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# read-me - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs
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# Opinion

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs

Dec 29th 2018, 4:00 PM 14,669 Views 38 Comments

People using drugs should be dealt with exclusively via the health system, writes Tony Duffin. Let’s make the change in 2019.

From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!
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# Grow It Yourself

From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!

Dec 29th 2018, 9:30 AM 6,313 Views 0 Comments

As usual, the aubergines were a disaster – at this stage, I think I only bother sowing them because there’s not much else to do in February, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 28 December, 2018

Previewing Ireland's economy in 2019: The stats don't lie - Ireland is doing well right now
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# Opinion

Previewing Ireland's economy in 2019: The stats don't lie - Ireland is doing well right now

Dec 28th 2018, 11:00 AM 48,069 Views 71 Comments

And yet there are some potential concerns to look out for in 2019, writes Victor Duggan.

# read-me - Tuesday 25 December, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Donal Moloney reflects on a striking year in photography
# Moloney's Eye
# Moloney's Eye

Ireland in a snapshot: Donal Moloney reflects on a striking year in photography

Dec 25th 2018, 9:00 PM 46,545 Views 5 Comments

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

# read-me - Sunday 23 December, 2018

Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones
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# RIP

Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones

Dec 23rd 2018, 11:00 AM 30,318 Views 10 Comments

Graham Jones, who died earlier this month, lived an extraordinary life. Here, Lynn Ruane explains about the difference he made to the people around him.

# read-me - Saturday 22 December, 2018

The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics
# Opinion
# Opinion

The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics

Dec 22nd 2018, 6:00 PM 16,469 Views 48 Comments

Larry Donnelly looks back on 2018 and ahead to 2019 in American politics.

# read-me - Friday 21 December, 2018

Opinion: You say you love your children - so why are you stealing our futures?
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# Opinion

Opinion: You say you love your children - so why are you stealing our futures?

Dec 21st 2018, 7:00 AM 13,307 Views 33 Comments

15-year-old Beth Doherty is here to hold you accountable for your lack of action on climate change. ‘As an adult reading this – you have power, I don’t have any,’ she writes.

# read-me - Thursday 20 December, 2018

Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'
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# Column

Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'

Dec 20th 2018, 7:00 AM 68,779 Views 219 Comments

Yesterday, the Taoiseach asked why the Sinn Féin leader was not in the chamber.

# read-me - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Opinion: Let's talk about sex and pornography - like adults do
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# Opinion

Opinion: Let's talk about sex and pornography - like adults do

Dec 18th 2018, 7:00 AM 28,683 Views 44 Comments

Now is the time for a mature and sensible discussion about sex and porn. We really need mandatory modern sex education introduced in schools too, writes Caroline West.

# read-me - Saturday 24 November, 2018

Would you pay more for ethically sourced cocaine?
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# Column

Would you pay more for ethically sourced cocaine?

Nov 24th 2018, 4:45 PM 29,030 Views 70 Comments

Because cocaine is illegal, if people choose to use it they have little choice but to indirectly support organised crime and human trafficking, experts argue.

# read-me - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Processed meats can be very bad for us - so what does the future of the ham sandwich look like?
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Processed meats can be very bad for us - so what does the future of the ham sandwich look like?

Nov 20th 2018, 7:00 AM 34,717 Views 40 Comments

It’s been three years since the WHO released its guidelines about processed meat – so why aren’t we listening?

# read-me - Monday 12 November, 2018

Worse off than their parents? The growing generation of private renters
# Opinion
# Opinion

Worse off than their parents? The growing generation of private renters

Nov 12th 2018, 6:50 PM 49,685 Views 65 Comments

The boom in renting and the decline in home ownership are remarkable developments in Ireland, writes Professor Tony Fahey.

# read-me - Saturday 10 November, 2018

Forgotten by whom? The memory of World War I in Ireland
# Armistice Day
# Armistice Day

Forgotten by whom? The memory of World War I in Ireland

Nov 10th 2018, 4:20 PM 16,752 Views 49 Comments

The war was never forgotten among those who had fought it or those who lost loved ones, writes historian Donal Fallon.

