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Dublin: 16 °C Sunday 1 May, 2016

New year, new me? Why I abandoned my ambitious healthy living plans for 2016

It’s one thing to start a new fitness regime and quite another to stick to it, writes Andrew McGinley.

Abortion campaigners need to stop pushing abortion pills as an option for women

Abortion pills taken without medical supervision can kill you, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute.

Fancy some lovely rhubarb? Some tips on growing it at home

Michael Kelly continues his 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food series with a look at a classic vegetable.

What the children’s hospital tells us about public sector decision-making

In planning the project, political expediency and complacency took precedence over the actual needs of children, writes Aaron McKenna.

Beyoncé's new album is about much more than her marriage. We should all be listening

For all the attention it has garnered as an apparent document of marital infidelity, Lemonade is a decidedly political statement, writes Lorraine Courtney.

This endless talk of water charges is tiring. Here are 10 things we should focus on instead

Of all the things urgently, dangerously and unfairly wrong with this country, Irish Water isn’t even in the top 10, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

Invisible police and invisible politicians are the roots of Dublin's narco terror violence

During the Troubles, when TDs, Ministers and Judges were potential targets for attack the garda/army response was properly resourced and led, writes Tom Clonan.

12 days in hospital: 'Then the Coppers crowds came. The wailing made my head swim'

Emer McGinnity writes about a recent stay in hospital, and the people she met there.

The problem with job interview questions about duck-sized horses

Employers should stick to questions that interrogate the candidate’s experience and deliver measurable evidence, writes careers expert Eoghan McDermott.

Republic of equals? My son, on a waiting list, twists in a wheelchair too small for his body

Austerity and spending cuts have made second-class citizens of people with disabilities, writes Tom Clonan.

Inside the refugee camp where thousands are holding out for a better life

Over 50,000 people are stranded in Greece after EU states shut their borders to refugees. Julien Mercille meets some of those looking for a way out.

Given up on Catholicism? Why you should tick 'no religion' on the census tomorrow

Religion is all of our business when over 90% of state-funded schools remain in church hands, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

Howya head - how about some cabbage?

Michael Kelly continues his 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food series with a look at one of nature’s most versatile vegetables.

Google row: The EU has shown its contempt for success – and another reason to leave

The EU’s message to Google: thanks for the free operating system, guys. Please keep producing that, thanks. But you can’t use it to promote your services.

We're helping women access abortion pills in Ireland. Here's why

When the law does not suit our lives, we take matters into our own hands, writes Need Abortion Ireland, a new support group for women seeking abortion services.

Alan Kelly: Ireland must face up to its climate change obligations

Outgoing Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly is in New York as over 150 countries sign the historic Paris climate deal.

Struggling to get stuff done? Some top tips on decluttering your mind

Replace to-do lists with done lists, and set yourself achievable goals, writes Neil Pavitt.

Bar workers are underpaid and undervalued. We want to change that

When major pubs across the country make huge profits, bar workers too should share in their success, writes Mandate general secretary John Douglas.

The farcical delay in forming a government has eroded my faith in politics

The fallout from the 2016 general election has been largely incomprehensible to most citizens, and even to many devoted political watchers.

A former waitress on the five kind of customers she (not always happily) served

Emer McGinnity offers a guide to the five categories of customers queuing up for food and drink in your local café.

My reality as a working mother: Anxiety, guilt, baby wipes and coffee

Being a working mother is a crash course in muddling through, writes Sharon Mannion.

'Failure is part of the startup game... so we give our companies a good old-fashioned Irish wake'

That’s where Startup Wakes come in – and this is how they came about.

'Gardaí being left in the dark about terror threats to Ireland. That's worrying'

In Ireland, there is no terrorism alert system or threat level assessment that we know of. This is a grave concern, writes Tom Clonan.

Reflections on infertility: 'I expected to be mocked for thinking we were getting somewhere'

Infertility’s seemingly endless circle of hope and disappointment leaves you expecting the worst in all situations, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.

Grow your own peas at home - it's easy and the kids will love it

Michael Kelly continues his 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food series with a look at peas.

The EU has long passed its original purpose. Time for Brexit to kill it

A British withdrawal from the EU is the death knell we need delivered to the failed union, writes Aaron McKenna.

'In reality there’s plenty of food. We just don’t know how to share it'

Ross Golden-Bannon says Ireland needs a Food Sovereignty Proclamation.

A social worker's perspective: We need to rethink the way we help vulnerable children

Behind most of the damage done to children are stories of poverty and inequality, writes Donal O’Malley.

Words of thanks from a Syrian: Irish schoolchildren showed me kindness and hope

Alia Alsoud left Syria in 2011 at start of the civil war. She visited Ireland recently to meet children and teenagers concerned about the refugee crisis.

Known to gardaí? Every time a man is shot dead, I wait for this little phrase to rear its ugly head

Author and scholar Frankie Gaffney writes about “that vile euphemism: Known to Gardaí. ‘Deserved it’ in other words.”

'TDs are not elected to be silent' - Green Party deputy gives impassioned maiden Dáil speech

The refusal of political parties to even consider forming a stable government has been disingenuously linked to the national interest, says Catherine Martin TD.

VIDEO: If you break your arm, it is fixed but what happens when your mind is broken?

Doug Leddin’s powerful video message has been shared thousands of times since he posted it last night.

What happens to your money and possessions if you die without a will

Unmarried couples should know they will not automatically inherit from each other unless they have a will, Aisling O’Leary writes.

Time to face facts: Brexit would be an economic disaster for Ireland

Senator and economist Sean Barrett considers the broader impact of a potential British withdrawal from the EU.

Abuse victims too sensitive? Get a grip, Stephen Fry

The actor’s advice to child sex abuse victims deserves condemnation, writes Megan Nolan.

There's no reason to rejoice over rip-off modular houses. Let's build proper homes instead

Modular homes are exceptionally poor value for money in the long term, writes Dublin councillor Cian O’Callaghan.

Leaving an abusive relationship: He knocked me into a wall when I dared to speak back

A year after leaving her violent partner, one woman is still learning how to cope.

Men's health: Feel a mid-life crisis coming on? It's time for an action plan

Many men struggle to cope with the challenges presented by middle age, writes psychotherapist Karl Melvin.

"I should have told my friend his 'rape joke' was inappropriate. Why didn't I?"

Men need to start feeling more than a little uncomfortable about the issue of consent, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

The beauty of swedes: Grow 30 this summer to last you until next April

Michael Kelly continues his 52 Veg – A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food series with a look at swedes.

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