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# read-mes - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Column: Secular health policy must replace Catholic health policy

Society pays for its public health services through taxation, and the ethos of any public institution should reflect the secular, multi-denominational ethos of the citizenship it serves, writes Dr Mark Murphy.

# read-mes - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Column: I saw the pain and terror 'Whitey' Bulger created – he was no Robin Hood

Growing up just a few miles down the road from the Boston neighbourhood where gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger reigned, I saw through the lies that he protected residents from drugs and violence, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-mes - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Column: Pre-Budget politics - lies, damned lies and a gullible public

The campaign to pummel the public into submission with ‘strategic’ pre-Budget scaremongering has begun in earnest – and the media is lapping it up, writes Paul Allen.

Column: How to navigate your personal insolvency

The Personal Insolvency Service is due to come into effect in the coming weeks, so what do you need to know about making an application? Stephen Curtis lets you know.

# read-mes - Monday 12 August, 2013

Column: I believe water fluoridation is harmful to my health, why should I pay for it?

With water charges due to be implemented, Aisling Fitzgibbon argues that if people are paying for water they should have more of a say about what’s in it.

Lisa McInerney: Time might be up for the rural pub - but I'll miss it

Changing consumption habits – driven by economics or social change – are shutting our locals. Should we care?

# read-mes - Sunday 11 August, 2013

Column: Making threats over the internet is a crime, but sometimes anonymity is needed

Before we remove the masks of users online, we need to look at both the pros and cons of being anonymous on the internet, writes Fergal Crehan.

# read-mes - Thursday 8 August, 2013

Column: The CollegeTimes.ie article endorses the view of women as targets and men as predators

A ‘One Night Stand Guide – For Him’ on the CollegeTimes.ie caused controversy today after it told men to ‘prey’ on women and get them drunk. Cliona Saidlear writes there was nothing satirical about the article.

Column: How I live my life with Motor Neurone Disease

Three years ago, Karl Hughes was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, but he says it’s encouraged him to keep a positive mental attitude and to appreciate the time you have with your loved ones.

# read-mes - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

Column: How did we surrender our liberty and become voluntary slaves?

We sold our freedom long ago when we accepted mountainous debt in search of power and status, writes Steve Bonham. The lesson? Avoid committing to things that make us dependent upon the whims of others.

Column: If we want to see the end of nuclear weapons then we need to ban nuclear testing

The treaty banning nuclear testing is yet to ratified by the US and other countries, but it is key to the steps to the path of nuclear disarmament, writes Jason Douglas.

# read-mes - Monday 5 August, 2013

Column: Should ‘lads mags’ be in modesty bags?

Removing ‘lads mags’ from the top shelf won’t make much of an impact when it comes to the bigger picture, writes Aoife O’Connor, who says there is a lot more things objectifying women that need to dealt with first.

# read-mes - Sunday 4 August, 2013

Column: My girls are entirely dependent on others – how will we cope with care cuts?

A father of two girls, both with disabilities, says cutting the much-needed day support will make it difficult – if not impossible – for his family to cope.

# read-mes - Saturday 3 August, 2013

Column: Why Pat Kenny is worth every cent - and more

The haters will hate, and the begrudgers will begrudge, but Pat Kenny’s million-euro move to Newstalk was a stroke of genius by the independent broadcaster, writes Paul Allen.

# read-mes - Thursday 1 August, 2013

Column: Pope Francis' new and modern rhetoric is refreshing

We’ve watched people disappear from our churches in recent year but Pope Francis has brought some back, writes Father Seamus Ahearne, who says from his first appearance, this pontiff showed he was different.

# read-mes - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Column: Bradley Manning broke the law, but he placed more value on morality than legality

Watching ‘Collateral Damage’ – footage that shows US military opening fire on men and children in Baghdad – one can see why Manning wanted the American people to see what was happening in their name, writes Neil Walsh.

Column: We need education about porn, not censorship

While pornography can create dangerous misconceptions about sex, shutting down all such exploration only reinforces the notion that sex is something dirty and shameful, writes Genevieve Shanahan.

# read-mes - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Column: Trayvon Martin’s tragic death shows that race still divides America

It makes me feel guilty when we talk about race, and I suspect that’s how most white Americans feel, writes Larry Donnelly, who says there is still a way to go yet before racism no longer has a stronghold in America.

Column: Stunt politics and shenanigans in the Seanad

With some in the Seanad behaving like they at auditions for the Muppet Show, before the public gets to vote on its future, senators did little to encourage us to save their bacon, writes Paul Allen.

# read-mes - Monday 29 July, 2013

Column: Here's what a politician does during the summer

The Dáil and Seanad may not be voting but that doesn’t mean TDs and Senators are on holidays. In fact, the summer months are when a lot of important work gets done, writes Anne Ferris TD.

