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Dublin: 9 °C Saturday 25 February, 2017

#Read Me

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

'No woman should have to cover her head for fear of offending religious values'

Women have the right to dress exactly as they want. The right to cover is just as important as the right to uncover, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Thursday 23 February, 2017

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'I never pass pickets. We are all humans and need each other to survive'

Going on strike is one of the only weapons a worker has, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# read-me - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

'Looking at the Mairead I was on assessment day breaks my heart. I don’t recognise her now'

Life after Operation Transformation is already filling up with fun and exciting challenges, writes Mairead Redmond.

'In Dublin, there are 13 empty homes for every adult in homelessness'

Empty homes provide an unprecedented opportunity for the Government to effectively end homelessness in Ireland, writes Pat Doyle.

# read-me - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Opinion: 'If we choose to stick with the UK, we will probably go backwards'

There are three choices facing Ireland post-Brexit, writes Seanán Ó Coistín.

# read-me - Monday 20 February, 2017

Ming Flanagan: 'Our Minister for Health is like the God of the Old Testament - mean'

The Minister for Health has published a report announcing the programme for cannabis-based treatments. It doesn’t go far enough, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

# read-me - Sunday 19 February, 2017

Column: 'I live with schizophrenia without taking any medication, but I'm an exception'

People who are on medication for any kind of mental health problem, don’t take meds because they want to, they take them because they have to, writes Nicola Hynds.

'Media coverage of science remains scant and tends to be uncritically promotional or celebratory'

It would be foolish to conclude that all is well with the state of science and science communication in Ireland, writes Cormac Sheridan.

Beyoncé: 'The onus is on everyone to study and understand what a lack of privilege really means'

I’m not surprised that women are leading change, writes Elva Carri.

# read-me - Saturday 18 February, 2017

Lesvos project: 'Art is the perfect way to connect with locals. It breaks down any barriers'

Thousands of refugees are crammed in squalid conditions on this Aegean island. One Irishman travelled to Lesvos to paint murals and raise awareness.

GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'

From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly.

'Boys are taught they are violent oppressors and that whatever violence they experience doesn't matter'

Men assaulted by their partners are often ignored by police, see their attacker go free and have far fewer refuges to flee to than women, writes David Walsh.

# read-me - Friday 17 February, 2017

Colm Hayes: 'Anxiety comes with the job. I don’t hold it in and I’m a stronger person because of it'

Much has been done to combat the stigma around anxiety and depression by initiatives like Cycle Against Suicide, writes Colm Hayes.

# read-me - Thursday 16 February, 2017

Digital piracy: 'People can't get the television they want, when they want it through legal channels'

Studios should concentrate on why people illegally consume content, rather than trying to stop them doing it, writes Gavin Nugent.

# read-me - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

Ming Flanagan: 'Unless you come from the old guard, you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media'

Mainstream Irish media tends to focus on the very limited political spectrum that is Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

# read-me - Tuesday 14 February, 2017

First Dates Ireland's Alice on dating: 'I get a little tired of the games that we play'

If you’re in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be really fun and smug. But if you’re not, here is Alice from First Dates on how to find your boo.

Column: 'My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart'

Of all the things that companies are trying to flog this Valentine’s Day, the best gift is your heart. Your actual pound-of-flesh beating heart.

# read-me - Monday 13 February, 2017

Debate Room: In a post-Brexit world, Ireland needs the Canadian trade pact

Toxic trade deal or necessary agreement? We debate the controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Storms Desmond and Frank: 'One year on, we need to rethink how we manage flood risk'

Our climate is warming and major flood events are likely to occur once every 10 years by the second half of this century, writes Anja Murray.

# read-me - Sunday 12 February, 2017

'Lip fillers have truly changed my life by giving me a confidence I didn’t think was possible'

Some Late Late viewers weren’t happy when Amanda Brunker got botox on the show last month. But everybody has the right to do what they want and we need to break the taboo around injectables, writes Martha Ryan.

