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Dublin: 16 °C Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Opinion: We are more concerned with beeps from our phone than the person in front of us

We’re becoming increasingly disconnected from our immediate environment and from the people around us due to the constant use of mobile phones.

Opinion: Blisters, bruises, bumps, bites – life on the Camino is tough but worth every minute

The saying “walk a day in my shoes” really rings true on the wonderful Camino de Santiago.

Opinion: New technology is opening access to education, but also presenting new challenges

Open, flexible and accessible education has the potential to open up education to those who cannot access traditional higher education courses.

Opinion: Why do so many businesses ignore the needs of disabled patrons?

If people with disabilities cannot park near your business or access your services, they and their friends won’t give you custom – it’s that simple.

Opinion: Will the push to encourage more science and technology graduates be worth it?

There has been a series of initiatives put in place to encourage interest in STEM subjects for school leavers; will the effort be rewarded with good jobs?

Opinion: It’s crunch time… Salmond and Darling go head-to-head over Scotland’s future

With so many undecided voters, campaigners are under massive pressure to influence the outcome of the upcoming referendum.

Opinion: Our water infrastructure is a mess but there is a better way

Promising projects worldwide are successfully demonstrating the union of ecology, flood prevention and recreation.

Opinion: Why are so many victims of child sexual abuse reluctant to report it?

Lenient sentencing in sexual assault cases has negative consequences – not just for individuals, but for all victims.

The Trinity Skeletons: The archaeological quest to find out who they were

Medieval human remains found in Dublin city centre have thrown up many questions for archaeologists.

Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all

Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.

Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis

Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.

Opinion: 10 things you can do if you didn’t get that college place you wanted

It may not seem so right now, but the world is your oyster…

Aaron McKenna: To combat crime, we must make prison softer

After taking away a person’s freedom as punishment for their crimes, we should move on to the practical question of how we can reduce their likelihood to reoffend.

Column: Let’s make this school year better for people with autism

What can be done to support people with autism in mainstream education? Three words: awareness, dialogue and openness.

Opinion: ‘I ate leaves and grass to stay alive’ – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

Opinion: Reynolds was utterly instrumental to the peace process – it is no small achievement RIP

Opinion: Reynolds was utterly instrumental to the peace process – it is no small achievement

As I sit here in Belfast, there are no British soldiers patrolling the streets and paramilitaries no longer conduct massive bombing campaigns because of the leadership of people like Albert Reynolds.

Debate Room: Was the New York Post’s front page photo of James Foley unethical?

We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…

Opinion: How will Ireland’s rise, fall and humble recovery affect us as a nation?

Ireland is back on track – according to the ratings agencies anyway – but we aren’t the same people we were ten years ago. And we never will be again.

Opinion: James Foley’s death shows that graphic, unregulated footage is just a click away

Are the general public ready for the stark reality of raw, amateur content – often from war zones – to be part of their mainstream media publications and broadcasts?

Opinion: The disparity in third level participation should make us angry

It is unacceptable that Dublin school leavers from affluent areas are six times more likely to continue to third level education than their counterparts.

Opinion: Could comets have delivered the precursors of life?

The Rosetta spacecraft is searching for clues about the beginning of our solar system.

Opinion: The Roses have thick enough skins to take the constant Father Ted ‘lovely girls’ joke

Last year’s Monaghan Rose says the festival has had a hugely positive effect on her life and she’ll take a bit of slagging because she’s proud to be part of it all.

Opinion: The protesters in Missouri have wrongly become enemies of the State

Blurring the boundary between law enforcement and military action creates the conditions for a military dictatorship.

Opinion: Humanitarian work is intense and all-consuming, but I believe in what I do

Aid work is very full on – you work, live and socialise with your colleagues. But, cheesy as it sounds, I do really believe in what we’re doing here.

Opinion: Israel’s use of force in Gaza reflects an entrenched but unsustainable colonial logic

International lawyers are in agreement that Israel’s military actions went far beyond the pale of legality during Operation Protective Edge.

Opinion: Support for suicidal woman was complicated, not assisted, by abortion legislation

The legislation introduced last year has proved itself to be barbaric and unworkable.

Opinion: A law that protects no one – the Eighth Amendment sees women as incubators

This case has sent a clear message to women in Ireland: if you are suicidal and need an abortion, it is highly unlikely that you will get one.

Opinion: We see the happier side of expat life splashed across Facebook – there’s darkness too

The Irish like to save face a lot of the time, and especially when it comes to emigration.

Opinion: Taking the first steps into education can be daunting – for child and parent

Venturing into the unknown is scary. Here’s how to make things a little easier…

Opinion: How to go from friend to boss overnight

How do you manage colleagues who are also friends?

Opinion: Volunteering isn’t hard, you can just sit and have tea with someone

You would think my friend and I have nothing at all in common, and yet our friendship means so much.

Opinion: To boycott or not to boycott?

Acting ethically isn’t a straightforward process but one thing is certain – we have a duty to think very carefully about our choices.

Opinion: Should you bring your kids to music festivals?

I’m sure many looked at us and thought we were demented, possibly cruel, or just that we couldn’t get a babysitter. But that’s not the case.

Aaron McKenna: We should aim to do less, not more, trade with Russia

We shouldn’t be focused on Vladimir Putin’s bullyboy ban on many EU foods – we should be making ties with ambitious countries that share our values.

Opinion: Gay people have been given a chilling message about discussing their lives on air

The BAI has ruled that discussions by gay people about their status and aspirations as Irish citizens must be directly challenged on the same programme at the same time.

Opinion: I’m not a freak. I’m just an ordinary, decent transvestite.

Paranoia prevents me from sticking my head above the parapet – but my silence is not an excuse to dehumanise me.

Opinion: Schemes like Tús don’t make a blind bit of difference to long-term unemployment

Have work schemes increased individuals’ “work readiness” or just exploited them?

Opinion: ‘Virtual rape’ in video game takes gaming violence to a whole new level

Some Grand Theft Auto players have started to act out “virtual rape” on avatars controlled by other people by modifying the game’s code.

Opinion: I’m already worried about how I’ll pay for my children to go back to school

Our children’s education must not depend on their parents’ ability to pay.

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