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Friday 27 June, 2014

Opinion: A story of a good bus driver and a cyclist on Dublin's quays
# Good Samaritan
# Good Samaritan

Opinion: A story of a good bus driver and a cyclist on Dublin's quays

Jun 27th 2014, 1:00 PM 128 Views 27 Comments

After I was hit by a driver on the quays, I was overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

Saturday 21 June, 2014

Opinion: 'On one occasion she punched me in the face numerous times'
# Domestic Abuse
# Domestic Abuse

Opinion: 'On one occasion she punched me in the face numerous times'

Jun 21st 2014, 7:00 PM 191 Views 57 Comments

In my opinion, all victims of domestic abuse should be encouraged to approach the Gardai – regardless of gender.

Monday 16 June, 2014

Opinion: Absolute strangers have reached out to help us – I feel better about what tomorrow brings
# Kindness
# Kindness

Opinion: Absolute strangers have reached out to help us – I feel better about what tomorrow brings

Jun 16th 2014, 7:30 PM 13 Views 35 Comments

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.

Thursday 12 June, 2014

Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter
# Having Children
# Having Children

Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter

Jun 12th 2014, 7:30 PM 95 Views 17 Comments

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.
# Homeless
# Homeless

Opinion: We were a normal married couple who fell on hard times. Now, we sleep in our car.

Jun 12th 2014, 1:00 PM 124 Views 94 Comments

When we see homeless people, we only look at where they ended up – not the road that took them there.

Thursday 1 May, 2014

Opinion: Dealing with dementia – why we are failing our parents and ultimately ourselves
# Dementia
# Dementia

Opinion: Dealing with dementia – why we are failing our parents and ultimately ourselves

May 1st 2014, 8:00 AM 472 Views 22 Comments

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.

Thursday 24 April, 2014

Column: I've entered the Church of Burton ... Yes, I am now a JobBridge intern
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Column: I've entered the Church of Burton ... Yes, I am now a JobBridge intern

Apr 24th 2014, 1:00 PM 43 Views 68 Comments

After two years of being unemployed, I’ve just started a JobBridge internship. The experience has been a mixed one so far.

Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)
# Schools
# Schools

Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)

Apr 22nd 2014, 1:00 PM 1,177 Views 175 Comments

Instead of spending 20-30 hours of curriculum time focusing on the Sacraments, preparation should take place after school hours.

Monday 9 December, 2013

Column: Domestic abuse in same-sex relationships isn't talked about – but it's real
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Domestic abuse in same-sex relationships isn't talked about – but it's real

Dec 9th 2013, 7:30 PM 544 Views 68 Comments

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.

Saturday 9 November, 2013

Column: Why I’m still afraid to come out to my friends and family
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why I’m still afraid to come out to my friends and family

Nov 9th 2013, 12:00 PM 48,575 Views 82 Comments

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.

Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Column: I was raped by my ex-boyfriend but I've taken back control of my life
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I was raped by my ex-boyfriend but I've taken back control of my life

Oct 29th 2013, 7:30 PM 4,799 Views 65 Comments

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.

Thursday 4 July, 2013

Column: I was pregnant when I was beaten up by my partner
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I was pregnant when I was beaten up by my partner

Jul 4th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,055 Views 72 Comments

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.

Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Column: Meth is not glamorous – and nobody is immune to the tragedies it brings
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Meth is not glamorous – and nobody is immune to the tragedies it brings

Jul 2nd 2013, 7:30 PM 882 Views 74 Comments

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.

Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here

Jun 18th 2013, 7:30 PM 66 Views 16 Comments

Each of my miscarriages were different experiences, but they’ve all had a lasting affect on my life, writes an anonymous contributor.

Saturday 1 June, 2013

Open letter to my priest abuser: ‘I thought it was my fault and I never told my mam’
# ReadMe
# ReadMe

Open letter to my priest abuser: ‘I thought it was my fault and I never told my mam’

Jun 1st 2013, 5:00 PM 88 Views 0 Comments

A survivor of abuse tells a priest it is time he comes forward and tells the truth.

Thursday 30 May, 2013

Column: 'I'm living as an undocumented migrant in Ireland'
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: 'I'm living as an undocumented migrant in Ireland'

May 30th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,349 Views 117 Comments

“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.

Friday 22 March, 2013

'All we're looking for is a fair deal' - An IBRC worker on the impact of liquidation
# Opinion
# Opinion

'All we're looking for is a fair deal' - An IBRC worker on the impact of liquidation

Mar 22nd 2013, 6:30 AM 176 Views 34 Comments

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…

Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Column: I'm so grateful I had an unplanned pregnancy in America, not Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I'm so grateful I had an unplanned pregnancy in America, not Ireland

Nov 21st 2012, 7:00 AM 1,005 Views 220 Comments

An Irish girl recalls her experience of deciding to have a termination – and her relief that she was away from home.

Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Column: ‘Your hope goes, and that’s that’ – a homeless drug user’s story
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: ‘Your hope goes, and that’s that’ – a homeless drug user’s story

Oct 10th 2012, 7:00 AM 102 Views 38 Comments

Homeless person John speaks to TheJournal.ie about the struggle to get clean, changes in drug use, and being branded a ‘stupid junkie’.

Saturday 16 June, 2012

UN suspends Syria mission as violence intensifies
# Syria
# Syria

UN suspends Syria mission as violence intensifies

Jun 16th 2012, 1:15 PM 1,546 Views 6 Comments

Meanwhile, a group of Muslims and Christians have issued a desperate appeal for help escaping the flashpoint city of Homs.

Sunday 10 June, 2012

Column: ‘Getting a job is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us’
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: ‘Getting a job is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us’

Jun 10th 2012, 6:30 PM 13,816 Views 108 Comments

A mother describes how finding work has left her family worse off than in unemployment, thanks to what she believes is a broken system.

Saturday 9 June, 2012

190 arrested in international child pornography crackdown
# Child Abuse
# Child Abuse

190 arrested in international child pornography crackdown

Jun 9th 2012, 11:20 AM 3,977 Views 41 Comments

Eighteen children were rescued from locations in the US and Europe.

Thursday 17 May, 2012

Column: A response from an Irish taxi driver
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: A response from an Irish taxi driver

May 17th 2012, 1:30 PM 641 Views 137 Comments

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.