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# read-me - Saturday 15 August, 2020

Opinion: Homegrown seed is the kernel of a food revolution
# Seed Revolution
# Seed Revolution

Opinion: Homegrown seed is the kernel of a food revolution

Aug 15th 2020, 7:00 PM 26,531 Views 6 Comments

Irish Seed Savers outline how support for organic heritage seed is the key to ensuring long-term food security on our island.

# read-me - Friday 14 August, 2020

Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'The rhetoric of “all being in it together” is dead'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'The rhetoric of “all being in it together” is dead'

Aug 14th 2020, 7:00 AM 54,677 Views 52 Comments

What we now reap is the harvest of decades of inaction on what voters just six short months ago told us were the major issues affecting our society, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.

# read-me - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Tribute: John Hume said setting up the first credit union in Northern Ireland was 'the thing I'm proudest of'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tribute: John Hume said setting up the first credit union in Northern Ireland was 'the thing I'm proudest of'

Aug 5th 2020, 1:20 PM 19,708 Views 5 Comments

John Hume saw how people from a working class background were locked out of borrowing from banks, writes Gerry Thompson.

# read-me - Saturday 11 July, 2020

Opinion: We need serious help to 'stop burning stuff' to heat our homes
# Burning Issue
# Burning Issue

Opinion: We need serious help to 'stop burning stuff' to heat our homes

Jul 11th 2020, 8:00 PM 38,847 Views 70 Comments

UCC researcher calls for a broader range of clean energy initiatives as small towns suffer air pollution from residential solid fuel burning.

Opinion: 25 years ago today, the UN let Srebrenica happen. Now, it is allowing history repeat itself in Syria
# Justice
# Justice

Opinion: 25 years ago today, the UN let Srebrenica happen. Now, it is allowing history repeat itself in Syria

Jul 11th 2020, 10:00 AM 27,531 Views 31 Comments

The UN can’t defend people in Syria or even deliver aid, writes Barry Andrews. The least we can do is prepare for the prosecution of the terrible crimes that happen there.

# read-me - Friday 10 July, 2020

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must

Jul 10th 2020, 1:00 PM 6,960 Views 15 Comments

Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.

# read-me - Sunday 5 April, 2020

Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics?

Apr 5th 2020, 1:00 PM 19,970 Views 28 Comments

It is useful to draw some comparisons with the West African Ebola crisis before Covid-19, John Farrelly writes.

The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language
# Narnia
# Narnia

The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language

Apr 5th 2020, 8:30 AM 20,432 Views 20 Comments

We look to language when seeking a reassuring symbol of endurance, Darach Ó Séaghdha writes.

# read-me - Sunday 22 March, 2020

How I Spend My Money: A 28-year-old doctor commuting from Dublin to the midlands on €63,000
# Money Diaries
# Money Diaries

How I Spend My Money: A 28-year-old doctor commuting from Dublin to the midlands on €63,000

Mar 22nd 2020, 8:00 PM 99,722 Views 58 Comments

This week, our reader is a junior doctor saving to buy a house with her boyfriend.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Super Tuesday 2 makes Joe Biden the Democratic nominee in-waiting
# US Election
# US Election

Larry Donnelly: Super Tuesday 2 makes Joe Biden the Democratic nominee in-waiting

Mar 11th 2020, 7:00 PM 15,440 Views 38 Comments

Biden was all but counted out by most onlookers before recently, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug
# Decriminalisation
# Decriminalisation

Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug

Feb 19th 2020, 7:00 AM 28,842 Views 41 Comments

Dr Austin O’Carroll says decriminalisation would be a way of taking responsibility for the vicious effects of inequality.

# read-me - Sunday 2 February, 2020

The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely

Feb 2nd 2020, 8:30 AM 14,356 Views 6 Comments

There are plenty of linguistic similarities between Irish and other languages.

# read-me - Saturday 1 February, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Iowa and New Hampshire - a preview and a primer
# US Politics
# US Politics

Larry Donnelly: Iowa and New Hampshire - a preview and a primer

Feb 1st 2020, 1:00 PM 7,320 Views 5 Comments

The two states play a key role in nominating presidential candidates.

