognised by the Irish State.

# read-me - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

# read-me - Friday 21 November, 2014

Luke Ming Flanagan: ‘It’s torture to watch everything falling around our ears’

The MEP describes his night in the Emergency Department with his seven-week-old baby.

# read-me - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Doctor’s corner: The biggest problem with a zero tolerance approach to drug use

Alcohol is a drug. We have guidelines on its use aimed at reducing the long-term risk of health harms. So why not have guidelines for drugs?

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