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Dublin: 7 °C Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Opinion: 'Ireland has become a pollution haven due to neo-liberal model of light-touch regulation'

We need people-power campaigns to stop environmental harm, writes Cian Prendiville.

The youth vote: 'My classmates are more interested in Netflix and Instagram than in politics'

The majority of young people aren’t interested in politics but this is a symptom of a corrupt system, writes Owen Cuskelly.

Marriage equality?: 'There is no excuse for confining civil partnership solely to gay couples'

It’s understandable why some couples prefer a more modern and secular form of civil recognition over marriage, writes Fergus Ryan.

Bingeing: 'I eat until I feel sick. I don’t realise what I’ve eaten until after the binge'

Binge eating was only declared an eating disorder in May 2013 so there is still a stigma surrounding it, writes Jodie Kenny.

'Self-serving at the best of times, the Oscars are merely a marketing tool for Hollywood'

I’ll be shaking my fist at the TV, with the other wrapped responsibly around a glass of wine, writes Steven Galvin.

Compensation culture: 'We can’t apply health and safety standards to the great outdoors'

If the Wicklow Way compensation case was successful it would have set a disastrous precedent, writes Andrew Doyle.

Has political correctness gone mad? 'Comedians must be allowed to offend'

Comedians are at the forefront of a battle against an assault on free speech, writes Seán Connolly.

Updates from the potting shed - and a recipe for spicy carrot and lentil soup

There’s an overall sense of spring in the air and the mild weather makes the job of coaxing seeds up a little easier, writes Michael Kelly.

Column: 'New Dáil Bill would help stop devastating home repossessions and evictions'

The people I work with are not are not speculators or wily investors. They are not people who knowingly entered into home loans they couldn’t afford, writes Julie Sadlier.

Tom Clonan: Nerve, blood and choking agents sending state-sponsored message of terror

VX is a weapon of incredible cruelty and terror, writes security expert Tom Clonan.

'No woman should have to cover her head for fear of offending religious values'

Women have the right to dress exactly as they want. The right to cover is just as important as the right to uncover, writes Lorraine Courtney.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'I never pass pickets. We are all humans and need each other to survive'

Going on strike is one of the only weapons a worker has, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

'Looking at the Mairead I was on assessment day breaks my heart. I don’t recognise her now'

Life after Operation Transformation is already filling up with fun and exciting challenges, writes Mairead Redmond.

'In Dublin, there are 13 empty homes for every adult in homelessness'

Empty homes provide an unprecedented opportunity for the Government to effectively end homelessness in Ireland, writes Pat Doyle.

Opinion: 'If we choose to stick with the UK, we will probably go backwards'

There are three choices facing Ireland post-Brexit, writes Seanán Ó Coistín.

The parallels between Irish and American controversies, in a wild week for politics

Those who say they know what lies ahead – in either country – are either clairvoyant or just plain wrong, writes Larry Donnelly.

Ming Flanagan: 'Our Minister for Health is like the God of the Old Testament - mean'

The Minister for Health has published a report announcing the programme for cannabis-based treatments. It doesn’t go far enough, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

Column: 'I live with schizophrenia without taking any medication, but I'm an exception'

People who are on medication for any kind of mental health problem, don’t take meds because they want to, they take them because they have to, writes Nicola Hynds.

'Media coverage of science remains scant and tends to be uncritically promotional or celebratory'

It would be foolish to conclude that all is well with the state of science and science communication in Ireland, writes Cormac Sheridan.

Beyoncé: 'The onus is on everyone to study and understand what a lack of privilege really means'

I’m not surprised that women are leading change, writes Elva Carri.

Lesvos project: 'Art is the perfect way to connect with locals. It breaks down any barriers'

Thousands of refugees are crammed in squalid conditions on this Aegean island. One Irishman travelled to Lesvos to paint murals and raise awareness.

GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'

From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly.

'Boys are taught they are violent oppressors and that whatever violence they experience doesn't matter'

Men assaulted by their partners are often ignored by police, see their attacker go free and have far fewer refuges to flee to than women, writes David Walsh.

Colm Hayes: 'Anxiety comes with the job. I don’t hold it in and I’m a stronger person because of it'

Much has been done to combat the stigma around anxiety and depression by initiatives like Cycle Against Suicide, writes Colm Hayes.

Digital piracy: 'People can't get the television they want, when they want it through legal channels'

Studios should concentrate on why people illegally consume content, rather than trying to stop them doing it, writes Gavin Nugent.

Ming Flanagan: 'Unless you come from the old guard, you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media'

Mainstream Irish media tends to focus on the very limited political spectrum that is Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

First Dates Ireland's Alice on dating: 'I get a little tired of the games that we play'

If you’re in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be really fun and smug. But if you’re not, here is Alice from First Dates on how to find your boo.

Column: 'My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart'

Of all the things that companies are trying to flog this Valentine’s Day, the best gift is your heart. Your actual pound-of-flesh beating heart.

Debate Room: In a post-Brexit world, Ireland needs the Canadian trade pact

Toxic trade deal or necessary agreement? We debate the controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Storms Desmond and Frank: 'One year on, we need to rethink how we manage flood risk'

Our climate is warming and major flood events are likely to occur once every 10 years by the second half of this century, writes Anja Murray.

'Lip fillers have truly changed my life by giving me a confidence I didn’t think was possible'

Some Late Late viewers weren’t happy when Amanda Brunker got botox on the show last month. But everybody has the right to do what they want and we need to break the taboo around injectables, writes Martha Ryan.

'My friend was gang raped. She attempted suicide; the men went on to have careers and families'

While interpretations of gender are more fluid than ever, there is a steady trajectory of retrogressive masculinity seeping into mainstream culture, writes Mary Cate Smith.

My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his

Gerry Edwards, chairperson of TFMR Ireland, on the pain and courage inherent in using a personal bereavement in a very public battle.

'My epilepsy diagnosis gave me impetus to achieve as much as I can to prove all the naysayers wrong'

Monday is International Epilepsy Day. Ailbhe Benson (27) reveals her personal journey with the condition that affects over 37,000 people in Ireland.

Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes

A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly.

'Social media is where Trump puts out information and it's where we can challenge him'

When the South Korean Government appoints an official whose sole job is to monitor Trump’s tweets, it’s obvious that his use of social media is transforming politics, writes Craig Dwyer.

Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me - it punishes us

Ireland treats whistleblowers differently to most other countries – as I found out, writes Dr Tom Clontan.

'It is arguable that the acts of vulture funds are outside what is to be permitted by the Constitution'

The inviolability of the family home is enshrined in our Constitution, writes solicitor Jody Cantillon.

How a Norwegian street musician crashed her van in The Liberties, bought a horse, and was embraced by the community

The Musical Slave recently released a music video which focuses on the two and a half years she spent in The Liberties in Dublin and the people she met there.

'Letting agencies said that a landlord will never choose me in the rental lottery because I have kids'

Irish landlords are using the rental crisis to discriminate against families with children.

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