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Dublin: 14 °C Tuesday 4 August, 2015

Don’t worry, Leaving Cert results don’t define your future

I only learned to appreciate education after quitting school.

Time for Ireland’s new anti-immigration party to answer difficult questions about its members

Anyone tweeting criticism of Identity Ireland will find out pretty quickly who – and what – their supporters are. And boy, don’t they like their St Brigid’s Cross swastika avatars.


Being a rape survivor affects every aspect of my life, but I won’t let the trauma control who I am

I am still myself, my personhood matters and I have the power to choose what defines my future. I have survived.

Like many other graduates, I left Ireland knowing I wanted to come back

Some days I ache for Dublin. I long for its old haunts, restaurants, pubs, faces, places.

New parent struggling to keep your relationship alive? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one

Having a baby is a stressful experience that challenges even the best of relationships. When it comes to staying connected, small loving gestures mean everything.

Beetroot burgers I can grow in the back garden? Don’t mind if I do

Tips on growing and preparing your own summer produce from GIY’s Michael Kelly.

As a Muslim, it’s my religious duty to denounce the threat posed by extremism

We Irish Muslims have rallied against extremists because they commit atrocities in the name of something we care deeply about: our faith.

Hero or terrorist? This Cork patriot should be remembered whatever the answer

UCC historian Gabriel O’Doherty on the life and legacy of Fenian leader Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, whose funeral centenary is being commemorated today.

New fines begin the overdue fightback against pesky cyclists

With the backing of powerful bureaucratic interests, cyclists have been getting a free ride where it comes to their responsibilities on the road.

Should adopted children have the right to contact their natural mother? Not if it endangers vulnerable women

My natural mother wants nothing to do with me and so I leave her in peace, however painful it is to do so.

Donald Trump taps into the fear and anger of ordinary Americans – and that makes him powerful

The emerging sentiments that the billionaire’s candidacy appeals to won’t be willed away easily.

Why are we so embarrassed about nudity? It’s the ultimate body celebration

Naturism taught me not to be ashamed of my body, the president of the Irish Naturist Association writes.

Don’t listen to lazy economic arguments against Irish unity. They couldn’t be further from the truth

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy responds to a column published on last week.

Should restaurants ban kids? Maybe not, but it’s time for a line to be drawn

Let’s face it: the current politically correct, free-for-all approach isn’t working.

One man’s prison hell is another’s holiday park: Murderers like Graham Dwyer should not get perks

What privileges are there for the dead, asks criminologist John O’Keefe, who says Ireland must become a society that places equal respect on both offender and victim.

From The42 ‘In the name of maintaining the rule book, they will break all promises made to treasure the game’ Camogie

‘In the name of maintaining the rule book, they will break all promises made to treasure the game’

This latest fiasco underlines the need for change in camogie, writes Sinead O’Carroll.

Amy Schumer’s speech didn’t make me laugh, it just made me sad

The Amy Schumers and Tina Feys of the world, are for the most part a breath of fresh air, where their comedy sells, not their bodies.

This country is worried its water will become a commodity but it has bigger problems Column This post contains images

This country is worried its water will become a commodity but it has bigger problems

The Central American country of El Salvador is experiencing tidal changes, freak weather and economic disruption because of climate change, forcing activists and social movements to respond, writes Paul Dillon.

‘I know it’s not healthy to be fat. You really, really don’t have to tell me that’

Reacting to journalist Lindy West’s article about being a “fat” bride, a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous says it gave her hope that even if she doesn’t lose weight, she has a future.

After too many tearful airport goodbyes, I couldn’t be happier to be home from Australia

There’s a feeling that Dublin, at least, is alive and thriving again.

What I learned winding my way through Thailand’s sweaty party epicentre

As a tourist, you have to accept that you’re entering a foreign country as exactly that: a tourist. There will always be something inherently transactional about the experience.

Was 19th-century Dublin really the ‘decaying Calcutta of the north’?

The standard narrative represents the pre-independence city as economically stagnant and socially polarised.

Here’s what it’s really like to work in an Irish factory

We sit in rows of five assembling, labelling and scanning. Most of us were not here a year ago and most of us will not be here a year from now.

Living with anxiety is difficult enough without being told to cheer up

People with depression often keep it quiet because they’re afraid that they aren’t really sick. I was suffering from depression and anxiety for nearly three years before I saw a psychiatrist.

It took 4 hours’ work to get these peas and broad beans – but growing your own is worth it

GIY’s Michael Kelly gives us the low-down on the veg patch for this week, with a pea and bacon gnocchi for you to try out.

Disaster of a reunited Ireland may come one step closer this summer

UK Labour leader frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn is a longtime supporter of Irish unification. What would his election mean for Northern Ireland?

Irish politics explained through Game of Thrones

Just like securing thrones in the HBO series, Irish elections are more about fending off contenders than truly winning popular support.

Time to reclaim our Dublin streets from thuggish acts of violence

Walk down any Dublin city street sober on a Saturday night and you will at some point be worried about your personal safety.

Seagulls are not monsters – let’s stop the hysteria

BirdWatch Ireland’s Niall Hatch responds to concerns about Ireland’s ‘rogue’ gulls.

Nicki Minaj’s anger is the product of years of black marginalisation

Nicki Minaj’s anger is the product of years of black marginalisation

Minaj’s complaint was not a tantrum, it was the complaint of a black woman who has had to sit back and watch all her life while her culture has been marginalised, dismissed and then later appropriated.

I’ve seen more than my fair share of abuse online, but Lorraine Higgins’ bill isn’t the answer

The abuse Senator Higgins has received is utterly unacceptable, but her solution is ill conceived, writes Tom Murphy of

Guess what? It’s OK to be single, feel sad or have a few pounds to lose

Social media keeps us connected to each another but disconnected from the truth.

The Irish Water debacle can be solved in five steps

We need to put conservation, fairness and investment at the heart of our water system.

We’re playing God with the lives of the poorest people on Earth

When it comes to climate change, we can’t blame ‘Acts of God’ for destroying our planet. We can only blame ourselves.

What I’ve learned from volunteering in Palestine

A member of Tipperary’s 2010 hurling All-Ireland winning squad writes about volunteering with Palestinian youth as part of the Palestine Summer Encounter Project.

Things I’ve learned from seven years as a Childline volunteer

After seven years of volunteering, I’ve learned a few things about young people that are worth sharing.

We’re getting children excited about outer space at an earlier age

My inner space nerd was delighted to be accepted onto the European Space Agency’s workshop for primary school teachers.

10 tips for offbeat travellers in Ireland

If you like exploring Irish history, stories and eccentricities then read on…

It’s officially courgette season! More tips for growing your own vegetables

GIY’s Michael Kelly gives us the low-down on the veg patch for this week.

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