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Dublin: 11 °C Friday 31 July, 2015

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.

‘Old, frail, repentant… But still a criminal: The bookkeeper of Auschwitz should die in prison’

Oskar Gröning looks like he could be a kindly grandfather. He probably is. But he also volunteered to serve in one of the greatest murder camps ever constructed.

Do the Social Democrats believe in the rule of law?

There is no future for our democracy in people picking and choosing which laws they obey, writes Labour TD Derek Nolan.

What I’ve learned from going to a Quaker school

To me, a Quaker education is about learning to let your inner light shine, respecting people from different walks of life and not resorting to violence to solve problems.

Was ‘Typhoid Mary’ the victim of an unjust system or a menace to public health?

Irishwoman Mary Mallon (better known as ‘Typhoid Mary’) was an infamous asymptomatic typhoid carrier who has been blamed for the deaths of several people.

In Ireland, a man can actually confess to rape and still serve no time in prison

Yesterday Magnus Meyer Hustveit walked free from court after admitting that he had repeatedly raped his former girlfriend when she was unconscious.

Giving birth at home helped me to feel safe and in control

I want to raise awareness of the benefits of having a home birth in healthy pregnancies, with the hope that it will encourage more women to explore this option.

Ice cream wars and the battle of the childhood bulge

This is one mother who’s not backing down.

Decisions are being made today that will impact on all our futures

Right now world leaders are meeting to discuss how we are going to achieve a better world – and how we will finance that development.

29 things I learned from travelling around the world without flying

With my laptop as my office, I travelled through 37 countries on four continents and across the world’s biggest oceans.

I thought I was a home bird but my summer in New York has been exhilarating

‘Whoever would have thought that a Donegal girl would feel so at home amidst the calamity of New York city?’

There are ambitious new plans for Ireland’s most important indigenous industry

New targets for the Agri-Food sector could have a signifiant impact on Ireland’s economy.

From Boston to Blanchardstown, how we speak is a part of our identity. Let’s be proud of it.

The world-renowned Boston accent is in decline. Similarly, people from sections of cities or rural Ireland often moderate the way they speak. But why?

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