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Dublin: 11 °C Sunday 21 December, 2014

Column: How you can win at office politics in 6 steps

It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.

Opinion: Are we devaluing degrees?

Our exploding education sector is a good thing in many ways – but it also has significant drawbacks.

Opinion: 8 things I’ve learned about Christmas since having kids

Before kids, Christmas was about nights out as much as nights in – and about finding the perfect sparkly dress for the office party.

Opinion: Sony has capitulated to terrorist demands – it will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech

Pretty much any nefarious tin-pot dictator can pay hackers to go do a job for them. Will the people of the free world just throw their hands up in surrender?

Column: We continue to put children in adult prisons. It is utterly unacceptable.

Young people have the highest rates of reoffending, but they also have the greatest capacity for change – scientific evidence proves this.

Opinion: In Ireland a pregnancy must continue even if a woman is raped, suicidal or clinically dead

Pregnancy isn’t as black and white as we would like. There are fatal foetal abnormalities, health risks, complications, and pregnancy from rape and incest. In each instance our laws allow one outcome: have the child.

“I should be looking forward to Christmas but it seems like a mountain I have to climb”

Christmas can be turned into more of an ordeal than a celebration due to loneliness, financial worries or relationship breakdowns.

Column: 4,000 people under the age of 65 are living with dementia in this country

Let’s make 2015 the year we begin to listen the voice of the person with dementia.

Opinion: The Banking Inquiry will help put the final pieces of the jigsaw together

The banking inquiry’s first public hearings get under way today and questions remain about what happened six years ago.

‘I’ll Ride With You’: A blueprint for how we should deal with terrorism

Yesterday’s gesture by a Sydney commuter was an extraordinary show of solidarity and humanity – showing what differentiates us is negligible in comparison to what unites us.

Opinion: Austerity cuts that directly affect women and children have been piled on by this government

As a society, we need to develop a more enlightened and informed view of female-led households.

Opinion: The simple, powerful gesture you can make to balance the sadness of the past week

Anyone who keeps up with current affairs in Ireland would be hard-pressed to find a smile these days. I’ve decided what I need to do to change things – if even in a small way.

Opinion: Stay-at-home fathers are still seen as a ‘novelty’ but perceptions are slowly changing

In the future we will no longer think in terms of stay-at-home ‘mothers’ or ‘fathers’, and instead just refer to stay-at-home parents.

Opinion: Messages like this shouldn’t be given to patients – depression isn’t an ‘embarrassing problem’

I came across this poster just last week in a GP waiting room and have to admit I was shocked, and so incredibly disappointed.

Column: What you should know about hushed negotiations taking place between the EU and US

One of the largest free trade agreements to be negotiated in recent times is provoking serious concerns among civil groups.

Opinion: Forget the fancy stuff, THIS is my Christmas wishlist

Imaginative gifts are all well and good but just help me out with the basics!

Column: How to survive the festive season as a singleton

You never know when Mr or Ms Right will stumble across your path, so attending every opening of every envelope is mandatory during the festive season.

Opinion: ‘Poor people can’t cook’ remark caused outrage – but consider the facts behind the headlines

Is a quick and cheap story about a rich woman talking down to poor people easier to stomach than the truth?

The KAL case kickstarted a decade of debate on marriage equality

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan made global headlines when they tried to have their Canadian marriage recognised by the Irish State.

How to buy a slap-up Christmas meal (and all the extras) on a budget

The main Christmas meal is actually relatively cheap to cook from scratch providing you plan ahead.

‘Finally, I have an appointment with a psychologist… 294 days after being discharged from the hospital’

Nine and a half months for an appointment? I, like many others with varying medical issues, have been failed by the very system that I have been contributing to.

Opinion: Of all the member states, Ireland would be the most affected if the UK opted to leave the EU

What is the likelihood of the UK leaving the European Union… and what would it mean for Ireland if it did?

Opinion: A simple act of kindness could help someone feeling alone at this time of year

Spare a thought for those who will be on their own over the holiday period – this can be one of the worst times of the year.

Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’

Torture survivor Juan Mendez looks back at his harrowing experience, and the challenges facing the global fight against torture, in his role as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Opinion: We have been sold out, we have been failed. That is why I’m marching today.

We deserve better and, today, people across the country will come together – dignified and defiant.

Opinion: When the people lead, politicians are forced to follow – so let’s make our voices heard

We need a solution for our water needs – but one that doesn’t include creative accounting, cronyism, and possible privatisation.

Opinion: Mary Lou would elevate Sinn Féin to the political elite as party leader

It’s obvious to observers on the side-line that it makes sense for Adams to step aside and make way for a leader who can elevate the party into the political establishment, south of the border.

Opinion: I deeply hope that Dáil Éireann will vote to recognise Palestine

Former Israeli ambassador Ilan Baruch writes that only through a two state solution will freedom, security and equality for both Israelis and Palestinians come to pass.

The forgotten voice: a student’s opinion of the Junior Cycle

In the bickering between unions and government, one voice is often lacking: that of the student.

Opinion: Goodbye Ray – we’ve been through a lot together (even though you don’t know it)

As a new mum, he was my window into the outside world. My connection with civilisation. Often my only adult ‘mate’.

Opinion: Have yourself a mindful Christmas

Some tips to help you enjoy a peaceful and magical celebration.

Opinion: Some of the everyday struggles people with mental illnesses face in Ireland

It has taken me a long time not to see myself as a ‘failure’ for having this illness.

Dublin Sounds: An autumnal walk in Dartmouth Square

A sound sketch of a beautiful space in Dublin on a crisp autumn day…

Opinion: The left needs to form a stronger alliance – and soon

With rumours rife that the two old civil war parties will go into government following the next general election, the disparate elements of the left must come together.

Column: Have a Hoppy Christmas! Some beers to try over the festive season…

Raise a glass – or even make a mean beer-brined turkey – with these beer selection tips.

Opinion: We can’t let bad charities sour us on doing good this Christmas

Giving to those in need is a special thing in a world where so much indifference and evil is given free rein; we cannot allow bad apples to shake our faith in good.

Opinion: There has been a shift in Ireland’s political climate… but why now?

Given the fact that we have been living through turbulent political times for the past six years, why are such profound shifts in political consciousness happening now?

Opinion: Despite talk of an improving economy, worrying mortgage arrears on family homes persist

Will the State will put the interests of its people above commercial and provide us with strong consumer protection standards?

Opinion: The Taoiseach visiting Pantibar shows we will no longer be hidden away

The image of the head of government in a gay bar – once an utterly unimaginable event – sends a powerful signal to all of society about the status of LGBT people in our society.

Opinion: US policing culture is growing increasingly violent – so where will it end?

Adjusting for the disparity in population, citizens in Britain – another country with armed police – are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans.

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