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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 21 August, 2014

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.

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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.

Column: Does celebrity opinion promote or distract from the news?

Many celebrities have weighed in on the recent violence in Gaza; are they opening an important dialogue or just mouthing off about things they don’t understand?

Opinion: Life doesn’t begin or end with those elusive CAO points

Things may not go to plan for you today, but that just means there are some unexpected turns on the exciting road ahead.

Opinion: The cultural influence of Yeats, Beckett and Heaney stretches across the world

Culturally, these Irish writers belong to the world – but all of them saw life and used language from an Irish perspective.

Opinion: Robin Williams’ death is a tragedy we should learn from – reach out to someone. Today.

Ask someone how they’re doing today, and listen – really listen – to the answer.

Opinion: Young people from Nairobi and Dublin speak about their lives

For International Youth Day, young adults on the streets of Dublin and Nairobi spoke about their lives, loves and dreams.

Opinion: ‘I’m not experienced enough to do an unpaid internship’

I need an internship to get job experience but, apparently, I need more experience to get even an unpaid internship. What can you do?

Video: Would you eat meat from the offspring of clones?

Good sense or Frankenfood? The issue is coming up for debate again in Europe.

Opinion: Need a little cheering up?

Here are the best ways to get you out of your funk and ready to enjoy the summer.

Opinion: Coping with a nervous Leaving Cert student? Read on…

With the Leaving Certificate results set to be released this week, here are some tips to calm those fraying nerves.

Opinion: Craft beer – is it just a phase?

There seems to be a perception that craft beer is a phase, a fad, a temporary hipster thing – nothing could be further from the truth.

Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame

Moderate rebels are being squeezed simultaneously by IS and Assad regime forces.

Opinion: Planning for loss of mental capacity should be as automatic as making a will

Opinion: Planning for loss of mental capacity should be as automatic as making a will

Making an advanced healthcare directive is good sense – serious illness, brain injury, accident or stroke could render any one of us incapacitated.

Stay at Home Dads: I was put through things a mother would never face to get custody

I went through a long stressful time in the Family Law Courts trying in vain to get custody of of my children – but it was worth it.

Stay at Home Dads: ‘For now, this is my career. My daughter is my priority.’

As for the future, I will go back to work, in my own time. I feel the pressure of not having a “career” right now.

Aaron McKenna: Animal circuses are a shameful cruelty that you should avoid funding

Hopefully in 100 years we’ll look back on animals in circuses like we now do about Victorian ‘freak show’ performances using disabled people.

Opinion: Remembering a genocide the world is determined to ignore Opinion This post contains images

Opinion: Remembering a genocide the world is determined to ignore

Thousands of Roma met their fate in the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers, died in medical experiments or starved to death. Others were displaced or sterilised.

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