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Opinion: Losing a parent to dementia requires a unique form of emotional stamina

Every time you see them, you grieve a little bit more, but you never, ever show it.

Vlog: Leaving it all behind… one emigrant’s story of saying goodbye to Ireland

Young graduate Oisin Gregorian is making a video diary of his experience of leaving Ireland for Spain.

Opinion: Coming out of addiction and homelessness is a major life event

If we want to address complex social issues like addiction and homelessness, we need the activity of frontline services to match the vision of high level policy.

A Personal Story: My life with Turner Syndrome

At 28, Turner Syndrome continues to dominate my life and now the time is right to step out from the invisible wall I seem to have built around myself.

Opinion: Game over for mortgage affordability?

In many areas property is simply unaffordable, again – yet our political class seems to regard the ‘recovery’ in property prices as only a good thing.

Extract: The passionate and inspirational women of the Irish Revolution – in photos

Remembering some of the women played who played pivotal roles in Irish revolution.

Opinion: Would you know how to react if someone revealed they were suicidal?

Death is an inevitable part of life – but suicide is not. We all need to arm ourselves with the skills to intervene and assist people when they need help.

Opinion: Pause to appreciate a simple moment – it’s what makes life beautiful

The stresses and strains of life were getting me down, but then I did what we so often neglect to do: I embraced the moment.

Aaron McKenna: We need to deal with the dangers of older drivers as much as young ones

Yes, it may be politically unpalatable to target older drivers (ie solid voters) but is that a good enough reason to allow dangerous drivers onto our road?

Opinion: Ireland’s law on abortion is a shambles entirely of the State’s creation

The case of Ms Y highlights the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment girls and women are subjected to because of Ireland’s abortion laws.

Column: Find your focus with these 5 tips

Many of us find it hard to focus, blaming the distractions we have on our modern working lives – but how can we achieve clear thinking?

Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end

The private lives of teachers and health workers should never be used against them, writes Senator Ivana Bacik.

Opinion: A world without hunger is everyone’s business – let’s put things right

The picture is clear: without adequate food and proper nutrition, a child will not live, learn and grow up to lead a healthy and productive life.

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Opinion: Practising mindfulness is a valuable tool for easing stress and anxious thoughts

Mindfulness meditation is about accepting our current experience, whatever that may be, in a relaxed, alert, and open way.

Opinion: How do we bring the issue of social housing from ‘political priority’ to concrete action?

We need an increased supply of new social housing whose future is not as heavily dependent on private market interests.

Opinion: Let’s move past the stereotypes and support our homegrown MMA athletes UFC

Opinion: Let’s move past the stereotypes and support our homegrown MMA athletes

Do you dismiss mixed martial arts as savage, dangerous and chaotic? Well, just think about how the average American might perceive hurling. It’s all about understanding the skill involved.

Opinion: Domestic violence victims who are disabled face multiple obstacles to help

Often when we talk of services for women affected by domestic violence, we talk in terms of able-bodied, English speaking women – but that’s not the full picture.

Opinion: Ireland is out of sync with the rest of the world – prenups can strengthen a marriage

The enforceability of prenuptial agreements remains a major question in Ireland; but in a country legal aid is limited, avoiding long battles in court is essential

Opinion: Forget the ‘Celtic Phoenix’ nonsense – Ireland’s Special Olympians should be our inspiration

Special Olympians have risen above the sort of hardship most of us can barely imagine; their spirit should inspire Ireland’s national recovery.

Opinion: Aside from the abortion question, Ms Y highlights serious flaws in Irish maternity care

Remove abortion from the picture and we are still left with the highly troubling instance of a young, vulnerable women left traumatised by her encounter with the health service.

Column: It was the largest coordinated demonstration in human history – and they ignored it

Director Amir Amirani writes about his stunning documentary, We Are Many, which explores the 2003 Stop the War global protests and their legacy.

Emma Watson: Feminism has become an unpopular word – but it’s for men, too

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson addressed the UN on the subject of feminism, and why it matters to both men and women.

Opinion: Yes, Scotland has stayed in the UK – but the old union is dead

Despite the defeat for independence, Scotland and the UK will never be the same again – and Ireland’s relationship with its neighbours will change too.

Extract: 16 Dead Men – The Easter Rising Executions

The men who were killed for their involvement in the Easter Rising were diverse in age and occupation, but brought together by a common vision.

Column: ‘More people are facing a brutal winter on our streets or sleeping in their cars.’

The Simon Community is hoping to press the government into action before the cold sets in.

Video: Living with dementia – two families talk honestly about this heartbreaking disease

Two people affected by dementia talk candidly about how it has changed their lives.

Column: How does colour affect our way of seeing the world?

Language affects worldview in minuscule ways, as a study of colour perception has shown.

Opinion: ‘The anger and pain get hold of me too quickly – I feel trapped and afraid’

A young person experiencing mental health problems gives an honest and unflinching account of what it’s like to have suicidal thoughts, and the challenges to finding help.

Aaron McKenna: What are our coalition options after the next election?

Coalitions are the price of proportional systems such as ours: voters should have truthful information about potential alliances in order to make informed decisions.

Opinion: Are these questions about climate change preventing you from taking action?

This weekend, protests are planned all over the world to show that citizens care about this climate change – but do they really?

Opinion: Should I be afraid to express affection to another woman on the street? Pda

Opinion: Should I be afraid to express affection to another woman on the street?

After side-stepping a goodnight kiss with a date, I wondered why I was so slow to be affectionate in public…

Opinion: Discovering my daughter had an eating disorder was a devastating experience

My naivety blinded me to the complex mental health issues that bring about eating disorders in the first place

Opinion: The ripple effect of commodifying water – from Dublin to Detroit

Looking at how water charges have been implemented elsewhere allows us to glimpse what their likely effect will be in Ireland… and it’s not pretty.

Column: Boston Mayor’s ‘homecoming’ is mutually beneficial for both sides of the Atlantic

This week, he’s coming back in a capacity he could only have dreamed of all those years ago, writes Larry Donnelly.

Column: ‘The legal recognition of ISL is the key to equality for deaf people in Irish society’

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is not yet legally or officially recognised in Ireland.

Column: ‘The Scottish voting yes are doing so from an international, rather than just a nationalist mindset’

If Scotland has to consider anew its membership of the European Union, then the Irish Government should be there standing up for its application, writes Eamon Ryan.

Column: ‘It is time to re-think what we think we know about Africa’

Clearly, people in Ireland support the principle of overseas aid, but they are not convinced our aid is actually making a difference.

Column: Do you suffer from social media and internet addiction?

We live in an ‘always on’ world and because the internet is constantly accessible via mobile devices, it is very difficult to control.

Column: ‘Music isn’t just about what you hear. Where and how we hear it can have just as much impact’

Composer Fergal Dowling talks about two new site-specific concerts programmed in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

Column: ‘Ireland’s road to recovery depends on whether we’re going to bring everyone with us’

A job is no longer a guarantee of economic security and women are particularly vulnerable to precarious work and low wages.

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