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Dublin: 4 °C Monday 2 March, 2015

Mental health: The issue that could make or break the next election

Mental health difficulties occur in every constituency, across every demographic. And it’s time proper attention was paid to the problem.

My bullies were not ‘bad kids’ – they were normal, average kids

I was about ten when it all began. I was excluded from everything, nobody wanted to talk to me and nobody wanted to play with me.

A Gardener’s Diary: The start of sowing season – and some tips for planting

It may not quite be summer yet, but it’s time to get planting those seeds!

Savage Indignation: Irish satire in the 20th century

Satirical magazine The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly took a wry look at the political landscape of early 20th century Ireland.


Greece proves left wing parties don’t have a chance of delivering in power

They’re good at protesting and making noise, but they have no workable policies.

Not all emigrants are yearning for the green grass of home

There are things all emigrants miss about Ireland, but some of us are much happier abroad. I know I am.

Postgraduate SUSI applicant? Let’s hope you were never hardworking or homeless

I worked full-time during my full-time undergraduate degree; in 2007 my mother and I became homeless. Yet I am not deemed eligible for a full postgraduate grant.

Why are men more likely to be violent than women?

Worldwide, women aged 15 to 44 are more likely to be killed or maimed because of male violence than because of war, cancer, malaria and traffic accidents combined. Why is this?

The gap between the rich and poor is widening, thanks to this government

Economic inequality in increasing in Ireland – despite what TDs might say.

I knew I had to stop overeating when the local Chinese takeaway memorised my address

I’m ready to wave goodbye to emotional eating and junk food, but it’s not that easy.

Would you be bothered if your cuppa was made with slave labour?

Major brands and coffee chains have led the way, but few Irish supermarkets actively support Fairtrade.

‘The young man I saw in my outpatient department recently had changed his life around’

People can – and do – recover from psychotic episodes, but widespread stigma intensifies the sense of panic and isolation that sufferers experience.

What will the Greek challenge to austerity mean for Ireland?

Greece’s bailout extension is loaded with political meaning for other eurozone countries.

Make no mistake – the drinks industry cares about sales, not you

It is impossible for a body bought and paid for by the drinks industry to honestly communicate the effects of alcohol on the individual.

What would Albert Einstein say about Ireland’s housing crisis?

We are, once again, beset by the destructive dichotomy of the two-horse race that is renting or owning.

It’s high time for neutrality to be enshrined in the Constitution – don’t let the government backtrack

At the last election the government received a mandate based on their pledges, and one was formalising a policy of neutrality.

Column: The tale of the 18th century baronet, his Irish mistress and a horrific love charm

Nothing prepared me for the unearthing this tale of witchcraft, lust and horror, set in 18th century Co Mayo.

Why SHOULD Irish get full EU support? Not enough of us speak it.

Translating documents is a waste of time and money considering the amount of people who choose to actually work through Irish.

From Business ETC Need to attract the brightest talent to your company? Here’s how… Opinion

Need to attract the brightest talent to your company? Here’s how…

The competition for top talent is red hot now – here’s how to make sure you get the candidates that will make your company succeed.

Bullying in workplaces needs to be addressed, especially in small organisations

How should you react if you’re belittled or bullied in the workplace?

The Government’s reaction to our childcare crisis: divide and conquer

By pitching different segments of the electorate against each other, the Government can effectively wash its hands of the problem.

Why are tobacco companies opposing this so vigorously? They’re afraid.

Multinational tobacco companies don’t want to see Ireland introduce plain packaging because they know it works, writes Minister James Reilly.

Lambasting Kate over a few grey hairs isn’t harmless – it shows the pressure women face

Kate Middleton is 33 years old, the mother of a toddler, and is currently pregnant… is anyone really shocked she has a grey hair or two?

‘This could become a mass grave,’ I thought as we waited there together

As we waited to be evacuated, a shell hit and a woman lost her leg. By the time the ambulance arrived five hours later, she had bled to death.

‘I mistakenly believed I had legal rights to my own children’

New legislation being published today will give protections to non-traditonal Irish families.

Who owns our digital fingerprints?

Think about your day 15 years ago; you could have gone about your business leaving almost no trace of yourself. Not anymore, data is changing our world.

An octogenarian gentleman taught me that it’s never too late to come out

News of Pat Carey’s brave move reminds Dil Wickremasinghe of an elderly man who asked to connect with LGBT community. “I’ve wanted to do this all my life,” he said.

Children are precious, so why aren’t the people caring for them valued?

‘An au pair’s work is essential, and caring for children is an enormous responsibility, yet we are not seen as real workers.’

Want to learn to write code? Here’s how…

Understanding how software is made is increasingly important (but it needn’t cost you the earth to learn).

Politically disillusioned young people need an edgy, relevant programme like The Daily Show

We need something that will really engage younger people.

‘The telly is the most effective, reliable and cheap form of babysitter known to man’

Telly is powerful stuff – for both parent and child.

‘Like many young men, I refused to believe there was anything wrong. But I couldn’t stop crying.’

It’s OK not to be OK. But you need to talk before it’s all too late, before you’ve broken hearts or – most importantly – broken yourself.

My child was diagnosed as ‘incompatible with life’ but I’m glad Clare Daly’s bill was voted down

A change in the law could help to establish a culture where a ‘choice’ soon becomes an expectation.

Free GP care to young children sounds like a great idea… but is it really?

Is this ‘adequate, affordable, quality healthcare for all’?

Some politicians are trying to destroy relations between the Gardai and the community

I was one of the councillors prevented from leaving a meeting in Fingal by protesters; the politicians involved in organising it have exposed their anti-Garda agenda.

From Business ETC Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive? Analysis

Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive?

Dumbing down their content, pursuing ‘edgy’ stories over quality journalism, are not wise decisions, writes Paul Allen.

Say it with flowers? What blooms signify to your Valentine

Planning to give your love flowers today? Check this out first…

From Business ETC Small airline, small country, small minds – the Aer Lingus story Head In The Clouds

Small airline, small country, small minds – the Aer Lingus story

Political interference has kept Aer Lingus one of the smallest airlines in Europe whilst its home-grown competition passed it by ten times over.

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