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Dublin: 13 °C Saturday 10 October, 2015

Bressie: ‘I ran away from dealing with my issues and lied to the people I loved’

The “sure it will all be grand” mentality, the “man up” mantra, the “snap out of it” attitudes repressing our emotions and it needs to end, writes Niall Breslin.

Matt Damon used manure to grow potatoes on Mars – it works pretty well down here too

Michael Kelly gives us the latest on what we should be planting this autumn and a great recipe for Chilean squash and bean stew.

Is it time we give up on Dublin’s O’Connell Street?

Instead of wading into the sea to demand the oncoming tide go back, we might stop a minute and wonder why O’Connell Street is going through a seeming relentless process of regression, writes Aaron Mckenna.


‘I found out I was dyslexic in 90s. Deep down I knew I wasn’t as ‘stupid’ as I was made to feel in school’

‘My experience of being dyslexic in school gave me additional skills I didn’t realise I had, such as problem solving.’

‘By getting on that train a group of brave women made the Catholic Church and the Irish state look ridiculous’

Playwright Arthur Riordan explains how two men go about writing a musical about feminism.

There are nude photos of Justin Bieber on the Internet today – but you shouldn’t look at them

They were paparazzi shots, taken without knowledge or consent.

‘My religion lapsed three decades ago, but I am irritated by a-la-carte Catholics’

By staying Catholic I feel liberals hypocritically give tacit approval to behaviour and attitudes they find offensive, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

The J1 was a rite of passage for me. We’re not all party-animals

There’s fear that the J1 Visa programme could come to an abrupt end, but Catherine Devine says she spent her summer engaging in American culture, not partying and acting out of control.

Snowden leaks provided momentum to bring us to this crucial point in data protection

It’s important to pause and consider the manner in which Edward Snowden has influenced the direction of EU data protection law, writes Maria Helen Murphy.

The unfree Irish in the Caribbean were indentured servants, not slaves

It’s a myth there were ‘Irish slaves’ in Barbados. As difficult as white servants’ experiences were, enslaved Africans were the people treated as livestock.

Debate Room: Should there be a rent freeze?

There has been talk about penalties for landlords who don’t accept rent supplement, calls for the ban on bedsits to be lifted and continuous calls for more housing supply — so what is the answer? We asked two experts with different viewpoints what is at play here.

We were better parents before smartphones

There’s something slightly tragic about the sight of a two -year-old tugging at his mother’s trouser leg as she scrolls or the kid who is perilously close to falling off the high bars as Dad checks the latest score, writes Claire Micks.

Is it time America had a woman president?

Here in Ireland, the question repeatedly posed to me by family, friends and colleagues is: “Will it be Hillary?” writes Larry Donnelly.

A wealth tax is a possibility. You don’t need to be a member of the far left to call for this

Instead of cutting taxes and USC, politicians should start spending more, writes Julien Mercille.

Let’s be honest: It secretly sucks when your BFF gets a boyfriend

I’ve been ditched by my best friend because of her new boyfriend. Maybe you think I’m jealous or I’m chasing after someone who has no interest in hanging out anymore, but this is my best friend, writes Christine Allen.

Food growing isn’t just for those with ten acres, you can even grow stuff at your desk

We know that many people who are interested in growing their own are a little daunted by the whole thing – but it’s no big deal, trust me, writes Michael Kelly.

‘David is 22, he has a college degree and is a wheelchair user. All he wants is a job’

For those with a disability, having a job would do wonders for thier sense of participation and her self-respect. It would also help pay the bills, writes John Dolan who says the governments new plan needs substance not spin.

More women will be in the next Dáil — that would be the case even without gender quotas

With no guarantee that more women on the ballot means more in the Dáil, maybe the entire system needs to change?

Ireland and the spud go hand-in-hand, but they’re in decline. Myth they’re fattening is damaging

Spuds have a particular image problem among young women – ask a group of your female friends to come up with a word to describe potatoes and “fattening” is likely to be the most common response, writes Michael Kelly.

Living on pot noodles and cereal: ‘It’s hard living out of bags in one hotel room with your children’

Families on the streets, living in hotel rooms and living on next to nothing – this is happening every day in this country and it needs to end, writes Rory Hearne.