# read-me - Thursday 8 November, 2018

The polls get it right, and the problem with Pelosi: 6 thoughts on the US midterms
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# Opinion

The polls get it right, and the problem with Pelosi: 6 thoughts on the US midterms

Nov 8th 2018, 9:22 PM 17,530 Views 31 Comments

Given the political realities, Nancy Pelosi must simultaneously do battle and business with President Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Monday 5 November, 2018

The view from Indiana: Why the battle for the midwestern state is key to the Senate elections
# Eunan Mckinney
# Eunan Mckinney

The view from Indiana: Why the battle for the midwestern state is key to the Senate elections

Nov 5th 2018, 7:00 AM 7,556 Views 0 Comments

The Democrats need to retain Senator Joe Donnelly’s seat if they are to have any chance of taking back the Senate, writes Eunan McKinney.

# read-me - Sunday 28 October, 2018

The Irish For... Some spooky Irish words to get you in the mood for Samhain
# Opinion
# Opinion

The Irish For... Some spooky Irish words to get you in the mood for Samhain

Oct 28th 2018, 8:45 AM 36,582 Views 15 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha talks us through the meaning of some spooky words like Cendail, a collective noun for the heads of one’s decapitated enemies.

Opinion: 'Of course, no one ever admits to being prejudiced against Travellers'
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# Aras 18

Opinion: 'Of course, no one ever admits to being prejudiced against Travellers'

Oct 28th 2018, 8:00 AM 31,608 Views 0 Comments

Bigotry never openly acknowledges its existence, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# read-me - Saturday 27 October, 2018

What is the long-term impact of Peter Casey's result on Irish politics, if there is one?
# Opinion
# Opinion

What is the long-term impact of Peter Casey's result on Irish politics, if there is one?

Oct 27th 2018, 8:30 PM 39,091 Views 103 Comments

Ireland may be resistant to the temptations of populism but we are not immune, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Friday 26 October, 2018

Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?

Oct 26th 2018, 7:00 AM 42,616 Views 94 Comments

Barrister Anthony Moore writes about whether deportation law reform is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

# read-me - Thursday 25 October, 2018

The man who spoke Irish in the British parliament
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# Column

The man who spoke Irish in the British parliament

Oct 25th 2018, 7:00 AM 37,558 Views 35 Comments

After yesterday’s cúpla focal in the House of Commons, Neil Glackin takes a look back at the first occasion Irish was spoken in the British parliament.

# read-me - Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Why do so many Irish people think that corruption is widespread in our country when it really isn't?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Why do so many Irish people think that corruption is widespread in our country when it really isn't?

Oct 24th 2018, 7:00 AM 30,256 Views 126 Comments

It is hard to quantify grand corruption but the fact is that what evidence we have speaks against Ireland being a particularly corrupt country, writers economist and corruption expert Dr Robert Gillanders.

# read-me - Sunday 21 October, 2018

Lynn Ruane: 20 years on from the introduction of the methadone strategy, where are we now?
# Opioid Treatment
# Opioid Treatment

Lynn Ruane: 20 years on from the introduction of the methadone strategy, where are we now?

Oct 21st 2018, 8:30 PM 19,682 Views 26 Comments

How effective has the strategy been and what is the legacy we are left with when so many people are on the drug for so long?

# read-me - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Gay cake case: How the court tried to reach a fair balance between competing rights
# Opinion
# Opinion

Gay cake case: How the court tried to reach a fair balance between competing rights

Oct 17th 2018, 7:00 AM 16,237 Views 45 Comments

There has been much debate and anger, some of it stemming from a misunderstanding of the Supreme Court decision, writes Aoife McMahon.

# read-me - Sunday 14 October, 2018

Why I travelled home to vote in favour of adding 'North' to Macedonia's name
# Referendum
# Referendum

Why I travelled home to vote in favour of adding 'North' to Macedonia's name

Oct 14th 2018, 6:00 PM 16,269 Views 15 Comments

Macedonia and Greece have been involved in a decades-long dispute over the name Macedonia and Alexander the Great.

# read-me - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Last tango in Dublin
# Moloney's Eye
# Moloney's Eye

Ireland in a snapshot: Last tango in Dublin

Oct 13th 2018, 7:30 PM 27,648 Views 9 Comments

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

'Van Morrison's landmark album Astral Weeks turns 50 this weekend. We tracked down the musicians who played on it'
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'Van Morrison's landmark album Astral Weeks turns 50 this weekend. We tracked down the musicians who played on it'

Oct 13th 2018, 8:15 AM 22,356 Views 22 Comments

A new documentary looks at how a 23-year old introvert from east Belfast overcame the mob, US Immigration, poverty, and his own tricky personality, to make one of the most enduring and best-loved albums ever recorded.

