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

Column: I'm no different to a human trafficker
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Column: I'm no different to a human trafficker

Oct 4th 2013, 7:15 AM 244 Views 97 Comments

I successfully lured a beautiful Eastern European blonde to Ireland to work. I, of course, had promised the world: happiness, love, professional dignity. She fell for it.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 3 October, 2013

Lisa McInerney: It’s patronising to say Miley Cyrus is being exploited by evil executives
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Lisa McInerney: It’s patronising to say Miley Cyrus is being exploited by evil executives

Oct 3rd 2013, 7:30 PM 137 Views 115 Comments

Sinead O’Connor has written to Miley Cyrus expressing concern that she is being manipulated – but Cyrus is an industry veteran with who understands very well what she’s doing, writes Lisa McInerney.

Column: Our property market is dysfunctional but we're hell bent on keeping up appearances
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Column: Our property market is dysfunctional but we're hell bent on keeping up appearances

Oct 3rd 2013, 1:02 PM 45 Views 46 Comments

A more than 10 per cent rise in Dublin property prices is being heralded as ‘recovery’ by some and a ‘mini-bubble’ by others, writes Karl Deeter – but what’s the truth?

Column: Ireland's reproductive revolution – are women now in control?
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Column: Ireland's reproductive revolution – are women now in control?

Oct 3rd 2013, 7:15 AM 175 Views 168 Comments

Irish women have been actively demanding the freedom to choose when or if they become pregnant for over 40 years; a great deal has changed regarding contraception, but have we come far enough? asks Fiona Dunkin.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Column: Cerebral palsy is a part of me – but it’s not all of me
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Column: Cerebral palsy is a part of me – but it’s not all of me

Oct 2nd 2013, 7:30 PM 118 Views 28 Comments

Cerebral palsy just one piece of the thousand-piece jigsaw that is me. I love my life, my independence, my strength and my determination to live the way I want to, writes Jane Fennessy.

Column: Legal protection of “accountant” is an essential matter of public protection
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Column: Legal protection of “accountant” is an essential matter of public protection

Oct 2nd 2013, 6:00 PM 422 Views 18 Comments

You don’t have to look too far to see the consequences of bad financial advice in Ireland – and yet anyone can set themselves up as an accountant, without education, qualifications or experience, writes Joe Aherne.

Column: Is loneliness in old age inevitable? Not in a caring society.
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Column: Is loneliness in old age inevitable? Not in a caring society.

Oct 2nd 2013, 1:00 PM 742 Views 14 Comments

Everyone needs to feel wanted and remembered, but many older people are being left isolated because of rapid economic, social and technological changes, writes Anne Dempsey.

Column: Do protests have any real impact?
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Column: Do protests have any real impact?

Oct 2nd 2013, 7:00 AM 823 Views 83 Comments

Does protesting work? And could anything be achieved from protesting against another austerity Budget in October? Rory Hearne examines the influence of mass popular protest and mobilisation.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

Column: Thousands of people are just one pay cheque away from being homeless
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Column: Thousands of people are just one pay cheque away from being homeless

Oct 1st 2013, 7:30 PM 223 Views 49 Comments

One pay cheque, one social welfare payment, one family problem, one health diagnosis, one mortgage repayment: this can be all that stands between you and the street, writes Niamh Randall.

Column: Full, unimpeded access for all doctors is immediately needed in Syria
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Column: Full, unimpeded access for all doctors is immediately needed in Syria

Oct 1st 2013, 1:00 PM 20 Views 13 Comments

It is unacceptable that medical staff are being denied access to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the Cold War, writes Irish-Libyan doctor Dr Fatima Hamroush.

Column: Raising animals for food contributes to climate change
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Column: Raising animals for food contributes to climate change

Oct 1st 2013, 11:00 AM 250 Views 176 Comments

On World Vegetarian Day, Frank Armstrong asks why we refuse to see the relationship between farm animals and climate change.

Column: The Seanad gives a false comfort to those seeking proper checks and balances
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Column: The Seanad gives a false comfort to those seeking proper checks and balances

Oct 1st 2013, 7:00 AM 53 Views 31 Comments

Some might argue that a bad Seanad is better than no Seanad – but having a “bad” Seanad is far worse, inspiring only cynicism and harming the political process, writes Ale White TD.

Column: This not the time for a cynical power grab – the Seanad must be retained
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Column: This not the time for a cynical power grab – the Seanad must be retained

Oct 1st 2013, 7:00 AM 42 Views 32 Comments

In pushing for Seanad abolition, the government is trying to strip a layer of democracy designed to give fundamental protections to citizens, writes Niall Collins TD.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 30 September, 2013

Column: Syrians are convinced they're considered 'expendable'... wouldn’t you be?
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Column: Syrians are convinced they're considered 'expendable'... wouldn’t you be?

Sep 30th 2013, 7:30 PM 7 Views 12 Comments

David Adams documents the often horrific experiences of ordinary Syrians caught up in the ongoing conflict. Time and again he hears tales of heartbreaking loss and suffering, from people who believe the world has forgotten them.

