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Dublin: 16 °C Sunday 30 August, 2015

The story of the Cork 4-year-old who is the reason First Communion age is now 7

“All I can see is a highly intelligent little girl who had a short, painful life and who has been exploited in death by the Catholic Church”, writes Donal O’Keefe.

‘My four year old is ready to start school, but am I?’

Claire Micks writes about her memories of her first days of school and how she now feels about her daughter starting ‘Big School’.

Here’s why those ‘All American heroes’ who stopped the Paris gunman fed into our fantasies

Brian O’Flynn asks, “Is this tired East vs. West analysis of such a complex issue really the best we can do?”

From Business ETC What I learned… by contracting a deadly tropical disease Opinion

What I learned… by contracting a deadly tropical disease

Blaine Doyle had a very close-up experience with the very problem his startup has set out to fix.

Dublin won’t save rural Ireland, it needs to grow up and be allowed to save itself

We need to decentralise control of the purse strings, rather than government departments, writes Aaron McKenna.

What party will change this country’s absurd inequalities? We already know who won’t

Brendan Ogle of Right2Water writes that by 2016 the movement wants to have changed the conversation in Irish politics.

The unknown story of the Irish who risked their lives to build the New York underground

“Without the men risking their lives, there would be no New York City. It wouldn’t even be close.”

What were we expecting? For all IRA members to lay down their rifles and work a 9 to 5?

The political establishment hopes connecting Sinn Fein with IRA criminality will help spoil Gerry Adams and Co’s chances in the upcoming election, but they should be careful what they wish for, writes Paul Allen.

Do you think the people revealed on Ashley Madison got what they deserve?

The debacle has given the ‘moral majority’ the perfect opportunity to express their disapproval, writes Tony Moore.

‘I fear the lack of confidence I possessed as a girl will hold back my little girl in our masculine culture’

Mother Ethna Quirke describes her worries for her daughter’s future.

This dietician says gluten is good for you and here’s why

Cutting out gluten healthily can be tricky as you need to replace it with other foods that are more expensive and not as tasty, writes Fiachrá Duffy.

Gerry Adams: ‘Sinn Féin has no special responsibility to respond to allegations about the IRA’

The president of Sinn Féin says the war is over and the IRA is gone and is not coming back.

Where do you pay €1,000 a night for lumpy Weetabix and white toast? An Irish hospital

Aine Bonner describes how she lived on Tesco meals while caring for her one-year-old daughter in CUH.

‘While I love living in Abu Dhabi right now, my heart is still in Ireland’

Teacher Dearbhla Gilroy says people in the UAE are incredibly warm- hearted, generous and open minded.

The stages of breaking up and the five steps you need to take to move on

Whether you are the dumper or the dumpee, breaking up is hard to do because most of us fear change, Rena Maycock has this advice.

Why should part-time students have to pay fees that full-timers do not?

Nearly 25,000 part-time college students are currently paying fees full-time students are exempt from. It isn’t fair and it doesn’t make any sense says Mary Daly.

Equality for women? It won’t happen with the Irish childcare system in its current state…

It’s time the government made some tough budget choices to ease the financial burden of childcare on mothers for once and for all argues Orla O’Connor.

From Business ETC Fire nearly destroyed my business – this is how I picked up and started again Opinion

Fire nearly destroyed my business – this is how I picked up and started again

Simon Evans quit his job to cycle the world, started a business in the recession and then nearly lost it all in a blaze.

Ongoing legality of wild hare coursing sums up this government’s contempt for our natural heritage

The singular beauty of Ireland’s natural resources is as important as anything else this country has to offer, argues bird expert Eric Dempsey.

“Working with Johnny could be a stomach churning, white-knuckle ride. But he had a gaffer’s talent”

98FM’s Stephen Doyle pays tribute to his friend, colleague and “one-off radio broadcaster” Johnny Lyons.