'My friend was gang raped. She attempted suicide; the men went on to have careers and families'

While interpretations of gender are more fluid than ever, there is a steady trajectory of retrogressive masculinity seeping into mainstream culture, writes Mary Cate Smith.

My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his

Gerry Edwards, chairperson of TFMR Ireland, on the pain and courage inherent in using a personal bereavement in a very public battle.

# read-me - Saturday 11 February, 2017

'My epilepsy diagnosis gave me impetus to achieve as much as I can to prove all the naysayers wrong'

Monday is International Epilepsy Day. Ailbhe Benson (27) reveals her personal journey with the condition that affects over 37,000 people in Ireland.

Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes

A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly.

'Social media is where Trump puts out information and it's where we can challenge him'

When the South Korean Government appoints an official whose sole job is to monitor Trump’s tweets, it’s obvious that his use of social media is transforming politics, writes Craig Dwyer.

# read-me - Friday 10 February, 2017

'It is arguable that the acts of vulture funds are outside what is to be permitted by the Constitution'

The inviolability of the family home is enshrined in our Constitution, writes solicitor Jody Cantillon.

# read-me - Thursday 9 February, 2017

'Letting agencies said that a landlord will never choose me in the rental lottery because I have kids'

Irish landlords are using the rental crisis to discriminate against families with children.

# read-me - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

'Charities need to stop apologising for investing in infrastructure and that includes CEO salaries'

Charities need to invest in people and in plans if they want to make a difference, writes Lucy Masterson.

# read-me - Tuesday 7 February, 2017

'It's in our best interests to bite our tongues. Kenny's White House visit gives us a rare opportunity'

Enda Kenny must visit Donald Trump this St Patrick’s Day, writes Andrew McGinley.

# read-me - Monday 6 February, 2017

'There is often a stigma that people in their 50s, who are out of work, are waiting it out until retirement'

There needs to be a cultural shift when it comes to employing older people, writes Tom Neville TD.

# read-me - Sunday 5 February, 2017

Medical students confess: 'I don't talk about my rape. People might not see me as a capable future doctor'

Medical school is inherently stressful. This is heightened when you can’t talk openly about your problems.

An Irishman in Colombia: 'It's worth remembering the Good Friday agreement has acted as an inspiration'

While it will take many years before Colombia reaches a lasting peace, the country is inspired by Northern Ireland, writes Kieran Duffy.

Opinion: 'Let's not pore over Melania's facial expressions and pass it off as political engagement'

When we saturate social media with this bloodthirsty salivating, we only help to distract from the real political issues, writes Brian O’Flynn.

# read-me - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Debunking food scares: 'What’s this I had heard about toast causing cancer?'

Up to one third of the most common cancers are preventable by making improvements to our diet. But there’s no need to ban toast just yet, writes Louise Reynolds.

The case for ending state support of Irish language is littered with dubious 'facts'

For starters, we don’t spend €1.2 billion in preserving An Ghaeilge each year, says Caoimhín De Barra.

Gardening: 'When children grow their own food, they develop 'food empathy' and have better diets'

Research shows that when children are involved in the garden, they are more likely to try new foods at home, writes Michael Kelly.

'Abortion is leading us to a 'Down's Syndrome-free' world. I can barely type the words'

The Eighth Amendment protected my son, and he was deserving of that protection, writes Anne Trainer.

# read-me - Friday 3 February, 2017

'I remember a Paddy's Day visit by Haughey when four Irish were put on a London-bound flight in handcuffs'

It took Trump’s sledgehammer assault on travel and the right of refugees to seek shelter for us to take notice, writes Ray O’Hanlon.

# read-me - Thursday 2 February, 2017

Opinion: 'Lack of transparency makes it difficult to know who controls the Irish media'

Ensuring we have a free and pluralistic media is key to a healthy democracy, writes Anne-Marie McNally.

# read-me - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Operation Transformation diary: 'I'm furious but won't stop until I reach my target weight of 13st 5lbs'

Lucy’s weightloss plateaued this week, but she’s determined to stay focused on her end goal.

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