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Dublin: 12 °C Sunday 23 April, 2017

'I am so proud that my body was Carragh’s safe haven for those 38 weeks, that it was her home'

I took comfort and healing from the 38 weeks Carragh and I spent together, writes Mandy O’Neill.

Brain injury: ''Fighting' has become my mission in life since my son Pádraig’s catastrophic accident'

It’s time to stand tall for the rights of persons with neurological illnesses, and especially for those with severe acquired brain injuries, writes Reinhard Schaler.

'Racism isn't always malicious. It can be a white person asking me to “twerk like Beyoncé”'

Be aware of how you practice unconscious racism through harmful words, attitudes, and interactions, writes Angela Fichter.

No Facebook, no WhatsApp: Three things we learned from a digital detox

Housemates Dermot and Darren decided to undertake a digital detox to try and spur them on to use their phone less. As part of our Live A Better Life series, they tell us what they learned.

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty GIY

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty

The humble onion is one of the most important and versatile vegetables of all, so much so that it’s still worth shedding a few tears over, writes Michael Kelly.

Changing our county boundaries: 'There is far more at stake than just identity'

Taking the richer parts of some counties and pushing them into other counties will hurt communities, writes Michael Fitzmaurice TD.

100 Days of Trump: 'There has been a great betrayal of vulnerable voters'

Politically, the frenetic, unpredictable approach of the Trump administration has engendered one unnecessary nightmare after another, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sport snobbery: 'McGregor still has a tough fight if he wants to win over the home crowd'

Conor McGregor’s success has made mixed martial arts a viable outlet for children around Ireland, writes Lorraine Courtney.

'There’s a strong chance the Assembly won’t recommend repealing the Eighth Amendment outright'

The Assembly should recommend taking the issue out of the Constitution, allowing it to be regulated through legislation, writes Eoin Daly.

Opinion: 'The government won't remove the Church from its authority over social services until we demand it'

It will take legal challenges on the grounds of gender discrimination to fully remove the Catholic Church from publicly-funded services, writes Colleen Hennessy.

Recycling: 'This can't go on. I want refundable deposits on bottles and cans. It can be done'

The schemes that work in other countries can work here too, writes Victoria White.

Opinion: 'What standard of living do people want? What is required to deliver this?'

Now is the perfect opportunity to develop a new and radical social contract for Ireland’s second century, writes Dr Seán Healy.

Tom Clonan: We need to talk about how unprepared we are for a terror attack

“In the new reality, the ordinary police on duty, or Gardai, will be required to close down such attacks.”

Zero-hour contracts: 'Clare has to live with her parents and can't afford to go to the doctor'

The government needs to play catch up with Europe and implement legislation that gives part-time workers security of hours, writes Sinead Pembroke.

Fitness goals: 'Be specific. Choose something concrete like running 5K in 30 minutes'

If the first quarter of the year hasn’t gone well, start re-thinking your fitness goals now, writes Carl Cautley.

'If we want to cherish all children equally, stop the subsidies to foreign executives'

There is such a sense of entitlement among elites that they barely try to hide their privileges, writes Kieran Allen.

Psoriatic arthritis: 'It is very much an invisible illness because I look and appear fine'

It is unacceptable to only have access to medical experts and services within regular business hours, writes Sandra Quinn.

'Ireland is slowly discarding its age-old loyalty card attitude toward established religions'

Laws, government policies and the public funding of services should benefit all members of Irish society, writes Terry Flynn.

The case against female-only business groups in 2017

Anything that reinforces a stereotype that women need special treatment should be cut out.

'Planners are trying to engage with us and we have a duty to join the conversation'

When we accept that we are all part of the planning process everything becomes easier, writes Carol Tallon.

Shane Ross: 'If you could save one person's life, would you?'

The fact that my Bill will save lives is not a truth some vested interests want to hear, writes Transport Minister Shane Ross.

Column: 'I'd like to know the science of the resurrection but my belief goes beyond an empty tomb'

Hope for humanity is the key Easter message, writes Fr Richard Gibbons.

Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru

It’s the perfect time of the year to talk about sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.

Big Little Lies: 'No woman just lets domestic violence happen. But maybe we do'

HBO’s Big Little Lies has quietly evolved into something more resonant and harrowing, writes Lorraine Courtney.

'United Airlines forgot the courts of public opinion and law are two very different things'

Communications expert Jack Murray delivers a masterclass in how to deal with a social media storm.

Why I'm marching for science: 'The alternative, doing nothing, is unthinkable'

Anyone who supports scientific research, evidence-based policies and equality should take a stand too, writes Dr Joseph Roche.

Northern Ireland: 'Most people would probably welcome a redrawn border'

All options, radical or otherwise for Northern Ireland, need to be weighed up, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

Luke Ming Flanagan: 'Regulation, like taxes, is only for the little people'

Corporate Ireland doesn’t need to live up to the laws that are put in place for our health and our environment, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

'Tribunals and commissions achieve nothing. They just shield the guilty from prosecution'

In Ireland, any objective observer can see that justice is dead, writes William Campbell.

Julien Mercille: Liberals are wrong to cheer on Trump's bombs

Boosting humanitarian aid and taking in more refugees would be more effective in alleviating suffering, writes Julien Mercille.

'Do we invest money into private pockets, or into public housing, that we own?'

It is entirely feasible to establish a State company that can borrow off balance sheet, writes Éilis Ryan.

Column: 'I can look an animal in the eye, knowing I'm not contributing to their suffering'

Becoming vegan has revolutionised my life as well as my thinking, writes Katie McEneaney.

Column: 'I've discovered the joy of doing a fitness activity with others'

There is no ideal image that you must measure up to in order to become involved in fitness, writes Christine Allen.

Column: Debunking the most common 'alternative facts' about the Irish language

There is no reason Ireland couldn’t be wealthy and successful if more of us spoke Irish, writes Colm Ó Broin.

Secrets to Norwegians' happiness: 'We don't boast. We don't express happiness openly'

Norway is the happiest country to live in because it is safe, equal and honest, writes Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland Else Berit Eikeland.

GIY column: This week, it's time to start sowing your vegetable seeds

I am constantly looking for things that simplify my gardening, writes Michael Kelly.

'Fox News' Bill O'Reilly will be replaced by another big mouth, cheering Trump on'

The fact that the advertisers pulled out of the O’Reilly show doesn’t mean that they have withdrawn their money from Fox, writes Julien Mercille.

'Naturalisation and recognition of Irish citizenship will improve Roma rights'

As EU citizens and ordinary residents of Ireland, Roma should not have to face discrimination here, writes Jennifer DeWan.

Column: 'I'm challenging the decision makers here to spend 24 hours in my wheelchair'

It’s time Ireland’s 40,000 wheelchair users had equality too, writes Sean O’Kelly.

'Blaming' help-to-buy for property prices is just lazy

The numbers don’t stack up on claims that the scheme is a primary influence on an entire market, writes Karl Deeter.

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