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Dublin: 22 °C Thursday 24 July, 2014

Opinion: The sudden death of a young woman is not any less tragic for her being an addict

Compassion for a fellow human being should not change just because a poor soul happened to be an addict.

Opinion: Is the effort to ‘revive the property market’ pushing creative groups out of the Docklands?

Places like Mabos, one of Dublin’s most vibrant projects, remind us that the city is something we make together.

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Opinion: Ireland should be at forefront of modern science – Ireland should join CERN

International project collaboration, such as the pan-EU radio telescope LOFAR, would benefit Irish businesses and tourism, as well as our IT and science graduates.

Opinion: Ring them bells! Why Ireland should never get rid of the Angelus

Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else.

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Opinion: ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling opens a legal and ethical Pandora’s box

The ECJ ruling is a godsend for criminals who want to scrub their record clean – and sets a worrying precedent for empowering governments to act beyond their borders.

Opinion: In the name of ‘defence’ we are attacking civilians already under Israeli control

The rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli civilians should not be justified. It threatens the lives of men, women and children.

Opinion: What does it actually take to establish an ‘independent’ policing authority?

The Justice Minister has spoken out about the need for an Independent Garda Authority – but what will it take to achieve that?

Opinion: My son is a little boy who happens to like pink… isn’t that allowed?

“It’s not fair Mama, why do only girls get sparkly things?”

Opinion: ‘It’s a terrible blow to Aids research – and not the first time lives have been needlessly lost’ HIV

Opinion: ‘It’s a terrible blow to Aids research – and not the first time lives have been needlessly lost’

More research into Aids would help to protect the most vulnerable groups in society and also honour those who have died.

Opinion: When you think of a sex worker, you might never think of someone like me

I’m a young, unemployed student. I desperately needed to pay my college tuition, so I signed up to a website seeking a ‘financial arrangement’ with a wealthy man.

Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays?

One of the things I love about the summer holidays is the fact that there are no rules – we are at nobody else’s beck and call.

Opinion: The lazy guide to fair-weather gardening

Whether you’re a fair-weather gardener (or just a lazy one) there is a myriad of plants that can be viewed, sampled and enjoyed.

The road to Petras: Why I gave up my job and became an archaeologist

In my mid twenties, I began to yearn for a change. A recurring voice at the back of my head kept whispering about the possibility of another path.

Opinion: We have made no preparations for our ageing population

Ireland’s population is growing older and living longer – and the reality is we are not prepared for the fallout.

Opinion: Cast claustrophobia? It’s very real and it’s very unpleasant.

I tried to talk to my husband, and friends and family about how I was feeling but no-one seemed to understand… truthfully, I didn’t really understand it myself.

Opinion: The reality of mental illness doesn’t fit into a sanitised sound bite

Although clearly well-intentioned, the irony is that in order to reduce perceived stigma the media has given us a palatable portrayal of mental illness.

Aaron McKenna: Gender, geography, age – focus on everything but quality in government reshuffle

Conspicuously absent from the talk about the reshuffle was an evaluation of intelligence, skills, capabilities or temperament.

Opinion: What will compulsory birth registration of unmarried fathers’ names mean for children?

A child has a right to the identity of both parents, and radical new legislation seeks to underline this.

Opinion: Why I hate the part of me that needs to return to work

I realised that part of me needs to go back to work, for my sanity as much as my bank balance.

Opinion: No person or institution can be left behind in the mother-and-baby home inquiry

There are serious concerns about the forthcoming mother-and-baby home inquiry; there is no international judge and a glaring lack of public debate.

Opinion: A woman pregnant by rape is treated as ‘a vessel and nothing more’ by Irish law

The UN criticised Ireland’s abortion laws and lambasted the State for failing “to assign any accountability” to issues like Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, child abuse and symphysiotomy.

Opinion: I became the first male survivor of Irish clerical sexual abuse to meet Pope Francis

It was such an important and historic moment for Irish survivors, where the Pope was left in no doubt about the human and spiritual cost that clerical child sexual abuse causes.

Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn’t care about them

The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.

Opinion: Once again, we’ve heard a depressingly familiar tune from Ireland on human rights

Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee was disappointing: we have not made the changes recommended four years ago.

Opinion: Big Phil wasn’t the best option for Europe… it should have been Lucinda

Creighton could be a better fit for the role of a European Commissioner, while Hogan looks likely to receive a small portfolio.

Opinion: A fatal foetal diagnosis is nobody’s fault – the deliberate lack of support by the State is.

Do people campaign against families faced with the heartbreaking decision to turn off the life support machine of a loved one? Cases of fatal foetal abnormality are precisely the same.

Opinion: Will Leo survive the Department of Health curse?

The newly-crowned Minister for Health’s role could be the making or breaking for one of politics’ rapidly rising stars.

Opinion: The GAA and Samaritans both have an ethos of giving rather than taking

A Samaritans volunteer and GAA member writes about the people-centred spirit at the heart of both organisations.

Opinion: We can’t afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education

Crèche fees in Ireland are among the highest in Europe – but that is no guarantee children are being well cared for.

Opinion: Ireland’s record on civil and political rights comes under the UN spotlight

While progress has been made in some areas, long-standing human rights issues persist in Ireland including gender-based violence and a systemic delay in processing asylum applications.

Opinion: Failing to prepare for life’s most important journey could be your biggest mistake

The fact of the matter is that many of us sleepwalk into intimate relationships: we need to have open and mature discussions before committing.

Opinion: I’ve walked across burning coals and broken glass – I know I can beat depression too

The last six years have been challenging, and the last 18 months even more so, but I’m looking forward to a very different future for me and my family.

Opinion: American policy is moving ever further from European interests

Under the Obama administration the NSA has continued to grow and Libya has slipped into chaos, meanwhile relations with Russia are reaching crisis point.

Opinion: I have a vision – I want to live in a world where depression is understood

Back at the beginning, the last thing in the world I wanted to accept was “that” label. In my mind, depression was something older people suffered from.

Opinion: SALE! Why does this one word cause all logic to go out the window?

I can’t go into town at the moment. Don’t trust myself. It’s too dangerous.

Opinion: Reluctance to repossess homes just drags out the misery for those in serious debt

Politicians are bemoaning the fact that older people might now have to carry debt onto their pension books – but that’s the risk of re-mortgaging.

Opinion: Don’t let your fear of flying ruin your holiday – follow these tips

You deserve those stress-free days on a sun-kissed beach: don’t let an irrational fear get in the way.

A Bessborough Tale: ‘Some nights all you could hear was sobbing’

To this day I have never experienced the grief and despair I felt leaving my baby son. I thought I would physically break in half.

Opinion: The Garth Brooks situation requires no parody – it is the definition of parody itself

The integrity of our planning process is a principle that our history demands we protect, whether Garth’s heart is breaking or not.

Opinion: A simple ‘how to’ guide for the new Minister for Foreign Affairs

Gilmore’s light touch approach to Northern Ireland was one of his biggest misjudgements as a minister. Here are the three things his successor should consider…

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