# read-me - Sunday 26 January, 2020

Lise Hand: Most voters in the real world don’t give a monkey's if Leo Varadkar smoked hash
# Column
# Column

Lise Hand: Most voters in the real world don’t give a monkey's if Leo Varadkar smoked hash

Jan 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 20,855 Views 68 Comments

The bleak first week of the election campaign meant any moment of lighter drama was welcomed by all, writes Lise Hand.

# read-me - Saturday 11 January, 2020

Anti-abortion protests at hospitals: How have other countries handled them and what's the way forward here?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Anti-abortion protests at hospitals: How have other countries handled them and what's the way forward here?

Jan 11th 2020, 1:00 PM 27,420 Views 181 Comments

The problem with drawing up legislation on exclusion zones is that there are competing rights involved, writes lecturer in constitutional law Dr Laura Cahillane.

# read-me - Sunday 5 January, 2020

The Irish For: The word 'dote' was used in Britain before it came to Ireland - and that's ok
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: The word 'dote' was used in Britain before it came to Ireland - and that's ok

Jan 5th 2020, 11:00 AM 26,721 Views 10 Comments

Word usage is like a conga line at a wedding – nobody thinks the person at the front is an artistic visionary, but the second and third people to join in create the legitimacy for others to attach themselves

# read-me - Saturday 4 January, 2020

From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch
# Column
# Column

From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch

Jan 4th 2020, 1:00 PM 9,675 Views 6 Comments

It is a delicious vegetable included in mashed potato or even grated raw.

# read-me - Thursday 2 January, 2020

Opinion: I went to Australia to figure out why so many Irish doctors are moving away
# Voices
# Voices

Opinion: I went to Australia to figure out why so many Irish doctors are moving away

Jan 2nd 2020, 9:00 PM 54,967 Views 79 Comments

The deterioration of job quality and extreme working hours are a key driver of emigration for Irish doctors.

# read-me - Sunday 29 December, 2019

The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other

Dec 29th 2019, 8:30 AM 14,043 Views 4 Comments

Let’s look back on some of the Irish words of the 2010s.

# read-me - Saturday 28 December, 2019

From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie
# Column
# Column

From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie

Dec 28th 2019, 12:45 PM 13,550 Views 8 Comments

It’s time to start thinking about next year’s garden as 2020 creeps ever-closer.

# read-me - Friday 27 December, 2019

Opinion: There will be no Singapore-upon-Thames. The UK cannot strike the same trade deal with the EU
# Brexit
# Brexit

Opinion: There will be no Singapore-upon-Thames. The UK cannot strike the same trade deal with the EU

Dec 27th 2019, 8:00 PM 26,015 Views 40 Comments

A scenario of a highly deregulated UK has been dubbed as a Singapore-upon-Thames.

# read-me - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas

Dec 25th 2019, 3:00 PM 21,462 Views 6 Comments

In December 1788, Whaley was struck by a malignant fever.

# read-me - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

Sydney's smoke: Looking out my daughter’s window the city was blanketed in orange dust, writes Dr Suzanne O'Brien
# Bushfire Crisis
# Bushfire Crisis

Sydney's smoke: Looking out my daughter’s window the city was blanketed in orange dust, writes Dr Suzanne O'Brien

Dec 24th 2019, 6:15 AM 25,159 Views 38 Comments

Of course, here among the bricks and the concrete of inner city terraces we know we are lucky, we are safe.

# read-me - Sunday 22 December, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Planting trees is one area where we can't wait for the government to come around
# Column
# Column

Saoirse McHugh: Planting trees is one area where we can't wait for the government to come around

Dec 22nd 2019, 8:30 PM 17,879 Views 40 Comments

Mayo seems to have had a particularly savage spate of tree felling recently, writes Saoirse McHugh.

Feeling stressed in the run up to Christmas? Here are some tips to avoid burnout
# Endurance
# Endurance

Feeling stressed in the run up to Christmas? Here are some tips to avoid burnout

Dec 22nd 2019, 4:00 PM 18,542 Views 21 Comments

Between gift shopping and making the perfect dinner, burnout is easily felt this time of year.

