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# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Giving free GP care for all children under 6 is reckless
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Aaron McKenna: Giving free GP care for all children under 6 is reckless

Oct 19th 2013, 8:00 AM 232 Views 64 Comments

Not all families NEED help in sending their children to a GP – but the Government is ignoring that in a cynical ploy to curry favour with the electorate.

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 18 October, 2013

Column: Funerals are tough – and costs escalate quickly
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Column: Funerals are tough – and costs escalate quickly

Oct 18th 2013, 8:00 PM 896 Views 62 Comments

One of the more perplexing cuts outlined in this year’s budget is the axing of the Bereavement Grant. People feel that they’re not safe from austerity, even in death, writes Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Column: We’re facing a housing crisis, not just a mortgage crisis
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Column: We’re facing a housing crisis, not just a mortgage crisis

Oct 18th 2013, 5:30 PM 13 Views 34 Comments

Our property model has turned the need for a home into a casino for banks and developers; and it’s not just an Irish housing crisis – it’s a European one, writes Mick Byrne.

Column: Human trafficking and forced prostitution is continuing in Ireland
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Column: Human trafficking and forced prostitution is continuing in Ireland

Oct 18th 2013, 7:15 AM 369 Views 95 Comments

Forget the myths you’ve heard about ‘happy prostitutes’ – the reality is that adults and children are in a living hell right now after being trafficked into Ireland for sexual exploitation, writes Denis Charlton.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Column: Is there any certainty for pensions?
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Column: Is there any certainty for pensions?

Oct 17th 2013, 7:30 PM 19 Views 50 Comments

Last month, the Polish government moved assets out of private pensions into unfunded public pension schemes to reduce sovereign debt. Could something similar ever happen in Ireland? Samantha McConnell discusses.

Column: Are you in or out? Welcome to the great digital divide
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Column: Are you in or out? Welcome to the great digital divide

Oct 17th 2013, 1:00 PM 46 Views 5 Comments

The facts are clear: if we want to continue to help the most vulnerable people in this digital age, we must provide the nuts and bolts for the bridge to cross the digital divide, writes John Roche.

Column: The exploitation of young people has been cemented by this government
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Column: The exploitation of young people has been cemented by this government

Oct 17th 2013, 7:15 AM 103 Views 166 Comments

The cut in jobseeker’s allowance for those under 26 won’t nudge young people into “valuable training” in JobBridge or other schemes, it will push them into poverty and emigration, write Andrew Byrne and Dan Hayden.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Column: I don't teach for 'good money' or 'cushy holidays'
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Column: I don't teach for 'good money' or 'cushy holidays'

Oct 16th 2013, 7:30 PM 547 Views 137 Comments

One of the biggest challenges teachers face is the public’s perception of them – but I’ll tell you the real reason I teach: I want to help young people, writes Gerry Sutton.

Column: From farm to fork – healthy people depend on healthy food systems
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Column: From farm to fork – healthy people depend on healthy food systems

Oct 16th 2013, 1:00 PM 41 Views 21 Comments

We produce enough food to feed 9 billion people – more than the world’s entire population. Despite that, millions go hungry because of unsustainable food production, writes Olivier De Schutter.

Colm Keaveney: Hope has been driven out by cynicism in Ireland
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Colm Keaveney: Hope has been driven out by cynicism in Ireland

Oct 16th 2013, 10:00 AM 17 Views 25 Comments

“Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart”… Well, different groups in our society have had to endure different levels of sacrifice, writes Colm Keaveney.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Column: Cutting unemployment benefit to the under-26s is unjust and unacceptable
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Column: Cutting unemployment benefit to the under-26s is unjust and unacceptable

Oct 15th 2013, 7:30 PM 41 Views 122 Comments

The plan is a further step towards the political disillusionment of young people, a drastic slash in living standards, and an even more polarised society, write Dan O’Neill and Fiona Dunkin.

Column: Emigration is not all a sob story – it also has major benefits
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Column: Emigration is not all a sob story – it also has major benefits

Oct 15th 2013, 1:20 PM 451 Views 79 Comments

While emigration can be sad, living abroad also exposes a person to new cultural challenges that can benefit them both as a person and as an employee, writes Amy Bracken.

Column: Does minimum alcohol pricing make (economic) sense?
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Column: Does minimum alcohol pricing make (economic) sense?

Oct 15th 2013, 7:15 AM 607 Views 35 Comments

Basic microeconomics teaches us that price controls are a bad policy decision and alcohol is no exception to the rule, writes Luke McGrath.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 14 October, 2013

Column: Funding to the Arts can’t be stretched any further
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Column: Funding to the Arts can’t be stretched any further

Oct 14th 2013, 7:30 PM 94 Views 61 Comments

The direct impact of the arts on the Irish economy is a good one. So surely an intelligent economic strategy would support this area, rather than starve it? writes Eoin Lynch.

