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#Read Me

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

Why I travelled home to vote in favour of adding 'North' to Macedonia's name

Macedonia and Greece have been involved in a decades-long dispute over the name Macedonia and Alexander the Great.

# read-me - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Last tango in Dublin

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

'Van Morrison's landmark album Astral Weeks turns 50 this weekend. We tracked down the musicians who played on it'

A new documentary looks at how a 23-year old introvert from east Belfast overcame the mob, US Immigration, poverty, and his own tricky personality, to make one of the most enduring and best-loved albums ever recorded.

# read-me - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Opinion: TDs should be prohibited from being landlords

As a general principle, politicians should not engage in any activity where they would do better from the State doing worse, writes Conor Crummey.

# read-me - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

'This is a shameful day for Fine Gael and a bad day for Ireland on climate change'

Listening to the Budget speech from Pascal Donohoe today you would have no sense we are at such a historical turning point, writes Eamon Ryan.

# read-me - Monday 8 October, 2018

The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics

The US mid-terms will be the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Would you give your child a beer? Changing our attitudes towards sugar

Sugar should be an occasional treat but it shouldn’t be an everyday habit for our young kids, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.

# read-me - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Eddie - the honest, open man with the piercing blue eyes

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

# read-me - Friday 5 October, 2018

How is it fair that the tourism industry still gets a subsidy of half a billion euros?

The landscape has changed since the VAT rate was cut for the hospitality sector in 2011, writes Eamon Murphy.

Access to emergency departments in rural Ireland can be hard - so why don't we have an air ambulance service?

Security expert Tom Clonan raises concerns about why Ireland is one of the last EU member states not to have an air ambulance service.

# read-me - Wednesday 3 October, 2018

Opinion: Donuts are the spawn of the devil. No good can come from them

Let’s hope our romance with the donut ends before it really does some lifelong damage, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.

# read-me - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

'Fianna Fáil made mistakes during the boom, but not building enough homes wasn’t one of them'

Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien writes about why affordable housing is key to this year’s Budget and a priority for his party.

# read-me - Monday 1 October, 2018

In many cases, students no longer think they need to accept their very first job offer

Students are growing in confidence about their immediate job prospects, writes Ruairi Kavanagh, editor of Gradireland.

# read-me - Saturday 29 September, 2018

Simon Coveney: 'It is time to bin climate change denial'

The Tánaiste also used tonight’s speech to the the UN to state the Israel-Palestine conflict is a big foreign policy priority for the Irish government.

# read-me - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Eoin Ó Broin: 'He is the Minister. The buck stops with him. He must change the policy... or go'

The Sinn Féin spokesperson defends his party’s motion of no confidence in the Housing Minister.

# read-me - Monday 24 September, 2018

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?

What strategies and tactics can we expect from the candidates for the presidential race, asks Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 23 September, 2018

Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'

I fully support peaceful protest and direct action as a legitimate form of democratic participation, writes Brendan Howlin.

# read-me - Friday 21 September, 2018

'Brendan Howlin was wrong: civil disobedience is a valid weapon in the fight for a better Ireland'

Those who benefit from the way Ireland is organised would love us to believe we have no power, that we can’t win, that there’s no reason to act, writes Siobhan O’Donoghue.

# read-me - Thursday 20 September, 2018

Stephen Byrne: Why 9 years after ripping up my results, I went back to do the Leaving Cert...

The Leaving Cert is strange in the sense that it is something we all experience, and yet it’s something that we all seem to try to repress, writes the 2FM presenter.

# read-me - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today

Dr Tom Clonan outlines his reasons for protesting at Leinster House today.

# read-me - Sunday 16 September, 2018

'I’ll always remember holding my results in my hand and seeing the look of pride on my parents' faces'

Ryan Lynch hadn’t been sure if he would ever attend college due to his long-term illness – until he was given the support that he needed.

