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# read-me - Sunday 25 August, 2019

The Irish For: Rising rents mean many prospective tenants are giving Dublin a goodbye 'cíos'
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# Léigh Mé

The Irish For: Rising rents mean many prospective tenants are giving Dublin a goodbye 'cíos'

Aug 25th 2019, 8:30 AM 51,449 Views 36 Comments

Designating certain areas far away from Dublin as Gaeltachtaí, and then denying them investment so they’d stay that way- was a dreadful mistake.

# read-me - Wednesday 21 August, 2019

'Collecting the school voluntary contribution is an unwanted and stressful obligation on principals'
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# Opinion

'Collecting the school voluntary contribution is an unwanted and stressful obligation on principals'

Aug 21st 2019, 7:00 AM 21,929 Views 37 Comments

As things stand, the contribution is needed to keep school doors open, writes Joseph A Moynihan.

# read-me - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Katy Hayward: Why we should take note of the unexpected in Boris Johnson's letter to Donald Tusk
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# Column

Katy Hayward: Why we should take note of the unexpected in Boris Johnson's letter to Donald Tusk

Aug 20th 2019, 7:10 PM 31,190 Views 15 Comments

Johnson’s letter to Tusk signals the approach the new British prime minister is taking with Europe, writes Katy Hayward.

# read-me - Sunday 18 August, 2019

The Irish For: How a familiar tale can help young bookworms become bilingual
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# Léigh Mé

The Irish For: How a familiar tale can help young bookworms become bilingual

Aug 18th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,608 Views 1 Comment

Translating well-known books to Irish could be the best way to get pre-teen bookworms learning Irish.

# read-me - Sunday 11 August, 2019

The Irish For: Teaching toddlers Gaeilge through the art of storytelling
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# Column

The Irish For: Teaching toddlers Gaeilge through the art of storytelling

Aug 11th 2019, 8:30 AM 27,223 Views 14 Comments

Story-time is a great way to teach preschoolers píosa Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Opinion: The government's new drug policy will do nothing to end the stigmatisation of drug users
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The government's new drug policy will do nothing to end the stigmatisation of drug users

Aug 7th 2019, 7:00 AM 13,557 Views 40 Comments

The government’s new drug possession policy is not likely to achieve its goals, writes Marcus Keane.

# read-me - Sunday 4 August, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: How to deal with the feeling of hopelessness in the face of climate change
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# PLAN OF ACTION

Saoirse McHugh: How to deal with the feeling of hopelessness in the face of climate change

Aug 4th 2019, 8:30 PM 30,663 Views 135 Comments

The Green Party candidate says people must unite to fight against climate change.

The Irish For: Bank holidays and Lú, the god of August
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# Column

The Irish For: Bank holidays and Lú, the god of August

Aug 4th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,317 Views 10 Comments

In Irish, August is Lúnasa, named in honour of the ancient god Lú, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 3 August, 2019

Lynn Ruane: 'Help for suicide prevention can be hard to identify - and even harder to access'
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# Column

Lynn Ruane: 'Help for suicide prevention can be hard to identify - and even harder to access'

Aug 3rd 2019, 7:30 PM 16,244 Views 27 Comments

The independent senator writes about the barriers in suicide prevention when it comes to helping people with their mental health.

# read-me - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Larry Donnelly: We can expect a dramatic cull of the Democratic debate lineup before the next TV clash
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# Election 2020

Larry Donnelly: We can expect a dramatic cull of the Democratic debate lineup before the next TV clash

Aug 1st 2019, 3:14 PM 10,073 Views 12 Comments

Some observers will welcome a clearing out of the long-shots – but others may find it unnerving.

# read-me - Sunday 28 July, 2019

The Irish For: Maura Higgins has brought the word 'shift' to a new audience - but where does it come from?
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# Column

The Irish For: Maura Higgins has brought the word 'shift' to a new audience - but where does it come from?

Jul 28th 2019, 8:30 AM 66,165 Views 60 Comments

Shifting is a regional use of a global term, so you can’t just search for the first recorded incidence – you have to look at context.

# read-me - Sunday 21 July, 2019

Lynn Ruane: Child maintenance reform would be good for children - and good for the country
# Opinion
# Opinion

Lynn Ruane: Child maintenance reform would be good for children - and good for the country

Jul 21st 2019, 8:30 PM 23,477 Views 52 Comments

Many one-parent families are living at risk of poverty and an overhaul of our child supports legislation is vital to protecting their future.