Column: Our children are an investment worth making
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Column: Our children are an investment worth making

Oct 14th 2013, 1:02 PM 5 Views 44 Comments

Budget 2014 is an opportunity to take stock of how we prioritise children and whether we put our money where our mouth is, writes Irene Gunning.

Column: Our crisis was caused by too little democracy – not by too much
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Column: Our crisis was caused by too little democracy – not by too much

Oct 14th 2013, 7:00 AM 64 Views 36 Comments

One TD has launched constitutional challenge seeking to reassert the right to vote on state spending – here’s why, Vincent P Martin writes.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 13 October, 2013

Column: Our proposal for Budget 2014? Swappage.
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Column: Our proposal for Budget 2014? Swappage.

Oct 13th 2013, 7:30 PM 9 Views 39 Comments

The scrappage scheme worked but only provided a once-off (though welcome) boost to both car sales and tax revenues. Swappage is focused on longer term benefits, writes Alan Nolan.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Column: Is it still taboo for a woman to carry condoms?
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Column: Is it still taboo for a woman to carry condoms?

Oct 12th 2013, 7:00 PM 2,727 Views 101 Comments

We have superficially become more ‘open’ about sex, but our core beliefs and attitudes haven’t really changed; female sexuality can induce a degree of fear in some people, writes Tony Moore.

Aaron McKenna: Anti-tobacco policies are lining criminals' pockets
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Aaron McKenna: Anti-tobacco policies are lining criminals' pockets

Oct 12th 2013, 8:00 AM 30 Views 65 Comments

It is not simple to change a societal behaviour – just ask the American prohibitionists – and plans to ban menthol and slim cigarettes will surrender money to criminal elements, writes Aaron McKenna.

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 11 October, 2013

Mick Wallace: It’s time for the government to equality-proof budgets
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# Opinion

Mick Wallace: It’s time for the government to equality-proof budgets

Oct 11th 2013, 1:00 PM 29 Views 88 Comments

Why should the Irish people not have some say with regard to how public resources – their resources – are allocated? Equality budgeting is successful in other jurisdictions, writes Mick Wallce TD.

Column: This is how to tackle youth unemployment
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Column: This is how to tackle youth unemployment

Oct 11th 2013, 11:00 AM 196 Views 36 Comments

A European Youth Guarantee would see young people secure an offer of employment, continued education or apprenticeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving education, writes Emer Costello.

Column: 'Coming out' as gay meant that, at 54, I could finally be myself
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Column: 'Coming out' as gay meant that, at 54, I could finally be myself

Oct 11th 2013, 7:15 AM 2,158 Views 106 Comments

On National Coming Out Day, 68-year-old Eddie Parsons remembers growing up in an Ireland where “being gay was not an option” – and how he finally came out at the age of 54.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Column: 'A Migrant State of Mind’ – emigration and mental health
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Column: 'A Migrant State of Mind’ – emigration and mental health

Oct 10th 2013, 7:30 PM 169 Views 76 Comments

I emigrated from my native Sri Lanka to Ireland in a bid to find acceptance – but unfortunately the journey of a migrant does not end when they arrive on the shores of their new home, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life
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Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life

Oct 10th 2013, 1:00 PM 345 Views 12 Comments

Kevin Kelly was plunged into a world of darkness when he went completely blind at just 14, but thanks to his companion Miles he has been able to obtain a Master’s degree and pursue the career he wanted.

Column: The power of the internet can help mental health
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Column: The power of the internet can help mental health

Oct 10th 2013, 7:15 AM 48 Views 19 Comments

The internet provides a platform to promote positive mental health at an unprecedented scale while reaching out to those who need support through tough times, writes Derek Chambers.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Column: People hit by indiscriminate violence need psycho-social help
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Column: People hit by indiscriminate violence need psycho-social help

Oct 9th 2013, 7:30 PM 21 Views 2 Comments

The civil war in Syria has killed and injured innumerable people, many of them innocent civilians. We are trying to help survivors repair the damage to their bodies – and to their minds, writes Jane-Ann McKenna.

Column: Having a home is a basic need that's slipping beyond people's reach
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Column: Having a home is a basic need that's slipping beyond people's reach

Oct 9th 2013, 1:00 PM 109 Views 69 Comments

A fresh and compassionate approach is needed for Budget 2014 to help thousands of families who are in danger of losing their homes, writes SR Stanislaus Kennedy.