The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives

Dec 22nd 2019, 8:30 AM 12,118 Views 10 Comments

What harm if we learn some words as Gaeilge along the way?

# read-me - Saturday 21 December, 2019

From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch
# Column
# Column

From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch

Dec 21st 2019, 2:00 PM 10,638 Views 9 Comments

In other news, here’s a recipe for some creamy Brussels sprouts to posh up your Christmas dinner.

# read-me - Monday 16 December, 2019

Pearse Doherty: Damning Central Bank report reveals an insurance industry that prizes profit above its customers
# Opinion
# Opinion

Pearse Doherty: Damning Central Bank report reveals an insurance industry that prizes profit above its customers

Dec 16th 2019, 8:20 PM 25,294 Views 62 Comments

Sky-high premiums aren’t covering the cost of a ‘compo-culture’ but servicing the industry’s profits, writes Pearse Doherty.

# read-me - Sunday 15 December, 2019

The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor

Dec 15th 2019, 8:30 AM 19,173 Views 1 Comment

Here are some traditions described in an Irish poem that claim to help find a suitor.

# read-me - Saturday 14 December, 2019

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas
# Column
# Column

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas

Dec 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 10,567 Views 11 Comments

There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

'Feeder school' league tables: Here's why they give parents a distorted view of what constitutes a decent school
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Feeder school' league tables: Here's why they give parents a distorted view of what constitutes a decent school

Dec 10th 2019, 7:00 AM 26,085 Views 24 Comments

‘Feeder Schools’ tables show that students who attended private fee-paying schools go on to attend third-level education at higher rates than others.

# read-me - Sunday 8 December, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Carbon tax is a red herring, the real climate culprit is the global tax system
# Column
# Column

Saoirse McHugh: Carbon tax is a red herring, the real climate culprit is the global tax system

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 PM 25,663 Views 64 Comments

It’s time for governments to fix the global tax system, for the sake of the planet.

The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 51,704 Views 53 Comments

When seeing Ulster Scots writing, many people are surprised by how much of it appears readily intelligible to them.

# read-me - Saturday 7 December, 2019

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home
# Sustainability
# Sustainability

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home

Dec 7th 2019, 1:00 PM 15,403 Views 12 Comments

A real tree is a much greener option than one made from plastic, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Sunday 1 December, 2019

The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference

Dec 1st 2019, 8:30 AM 23,870 Views 12 Comments

The Royal Bank of Scotland did not mention the meaning as Gaeilge of their online banking app Bó.

# read-me - Saturday 30 November, 2019

From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop
# Column
# Column

From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop

Nov 30th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,859 Views 6 Comments

Some advice on growing leeks and a delicious recipe for a potato and bacon bake to include them in.

# read-me - Sunday 24 November, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: The end of turf-cutting brings opportunities to increase our energy independence
# Column
# Column

Saoirse McHugh: The end of turf-cutting brings opportunities to increase our energy independence

Nov 24th 2019, 8:30 PM 31,410 Views 46 Comments

Here on Achill Island, saving turf is not just simply a way to secure fuel, but a way of life, writes Saoirse McHugh.

The Irish For: The enduring genius of artist Louis le Brocquy
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: The enduring genius of artist Louis le Brocquy

Nov 24th 2019, 8:30 AM 13,065 Views 10 Comments

The Irish artist’s painting Táin was sold for €102,253 at an auction earlier this week.

# read-me - Saturday 23 November, 2019

From the Garden: The debate about sustainable foods is getting louder... I've even found myself shouting at the TV recently
# Grow It Yourself
# Grow It Yourself

From the Garden: The debate about sustainable foods is getting louder... I've even found myself shouting at the TV recently

Nov 23rd 2019, 1:00 PM 19,711 Views 17 Comments

This week’s gardening column features tips for growing your own herbs and a recipe for root veg pie.

# read-me - Sunday 17 November, 2019

The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce?
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce?

Nov 17th 2019, 8:30 AM 58,635 Views 46 Comments

We should look at names we don’t understand as something exciting to be figured out, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.