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Dublin: 4 °C Saturday 13 February, 2016

Just started dating? Here are some ways to casually mark Valentine’s Day

You’ve only started dating, so what are the Valentine’s Day ‘rules’?

Rocket’s peppery taste is perfect for any salad

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk rocket.

What’s the best way to destroy violent gangs? Legalise the drugs

The main currency propelling these gangs is the supply and sale of illicit drugs. We can remove their power, writes Aaron McKenna.


The students whose photos were shared among the UCD 200 will never get their privacy back

The UCD 200 case shows that revenge porn needs to be taken seriously, writes Roisin Kiberd.

P60 – What do I need to know before I banish it to the back of a drawer?

P60 forms are often ‘filed’ in a drawer never to be seen again. However, it’s an important document.

‘This is a big week for me. I’ve finally hit the 19 stone mark’ Opinion This post contains images

‘This is a big week for me. I’ve finally hit the 19 stone mark’

Last year’s Operation Transformation leader, Alan Mullen, explains why this week was a milestone for him.

‘Home to what?’: Emigrants want a say in who runs the show while they’re living abroad

Barry Johnston says emigrants are exercised about having no say in the kind of country they would one day like to return to.

From Business ETC Google’s gift to Ireland is talent, not tax dollars Opinion

Google’s gift to Ireland is talent, not tax dollars

Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave gives his thoughts on how startups can attract some of that talent.

‘My partner was lovely at first, but things changed after we moved in together’

At the beginning he was nice, making sure I got home safely and on time for curfew, but things changed, writes an anonymous contributor.

We seem to have forgotten the Special Criminal Court is supposed to be exceptional

While Sinn Féin’s manifesto pledge was always going to attract close scrutiny, the shootings in the past week have thrust its existence to the top of the news-cycle, writes Dr Alan Greene.

‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’

The Limerick native’s legacy will live on for generations to come as he will forever be remembered as a shining example of great leadership, writes James Galvin.

You risk blowing your savings on a lifetime supply of customised pens when you run for election

How much you spend on your campaign still plays a large role in determining whether you win a seat , writes Roslyn Fuller.

Regency Hotel shooting was choreographed to send a clear and explicit message

Pictures have been widely circulated of gunmen carrying Kalashnikov weapons into the Regency Hotel. The pictures are significant for a number of reasons, writes Tom Clonan.

You can learn a lot about management from potty training your child

A good manager is clear on what’s expected, gives feedback, encourages, develops and rewards.

My life with shingles: ‘It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor’

I incorrectly believed that shingles was contagious, writes Carol Reddy Locke

‘I’m an American, but Sarah Palin and Donald Trump do not speak for me’

‘I’m not sure when there began to be such a disconnect between myself and the campaign oratory – and whether I have changed or if it’s the American discourse.’

‘Power is a drug’: Alan Kelly’s recent interview showed the true colours of Irish politics

We need more than narcissism and hubris in Irish politics, writes Tom Clonan.

Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales

This isn’t happening because of a shift in cultural attitudes towards sex; it is the result of a growth in online pornography, writes Lorraine Courtney.

Beetroot gets a rough deal. It’s time to give it another go with this marmalade

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk beetroot.

Overweight people should pay more tax. Others can’t pay for our folly

Operation Transformation is not fat-shaming. We can’t mollycoddle to spare people’s feelings, writes Aaron McKenna.

‘Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can’t afford to laugh and dismiss them’

Two protests are taking place this Saturday – there are bound to be a clash of ideas, writes Julien Mercille.

‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’ Opinion This post contains images

‘I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself’

When I applied for Operation Transformation I knew what I was getting myself into, writes Alan Mullen.

We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence

Compelling first year Trinity College students to attend mandatory classes on sexual consent has raised eyebrows, writes Ruairí McKiernan.

The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated

With the power of social media, one might wonder if there is a better way for election candidates to communicate directly with voters, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again

Who was to blame for these eyesores, asks Frank Armstrong, part of the Nama to Nature campaign.

Digital can deliver vital votes – but how do politicians earn the ‘like’ love?

Nothing can beat the knock on the door – sure – but this will be the year to pay attention to the ones who don’t answer.

While economic recovery has opened up the jobs market, make sure your course is right for you

It’s important to pursue a career that you want and are confident you can handle, writes Clive Byrne.

Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experience

While we’re hearing that jobs are being created around the country, some people still find themselves out of work, writes Eoghan McDermott.

Struggling with confidence? Keep going, keep trying and be kind to yourself

If you have a deep‐rooted problem, treat it as you would a physical or practical problem, and seek expert advice.

‘No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors’

Lorraine Courtney writes that naming doctors in fitness to practice inquiries should be scrapped.

‘I turned into a blubbering mess when I found my wedding dress’

I never believed you would just feel the right dress for you, but it is absolutely true, writes Pamela Tully.

Chard is highly nutritious and should be a popular addition to your healthy January diet

As part of Michael Kelly’s 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating your own Food series – this week, we talk chard.

Lawyers grew fat on fees as the banking inquiry wasted our time and money

Political inquires are expensive spectacles set up by politicians trying to appear macho, Aaron McKenna writes.

‘Ireland’s gang killings are remarkably similar to ISIS murders’

That seems like an extreme statement but Tom Clonan has taken a look at the evidence.

‘What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst’

The fear of missing out is something every mother experiences returning to work after maternity leave, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.

‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’ Opinion This post contains images

‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’

Alan Mullen was a leader last year, but he hasn’t given up. In week three he tells us how he is staying on track.

A clerical child abuse survivor’s experience of the movie Spotlight

“Spotlight is largely about journalists and journalism…”

‘We’ve spent hours in the basement of Leinster House trying to find out what happened’

The final report from the banking inquiry is to be released today.

‘Needles, doctors and hospitals have been a part of Colleen’s life for as long as she remembers’

Colleen’s mother commends the hospital staff for their work, but says her daughter has been left languishing on waiting lists for years.

Looks shouldn’t matter, but they do. Especially when you’re applying for a job

First impressions are the foundation for having an impact, writes Eoghan McDermott.

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