Column: Enda Kenny should seize this moment to overturn political malaise
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Column: Enda Kenny should seize this moment to overturn political malaise

Oct 9th 2013, 7:15 AM 13 Views 30 Comments

With the onset of the crisis five years ago, the malaise in our political system came to the surface; now, thanks in part to the Seand referendum, it is bubbling over, writes Colin Murphy.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Column: 'I saw him pull himself up onto the railing of the footbridge'
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Column: 'I saw him pull himself up onto the railing of the footbridge'

Oct 8th 2013, 6:30 PM 86 Views 123 Comments

Mental health issues still carry stigma and shame in our society – why? The real shame belongs to those who pretend these problems don’t exist, writes Aisling Twomey.

Column: The generosity of the Irish people makes me incredibly proud
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Column: The generosity of the Irish people makes me incredibly proud

Oct 8th 2013, 1:00 PM 50 Views 25 Comments

Ettie Higgins works to deliver lifesaving assistance to children and babies caught up in the violence across Syria. She tells of the ongoing battle to survive in almost impossible conditions faced by families.

Column: NCHD working hours are part of a bigger picture for young Irish workers
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Column: NCHD working hours are part of a bigger picture for young Irish workers

Oct 8th 2013, 7:15 AM 472 Views 9 Comments

While the pressures on young doctors are unique, Government decisions have focused the worst effects of the crisis on workers who are 35 and under across all sectors, write Dan Hayden and Dr Antoine Murray.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 7 October, 2013

Column: What's more important – borders or people?
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Column: What's more important – borders or people?

Oct 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 58 Views 85 Comments

Hundreds are feared dead after a ship carrying asylum-seekers sank in the Mediterranean – yet many Europeans, who have endured histories of emigration, have simply hardened their hearts to the tragedy, writes Fr Bobby Gilmore.

Column: Happy 60th Birthday to the science that makes transplantation work
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Column: Happy 60th Birthday to the science that makes transplantation work

Oct 7th 2013, 1:00 PM 22 Views 8 Comments

Until Peter Medawar’s ground-breaking article 60 years ago, the idea of using one person’s body parts to save the life of another was little more than science fiction, writes Prof Daniel M. Davis.

Column: Improve your prospects of getting a job in Ireland’s digital sector
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Column: Improve your prospects of getting a job in Ireland’s digital sector

Oct 7th 2013, 7:15 AM 20 Views 17 Comments

Ireland’s vibrant tech scene offers young Irish people a wealth of opportunities. Stephen McIntyre – Twitter’s Head of Sales/Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa – shares some industry tips.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Column: Chuggers, chuggers everywhere – is street fundraising crossing the line?
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Column: Chuggers, chuggers everywhere – is street fundraising crossing the line?

Oct 6th 2013, 7:30 PM 417 Views 126 Comments

There are better ways to secure donations that the overly-direct approaches employed by some street fundraisers – so why aren’t charities using them?

Column: Making lewd remarks to women on the street is not 'banter'
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Column: Making lewd remarks to women on the street is not 'banter'

Oct 6th 2013, 1:35 PM 1,416 Views 351 Comments

Vulgar comments, wolf-whistles, groping – almost every woman has been subject to this kind of unacceptable behaviour. It’s not ‘banter’ and it’s not complimentary, writes Mia Doering.

Column: Why are so few computer science graduates getting jobs?
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Column: Why are so few computer science graduates getting jobs?

Oct 6th 2013, 8:45 AM 4,080 Views 95 Comments

The Government and higher education system could be nurturing our potential world-changers much more effectively, writes Paddy Cosgrave.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Column: Relationships and suicide – it’s time we talked to men properly
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Column: Relationships and suicide – it’s time we talked to men properly

Oct 5th 2013, 7:00 PM 6,385 Views 84 Comments

A report revealing that 78 per cent of men who died by suicide had relationship problems highlights how important it is to take relationship breakdowns seriously, writes Tony Moore.

Aaron McKenna: Just where does all that tax you pay go?
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Aaron McKenna: Just where does all that tax you pay go?

Oct 5th 2013, 8:00 AM 95 Views 50 Comments

Do you know how much you personally spend on constructing new schools? On infrastructure? On servicing national debt? Aaron McKenna looks at how the Government spends your money.

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 4 October, 2013

Column: Silence can be the most damaging sound of all
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Column: Silence can be the most damaging sound of all

Oct 4th 2013, 1:00 PM 48 Views 45 Comments

The condemnation over two major retailers selling ‘mental patient’ costumes is to be welcomed – but it underlines just how much we need to talk openly about mental health, writes Christie Louise Tucker.