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Column: Unpaid internships, low wages, zero hour contracts – this is life without job security
# Job Security
# Job Security

Column: Unpaid internships, low wages, zero hour contracts – this is life without job security

Apr 15th 2014, 7:30 PM 92 Views 62 Comments

The lack of proper jobs will ultimately cause our economy to stagnate – but employers can’t seem to resist the almost-endless supply of cheap labour.

Column: Until imbalance is deliberately corrected, women won’t be attracted into politics
# Quotas
# Quotas

Column: Until imbalance is deliberately corrected, women won’t be attracted into politics

Mar 11th 2014, 7:30 PM 36 Views 58 Comments

properly run quota system would encourage parties to go find the good female candidates; without obligation this won’t happen, writes John Verling.

Column: Fat isn’t funny anymore – not when it’s costing the country almost €4bn a year
# Fat Of The Land
# Fat Of The Land

Column: Fat isn’t funny anymore – not when it’s costing the country almost €4bn a year

Feb 27th 2014, 7:30 PM 153 Views 116 Comments

There’s a strong correlation between weight and income. John Verling asks whether we’re in danger of criminalising being fat while missing the nub of the problem …

Column: For the Danes, life is all about community... can we learn from them?
# One For All
# One For All

Column: For the Danes, life is all about community... can we learn from them?

Feb 16th 2014, 12:00 PM 670 Views 74 Comments

The Danes have good food, a high standard of living, and are the happiest people in the word… what’s their secret? John Verling looks at the culture differences between Ireland and Denmark.

Column: It's time to tackle decline in rural Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: It's time to tackle decline in rural Ireland

Mar 28th 2013, 7:00 AM 1,265 Views 86 Comments

Rural Ireland is experiencing a demise, with empty shop buildings, damaged roads and a lack of essential services. Action needs to be taken now or we could see whole parts of the country uninhabited, writes John Verling.

Column: My son has epilepsy and stigma still surrounds the disease
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: My son has epilepsy and stigma still surrounds the disease

Feb 11th 2013, 7:00 PM 189 Views 25 Comments

Today marks European Epilepsy Day, a disease which is still underfunded, understaffed and underdeveloped in Ireland, writes John Verling.

Column: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised

Feb 4th 2013, 7:00 AM 53 Views 126 Comments

This initiative is taking tourism away from the bureaucrats and returning it to the people on the ground, writes John Verling.

Column: Ireland’s relationship with Britain has moved on. Let’s not fall back
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Ireland’s relationship with Britain has moved on. Let’s not fall back

Jan 8th 2013, 7:00 AM 740 Views 119 Comments

We should be over our outrage at petty jibes by now, writes John Verling. Both countries have grown up.