# read-me - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Opinion: TDs should be prohibited from being landlords
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: TDs should be prohibited from being landlords

Oct 11th 2018, 7:00 AM 23,300 Views 96 Comments

As a general principle, politicians should not engage in any activity where they would do better from the State doing worse, writes Conor Crummey.

# read-me - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

'This is a shameful day for Fine Gael and a bad day for Ireland on climate change'
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# Opinion

'This is a shameful day for Fine Gael and a bad day for Ireland on climate change'

Oct 9th 2018, 6:06 PM 19,051 Views 96 Comments

Listening to the Budget speech from Pascal Donohoe today you would have no sense we are at such a historical turning point, writes Eamon Ryan.

# read-me - Monday 8 October, 2018

The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics
# Opinion
# Opinion

The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics

Oct 8th 2018, 7:30 PM 14,138 Views 33 Comments

The US mid-terms will be the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Would you give your child a beer? Changing our attitudes towards sugar
# Opinion
# Opinion

Would you give your child a beer? Changing our attitudes towards sugar

Oct 7th 2018, 1:00 PM 20,372 Views 25 Comments

Sugar should be an occasional treat but it shouldn’t be an everyday habit for our young kids, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.

# read-me - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Eddie - the honest, open man with the piercing blue eyes
# Donal Mloney
# Donal Mloney

Ireland in a snapshot: Eddie - the honest, open man with the piercing blue eyes

Oct 6th 2018, 7:30 PM 30,874 Views 6 Comments

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

# read-me - Friday 5 October, 2018

How is it fair that the tourism industry still gets a subsidy of half a billion euros?
# Opinion
# Opinion

How is it fair that the tourism industry still gets a subsidy of half a billion euros?

Oct 5th 2018, 7:30 PM 12,232 Views 27 Comments

The landscape has changed since the VAT rate was cut for the hospitality sector in 2011, writes Eamon Murphy.

Access to emergency departments in rural Ireland can be hard - so why don't we have an air ambulance service?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Access to emergency departments in rural Ireland can be hard - so why don't we have an air ambulance service?

Oct 5th 2018, 7:00 AM 14,127 Views 36 Comments

Security expert Tom Clonan raises concerns about why Ireland is one of the last EU member states not to have an air ambulance service.

# read-me - Wednesday 3 October, 2018

Opinion: Donuts are the spawn of the devil. No good can come from them
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Opinion: Donuts are the spawn of the devil. No good can come from them

Oct 3rd 2018, 6:44 PM 20,527 Views 23 Comments

Let’s hope our romance with the donut ends before it really does some lifelong damage, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.

# read-me - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

'Fianna Fáil made mistakes during the boom, but not building enough homes wasn’t one of them'
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# Opinion

'Fianna Fáil made mistakes during the boom, but not building enough homes wasn’t one of them'

Oct 2nd 2018, 7:00 PM 13,777 Views 76 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien writes about why affordable housing is key to this year’s Budget and a priority for his party.

# read-me - Monday 1 October, 2018

In many cases, students no longer think they need to accept their very first job offer
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In many cases, students no longer think they need to accept their very first job offer

Oct 1st 2018, 7:00 AM 13,722 Views 17 Comments

Students are growing in confidence about their immediate job prospects, writes Ruairi Kavanagh, editor of Gradireland.

# read-me - Saturday 29 September, 2018

Simon Coveney: 'It is time to bin climate change denial'
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# Column

Simon Coveney: 'It is time to bin climate change denial'

Sep 29th 2018, 12:01 AM 9,117 Views 71 Comments

The Tánaiste also used tonight’s speech to the the UN to state the Israel-Palestine conflict is a big foreign policy priority for the Irish government.

# read-me - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Eoin Ó Broin: 'He is the Minister. The buck stops with him. He must change the policy... or go'
# Eoin V Eoghan
# Eoin V Eoghan

Eoin Ó Broin: 'He is the Minister. The buck stops with him. He must change the policy... or go'

Sep 25th 2018, 7:00 AM 14,069 Views 121 Comments

The Sinn Féin spokesperson defends his party’s motion of no confidence in the Housing Minister.

# read-me - Monday 24 September, 2018

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?

Sep 24th 2018, 7:00 AM 16,378 Views 56 Comments

What strategies and tactics can we expect from the candidates for the presidential race, asks Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 23 September, 2018

Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'

Sep 23rd 2018, 5:30 PM 17,602 Views 101 Comments

I fully support peaceful protest and direct action as a legitimate form of democratic participation, writes Brendan Howlin.