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Dublin: 15 °C Monday 22 September, 2014

Opinion: Yes, Scotland has stayed in the UK – but the old union is dead

Despite the defeat for independence, Scotland and the UK will never be the same again – and Ireland’s relationship with its neighbours will change too.

Extract: 16 Dead Men – The Easter Rising Executions

The men who were killed for their involvement in the Easter Rising were diverse in age and occupation, but brought together by a common vision.

Column: ‘More people are facing a brutal winter on our streets or sleeping in their cars.’

The Simon Community is hoping to press the government into action before the cold sets in.

Video: Living with dementia – two families talk honestly about this heartbreaking disease

Two people affected by dementia talk candidly about how it has changed their lives.

Column: How does colour affect our way of seeing the world?

Language affects worldview in minuscule ways, as a study of colour perception has shown.

Opinion: ‘The anger and pain get hold of me too quickly – I feel trapped and afraid’

A young person experiencing mental health problems gives an honest and unflinching account of what it’s like to have suicidal thoughts, and the challenges to finding help.

Aaron McKenna: What are our coalition options after the next election?

Coalitions are the price of proportional systems such as ours: voters should have truthful information about potential alliances in order to make informed decisions.

Opinion: Are these questions about climate change preventing you from taking action?

This weekend, protests are planned all over the world to show that citizens care about this climate change – but do they really?

Opinion: Should I be afraid to express affection to another woman on the street? Pda

Opinion: Should I be afraid to express affection to another woman on the street?

After side-stepping a goodnight kiss with a date, I wondered why I was so slow to be affectionate in public…

Opinion: Discovering my daughter had an eating disorder was a devastating experience

My naivety blinded me to the complex mental health issues that bring about eating disorders in the first place

Opinion: The ripple effect of commodifying water – from Dublin to Detroit

Looking at how water charges have been implemented elsewhere allows us to glimpse what their likely effect will be in Ireland… and it’s not pretty.

Column: Boston Mayor’s ‘homecoming’ is mutually beneficial for both sides of the Atlantic

This week, he’s coming back in a capacity he could only have dreamed of all those years ago, writes Larry Donnelly.

Column: ‘The legal recognition of ISL is the key to equality for deaf people in Irish society’

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is not yet legally or officially recognised in Ireland.

Column: ‘The Scottish voting yes are doing so from an international, rather than just a nationalist mindset’

If Scotland has to consider anew its membership of the European Union, then the Irish Government should be there standing up for its application, writes Eamon Ryan.

Column: ‘It is time to re-think what we think we know about Africa’

Clearly, people in Ireland support the principle of overseas aid, but they are not convinced our aid is actually making a difference.

Column: Do you suffer from social media and internet addiction?

We live in an ‘always on’ world and because the internet is constantly accessible via mobile devices, it is very difficult to control.

Column: ‘Music isn’t just about what you hear. Where and how we hear it can have just as much impact’

Composer Fergal Dowling talks about two new site-specific concerts programmed in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

Column: ‘Ireland’s road to recovery depends on whether we’re going to bring everyone with us’

A job is no longer a guarantee of economic security and women are particularly vulnerable to precarious work and low wages.

Column: As a country that thrives on its reputation for craic, we must ensure our cities are a place of enjoyment

‘A good city is like a good party – people stay much longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.’

Column: ‘After many years of peace, Europe could be drawn into a war on its own borders’

The West needs to stop hiding behind treaties that Russia has already invalidated, writes John O’Donnell.

Column: ‘My school was unable to have a dedicated higher maths class, so I studied through video-link’

Through ‘Connected Classroom’ four students participated in higher-level maths classes through a video link-up with their sister school, Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin.

Column: How do we get over losing the love of our life?

Those of us who have loved and lost are told to ‘move on’. Yes, we must do just that but it takes time and a lot of healing.

Column: ‘Protecting human rights in Colombia is a dangerous business’

A Christian Aid Ireland delegation visited David Rabelo, a human rights defender in Bogota prison, where he is serving 18 years.

Opinion: The Scottish referendum is the classic heart versus head clash

There has been surprisingly little coverage or comment on Scottish independence in Ireland, but a Yes vote would affect us on many fronts.

Column: ‘At aged 48, I found out I was adopted. When I found my mother, it was too late’

It took Harry Foley 20 years to find his brother and sisters in Ireland. He said the State need to take hold of the situation and apologise.

Opinion: ‘We Irish deal with things with a sense of humour – even cancer’

The reaction is sometimes to ignore a situation, or keep it private. An attitude which we all know affects the perceptions of depression and mental health, writes Neil Douglas.

Column: An era has truly come to an end in Northern Ireland with the death of Ian Paisley

Historically it is appropriate to remember that substantial figure has gone and it is worth just remembering his substantial contribution to our politics.

Aaron McKenna: ‘We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy’

European Commissioners aren’t picked on any basis of merit or usefulness. It’s no different than most governments, but at least we elect the cabinet together at home.

Opinion: ‘I’ve never found it at all incongruous that I could be both British and Scottish’

I was brought up to be and remain a passionate patriot undiluted by years of exile – but here’s why I would vote No.

Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders

Massacres, hostage-taking, torture and sexual violence. These are the war crimes happening in Syria, yet why don’t we care, asks GOAL CEO Barry Andrews.

Opinion: ‘Peig Sayers represents our complexity and there is a little of her in us all’

The Sayers family were Protestant Cromwellian landed genrty whose descendent ended up being one of the most famous storytellers in Europe, speaking the Irish language.

Column: Four trends that will have a significant impact on every business in Ireland

Paying special attention to the shifting needs and attitudes of the new, experiential generation will pay off for all businesses, writes Renaud Visage co-founder of Eventbrite.

Opinion: Dublin is a great place to live, but not necessarily when you’re old

By 2041, the number of people in this country over the age of 65 is predicted to reach 1.4 million.

Column: The Ebola outbreak is much more than a medical emergency

Food scarcities, rocketing transport costs, closures to schools and clinics – an on-the-ground account of the situation in Liberia.

Opinion: Turn those angry tweets into bums on seats

There’s more hurling to be done in Croke Park this Sunday.

Opinion: ‘We patrol the waters on the look out for someone contemplating suicide’

Since Waterford Search and Rescue was established they have saved 74 lives.

Column: It’s still okay to say ‘NO!’ to your Junior Cert teen on drinking Opinion This post contains a poll

Column: It’s still okay to say ‘NO!’ to your Junior Cert teen on drinking

…But saying ‘No’ alone is not good enough. Tell the whole story.

Opinion: It’s not a Mickey Mouse exam, the Junior Cert does actually matter

To say it doesn’t is an insult to the 60,698 Irish students who studied for 3 years to sit the exam last June.

Opinion: As Apple moves further into data, it’s time we start taking responsibility for our own

With Apple moving into health and fitness and quantifying our lives even further, more data about us is going to be gathered.

Opinion: ‘I saw my wife’s face and I couldn’t hide from it any more. I had to stop gambling’

An anonymous contributor says it doesn’t matter what way you gamble, it comes down to losing control over it.

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