Column: An Open Letter to Ruairi Quinn
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Column: An Open Letter to Ruairi Quinn

Sep 30th 2013, 5:57 PM 139 Views 136 Comments

“Dear Minister: I’m busy and I’m tired. I love my job but your policies are making it very, very difficult for me to be good at it,” writes Evelyn O’Connor.

Column: The challenges and changes we've seen since the bank guarantee
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Column: The challenges and changes we've seen since the bank guarantee

Sep 30th 2013, 1:24 PM 21 Views 9 Comments

On the anniversary of the bank guarantee, the leaders of four Irish organisations reflect on the 2008 decision – and the subsequent changes they have observed in their sectors over the past five years.

Extract: This crisis shows the old ways have failed – and we’re on the cusp of new discoveries
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Extract: This crisis shows the old ways have failed – and we’re on the cusp of new discoveries

Sep 30th 2013, 7:00 AM 57 Views 38 Comments

I am an economics student, so you might be surprised to hear that I’m somewhat optimistic about our future. Why? Because we are passing through a unique window of opportunity to change our world, writes Robert Nielsen.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 29 September, 2013

Column: Baby v Career – how to pick a path through the minefield of working motherhood
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Column: Baby v Career – how to pick a path through the minefield of working motherhood

Sep 29th 2013, 7:30 PM 26 Views 30 Comments

Throughout the eventful months of pregnancy, and amid all the changes a new baby brings, one question can remain the hardest to answer: “Will you be returning to work?”, writes Sarah Crown.

Column: Germany leads the European Union now – but it wasn’t always that way
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Column: Germany leads the European Union now – but it wasn’t always that way

Sep 29th 2013, 12:00 PM 78 Views 74 Comments

The American push for unity of the German allied ‘zones’ following WWII was responsible for sealing Germany’s eventual economic – and political – ascendency over its neighbours, writes Darren Lawlor.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Extract: I watched my father walk free from court after confessing to raping me
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Extract: I watched my father walk free from court after confessing to raping me

Sep 28th 2013, 7:00 PM 687 Views 17 Comments

A sentence delivered by a judge frustrated by the inconsistent application of sentencing guidelines in Ireland saw Fiona Doyle’s abuser initially walk free from court – even after he admitted to sexually abusing her throughout her childhood.

Column: A Universe Veiled in Darkness – dark matter, dark energy and CERN
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Column: A Universe Veiled in Darkness – dark matter, dark energy and CERN

Sep 28th 2013, 12:00 PM 50 Views 46 Comments

Scientists estimate that 27 per cent of the known Universe is dark matter and 68 per cent is dark energy… but what are they? Eoin Ó Colgáin discusses upcoming opportunities to learn more about the fascinating work of CERN.

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 27 September, 2013

Column: Financial stress is costing us dearly – it's time for proper education in money matters
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Column: Financial stress is costing us dearly – it's time for proper education in money matters

Sep 27th 2013, 1:00 PM 139 Views 25 Comments

Did you know that financial stress is costing Irish business over €2.1 billion? Financial advisor Liam Croke discusses the changing face of personal finance – and personal debt – over the past 24 years.

Extract: How is Generation Y reconciling high expectations with the economic reality?
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Extract: How is Generation Y reconciling high expectations with the economic reality?

Sep 27th 2013, 7:00 AM 329 Views 17 Comments

Labelled as entitled, unrealistic and overly-ambitious, how is Ireland’s Generation Y dealing with the economic crash and subsequent lack of career options? Much better than you might think, according to Padraig Mannion.

# opinion-and-insight - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Column: The truths and costs of moving to London
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Column: The truths and costs of moving to London

Sep 26th 2013, 7:30 PM 2,883 Views 99 Comments

Many young Irish people who have exhausted their job search at home are choosing to pop across the water to London – if you’re one of them, here are some much-needed tips, writes Jenny Conlon.

Column: Climate change might not seem important – but it will have an impact on us all
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Column: Climate change might not seem important – but it will have an impact on us all

Sep 26th 2013, 7:00 AM 64 Views 159 Comments

In a post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, people might be forgiven to think that these changes don’t appear so bad in the greater scheme of things. But they’d be wrong, writes Gavin Harte.

# opinion-and-insight - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Column: If we work together, global poverty can be abolished by 2030
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Column: If we work together, global poverty can be abolished by 2030

Sep 25th 2013, 7:00 AM 17 Views 37 Comments

The recipe to fight world poverty is working, writes Hans Zomer, who says global levels of extreme poverty have already fallen to half what they were 13 years ago thanks to focused efforts by the international community.

# opinion-and-insight - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Column: The Court of Appeal referendum is a blind date with a moral hazard
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Column: The Court of Appeal referendum is a blind date with a moral hazard

Sep 24th 2013, 7:30 PM 50 Views 21 Comments

The implications of the Court of Appeal referendum are going over people’s heads because most citizens have never had any direct or personal engagement with the Supreme Court, writes Myles Duffy.

