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'Even the bouncy castle industry in Ireland has representation: Generation Rent needs a voice'

One in five households rent nationally – and that could well remain the situation.

Opinion: Our Celtic identity might not be what we think it is

Author Caomhín De Barra asks about Ireland’s Celtic past, and whether it really is what we think it is.

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused GIY

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused

If you can get out of your head for an hour or so, you’ll automatically feel calmer – but the challenge is getting there, writes Michael Kelly.

'What has the Catholic Church ever done for the world? Quite a lot, actually'

A lecturer in Theology sketches the Roman Catholic Church’s influence on legal, political, social and philanthropic movements through the ages.

'In 1969, I fell pregnant as a teen - and then the Church took over'

Ava Stapleton had to make a stark choice when she was a pregnant 17 year old: give up her baby or have a shotgun wedding.

I was there when Irish journalists sang for the Pope. I can confirm there was no drink taken

Irish journalists were granted a special midnight audience with Pope John Paul II out at a Navan Road convent school, Éanna Brophy recalls.

Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry'

‘Personal faith, separate from the institution, unwavering respect for those who educated me, and the comfort of community’.

Opinion: 'The Repeal the 8th campaign should inspire the fight against the housing crisis'

Benjamin Moore writes that the Repeal campaign can be a blueprint for fighting back against the current issues around housing and homelessness.

'I began to feel like I wasn't meant to have a job, or to live a life of my choosing'

Padraig Hannafin tells his story of how the loss of his Personal Assistant has greatly reduced his independence and ability to undertake his day-to-day tasks.

'Ireland's decision to prohibit GM crops doesn't make sense'

Two eminent plant biotechnologists argue that the Irish government has made the wrong decision to opt out of growing GMOs here.

'What a rush': Getting front and centre at the most dangerous sport event on Earth

Irish photographer Donal Moloney was the only non-Italian this year to capture the drama of the ancient Calcio Storico, ‘a mixture of soccer, rugby and attempted murder’.

'We have twice had to rebuild our village on the West Bank - now our school is under threat'

The principal of the school used by Palestinian children in Susya makes a direct appeal to the Irish government to support them.

'Dry stone walls are part of our history and culture but there are plans to replace them with fencing'

The first proposed stretch of wall to be replaced is along the N67 between Kinvara and Ballindereen, Co. Galway.

In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants GIY

In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants

Growing brassicas like kale or cauliflower is basically a war between you and the creatures that want to eat the plants, writes Michael Kelly of GIY.ie.

Opinion: Time is running out to save Ormston House - here's why it's important to Limerick

Ormston House is for sale – but the chair of its board says that for seven years it has contributed a huge amount to Limerick society.

HAP: Landlords are just turning around and saying, 'Someone else is after coming in with cash'

“It gets so much that I actually just stopped for two, three weeks because I couldn’t bear to keep going, getting refused, getting refused, getting refused,” says Daniel who has been looking for accommodation with HAP for eight months.

'Paddy Cosgrave was wrong to invite Le Pen - and wrong to use Northern Ireland in his justification'

David McCann, an expert on the politics of peace, can not equate Marine Le Pen with the stakeholders of Northern Ireland.

'The Leaving Cert doesn't define you. My life has completely turned around since this time last year'

A year on from her own Leaving Cert results of 200 points, Sadb Molloy is on her way to UCD.

'I needed to end my fast-fashion fix and get a grip. Here's how I did it'

Actress Aoibhéann McCann writes about her passion to avoid ‘fast fashion’ at all costs – and how it’s affecting our environment catastrophically as one of the biggest global polluters.

'Compostable cup for your coffee sound good? It all depends on where it ends up'

Recyclable and compostable options are only truly beneficial if they end up, and are processed, in the correct waste facility, writes industry expert Brian O’Sullivan.

'Avoid burnout and maintain productivity you can be proud of by installing work boundaries'

‘Our boundaries need to be clearer than ever, with ourselves and with others’, writes Aoife McElwain.

'The devastating impact of social class is not an abstract concept to hundreds of thousands on this island'

Working class communities are punished for a system they had little real control over, writes Lynn Ruane.

Home births: 'It was really special to be able to hold him for the very first time in our own living room'

David Caren gives practical advice for Irish expectant dads.

'If the non-inclusive attitude is not radically reformed, the Irish Catholic Church will continue to decline'

The organisers of the World Meeting of Families have taken a hardline approach and only unquestioning docile Catholics are welcome, writes Brendan Butler.

'Sowing season doesn’t stop at the end of spring if you want vegetables over the winter'

This is a crucially important time of the year to be sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.

'Irish sports women are leading the way and there's no longer this dominant sense of tokenism'

It’s an outstanding time for Irish sports that needs to be recognised and relished, writes Emma Duffy.

'Living with your parents in your late 20s isn't not going to kill you but it’s uncomfortable, it’s stifling'

‘I want to move forward but I’m being forced to take a step back and move back home because of the current rental market’, writes Brigid O’Dea.

'I was 13 when the Pope came to Ireland and I was raped by a priest the next year'

Colm O’Gorman says he had believed Pope John Paul II when he said he loved the young people of Ireland – but instead, the pope protected his institution, not children.

Thuggery, vandalism and urinating at playgrounds: 'We need zero tolerance to anti-social behaviour'

People’s daily lives are being blighted by persistent anti-social behaviour, writes Jim O’Callaghan.

Opinion: 'Want to build peace in Northern Ireland? Start by looking at what John Hume achieved'

The director of a documentary about Hume’s life – which will be broadcast tonight on RTÉ One – writes about the impact he had on Northern Ireland.

'I was made Minister for the Gaeltacht but I could hardly speak a word as Gaeilge'

‘Our language is not just a communication too, it’s a gateway to our past’, writes Joe McHugh.

Opinion: 'Fussing about low breastfeeding rates reeks of mother-shaming'

World Breastfeeding Week should be about promoting existing supports, not questioning our rates writes Adrienne Corless.

'If Drake can't shift a bulk of physical albums, what hope have Irish musicians?'

Former Today FM CEO Peter McPartlin on how an Irish Album Day could harness the power of the LP.

'I was kidnapped by Islamic State, sold into slavery and endured rape, torture and humiliation'

UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad writes how six of her brothers were shot and buried in irrigation ditches when Islamic State invaded the Sinjar region in northern Iraq.

'Newborn babies can only receive blood given in the last five days - so why are so few of us donating?'

Only 3% of us who are eligible to give blood actually do so.

'I can’t see him as a Thor FitzGerald': 10 rules for choosing a baby name

David Caren gives practical advice for Irish expectant dads.

'A gambler can lose everything in an instant, destroying countless lives around them in the process'

‘We probably won’t know the impact of online gambling on our society for another ten years’, writes John Halligan.

Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch

It’s a good idea to cease watering onions for about two weeks before harvesting to help with that drying out, writes Michael Kelly.

'Despite Newbridge and Liam Miller outcomes, the GAA lost as it looked to be bullied by public opinion'

‘This is a GAA that clearly wasn’t reading the room, or the country’, writes Declan Lee.

'The granny grant is a trivial pre-Budget kite, indifferent to parents and disrespectful to grandparents'

Our government can and should do better, writes Frances Byrne.

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