Grow your own divine tomatoes at home and leave the consumer-bred blandness of the supermarket variety behind

Tips on how to make your own mildew spray, celeriac, and a home-made winter tonic, with GIY’s Michael Kelly.

Ginger people don’t need your sympathy, we’re doing just fine thanks

There’s a ginger convention on this weekend, and far from settling scores it’s going to be a giant party writes Paul Hosford.

Unless you can magic up a few houses, welfare recipients will need to move away from Dublin

It’s an unpalatable solution politically, but the truth is workers and students need to be in a place while those in receipt of welfare cannot make the same claim.

The LGBT community’s quest for respectability in Ireland is leaving so many trans activists behind

Pride and LGBTQ movements are being ruined by a descent into conformity and a fear of all things political, argues Leighanna Rose Walsh.

We’re facing the prospect of students turning down college places because they can’t afford to survive

The student accommodation crisis is a barrier to education, and it needs action now, says USI president Kevin Donoghue.

Should bloggers have to say when they’re being paid to advertise? Damn right they should

It’s happened in the UK. When’s it going to happen here asks Becky Johnston.

Why is this man on the brink of one of the greatest upsets in political history?

Jeremy Corbyn’s success may lie in the fact that he is quite simply different, writes Neale Richmond.

Vaping is now officially less harmful than smoking, and it’s time the Irish health authorities acknowledged that fact

Ireland’s health bodies, cancer charities and societies need to follow the facts and treat electronic cigarettes with an open mind, argues Joe Dunne.

Revenue and gardaí need to clamp down hard on the owners of rickshaws before it’s too late

Some rickshaw owners in the capital are bringing in €15,000 a week in untaxed income, and organised crime is beginning to take note writes Derek Keating.

You shouldn’t be afraid to speak out after being sexually assaulted. I know, because I did

Ione Wells launched the #NotGuilty campaign in May 2015 in the wake of the publication of her open letter to the 17-year-old who sexually assaulted her.

I learned how to write in the dirt as a child soldier – now I’m an aid worker in the same conflict

The story of James Riak, an aid worker with GOAL in South Sudan, who was kidnapped from his family as a ten-year-old and trained as a child soldier.

Getting women on the ticket is great, but having them win seats is what matters most

There are more women registered to run in the next election than in the entirety of the 2011 campaign, but winning seats is the barometer for success writes Suzanne Collins.

We know all about the Roses, but what’s it like for the Escorts down in Tralee?

Jonny McGailey was the 2013 Rose of Tralee Escort of the Year, he tells us what the festival is really like for the Escorts.

I’m Irish, but the Irish don’t know that I’m Irish

Immigrants who identify as Irish should be seen as equals, as Irish men and women, not refugees or welfare thieves, argues Bashir Otukoya.

12 things I wish someone had told me before having kids

You can live without sleep, but you cannot live without coffee, writes Claire Micks.

Are personal statements the answer for a CAO system badly in need of an overhaul?

Alternative admissions schemes could be a fair complement to the existing CAO system writes Trinity College communications officer Aifric Ní Chríodáin.

Hiring doctors’ assistants will lead to further demoralisation of a very unhappy workforce

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Jonathan Gaughran says the current feeling amongst his junior doctor peers is that introducing doctor assistants is both unjust and insulting, particularly as they are starting on higher salaries than a first year doctor.

It’s like being slowly poisoned – I wouldn’t wish the life of direct provision on my worst enemy…

Siphathisiwe Moyo has lived under direct provision in Ireland for the last seven years.

Do we need another Jonathan Corrie to die before our government will take the homeless crisis seriously?

The homeless crisis in Ireland is crying out for politicians to do the right thing, not the political thing, writes Donal O’Keeffe

Column: Do we really need another pet, or are we running out of wild animals?

‘Dusty’ the dolphin has been in the headlines again this summer. But what makes a dolphin ‘solitary’ – and how do we manage them?

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