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Dublin: 9 °C Monday 21 April, 2014

Column: Can metaphors make better laws?

It’s very possible that metaphors can help make better laws … But we can only hope that our lawyers and judges, like our metaphors, are chosen wisely.

Video column: The story of No.16 Moore Street and the rebels of the 1916 Rising

As part of a series of interviews with Dubliners, journalist Eoin Lynch and photographer Deirdre Brennan speak to the great grandson James Connolly about No.16 Moore Street and the 1916 Rising.

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits Opinion

Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits

With the EU forcing us into a ‘devaluation for slow learners’, isn’t it time we look closer at what exactly the euro has done for us?

Column: Remember those who fought in WWI – they were as diverse, and Irish, as any of us

The 140,000 Irishmen who enlisted during WWI marched under a British flag, but their reasons for enlisting to fight against Germany were varied and many.

Column: Identifying unexpected strengths in adolescents

In adolescents, strengths can be found in unexpected venues – perhaps peering through the cracks of hardship – so keep your eyes open.

Column: Why 14 year old Twitter ‘terrorists’ have nothing to worry about

There is such a thing as being too sensitive and overreacting when people do stupid things on social media, writes Aaron McKenna.

Column: Will our new cordial partnership with Britain trickle down to NI’s day-to-day politics?

The flags and parades-related violence undermine the relatively widespread perception that Northern Ireland’s peace process is a ‘completed’ one.

Column: Is there really a glass ceiling for women in the workplace – or is it just for mothers?

The ‘glass ceiling’ is less to do with being a woman and more to do with having to care for small children.

Column: ‘The doctors didn’t think it could be bowel cancer – I was 22, fit, and didn’t smoke’

When I look back I really can’t believe how stupid I was. It took me six months to go see a doctor – I was studying for a masters and didn’t have time to be sick.

Column: Cinema’s enduring fascination with mental disorders can be a force for good

Negative and inaccurate depictions of those living with mental health problems has led to misunderstanding and fear, but there is hope on the horizon.

Column: Unprovoked violence on Dublin’s streets shouldn’t be accepted as ‘normal’

Dublin is now a more modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan city, but senseless violence also breaks out on the streets of the capital – we can’t ignore that.

Column: Here’s where we can make cuts – and savings! – that won’t hurt services, jobs or salaries

Cutting costly emissions from thousands of public buildings would help the environment and save Ireland €200m a year – without requiring a single job loss.

Column: Unpaid internships, low wages, zero hour contracts – this is life without job security

The lack of proper jobs will ultimately cause our economy to stagnate – but employers can’t seem to resist the almost-endless supply of cheap labour.

Column: Our new tax code has created a ‘hierarchy’ of parenting

A recent change to child benefit is forcing separated parents into “primary” and a “secondary” roles.

Column: One year on, we remember the lives lost and forever altered by the Boston bombings

It is unfortunate that, sometimes, it takes a tragedy of this magnitude to vitiate differences and to remind us of our common humanity, writes Larry Donnelly.

Column: The Derry of my childhood was shrouded in sadness – now the city can breathe again

Derry truly is a symbol of the “profound transformation” of the relationship between Ireland and Britain, just like President Higgins said last week.

Column: What is the psychological impact of spending so much time in ‘cyberspace’?

There are serious legal, ethical and philosophical challenges to protecting children in this technological age, writes Mary Aiken.

Video column: The priest – a tribute Fr Peter McVerry

As part of a series of interviews with Dubliners, journalist Eoin Lynch and photographer Deirdre Brennan paint a picture of the characters of the capital.

Column: Climate change is insidious, relentless, and will profoundly alter our world

The overwhelming consensus of the scientific community is that climate change is a settled fact. Ultimately our future is a race between education and catastrophe, writes Kieran Rogers.

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: This is why Michael Noonan wants house prices to rise Opinion

Damien Kiberd: This is why Michael Noonan wants house prices to rise

There’s a hole in the balance sheets, dear Liza.

Column: This is the ‘Dangerous Cocktail’ afflicts senior management teams the world over

Senior teams are very often the worst performing groups in the organisation – and I should know, I’ve spend enough time in one, writes Brian F Smyth.

Column: Peaches and Paula – a mum without a mum and a photograph that spoke a thousand words.

Nothing prepared me for how the birth of my own children would mercilessly rip the scab off the wound that my mother’s death had left behind. In that way, I could relate to the late Peaches Geldof, writes Claire Micks.

Column: For our education sector to thrive, it needs to get commercial sense

We need to construct curriculums with international relevance and figure out fairer ways of funding education in order to compete globally, writes Aaron McKenna.

Column: The Dodder is one of Europe’s best-preserved city rivers – with huge unexploited potential

Dublin’s Dodder river has a huge amount of unexploited potential, but that’s being overshadowed by pollution and fly-tipping, writes Victoria White.

Column: ‘Traditional’ marriage? It hasn’t always been between a man and a woman

Many opponents of marriage equality espouse the values of ‘tradition’ and believe sanctioned unions have always been between a man and a woman … but that’s not true, writes Peter Ferguson.

Column: Look up! The Red Planet is continuing to shine brightly in the night sky

With Mars currently in opposition, and shining with an orange tinge, Conor Farrell explores our fascination with the Red Planet.

Column: So Lady Gaga is a ‘control freak’ who wants photos retouched … can you blame her?

We can’t really whinge at Lady Gaga for wanting control over her own image – after all, her image is her livelihood, writes Lisa McInerney.

Column: Let’s change the language we use about older age

A sharp contrast exists between public and private representations of ageing – and the reality of later life is often misrepresented, writes Prof Thomas Scharf.

Column: The forgotten crises that don’t make the evening news still deserve our attention

In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.

Column: After six hours in the waiting room, my little sister’s pain reached crisis point

We need innovative solutions to the increasingly dangerous and frustrating problem of overburdened emergency departments, writes Lauren Joslin.

Column: Bold gestures are necessary for a genuinely inclusive Northern Ireland

As President Michael D Higgins takes part in an historic trip to the UK, we should reflect on what other valuable gestures could help heal old wounds, writes David McCann.

Column: ‘Memories of the genocide drew screams and wails that echoed around the stadium’

The atmosphere in Rwanda as it remembers its horrific genocide of 20 years ago has been equal parts sombre and hopeful, writes Karen Power.

Column: ‘You f**king n*gger’, I hear it every week

A victim of racism speaks about his experiences as a major anti-racism awareness campaign is launched today.

Column: If you take photos of people without their knowledge, you’re being a creep

We need to start taking privacy in public places seriously, starting by not sharing images made without the subject’s consent – after all, next time, it could be you, writes Fergal Crehan.

From Business ETC Column: 3D printing raises huge opportunities and challenges for society 3d Vision

Column: 3D printing raises huge opportunities and challenges for society

Various industries – including motor, aerospace, fashion and toy manufacturing – are embracing 3D printing and pushing boundaries. But what potential challenges might lie ahead for this astonishing technology?

Column: People will access pension funds early in the UK… will the same happen here?

The UK governmen will now allow all retirees from defined contribution (DC) schemes to take all their money as tax free or taxable cash

Video column: The Historian – a tribute to Dublin’s Shane Mac Thomais

As part of a series of interviews with Dubliners, journalist Eoin Lynch and photographer Deirdre Brennan paint a picture of the characters of the capital.

Column: ‘We must look beyond 1913 and learn the lessons from the Lockout’

The anniversary of the 1913 Lockout has ended, but it offers us an opportunity to re-examine this history.

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash… Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash…

…but this might not be a Bad Thing.

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