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Dublin: 14 °C Tuesday 2 September, 2014

Opinion: ‘These human rights abuses have a very real and clear link to Ireland’

Ireland has the potential to make a difference in two situations that have been raising concerns for human rights groups.

Hot Topic: Dealing with Twitter abuse and trolling

We asked two high-profile Twitter users to share their experiences of online harassment…

Opinion: Putin’s actions in Ukraine threaten to alter the entire security architecture of Europe

The reluctance of the United States to intervene means the EU must radically rethink how it confronts Russian military power.

Opinion: Reducing harm to sentient beings should be central to abortion laws

If Irish society is serious about reducing harm to pregnant women, including the harms of disrespecting their autonomy and bodily integrity, the state needs to change how it thinks about pregnancy and abortion.

Opinion: When is the right time to tell a child that you’re gay?

Should adults be open with children, as much as is age appropriate, or should they try to avoid questions about sexuality?

Opinion: Next year there will be no ‘family holiday’ – there will be a ‘staycation’

The only way to have a proper break is to leave the kids at home.

Opinion: Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex

We need to reflect on how addiction affects an individual, their experience of seeking help, and what the throes of addiction are like.

Opinion: Grief can be unpredictable, so a good send-off for a departed loved one is essential

A funeral provides mourners a space to accept death and to safely explore their grief and loss.

Opinion: There’s a good reason for the private-public sector pay gap

Pay rates differ depending on the job you do, the skills you have, the responsibility you hold… the list goes on.

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border

The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.

Opinion: It’s a false economy to cut back funding to rape crisis centres

We need to gain a true picture of the prevalence most heinous crimes in our society in order to inform national policy.

Opinion: Friend or foe? What you need to know about jellyfish

Yes, some jellyfish can pose danger to us – but they have also inspired engineering, scientific and medical advances.

Column: What exactly is an ‘outbreak’?

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa raises some important questions about the treatment of infectious disease and the so-called developed world.

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war

The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.

Opinion: Having an openly gay Rose of Tralee sends a powerful message to middle Ireland

Maria Walsh is a beautiful, smart, confident and normal young woman. She may change the hearts and minds of those who are wary of gay people.

Opinion: Does your child have bed-wetting issues? Positive reinforcement is essential

Disrupted nights can damage children’s self-esteem and exhaust them before a day at school.

Opinion: We are more concerned with beeps from our phone than the person in front of us

We’re becoming increasingly disconnected from our immediate environment and from the people around us due to the constant use of mobile phones.

Opinion: Blisters, bruises, bumps, bites – life on the Camino is tough but worth every minute

The saying “walk a day in my shoes” really rings true on the wonderful Camino de Santiago.

Opinion: New technology is opening access to education, but also presenting new challenges

Open, flexible and accessible education has the potential to open up education to those who cannot access traditional higher education courses.

Opinion: Why do so many businesses ignore the needs of disabled patrons?

If people with disabilities cannot park near your business or access your services, they and their friends won’t give you custom – it’s that simple.

Opinion: Will the push to encourage more science and technology graduates be worth it?

There has been a series of initiatives put in place to encourage interest in STEM subjects for school leavers; will the effort be rewarded with good jobs?

Opinion: It’s crunch time… Salmond and Darling go head-to-head over Scotland’s future

With so many undecided voters, campaigners are under massive pressure to influence the outcome of the upcoming referendum.

Opinion: Our water infrastructure is a mess but there is a better way

Promising projects worldwide are successfully demonstrating the union of ecology, flood prevention and recreation.

Opinion: Why are so many victims of child sexual abuse reluctant to report it?

Lenient sentencing in sexual assault cases has negative consequences – not just for individuals, but for all victims.

The Trinity Skeletons: The archaeological quest to find out who they were

Medieval human remains found in Dublin city centre have thrown up many questions for archaeologists.

Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all

Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.

Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis

Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.

Opinion: 10 things you can do if you didn’t get that college place you wanted

It may not seem so right now, but the world is your oyster…

Aaron McKenna: To combat crime, we must make prison softer

After taking away a person’s freedom as punishment for their crimes, we should move on to the practical question of how we can reduce their likelihood to reoffend.

Column: Let’s make this school year better for people with autism

What can be done to support people with autism in mainstream education? Three words: awareness, dialogue and openness.

Opinion: ‘I ate leaves and grass to stay alive’ – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

Opinion: Reynolds was utterly instrumental to the peace process – it is no small achievement RIP

Opinion: Reynolds was utterly instrumental to the peace process – it is no small achievement

As I sit here in Belfast, there are no British soldiers patrolling the streets and paramilitaries no longer conduct massive bombing campaigns because of the leadership of people like Albert Reynolds.

Debate Room: Was the New York Post’s front page photo of James Foley unethical?

We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…

Opinion: How will Ireland’s rise, fall and humble recovery affect us as a nation?

Ireland is back on track – according to the ratings agencies anyway – but we aren’t the same people we were ten years ago. And we never will be again.

Opinion: James Foley’s death shows that graphic, unregulated footage is just a click away

Are the general public ready for the stark reality of raw, amateur content – often from war zones – to be part of their mainstream media publications and broadcasts?

Opinion: The disparity in third level participation should make us angry

It is unacceptable that Dublin school leavers from affluent areas are six times more likely to continue to third level education than their counterparts.

Opinion: Could comets have delivered the precursors of life?

The Rosetta spacecraft is searching for clues about the beginning of our solar system.

Opinion: The Roses have thick enough skins to take the constant Father Ted ‘lovely girls’ joke

Last year’s Monaghan Rose says the festival has had a hugely positive effect on her life and she’ll take a bit of slagging because she’s proud to be part of it all.

Opinion: The protesters in Missouri have wrongly become enemies of the State

Blurring the boundary between law enforcement and military action creates the conditions for a military dictatorship.

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