Short of breath? Have trouble sleeping and feel uneasy? You could have an anxiety disorder

We all have anxiety in our lives but when it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life it becomes a disorder, writes psychologist Leticia Gavin.

‘The Irish public are not sick of politics, they’re actually sick of listening to politicians’

Young people want to be more involved in making positive change happen in society, but they don’t know how to achieve this.

‘You’re an adult and your parents are fighting, but it’s not your job to fix their relationship’

Regardless of your age, if your parents aren’t getting on or are separating, it’s not easy. It is often assumed that adult children can take it on the chin, but it is not that straight forward, writes Bernadette Ryan.

If you stay up late tonight you’ll see the moon turn a deep blood red

It’s the last total lunar eclipse with a red shadow you’ll see for a while as the next one won’t be visible from Ireland until 2019, writes Conor Farrell.

Tony O’Reilly became one of the most powerful figures in Irish life and we can learn from his story

Tony O’Reilly was many things – a rugby superstar, a driving force of economic development in Ireland and a media mogul, which is why he is one of the most interesting non-elected public figure in Ireland over a period of about 60 years, writes Matt Cooper.

‘It’s time for political parties to stop procrastinating. Abortion regulation does not belong in our constitution’

It is clear that on the issue of abortion, the electorate are now way ahead of our political leaders who seem determined to prevaricate and evade their responsibilities to women living in Ireland, writes Ailbhe Smyth

‘There is no public demand to repeal the 8th and politicians know that’

The clamour to repeal the 8th Amendment and legalise abortion as a matter of ‘choice’ is almost entirely media led and driven, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain.

Is Dublin really a kip?

Joe Duffy needs to get out more in Dublin if he thinks it’s a kip, writes Aaron McKenna.

Want some peace and calm in your life? Take these few minutes to get it done

You have the ability to see from a new perspective, you have the ability to see situations as they are and not get lost in drama.

Imagine living in a 20’ x 10’ room, your belongings are in one cupboard and you don’t know if you’ll be there a year or a decade

The sight of little Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body shamed us all into reluctant action by accepting 4,000 people into Ireland, but now we’re going to put traumatised people into a seriously flawed system, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

The Web Summit relocation isn’t surprising, we couldn’t even keep the WiFi working

Bord Failte estimates the summit generated around €100 million in the local economy last year and this will be a significant loss. But let’s get things in perspective in economic terms, writes Angela Nagle.

‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it’

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s problems this week reminds everyone in business to be prepared for the unexpected, writes Jason O’Sullivan who has tips on what makes a good crisis management plan.

Enda Kenny and the Attorney General should resign – political integrity requires nothing less

To defend the Taoiseach’s disingenuousness and the Attorney General’s incompetence is to harm the integrity of politics, writes a former advisor to Alan Shatter.

Have a problem controlling your anger? Here are tips to keep it in check

Unable to express my feelings in a healthy way, I repressed the emotions and bottled them up until the next trigger emerged, writes psychotherapist Karl Melvin, who has tips to help keep yours under control.

An Irish solution: These are your abortion stories

On a daily basis women make the journey out of Ireland to have an abortion.

15 pieces of advice I would give my teenage self

Looking back, I barely recognise that girl. My dreams, aspirations, values and perceptions have completely changed, writes Mairead Healy.

‘He popped the question and I couldn’t be happier, but where do I even begin?’

We vowed to take it easy and not rush but the minute I could I was scouring websites for ideas. My Facebook feed is already filled with wedding supplier ads and we find our weekends are spent venue hunting, writes newly engaged Pamela Tully.

Pear and chocolate jam I can make in under 45 minutes? What’s not to love?

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

‘People with disabilities and the homeless aren’t being taken care of because of your vote’

We know, deep down, that if it’s a choice between a 1.5% cut to USC or a 2% cut, most people will vote for the latter no matter what the additional cash could do for people in wheelchairs camped outside government buildings, writes Aaron McKenna.

Tourists went to New Zealand for Lord of the Rings. Will Star Wars movie fans go to Kerry?

The new Star Wars will bring balance to more than simply the force; maybe it might help balance some books as well, writes Darren Mooney.

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