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# nw voices

Last week
3rd December 2023 - 9th December 2023
Opinion: 'We knew we would parent our grandson, we had no choice, but we also had no support'
One Kinship Carer says there are about 8,000 children in Ireland living with relatives that aren’t their parents, and they’re not receiving any financial support.
Last year
Opinion: 'Access to justice should be promoted - not restricted and threatened'
Environmental justice solicitor Rose Wall writes that politicians blaming judicial review for housing delays are overshadowing planning reform.
Opinion: 'A real home feels like an unattainable dream' for many disabled people
Julie Helen of Inclusion Ireland is calling for government action on housing and supports in Budget 2023.
'It's heartbreaking’: My husband is unable to return home to our family after stroke
Michelle Murray outlines how her husband Charles is living in a nursing home nearly two years after being discharged from hospital due to unsuitable housing.
Opinion: Under-funded and inadequately equipped coroner service needs reform
Liam Herrick says that the process of investigating tragic deaths is not functioning as it should be.
Opinion: Are international doctors only here to fill the roster gaps?
Dr Liqa ur Rehman writes that non-EU doctors working in our health system are in a constant battle of survival.
All time
Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation
Absence of clear oversight and supports leave children and caring relatives in precarious position.
“Let’s not waste an opportunity”: Nature-based solutions to our wastewater woes
Alejandro Monleon explains how the use of artificial wetland ponds would help limit the strains on our wastewater system.
Opinion: 'We can't export our way out of our fast fashion addiction'
Caitriona Rogerson highlights the social and environmental cost of the second-hand clothing trade on African countries.
Opinion: Only a full ban can save Northern Ireland from the threat posed by fracking
Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim outlines concerns of border communities that fracking may be set to get back on the agenda in the North.
Opinion: Bogus clothes collecting denying legitimate charities access to much needed funds
Double check if in doubt when approached for clothing donations to ensure those in need benefit.
Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women
The National Women’s Council says inadequate State investment in childcare has led to an unsustainable system in crisis.
Opinion: Radon kills thousands in Ireland but the gas is completely preventable
EcoEye producer Marcus Stewart explains how some straightforward policy moves can bring deaths from the radioactive gas under control.
Opinion: Low ambition and poor policy keeping people with disabilities out of workplace
Joan O’Donnell writes that it’s time to ditch failing strategies and embrace an inclusive future of work.
Opinion: Our farm subsidy model is broken and causing destruction to habitats
As the biodiversity crisis gathers pace, researcher Ray O’Foghlu explains how both farmers and environmentalists struggle with contradictory land eligibility rules.
Poor interpreting having impact on patients, victims of crime and those seeking asylum
Mary Phelan writes that lack of accredited training and poor service are having huge consequences and must be addressed by the State.
Burning Question: what does a peat-free future hold for the Midlands?
Trinity College Dublin PhD candidate Jamie Rohu outlines the challenges for workers as we transition our industrial bogs towards a more sustainable future.
Opinion: Migrants are forced to do the worst work without access to rights
Youth Against Racism and Inequality (YARI) activist writes that immigrants and people of colour are leading the force for change internationally.
Opinion: Vulnerable unweaned calves need protection in our export trade
Animal welfare campaigner Caroline Rowley outlines why she is challenging the State’s enforcement of EU law to protect farm animals exported abroad.
If we want to protect urban horses, we need to work with their owners
DSPCA education and community outreach projects are trying to address welfare issues facing loose horses in the greater Dublin area.
Minister Martin: We can protect our artists by covering their basic living costs
The creative sector was badly hit by the pandemic and has most to benefit from a Universal Basic Income pilot, write the Arts Minister.
'More and more students are coping with anxiety through either restricting their eating or binge eating'
Dr Aoife O’Sullivan, a GP treating UCC students, writes about the impact of the pandemic on her patients.
Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'
The Government needs to take action and implement the model of care for infertility, writes Emma Mc Dade.
Opinion: 'Once a bike is stolen it's unlikely you’ll get it back'
The serial number is reported to Gardaí for only one in 16 stolen bikes, writes Dublin Cycling Campaign’s David Timoney.
Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system
Psychiatrist Anne Doherty on how increased demand during Covid-19 has left already stretched services ‘drowning under the additional pressure’.
Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts
Law where pets are a ‘low value possession’ alongside plant pots and mobile phones should be reviewed, writes vet Dr Sharon Alston.
Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.
Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle
If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.
‘Barrage of noise, stress and drama’: Life in emergency accommodation
Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes, a rough sleeper with a disability on staying in a hostel for the homeless.
Opinion: Eating disorders are ruthless but specialised regional care is hard to find
One mother, who has seen her daughter suffer, feels the Government and HSE are badly failing people with eating disorders.
Opinion: Stop diverting funding allocated for eating disorders to other areas
The Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to spend the money for eating disorder services on eating disorder services.
Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’
Professor Gary Murphy explains how the cooling-off period for politicians turned lobbyists is ‘limited and contentious’.
Opinion: Class and wealth, not merit, are rewarded in Ireland's education system
Professor Kathleen Lynch argues that a class divide is feeding injustice into our education system.
Harassment and infestations among top complaints about homeless accommodation
Newly released data on complaints details the issues facing people in emergency living situations.
The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'
‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’
Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services'
The National Maternity Strategy recommendations have been watered down or sidelined, writes Dr Krysia Lynch of AIMS Ireland.
Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks
Orla Hegarty writes that lockdown has been a time to reflect on getting our new housing right.
Opinion: Homegrown seed is the kernel of a food revolution
Irish Seed Savers outline how support for organic heritage seed is the key to ensuring long-term food security on our island.
Opinion: Support is needed to help people with Down syndrome return to work
96% of employees on Down Syndrome Ireland’s Ability Programme were temporarily laid off due to Covid-19.
Opinion: ‘Travellers have to hide their identity just to get a foot in the door’
Pavee Point’s Caoimhe McCabe outlines the level of workplace discrimination against Travellers and how to combat the problem.