Column: What do the results of the German election mean for Ireland and Europe?
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Column: What do the results of the German election mean for Ireland and Europe?

Sep 24th 2013, 7:00 AM 14 Views 45 Comments

David Moloney breaks down the results of the 2013 German federal election, focusing on what kind of impact it will have on the wider eurozone economy – and, specifically, on Ireland’s corporation tax.

# opinion-and-insight - Monday 23 September, 2013

Column: We need more creative, enjoyable ways of managing chronic illness
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Column: We need more creative, enjoyable ways of managing chronic illness

Sep 23rd 2013, 7:30 PM 63 Views 3 Comments

It’s been ten years since my Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis – and in that time I’ve ran my first marathon, set up a charity, and established a choir. So much is possible with creative and collaborative health management, writes Mags Mullarney.

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?
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Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?

Sep 23rd 2013, 1:00 PM 1,558 Views 83 Comments

New welfare system changes are morally dubious and serve only make the lives of unemployed more unpleasant, writes Tom Boland.

Column: There's an art to public speaking – Enda should stick to these simple guidelines
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Column: There's an art to public speaking – Enda should stick to these simple guidelines

Sep 23rd 2013, 7:00 AM 160 Views 41 Comments

Enda Kenny is under pressure to step up to the plate after Micheál Martin accepted an invitation to a head-to-head debate on the Seanad referendum. Our Taoiseach could use a crash course in communications and presentation training, writes Rory Egan.

# opinion-and-insight - Sunday 22 September, 2013

Column: The joys and challenges of raising a gender-creative child
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Column: The joys and challenges of raising a gender-creative child

Sep 22nd 2013, 7:30 PM 174 Views 73 Comments

Our little boy likes Barbies and dresses more than trucks and jeans. He says “likes girl stuff and wants to be treated like a girl”. We were confused at first, but now we know how many children don’t conform to traditional gender norms, writes Lori Duron.

Column: Sean-nós singing resonates with something deep within people
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Column: Sean-nós singing resonates with something deep within people

Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00 PM 656 Views 16 Comments

Having had the privilege of teaching sean-nós singing in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of County Cork, I really wanted to share the wonder of this intimate shared experience through film, writes Máire Ní Cheallachair.

Column: The Seanad is elitist, outdated and an affront to democracy
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Column: The Seanad is elitist, outdated and an affront to democracy

Sep 22nd 2013, 8:30 AM 169 Views 58 Comments

The Seanad is a useless, undemocratic body; don’t be fooled into thinking it will be reformed if we keep it, writes Matt Carthy.

Column: Seanad abolition would see group-think prevail in our political system
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Column: Seanad abolition would see group-think prevail in our political system

Sep 22nd 2013, 8:30 AM 9 Views 21 Comments

Seanad abolition would exacerbate the problems of the state since the banking collapse in 2008 at a time when proper scrutiny, fresh ideas, and the potential for true political reform are most needed, writes Sean Barrett.

# opinion-and-insight - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Column: Strong language – can we ever 'reclaim' slurs and terms of abuse?
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Column: Strong language – can we ever 'reclaim' slurs and terms of abuse?

Sep 21st 2013, 7:00 PM 46 Views 40 Comments

After Tottenham fans were cautioned over the use of their traditional ‘yid army’ chant, Christie Louise Tucker writes that we are constantly renegotiating the use of language in our ever-evolving society.

Column: How did this young woman scandalise her entire village? By writing poetry.
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Column: How did this young woman scandalise her entire village? By writing poetry.

Sep 21st 2013, 12:00 PM 516 Views 12 Comments

As a young woman, Salma was forced into a life of virtual isolation – in first her father’s and then her husband’s home. But when her raw and eloquent poetry finally found an audience, the reaction was explosive, writes filmmaker Kim Longinotto.

Column: Fire up the misinformation machine – the cowards have returned from their holidays
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Column: Fire up the misinformation machine – the cowards have returned from their holidays

Sep 21st 2013, 8:00 AM 8 Views 37 Comments

Our politicians have returned to the Dáil, so get ready to be told the sky is green and the hills are blue, writes Aaron McKenna.

# opinion-and-insight - Friday 20 September, 2013

Column: A lot of people miss the point of Lourdes – it's about faith but also about fun
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Column: A lot of people miss the point of Lourdes – it's about faith but also about fun

Sep 20th 2013, 1:00 PM 7,032 Views 79 Comments

Long-time Lourdes helper Lloyd Murphy writes about what the pilgrimage means to him – and to the pilgrims who visit the little French town each year in search of peace, companionship, and time to forget about illness.

Column: Germany – the big kid who won’t play by the same rules
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Column: Germany – the big kid who won’t play by the same rules

Sep 20th 2013, 7:00 AM 12 Views 63 Comments

Germany is the EU’s largest economy yet it has no national minimum wage; and its policy of maintaining low wages and subsidising exports into EU member States is destabilising to the EU economy, writes Tiernan Brady.