The Irish For: An astronaut is a star-sailor, a comet is a paintbrush star
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# The Irish For

The Irish For: An astronaut is a star-sailor, a comet is a paintbrush star

Jul 21st 2019, 8:30 AM 31,225 Views 13 Comments

The calling to travel beyond the Earth owes itself to mythology as well as science, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Opinion: When it comes to climate change, is the petroleum industry the only 'bad guy'?
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# Voices

Opinion: When it comes to climate change, is the petroleum industry the only 'bad guy'?

Jul 16th 2019, 9:30 PM 15,126 Views 52 Comments

Climate change is undeniable, writes the head of petroleum industry grouping, and we all have a hand in it.

# read-me - Sunday 14 July, 2019

Stressed about summer with the kids? How to make the next few weeks a success for all the family
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# Family Fun

Stressed about summer with the kids? How to make the next few weeks a success for all the family

Jul 14th 2019, 8:30 PM 21,686 Views 28 Comments

Summer can seem like a difficult time to be a parent, but it doesn’t need to be.

The Irish For: The perception that Irish is intimately linked to Catholicism is too widely held
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# Column

The Irish For: The perception that Irish is intimately linked to Catholicism is too widely held

Jul 14th 2019, 8:30 AM 24,850 Views 31 Comments

Some languages are intimately associated with religions but not Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Sunday 7 July, 2019

Lynn Ruane: In Ireland we're forcing carers to change their children on toilet floors
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# Column

Lynn Ruane: In Ireland we're forcing carers to change their children on toilet floors

Jul 7th 2019, 8:30 PM 35,471 Views 24 Comments

The Community Participation Bill 2019 has made me think about what real access looks like, writes Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For: There's a bit of alchemy involved in translating Harry Potter into Irish
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# Column

The Irish For: There's a bit of alchemy involved in translating Harry Potter into Irish

Jul 7th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,692 Views 10 Comments

Book series translated from one language to another can lead to complications as the plot thickens, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 6 July, 2019

From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop
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# From The Garden

From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop

Jul 6th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,568 Views 8 Comments

A hardy crop of broad beans and homemade herbal tea is on the agenda from the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Sunday 30 June, 2019

Opinion: Early school pick-up times mean mums can't commute anywhere but back to the kitchen
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Early school pick-up times mean mums can't commute anywhere but back to the kitchen

Jun 30th 2019, 8:30 PM 72,272 Views 119 Comments

To encourage more women back to work perhaps it’s time to examine school finishing times, writes Mary McCarthy.

The Irish For: If you can’t say anything nice about someone, tar isteach
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# Column

The Irish For: If you can’t say anything nice about someone, tar isteach

Jun 30th 2019, 8:30 AM 31,440 Views 10 Comments

If you’re going to insult someone, do it properly, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 29 June, 2019

From the Garden: How to make the most of this super-abundant summer period
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# GIY

From the Garden: How to make the most of this super-abundant summer period

Jun 29th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,601 Views 11 Comments

There’s plenty to do in the garden as abundant rain and improving temperatures mean everything is growing quickly, write Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 28 June, 2019

John Cleese versus the Irish language: Don't mention the 'bh' war
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

John Cleese versus the Irish language: Don't mention the 'bh' war

Jun 28th 2019, 7:00 AM 50,113 Views 85 Comments

Cleese said that Irish names look like deliberate attempts to mislead innocent people but this is not the case, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Monday 24 June, 2019

Opinion: Living with a disability in Ireland - a relentless dystopian nightmare
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# TOM CLONAN

Opinion: Living with a disability in Ireland - a relentless dystopian nightmare

Jun 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 15,363 Views 17 Comments

The daily life of a person with a disability is not aided by Irish society, writes Tom Clonan.

# read-me - Sunday 23 June, 2019

Lynn Ruane: How this French charity shop treats the homeless should inspire us to help our own
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# Column

Lynn Ruane: How this French charity shop treats the homeless should inspire us to help our own

Jun 23rd 2019, 8:30 PM 41,870 Views 31 Comments

Communal meals, a chance to work and help to make a home – the scheme gives clients control of their lives.

The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults
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# Column

The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults

Jun 23rd 2019, 8:30 AM 28,728 Views 18 Comments

The Brexit process should be a golden age for satirists and comedians, but unfortunately, something else has happened, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 22 June, 2019

Shane Dunphy: Some things to consider before you post images of your kids on social media
# Opinion
# Opinion

Shane Dunphy: Some things to consider before you post images of your kids on social media

Jun 22nd 2019, 8:30 PM 48,023 Views 37 Comments

We should all think a little more deeply about the images we share, writes child protection expert Shane Dunphy.

