Therein lies the question, is it a grind? We’re forever told that your school days are the best days of your life, but what day’s are best?
Today’s poll, What are the best school days of your life?
Turn over your answer sheets.
“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.
Claire Micks writes about her memories of her first days of school and how she now feels about her daughter starting ‘Big School’.
Brian O’Flynn asks, “Is this tired East vs. West analysis of such a complex issue really the best we can do?”
Blaine Doyle had a very close-up experience with the very problem his startup has set out to fix.
We need to decentralise control of the purse strings, rather than government departments, writes Aaron McKenna.
Brendan Ogle of Right2Water writes that by 2016 the movement wants to have changed the conversation in Irish politics.
“Without the men risking their lives, there would be no New York City. It wouldn’t even be close.”
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.
The debacle has given the ‘moral majority’ the perfect opportunity to express their disapproval, writes Tony Moore.
Mother Ethna Quirke describes her worries for her daughter’s future.
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.
The president of Sinn Féin says the war is over and the IRA is gone and is not coming back.
Aine Bonner describes how she lived on Tesco meals while caring for her one-year-old daughter in CUH.
Teacher Dearbhla Gilroy says people in the UAE are incredibly warm- hearted, generous and open minded.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Evans quit his job to cycle the world, started a business in the recession and then nearly lost it all in a blaze.
The singular beauty of Ireland’s natural resources is as important as anything else this country has to offer, argues bird expert Eric Dempsey.
98FM’s Stephen Doyle pays tribute to his friend, colleague and “one-off radio broadcaster” Johnny Lyons.
Tips on how to make your own mildew spray, celeriac, and a home-made winter tonic, with GIY’s Michael Kelly.
There’s a ginger convention on this weekend, and far from settling scores it’s going to be a giant party writes Paul Hosford.
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.
Pride and LGBTQ movements are being ruined by a descent into conformity and a fear of all things political, argues Leighanna Rose Walsh.
The student accommodation crisis is a barrier to education, and it needs action now, says USI president Kevin Donoghue.
It’s happened in the UK. When’s it going to happen here asks Becky Johnston.
Jeremy Corbyn’s success may lie in the fact that he is quite simply different, writes Neale Richmond.
Ireland’s health bodies, cancer charities and societies need to follow the facts and treat electronic cigarettes with an open mind, argues Joe Dunne.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonny McGailey was the 2013 Rose of Tralee Escort of the Year, he tells us what the festival is really like for the Escorts.
Immigrants who identify as Irish should be seen as equals, as Irish men and women, not refugees or welfare thieves, argues Bashir Otukoya.
You can live without sleep, but you cannot live without coffee, writes Claire Micks.
Alternative admissions schemes could be a fair complement to the existing CAO system writes Trinity College communications officer Aifric Ní Chríodáin.
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.
Siphathisiwe Moyo has lived under direct provision in Ireland for the last seven years.
The homeless crisis in Ireland is crying out for politicians to do the right thing, not the political thing, writes Donal O’Keeffe
‘Dusty’ the dolphin has been in the headlines again this summer. But what makes a dolphin ‘solitary’ – and how do we manage them?