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Dublin: 10 °C Saturday 22 November, 2014

Opinion: Water protestors should claim victory and go home now

Good compromises exist when neither side gets all that they wanted, but something of what they needed.

Opinion: At last, a lifeline for the undocumented Irish in the US

President Obama’s action is the first ray of light in a long time for undocumented Irish men and women effectively trapped in the shadows of places like Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Luke Ming Flanagan: ‘It’s torture to watch everything falling around our ears’

The MEP describes his night in the Emergency Department with his seven-week-old baby.

Opinion: Develop your ‘mental fitness’ in work to find a sense of well-being

All employees need to develop skills to manage some of the emotional barriers that prevent them from thriving at the workplace.

Opinion: A game that lets you murder prostitutes? It’s creepy, offensive and infuriating

Can we say with 100% certainty that such graphic depictions of sex and violence won’t influence attitudes toward women a teeny tiny bit?

Opinion: Is it any wonder protests turn nasty when they make fools out of those who believe?

Like many, events of last week and last weekend have shaken my certainty in Irish democracy. The wicked go unpunished and the good go unrewarded.

Doctor’s corner: The biggest problem with a zero tolerance approach to drug use

Alcohol is a drug. We have guidelines on its use aimed at reducing the long-term risk of health harms. So why not have guidelines for drugs?

Opinion: Rent controls ARE a viable option in calming Ireland’s housing crisis

Some commentators who dismiss rent controls as being counter-productive are actually talking about rent freezes – an entirely different scheme.

Opinion: Some men (and women) still don’t believe that rape exists

Rapes by ‘monsters’ are actually a much rarer disease on the world. The greater epidemic is the violent men that can be found in kitchens, sports grounds and hotel rooms around the world.

Opinion: We have every right to be angry over water charges – but not to be violent

Violence and intimidation against elected representatives – or anyone else – is not the way to agitate for fair treatment.

Column: Did you know Hitler had an Irish sister-in-law?

The one-time Bridget Hitler was born and raised in Dublin.

Eamon Ryan: Ireland should hold a referendum on the public ownership of water

We put a stop to this juggernaut before it’s too late.

Opinion: Are you SURE you’d like to be a millionaire?

Whether through hard graft or pure chance, the life of the super-rich isn’t all rosy.

Opinion: The unwritten rule that helps stressed parents through the tough days

There’s a casual solidarity between parents of young children that can lift you up on the lonely days.

Opinion: They said I would never walk – but I proved them wrong

When I was born with Spina Bifida, my parents were told I would likely be brain damaged and never walk. But things didn’t work out that way…

Opinion: Are we addicted to certain foods?

Treat foods are designed to be attractive to all our senses – and that’s a powerful lure, even for the strong-willed among us.

Opinion: Detachment parenting – deliver, bond, and then deposit in creche

Many parents have no choice but to return to work when their babies are still very young – and the process is a bit brutal on all concerned.

Opinion: Changes to the Junior Cycle will produce a creative, proactive generation

Real education is not present when rote-learning is encouraged and facilitated.

Opinion: Opposition to ‘vaping’ adverts is knee-jerk moral outrage

Thousands of people die from smoking-related diseases every year in Ireland, but e-cigarettes can help them quit. So why are we trying to ban advertising them?

Opinion: Teachers should grasp this unique opportunity to engage with young learners

The current Junior Cycle reform impasse presents teacher unions with an opportunity to show creative leadership.

Column: ‘My father told us our mother was gone. Her plane had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.’

Victims’ families – like mine – need better protections and their voices heard.

Opinion: How mobile phones can be used to fight diseases like Ebola

Novel methods of communicating can break down discrimination and dangerous misinformation.

Irish abroad should have the right to vote back home. Here’s why…

A report today will say that the government needs to accept the principle that voting rights should be extended to Irish citizens abroad.

In her own words: One woman’s escape from ethnic cleansing

“I pray to God I don’t have to go back to Sudan. At the least, I will be arrested. The least, you understand? I could be killed.”

Opinion: I had to leave home and become independent at 18 – but SUSI won’t recognise that

The grant is supposed to be there for people like me – people who can’t survive in college without it. But I don’t fit into SUSI’s picture of what a student is.

Opinion: Parliamentary privileges extended to TDs and Senators should be reconsidered

Parliamentary privilege allows TDs to make ‘unfounded, unsubstantiated or malicious allegations against any member of the public’, writes John Jacob of the AGSI.

Opinion: Why are employers rewarding long hours in the office above all else?

Some companies believe they’re getting more out of staff who are present in the office for long hours – but many employees just stay late because it looks good.

Opinion: ‘I used to think foster parents were very special people. I now know they are very ordinary people.’

As a family and as individuals, we have benefited every bit as much as the children we have and continue to care for – life has been enriched.

Opinion: Irish Water protests show exactly why we need direct democracy

This week the Government will respond to a recommendation to hold a referendum about placing a citizens’ initiative provision in the Constitution.

Opinion: How to find razor-sharp focus in the age of distraction

You can be productive and creative – but first you need to focus.

Opinion: Psychological and emotional abuse should be recognised as crimes

Abuse within intimate relationships is complex and can take different forms that simply physical violence – legislation needs to recognise that.

Opinion: Extreme adventure races are fun, challenging, AND they helped me quit smoking

The knock-on effect of pushing myself physically has been immeasurable – on top of getting fitter, it’s also motivated me to say goodbye to cigarettes.

Column: If long winter months fill you with dread, don’t suffer in silence Sad

Column: If long winter months fill you with dread, don’t suffer in silence

For most people who have Seasonal Affective Disorder, the symptoms will typically start in the autumn and continue into the winter months.

Opinion: Pop culture is saturated with throwbacks to the 1960s right now – but why?

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is in part an ode to the decade – while shows like Mad Men and traces of ’60s sci-fi dystopian themes in literature also highlight how we’re drawn to the era.

Opinion: Why do some straight people automatically assume a gay person fancies them?

Gay people aren’t sexual predators ready to pounce on unsuspecting straight friends and colleagues… so calm down.

Opinion: Marijuana is legal in nearly half of US States – Ireland should follow suit

Robbing murderous criminals of revenues for selling a drug that’s no more harmful than tobacco and alcohol is a no-brainer.

Opinion: Legislation is urgently needed following Supreme Court ruling on surrogacy

It is a fact of life that parents will enter into arrangements of whereby a third party bears their child – so we need legislation that deals directly with surrogacy.

Opinion: Is it time for Ireland to embrace nuclear energy?

The pros of going nuclear far outweigh the cons, and the overall net benefit is is much greater than continuing to burn fossil fuels.

Opinion: Soju think the Irish are all drunks?

News of an Irish teacher being discriminated against in South Korea has annoyed a lot of people – but it shouldn’t put you off this beautiful and welcoming country.

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