From the Garden: Build your own insect hotel and bookings will start rolling in
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# Column

From the Garden: Build your own insect hotel and bookings will start rolling in

Jun 22nd 2019, 1:00 PM 28,564 Views 23 Comments

An insect hotel will encourage more wildlife and biodiversity into the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Sunday 16 June, 2019

'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff'
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# Regina Doherty

'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff'

Jun 16th 2019, 6:30 AM 25,208 Views 37 Comments

When a customer provides a tip after satisfactory service, they should know exactly where that money goes, writes Minister Regina Doherty.

# read-me - Tuesday 30 April, 2019

Winning the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition changed my life. It's like I'm floating outside myself
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Winning the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition changed my life. It's like I'm floating outside myself

Apr 30th 2019, 7:00 AM 11,031 Views 6 Comments

I had no money or backup plan when I started writing. That’s why the call from RTE meant so much, writes Colin Walsh.

# read-me - Sunday 28 April, 2019

Lynn Ruane: 'Now is not the time to stop listening to David Attenborough'
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# Column

Lynn Ruane: 'Now is not the time to stop listening to David Attenborough'

Apr 28th 2019, 8:30 PM 27,207 Views 51 Comments

We don’t have time for small measures when it comes to climate change, writes Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation
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# Column

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation

Apr 28th 2019, 8:30 AM 42,449 Views 14 Comments

Thanks to Queen Bé, April 2019 has been an interesting month for accessorised letters, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 27 April, 2019

From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'
# Column
# Column

From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'

Apr 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 66,228 Views 119 Comments

It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power, writes Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland.

Parental Leave: 'Fathers have moved on from sitting in the pub next door to the hospital - Ireland has not'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Parental Leave: 'Fathers have moved on from sitting in the pub next door to the hospital - Ireland has not'

Apr 27th 2019, 7:30 AM 36,199 Views 78 Comments

A lot of what governs Ireland is stuck in the 1960s and hasn’t moved on at all. Parental Leave is one such thing, writes Derek Power.

# read-me - Wednesday 27 March, 2019

Opinion: For years the doctors told me I was overweight but it turned out I had lymphoedema
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# Opinion

Opinion: For years the doctors told me I was overweight but it turned out I had lymphoedema

Mar 27th 2019, 7:00 AM 98,798 Views 25 Comments

I was on a diet from age 14 and got the diagnosis at 31. I was amazed and felt like crying as I finally knew what was wrong, writes Andrea Quigley.

# read-me - Monday 18 March, 2019

Opinion: When the Beatles played Dublin in 1963 John Lennon declared: ‘We’re all Irish’
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# Opinion

Opinion: When the Beatles played Dublin in 1963 John Lennon declared: ‘We’re all Irish’

Mar 18th 2019, 7:00 AM 35,150 Views 20 Comments

Lennon’s search for rebellion was nurtured by his embrace of Liverpool’s Irish influence and the dynamic effect of the city’s seafarer culture via the movement of ideas across oceans, writes Francis Kenny.

# read-me - Sunday 24 February, 2019

Lynn Ruane: 'It should be a source of major embarrassment to Ireland that we are yet to ratify this important treaty'
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# Column

Lynn Ruane: 'It should be a source of major embarrassment to Ireland that we are yet to ratify this important treaty'

Feb 24th 2019, 8:30 PM 38,552 Views 30 Comments

Abuse within institutions and care situations isn’t just part of Ireland’s history, writes Lynn Ruane – it’s something that is still a reality for vulnerable groups today.

# read-me - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Opinion: Sound the alarm - a proposed EU directive on bad loans will give vulture funds a free rein
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Sound the alarm - a proposed EU directive on bad loans will give vulture funds a free rein

Jan 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 18,737 Views 58 Comments

A proposed new EU Directive aims to develop a secondary market for non-performing loans and poses a serious threat to the rights of borrowers and consumers, writes Matt Carthy.

# read-me - Saturday 12 January, 2019

'Fires at Direct Provision hotels should prompt discussion about far-right minority, otherwise the racists win'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Fires at Direct Provision hotels should prompt discussion about far-right minority, otherwise the racists win'

Jan 12th 2019, 10:27 AM 18,843 Views 124 Comments

There are clear victims here – the men, women and children who were forced to flee their homes, Dr Fiona O’Reilly writes.

# read-me - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill
# Israel Palestine
# Israel Palestine

Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill

Jan 2nd 2019, 8:30 AM 13,889 Views 93 Comments

If Ireland is committed to peace between Israel and Palestine then we must show it and pass this legislation, writes Niall Collins.