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Cold storage: This is what six years of a work ban under direct provision is like

Lassane Ouedraogo was declared a refugee by the Irish State but feels that the system stripped him of dignity and freedom.

GIY: Grow your kitchen herbs indoors and have a constant winter supply

Home-grown herbs can make every meal feel like it was produced in your garden, writes Michael Kelly.

'The majority of us don't agree with either pro choice or pro life hardliners'

The middle ground are rarely heard in Ireland’s fraught debates over abortion, writes Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: 'Surrogacy proposals would make process costly, time consuming and frustrating'

It seems like Irish policy-makers are in fact trying to discourage domestic surrogacy, writes Dr Brian Tobin.

The new sugar tax: Has the government gone far enough?

The new tax should be seen as a welcome first step and perhaps it will ignite an attitude change, writes Ciara Wright.

Opinion: Young people should not have to get used to precarious employment

Too many young people are not only struggling to find work, but work that gives them a decent salary and quality of life, writes James Doorley.

Tom Humphries was afforded a trust that makes his crimes even more odious

Tom Humphries joins a string of other abusers who have eroded the simple innocence of growing up on a glorious field, writes club camogie player and TheJournal.ie news editor Sinéad O’Carroll.

Column: Without tax breaks, skilled workers and innovation, Ireland is Albania without the weather

We need more than documents and targets. We need a national shared vision on innovation, writes Martin Curley.

Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy'

Placing legislative restrictions on how our anthem is used would be an unnecessary limitation on our freedom of expression, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

#MeToo: 'I have been drugged twice by men I knew'

#MeToo was spawned by the Harvey Weinstein revelations and is where women are detailing incidences of sexual assault and harassment online.

'Welfare is not just for those out of work. Here's what you can claim'

Charlie Weston and Karl Deeter’s new book, This Book Is Worth €25,000, is full of tips on how to save money and stop getting ripped off. In this extract they talk about the welfare payments that families are entitled to.

Che stamp hypocrisy: 'A centre-right government selling us the iconography of leftists'

It is a few steps backwards from Bertie Ahern calling himself a socialist, writes Odrán Waldron.

'Have you tried actually applying for something with the Public Services Card? It's a painful experience'

It’s hard to think of one way that the expansion of the card is making life easier for citizens.

GIY: Ophelia's casualties in the garden and collecting seaweed post storm

I spent Monday hunkered down at home, waiting on The Storm Formerly Known As Hurricane Ophelia to do its worst, writes Michael Kelly.

'Abstinence-only approach to nicotine has created undue fears about alternatives'

We need truthful information on the relative risks of cigarettes compared to the various smoke-free alternative products, writes David T Sweanor.

'Up to 10% of older Irish people are victims of financial abuse'

We need to face up to the reality of this situation. Financial abuse can happen anyone, writes Eileen O’Callaghan.

Kinsale's lighthouse family: 'Monday was the scariest day of our lives'

On the morning of the storm we were all laughing and saying how the news had got it all wrong again. But my God were we wrong, writes Cathy Lennon.

Opinion: 'We Catalans supported the Irish struggle from 1880 onwards'

All Catalans ask our international counterparts who called for dialogue, to call for the same from the Spanish government, writes Albert Royo-Mariné.

Thank you: A letter from my Ophelia-hit house to those who helped us

Aine Bonner is grateful her family made it through the storm unscathed but with no power, no water and three kids under 7, she’s counting the cost.

'Make no mistake, Ophelia is what climate change looks like'

Ophelia shows that Ministers are much more comfortable causing disruption to cope with climate change than to prevent it, writes Oisín Coghlan.

Male abuse victims: 'It is easier to believe that men are Harvey Weinsteins'

Our double standard regarding male and female agency is why men are reluctant to come forward to report any kind of abuse, writes James Behan.

Gucci: 'Animal fur isn't "modern". Wearing fur belongs in the Stone Age'

Wearing fur – which is quite literally stolen off animals’ backs – is a practice that belongs in the Stone Age, writes Elisa Allen.

Experiences of acute mental illness: 'I just wasn’t there'

Photovoice was developed by two researchers in the 1990s as a tool for giving voice to groups who have been traditionally marginalised, writes Dr Maria Quinlan.

Grafton Street 1870: 'The street literally swarmed with women of loose character'

Come Here To Me! Vol. 2 celebrates an unexplored Dublin: its public duels and street gangs, suffragettes and drag queens, as well as its not-so-secret gay bars and failed vegetarian societies.

'Weinstein's predatory power-play is an example of workplace harassment everywhere'

And the most shocking thing is that this is nothing new, writes Anna Timoney.

Column: The forgotten Tipperary man who pursued Ned Kelly's gang

Many Irish people have emigrated over the centuries and whilst making names for themselves abroad have been largely forgotten in their native land, writes Tom Hurley.

'October is "stock pot" month when carrots, leeks and parsnips come into their own'

It is only now after the first frosts that carrots and parsnips start to really sweeten up, writes Michael Kelly.

Column: Exploding the myths about 'live birth abortions'

It is time for those who profess to hold a high moral plane to demonstrate some respect for bereaved families and the memories of their dead babies, writes Gerry Edwards.

Thrombosis: 'I left hospital with no real understanding of what had happened to me'

I want everyone to know that blood clots can affect anyone, male or female, young or old, fit and healthy, writes Ann Marie O’Neill.

Opinion: 'We are not that different from Saudi Arabia'

It’s time for us to stop thinking that the “West” is enlightened and the rest of the world is just catching up, writes Amanullah De Sondy.

Debate Room: Has Budget 2018 moved towards solving the housing crisis?

Paschal Donohoe has delivered his first Budget. But has it been a Budget that tackles the housing crisis?

Debate Room: We should take Apple's €13 billion to halve housing lists

The European Commission announced last week that it is taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover €13 billion of tax due from Apple.

Rohingya crisis: 'I will never forget her words or the look in her eyes'

I have travelled extensively and have spoken to many people who have suffered huge amounts, but hearing that woman’s words hit me harder than anything else I had ever heard, writes Rosamond Bennett.

'I am sitting with a non-alcoholic beer on my last night in emergency accommodation'

Homeless people in these situations are not to be blamed. They are living in a brutal, brutalising environment, writes Christine O’Donnell.

Stefanie Preissner: 'Each uploaded photo fooled my 800 closest friends that I was happy'

In her first book, Stefanie Preissner looks at growing up and the ways in which her life has changed.

Opinion: 'Debating religious ideas isn't inciting to hatred'

Introducing a blasphemy law in the 21st century has damaged our reputation internationally, writes Selina Campbell.

'My doctor insisted I leave the job, and signed me off on stress leave'

We’re not entitled to be unhappy with how we are being treated in the workplace. You are seen as a malcontent, someone who doesn’t respect authority, or that you didn’t want to do the hard work.

In the garden: Chutneys for relishing plus it's not too late to sow

Is there anything tastier than some cold meats or cheese served with some crusty bread and a big dollop of chutney, writes Michael Kelly.

Debate Room: Property tax rates are unfair on those living in South County Dublin

High and rapidly increasing house prices have meant that Dublin homeowners shoulder a high proportion of the local property tax bill.

'Are public broadcasting licenses being adhered to in Communicorp stations?'

Media outlets hold great power. The public interest requires that the use of such power be carefully regulated, writes Brendan Howlin.