# read-me - Friday 14 September, 2018

Opinion: Ian Paisley's facing into a possible by-election ... he can be heartened by his likely re-election

As Ian Paisley Jr endures a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons, Thomas Muinzer writes that it’s likely he’ll win back his seat in a possible by-election.

# read-me - Thursday 13 September, 2018

Brendan Ogle: If Trump ever does visit Ireland, his toxic beliefs need to be called out

For now the trip is on the back-burner but if he does land on our shores we need to protest – massively, Unite’s Brendan Ogle writes.

# read-me - Monday 10 September, 2018

'If we don't pay our Defence Forces a decent wage, we will lose talented, educated young people'

Young Fine Gael wants its senior party colleagues to change conditions for soldiers being paid ‘the lowest average wage in the public sector’.

# read-me - Thursday 6 September, 2018

'Trump's mood and tone on his Irish visit will be shaped by what happens the week before'

The mid-term elections in the US could become a referendum on Trump’s presidency, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Wednesday 5 September, 2018

Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm

Simon Foy examines politics in the era of Donald Trump, taking in fake news, allegations about Jeremy Corbyn, and the behaviour of Boris Johnson.

# read-me - Sunday 2 September, 2018

Opinion: 'Earn money on the side? Fear of the taxman isn't a reason not to file your tax return'

‘Being in business means paying taxes on earnings’, writes Barry Flanagan.

# read-me - Monday 27 August, 2018

'Excitedly I rang the Dept of Education thinking our lack of funding must've been some oversight.'

Why doesn’t the government fund special classes for secondary school students with autism, asks Graham Manning.

# read-me - Sunday 26 August, 2018

'Even the bouncy castle industry in Ireland has representation: Generation Rent needs a voice'

One in five households rent nationally – and that could well remain the situation.

# read-me - Saturday 25 August, 2018

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused GIY

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused

If you can get out of your head for an hour or so, you’ll automatically feel calmer – but the challenge is getting there, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 24 August, 2018

'What has the Catholic Church ever done for the world? Quite a lot, actually'

A lecturer in Theology sketches the Roman Catholic Church’s influence on legal, political, social and philanthropic movements through the ages.

'In 1969, I fell pregnant as a teen - and then the Church took over'

Ava Stapleton had to make a stark choice when she was a pregnant 17 year old: give up her baby or have a shotgun wedding.

# read-me - Thursday 23 August, 2018

Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry'

‘Personal faith, separate from the institution, unwavering respect for those who educated me, and the comfort of community’.

# read-me - Monday 20 August, 2018

'Ireland's decision to prohibit GM crops doesn't make sense'

Two eminent plant biotechnologists argue that the Irish government has made the wrong decision to opt out of growing GMOs here.

# read-me - Sunday 19 August, 2018

'We have twice had to rebuild our village on the West Bank - now our school is under threat'

The principal of the school used by Palestinian children in Susya makes a direct appeal to the Irish government to support them.

# read-me - Saturday 18 August, 2018

'Dry stone walls are part of our history and culture but there are plans to replace them with fencing'

The first proposed stretch of wall to be replaced is along the N67 between Kinvara and Ballindereen, Co. Galway.

# read-me - Thursday 16 August, 2018

'Paddy Cosgrave was wrong to invite Le Pen - and wrong to use Northern Ireland in his justification'

David McCann, an expert on the politics of peace, can not equate Marine Le Pen with the stakeholders of Northern Ireland.

# read-me - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

'Compostable cup for your coffee sound good? It all depends on where it ends up'

Recyclable and compostable options are only truly beneficial if they end up, and are processed, in the correct waste facility, writes industry expert Brian O’Sullivan.

# read-me - Monday 13 August, 2018

'Avoid burnout and maintain productivity you can be proud of by installing work boundaries'

‘Our boundaries need to be clearer than ever, with ourselves and with others’, writes Aoife McElwain.

# read-me - Sunday 12 August, 2018

'The devastating impact of social class is not an abstract concept to hundreds of thousands on this island'

Working class communities are punished for a system they had little real control over, writes Lynn Ruane.

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