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Open letter to Simon Harris: 'Our dad provided good service to Irish State but ended up on a trolley'
His last days were prefaced by an extended period of unnecessary suffering in the Emergency Department of his local hospital.
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.
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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.
'There's still a stigma around apprenticeships. People look down on you'
This perception of apprenticeships as a back-up plan compared to university is one that is changing. We talk to 4 young apprentices.
Debate Room: Are proposed restrictions on alcohol advertising going too far?
The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill restricts ads so they are less likely to glamorise our relationship with alcohol.
Column: 'Negative attitudes persist among heterosexual and homosexual people'
But people who are attracted to multiple genders make up between 2 and 25% of the population, writes Bi+ Ireland.
Ireland's undocumented migrants: 'Our flat was broken into. We couldn't report it to the gardaí'
Ireland’s undocumented migrant workers are calling on the Irish government to regularise their status.
Life on the minimum wage: 'I am on antidepressants to help me cope'
What kind of life can you live on €9.25 an hour?
Debate Room: 'Saudi Arabia's dress codes are an affront to individual freedoms'
Khulood’s video renewed the debate on modesty, Muslim dress codes, and gender equality.
Opinion: 'Just one week after banning fracking, we started drilling for oil'
We need a just transition to a low carbon economy, not a sell-off of our future, write Sinead Mercier and Louise Michelle Fitzgerald.
Column: 'I cook dinner when I want, eat when I want. I was waiting 20 years for this'
After 20 years of institutional living, Alan has moved into his community. This is his story, as well as other HAIL project participants, now living lives of their own choosing.
Traveller ethnicity: 'We always knew we were people in our own right'
We expect substantial, progressive changes now, for example in repealing the Criminal Trespass legislation, in education and health, and in effective anti-discrimination measures.
Debate Room: Simon Harris and Paschal Donohoe debate the leadership candidates
We will know the new leader of Fine Gael tomorrow. Tonight Paschal Donohoe and Simon Harris tell us who they want to prevail.
'It's disappointing that there are no women in the race and no possibility for first woman Taoiseach'
The race for Fine Gael leadership is underway. What do we actually want from a leader?
Religion in schools: 'My son comes home saying things like, 'God makes it rain''
For many parents the real problems begin once their child has secured a place in school.
My abortion story: 'I was horrified. The doctor was talking about childcare in college'
We asked three women to share their abortion stories.
Debate Room: Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Nessa Childers debate the EU's merits
EU leaders gathered in Rome this weekend to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the accord that spawned the European Union.
Debate Room: Should the Irish abroad be allowed vote in presidential elections?
A referendum will be held on whether to allow Irish citizens living abroad vote in future presidential elections.
What Irish women want: 'We must demand what is right and challenge what is frightening'
What does it mean to be a woman in 2017 and what are women’s hopes for equality and fairness?
Debate Room: Can you be pro-life and a feminist?
Is it possible to oppose abortion rights and still call yourself a feminist?
Debate Room: We need a minimum passing distance law or more cyclists will die on our roads
Can we ensure that motorists and cyclists are safely sharing our roads with a 1.5 metre minimum distance law?
Medical students confess: 'I don't talk about my rape. People might not see me as a capable future doctor'
Medical school is inherently stressful. This is heightened when you can’t talk openly about your problems.
'A country that invaded and destroyed my dad's home is now telling people like him they are not welcome'
Trump’s 90-day ban affects travel to the US by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. We asked a selection of those affected, now living here in Ireland, how it will impact their lives.
Debate Room: 'It's only fair that Catholic children are prioritised in Catholic schools'
Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, plans to legislate on the controversial school admissions system soon. But what about the right of minority faiths to prioritise pupils of their faith?
Debate: We need to tell pregnant women not to drink alcohol
Although it’s accepted that binge-drinking poses significant risks to a foetus, health professionals and the public are divided on the effects of an occasional drink after 12 weeks.
Debate: The shock tactics of the Irish Cancer Society's new campaign are hurtful
The Irish Cancer Society’s controversial “I want to get cancer” awareness campaign launched last week.
Debate: Should Twitter do more to protect its users from trolls?
While calling out abusive trolls, author and feminist Lindy West said the real reason she’s leaving Twitter is because Twitter itself refused to do anything substantial to protect its users.
A diplomatic Christmas: Ambassadors to Ireland explain what the big day means to them
From mulled wine in markets to lighting the Menorah, three yuletide-loving ambassadors share their festive memories and traditions.
Debate Room: Do we need gender quotas in sporting bodies?
Two commentators debate the use of quotas to increase the number of women on our sporting boards.
Debate Room: Should we ban the burqa in Ireland?
This week Angela Merkel has said that she supports prohibition of the burqa. Should we also ban face veils here in Ireland?
DEBATE ROOM: Is the insurance industry to blame for spiralling insurance prices?
A damning new report concluded that lack of transparency from the insurance industry is a major contributing factor to the rising cost of motor insurance.
'It was the loneliest time of my life': Readers share their experiences of miscarriage
Eight women who all feel that miscarriage needs to be spoken about more.
Debate Room: Should we increase the minimum wage?
Unite and the Small Firms Association go head to head.
Debate Room: Should we increase the minimum wage?
Unite and the Small Firms Association go head to head on the divisive issue.
The Debate Room: Does going to see a dominatrix count as cheating?
There may be no sexual intercourse involved in sessions with a dominatrix, but how would your other half feel about it?
The Debate Room: Should Britain leave the EU? An Irish perspective
As the referendum on Brexit approaches, we ask two people living in England for their views
The Debate Room: Should we be afraid of the trade deal the EU and US are cooking up?
What is the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and what does it mean to you? We asked two experts with different viewpoints what is at play here.
The Debate Room: Should Child Benefit be linked to school attendance?
The plan to link Child Benefit to children’s school attendance records has come under much scrutiny this week.
Debate Room: Should school start earlier to help working parents?
This is just one of the suggestions from two contributors working in the area of childcare who reflect on what’s needed to solve the childcare issues here in Ireland.