# read-me - Friday 22 March, 2013
Daffodil Centres offer a free, walk-in service to anyone who needs to know more about cancer – whether they have lifestyle questions or have received a diagnosis. Nurse Fionnuala Keane explains more about this invaluable service.
Since the bank formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank was liquidated last month ordinary workers have been left in the dark as to their fate and that of redundancy packages they’d agreed prior to ‘promnight’. Here, an employee speaks out…
# read-me - Thursday 21 March, 2013
After Newtown, Larry Donnelly was optimistic that the US might work towards stricter gun laws – but news that a ban on assault weapons has been removed from the legislation currently being considered has caused him to lose hope.
Racism exists in Ireland, but sports groups – and individual players – are well placed to tackle it, writes Garrett Mullan, Coordinator of Show Racism the Red Card.
# read-me - Wednesday 20 March, 2013
Women should be aware that they are more at risk from the effects of alcohol than men, writes Anne Timony Meehan.
To mark International Happiness Day, Karen Hand says Irish peoples’ happiness depends on a sense of fair play and accountability, which is why making fairness a priority will boost the happiness of the nation.
The UK budget being announced today has implications for Ireland too, writes James Kilcourse, who says as well as being a crucial trading partner, the UK is Ireland’s biggest rival for attracting foreign direct investment.
# read-me - Tuesday 19 March, 2013
The choosing of a new pope has brought a positive feeling about the Roman Catholic Church and a sense of new beginnings, says Patricia McNally, who explains why her faith is so important to her.
The poetry, prose and history of the Irish language should be taken out of the current course and put into a separate, optional subject for advanced students – while “Irish Language” should be taught to every student as a core subject, writes Aodhán Ó Deá.
# read-me - Monday 18 March, 2013
A few drinks now and then does little harm – but just because everybody else is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to, writes Dónal Keane.
Last summer, the Minister for Health endorsed home birth and said more women should be offered the choice of giving birth at home – but new HSE guidelines will have the opposite effect, Eva-Louise Goussot writes.
# read-me - Sunday 17 March, 2013
‘Craic’, ‘hoover’, ‘press’ – just some unique words Irish people have made their own. But if you are not a native to Ireland do these words make any sense and would you use them? Larry Donnelly compares his American English to Hiberno English in a word-off.
Ireland is lucky to have so many national treasures that reveal our shared past; we should be proud and share them with the world, says Ruth Hegarty.
On St Patrick’s Day 150 years ago, the Union Irish Brigade took time out from the American Civil War to embark on a day of celebrations. The ensuing festivities have passed into American Civil War legend, writes Damian Shiels.
# read-me - Saturday 16 March, 2013
We have developed a culture that polices people’s behaviours mercilessly and where loud, vocal hatred of something is often more acceptable than liking it. Grace Duffy explores what affect this has on society.
The clichés we take for granted like “life’s not a dress rehearsal” take on renewed meaning after you have survived cancer. This second chance is one I won’t be squandering, writes Tom Molloy.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had his proposal to outlaw big sugary drinks shot down – but the incident has nevertheless raised questions about where personal freedom ends and government obligation begins, writes Aaron McKenna.
# read-me - Friday 15 March, 2013
Festivals and events can bring much-needed tourism to a town, village or region, generating substantial economic and socio-cultural benefits. Feargus Dunne advises on how to organise one.
Irish film isn’t best known for its sci-fi storylines. Writer-director Alan Brennan explains how over came prejudices about the genre to fulfil his dream of bringing his Irish sci-fi rom-com, EARTHBOUND, to the silver screen.
Approximately 1.8 million people have less than €100 per month to spend after paying essential bills – they’ll have even less after the introduction of the new Local Property Tax, and the retail sector will be hit again, writes Mandate’s John Douglas.
# read-me - Thursday 14 March, 2013
Autism services have been historically underfunded, but with the new Autism Bill steps are finally being taken to acknowledge the rights of autistic citizens and those of their families, writes Michael McCarthy TD.
Banks need strict supervision – they have crippled us and can’t be allowed run free, writes David Hall.
# read-me - Wednesday 13 March, 2013
Croke Park 2 is a serious reversal of rights won by trade unions over decades. If rejected, it will be the union leaders that will come under question, writes Kieran Allen.
# read-me - Tuesday 12 March, 2013
While a functioning nuclear weapon remains years away for North Korea, recent activities and statements will nevertheless have a worrying effect in Seoul, Washington and the wider world, writes Jason Douglas.
# read-me - Monday 11 March, 2013
The Invisible Children campaign went viral worldwide last year – but it was deeply racist, politically motivated, and presented a Uganda that does not exist, writes Kevin McPartlan.
# read-me - Sunday 10 March, 2013
Economic migration has forced many families to separate, leaving partners and children sometimes on two sides of the world. Tony Moore explains how you can make your relationship work even when you are so far apart.
The spring clean tradition gives us an opportunity to start afresh, get organised, and reassess things. Here’s how to do it, writes Ciara Conlon.
New recruits to frontline services in Boston can be paid three times more than what the Irish government has sought to establish as the new starting salary for public service workers. Larry Donnelly discusses the reasons for the disparity in salaries.
# read-me - Saturday 9 March, 2013
We’ve lost a colourful world leader who genuinely seemed to have the best interests of his people at heart. But the facts don’t lie – Chávez’s economic legacy is a warning against statist socialism, writes Aaron McKenna.
# read-me - Friday 8 March, 2013
Significant advances in the fight against poverty and hunger – as well as a reduction in gender-based violence – could be achieved by giving more power to women, writes Jim Clarken.
Following what you told us about your bullying experiences, we asked the experts for advice. Here’s what they said.
Today marks International Womens’ Day, but how far have we really come when it comes to equal rights? Sandra McAvoy says there are plenty of issues that still need to be addressed.
# read-me - Thursday 7 March, 2013
Traditional gender roles serve as prescriptive claims about how girls and women should act. There are greater choices for both men and women now, so we need to reconcile our competing demands, writes Margaret O’Keefe.
Labour has had to make some tough choices in government but, as a result, Ireland can be more confident about its future, writes Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.
# read-me - Wednesday 6 March, 2013
Proposals to introduce legislation to “curb” social media use are an unnecessary attack on free speech, writes Fergal Crehan.