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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C


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Opinion: A story of a good bus driver and a cyclist on Dublin's quays
After I was hit by a driver on the quays, I was overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.
Opinion: 'On one occasion she punched me in the face numerous times'
In my opinion, all victims of domestic abuse should be encouraged to approach the Gardai – regardless of gender.
Opinion: Absolute strangers have reached out to help us – I feel better about what tomorrow brings
Last week I wrote about how my wife and I had fallen on hard times and were now sleeping in our car. The response we have received has restored our faith in human kindness.
Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter
Dealing with my own infertility and the emotional journey that is IVF was full of anguish, but now we have our beautiful twins – and I love them so much it’s overwhelming.
Opinion: We were a normal married couple who fell on hard times. Now, we sleep in our car.
When we see homeless people, we only look at where they ended up – not the road that took them there.
Opinion: Dealing with dementia – why we are failing our parents and ultimately ourselves
The number of people in this country suffering from dementia is expected to treble over the next 30 years, yet Ireland invests only half the OECD average in long-term care.
Column: I've entered the Church of Burton ... Yes, I am now a JobBridge intern
After two years of being unemployed, I’ve just started a JobBridge internship. The experience has been a mixed one so far.
Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)
Instead of spending 20-30 hours of curriculum time focusing on the Sacraments, preparation should take place after school hours.
Column: Domestic abuse in same-sex relationships isn't talked about – but it's real
When my girlfriend became abusive I didn’t know what to do. I felt scared and alone – but I also felt that I had to be a representative for other gay people, and that admitting to what was happening would let others down.
Column: Why I’m still afraid to come out to my friends and family
I’m 28 and in a committed, loving relationship but none of my friends or family know that – because I’ve never told them I’m gay. For all the talk of social acceptability, I still fear of losing the people I love.
Column: I was raped by my ex-boyfriend but I've taken back control of my life
Despite the dark road I travelled after being assaulted, I realised that I’m a young, intelligent woman with everything to live for – and I won’t let my attacker ruin my life for one second longer.
Column: I was pregnant when I was beaten up by my partner
I thought I had married the perfect man but after I became pregnant with our first child he became cold and controlling; it wasn’t long before the abuse turned physical. One woman speaks about the trauma of domestic violence.
Column: Meth is not glamorous – and nobody is immune to the tragedies it brings
I dabbled with drugs on a social basis and thought I was in control; but that was before trying crystal meth. The drug stripped away everything I believed about myself as a person, exposing me to dangers and tragedies I would never have imagined.
Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here
Each of my miscarriages were different experiences, but they’ve all had a lasting affect on my life, writes an anonymous contributor.
Open letter to my priest abuser: ‘I thought it was my fault and I never told my mam’
A survivor of abuse tells a priest it is time he comes forward and tells the truth.
Column: 'I'm living as an undocumented migrant in Ireland'
“Mary” has been living in Ireland since 2004 and says she can’t imagine her life anywhere else. Here, she explains what it’s like to live under the constant fear of deportation.
'All we're looking for is a fair deal' - An IBRC worker on the impact of liquidation
Since the bank formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank was liquidated last month ordinary workers have been left in the dark as to their fate and that of redundancy packages they’d agreed prior to ‘promnight’. Here, an employee speaks out…
Column: I'm so grateful I had an unplanned pregnancy in America, not Ireland
An Irish girl recalls her experience of deciding to have a termination – and her relief that she was away from home.
Column: ‘Your hope goes, and that’s that’ – a homeless drug user’s story
Homeless person John speaks to about the struggle to get clean, changes in drug use, and being branded a ‘stupid junkie’.
# Syria
UN suspends Syria mission as violence intensifies
Meanwhile, a group of Muslims and Christians have issued a desperate appeal for help escaping the flashpoint city of Homs.
Column: ‘Getting a job is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us’
A mother describes how finding work has left her family worse off than in unemployment, thanks to what she believes is a broken system.
# Child Abuse
190 arrested in international child pornography crackdown
Eighteen children were rescued from locations in the US and Europe.
Column: A response from an Irish taxi driver
Following on from the debate about attitudes towards non-Irish national taxi drivers, one Irish driver says he has noted antipathy towards non-nationals – but that it is also important not to pigeonhole Irish cabbies.