Lisa McInerney: Pornification of teen sexuality - but we can't just blame porn

The UK plans to make online pornography an ‘opt-in’ choice to try and shield children from it – but will that really protect kids from early sexualisation?

# read-mes - Sunday 28 July, 2013

Column: OK! magazine shouldn’t be discussing Kate’s baby weight

New mothers need reassurance and support; not their baby weight and when they are going to lose it being discussed by a nation, writes Lisa O’Hara.

Column: Why it's time to get rid of Ireland's blasphemy laws

Blasphemy laws have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and have no place in a modern democracy like Ireland, writes Michael Nugent.

# read-mes - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Column: Striking the balance between freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial

Public interest, freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial: all these factors form a carefully-balanced relationship between the media and criminal justice system. But just how clear-cut is the law? asks Fergal Crehan.

# read-mes - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Column: Sexism in Leinster House is alive and well

Two male politicians showed how sexism can come in many forms – post-modern with an ironic twist and just plain old-fashioned, writes Maura Adshead.

# read-mes - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Column: Change we can believe in? Ireland’s Constitutional Convention has delivered

The Constitutional Convention has made substantial recommendations, including on sensitive topics such as gender equality and same-sex marriage. We can only hope the government passes the recommendations on to the people, writes Dr Matthew Wall.

Column: The family home needs to be protected in a debt crisis

The banks are not looking at the long-term resolutions strategies for homeowners in debt; the only available strategies are limited to those that that suit bank recovery, writes Julie Sadlier.

# read-mes - Monday 22 July, 2013

Column: Why did JK Rowling feel the need to use a pseudonym?

It’s been revealed that the Harry Potter creator used a male pseudonym and is in fact the author of a new mystery crime novel – but Michelle Jackson writes that it is sad Rowling had to do that to achieve critical acclaim.

# read-mes - Sunday 21 July, 2013

Column: Modern dating and the awkward question of who foots the bill...

There’s no excuse for women not coughing up when it comes to footing the bill for a date – an equal partnership means equality across the board, writes Aoife O’Connor.

Column: Is Ireland actually a tax haven?

The consequence of tax avoidance and evasion by multinationals and wealthy individuals is higher income taxes for the rest of society, writes Dr Tom McDonnell who says Ireland is certainly not a haven for the average taxpayer.

# read-mes - Saturday 20 July, 2013

Extract: The 'daily problems' in maintaining Ireland's neutrality during WW2

Confidential documents from the 1940s show that the maintenance of Ireland’s neutrality was going be difficult – and hard decisions on policy would have to be made practically every day.

Aaron McKenna: Irish people are losing out on jobs because we are not multilingual

The new jobs on offer are not beyond the capabilities of our people, but there is one thing we are lacking – a proficiency in foreign languages, writes Aaron McKenna, who says we should try and rectify this for future generations.

# read-mes - Friday 19 July, 2013

Column: Internships can take you from clueless wannabe to landing that job

Internships are like extended job interviews – so adjust your attitude accordingly, writes Julia Purcell.

# read-mes - Thursday 18 July, 2013

Column: Burning our bogs is like setting fire to our future

There is an economic and social value in preserving our bogs. We need to forget our romantic ideas turf fires and preserve our heritage, writes Kieran McNally.

Column: Leinster House can seem impenetrable to the average citizen

There is a breakdown in communication between the citizen and their elected representatives when, ironically, our representatives are arguably more contactable now than they have ever been before, writes Sarah O’Neill.

# read-mes - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Column: Childline is the only option for some - that's why we volunteer

Volunteering with Childline can be challenging and difficult at times, write a group of volunteers from Childline Cork, who say although it can be heart-wrenching it is worth it.

Column: I'm a Bethany Home survivor and, at 74 years old, I'm finally happy

A Bethany Home survivor, who now lives in Australia, writes about how his time in the home shaped and damaged his life and his journey to find out the truth about his birth.

# read-mes - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Column: Lucinda Creighton and Tom Barry – the story of two political Irelands

Two Fine Gael TDs were in the spotlight this week but for completely different reasons, writes Gary Murphy, who says we need to decide what type of politics we want.

# read-mes - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Column: Why are asylum seekers protesting?

Protests by asylum seekers are not a manifestation of greedy migrants looking for more entitlements from the state, but the symptom of a deeply flawed and failing immigration system, writes Matt Canon.

# read-mes - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Revelry at second anniversary of South Sudan hides severe poverty

Barry Andrews, CEO of GOAL, writes from Juba, South Sudan which is “badly neglected… but a model of modernity in comparison to the rest of South Sudan”.

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