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# read-mes - Monday 8 July, 2013

Column: There's a case for a United Ireland but it doesn't lie in voodoo economics

If we want to end the partition between the Republic and Northern Ireland, then we need to embrace some realistic solutions for the economic future, writes David McCann.

Column: In order to protect the vulnerable, Ireland needs a domestic violence register

Domestic violence affects women, men, children and our elderly. Victims and their families should have the right to learn about the background of an abusive partner before it’s too late, writes Rita Harling.

# read-mes - Sunday 7 July, 2013

Extract: ‘If I were Mr de Valera, I would keep a watch on all ports, communications and wireless in his territory’

A confidential report on a meeting with Neville Chamberlain in 1940 shows the British Prime minister wanted to pass on advice to the then Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera about the threat of Germany.

Column: 'The Anglo tapes are shocking, but I can't say I'm surprised'

Having worked in the financial sector, I know arrogant attitudes are commonplace in finance – which is why the Anglo tapes don’t surprise me one bit, writes Carol Redmond.

# read-mes - Saturday 6 July, 2013

Column: Why do we comfort eat?

Increasing numbers of people are reaching for chocolate and crisps in response to stress, sadness or boredom – but what is making us become emotional eaters? asks Roisin Finnegan.

# read-mes - Friday 5 July, 2013

Column: 'I came face to face with the reality of childbirth in Ethiopia'

Every year, 25,000 women die in childbirth in Ethiopia, writes Donnacha Maguire, who says money alone will not stop women from dying, only people working together will do that.

# read-mes - Thursday 4 July, 2013

Column: The reality of drone warfare – is it really a costless conflict?

Controversy over the United States’ use of drones has grown along with the body count, writes Scott Fitzsimmons and Karina Sangha – who say while drone operators are at minimal risk of suffering physical harm, they risk psychological damage.

# read-mes - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Column: 'Life for an Afghan is random, ruthless and unforgiving'

After living in Afghanistan, I got to see first-hand what the people of that country go through, writes Noel Scanlon, who says he wishes he could be more optimistic about the country’s future.

Column: How to protect your private data in a digital world

With Snowden, Prism and national security secrets in the news, it’s clear that technology has made privacy harder to ensure. Renaat Verbruggen gives a run down of how cryptography can protect your private information.

# read-mes - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair

Even as Education Minister Ruairi Quinn “was doing the right thing on resource hours, he refused to back down on Special Needs Assistants”, writes the FF leader.

# read-mes - Monday 1 July, 2013

Lisa McInerney: We tolerate cute hoors, we end up with Anglo tape types

Our capacity for putting up with ‘charismatic’ cowboys is no longer a bad national joke – it’s our national downfall.

# read-mes - Sunday 30 June, 2013

Column: Do bio-epic movies portray real-life figures in their true light?

George Bush, Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana are just some of the famous people to be immortalised on film, but is it ever possible to give a balanced portrayal of a person? Darren Mooney writes about the challenging world of the bioepic.

# read-mes - Saturday 29 June, 2013

Column: Unable to find work in Ireland, I had no choice but to leave

I was offered a job abroad and even though I had no family or friends there, I had to take it, writes Seanán Ó Coistín.

# read-mes - Friday 28 June, 2013

Column: Could Brazil's protests spread?

Could the demonstrations in South America’s largest country spread across the continent just like with the Arab Spring, asks Fergal Browne – who says Argentina and Brazil are not all that different.

Column: We need to make our society and cities age-friendly

Let’s move on from the twentieth century, where older people were thought of as dependents. Older people can – and must — contribute to economic growth, writes Michael Hodin.

# read-mes - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Column: Is society finally able to recognise the pain of a miscarriage?

Until recent years, miscarriage was not something that was spoken about: it was simply brushed under the carpet. But couples should not be afraid to be open about their grief – talking will help them to heal, writes Deirdre Pierce-McDonnell.

# read-mes - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Politicians should be investigated over Anglo, not investigating it

What angers me about these telephone recordings is that they are only the tip of the iceberg, writes Aaron McKenna, who says a banking investigation is needed now.

# read-mes - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Column: With public trust in the EU declining, we need to ensure people feel connected

A forward and outward looking European Union is what we need, writes Dominic Hannigan TD, who says national parliaments should have an enhanced role in shaping the future of the EU.

# read-mes - Monday 24 June, 2013

Column: Facebook creeping is one thing, but is the ‘Who’s Ur Wan’ page a step too far?

Is Who’s Ur Wan Facebook page a bit of fun or another website objectifying women, asks Aoife O’Connor.

# read-mes - Sunday 23 June, 2013

Column: 'Do you want to have children?' Every couple needs to have this conversation

The decision whether or not to have children is one of the most important decisions of your life, writes relationship counsellor Tony Moore, who says he is amazed at how many couples do not have the discussion.

Column: Obama's speech was an insight into the current state of politics in Northern Ireland

Speaking directly to the next generation of Northern Ireland, like Obama did, is what we need, says David McCann, who writes that it is the duty of younger people to get ready, take charge and drive the agenda forward.

# read-mes - Saturday 22 June, 2013

Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’

Putting the abuser back in the picture is what we should strive towards, says Margaret Martin, who says society focuses attention and responsibility on the victims of domestic violence rather than the perpetrators.

Column: For bankers, summary justice is no justice at all

Just like the UK, Ireland needs to hold a major investigation into the banking sector, writes Aaron McKenna, who says while we all want to see justice, it is not going to be that easy.

# read-mes - Friday 21 June, 2013

Column: Why scapegoat the most vulnerable to protect the most powerful?

Immigrants have become the new enemy, writes Bobby Gilmore – who says if we are not careful protectionism, extreme nationalism, racism, ethno-centrism and exclusion will prevail in Europe.

# read-mes - Thursday 20 June, 2013

Column: The new abortion law attempts to add clarity, but the Savita case could happen again

Forcing doctors to wait to see a ‘risk to life’ rather than just a ‘risk to health’ to a woman when considering performing an abortion could result in it becoming too late, write Dr Mary Favier and Dr Ciara Flynn.

Column: If politicians re-lived the Celtic Tiger would anything be done differently?

After the boom-years, people are wondering if there is an alternative system that might work better, writes Órla Ryan, who says worker co-operatives might be just what we’re looking for.

# read-mes - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it's offensive to democratic ideals

I have a lot of time for the Taoiseach, but his leadership has been autocratic and even authoritarian in a representative democracy and I find this unsettling, writes Larry Donnelly.

Column: Suicide amongst men is at crisis level, now is the time for action

We should be thinking about how we are going to solve Ireland’s problem with suicide -and the first step is trying to communicate, writes Dr Gary McDonald.

# read-mes - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here

Each of my miscarriages were different experiences, but they’ve all had a lasting affect on my life, writes an anonymous contributor.

# read-mes - Monday 17 June, 2013

Lisa McInerney: The loudest voices in pro-life camp discredit the civil ones

There is common ground to be found between pro-life and pro-choice people, writes Lisa McInerney, but plastic foetuses and death threats are eroding it.

# read-mes - Friday 14 June, 2013

Column: Is intolerance prevalent in Ireland?

Ireland has never seemed intolerant to me but recent instances of racism and intolerance in the news has me questioning whether I am right, writes Aileen Donegan.

Column: Here's why the farmers are protesting on the streets of Ireland

The Irish agricultural sector supports 300,000 jobs and €9 billon in exports, but the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) proposals will inflict serious damage on thousands of farmers, writes Niall Madigan.

# read-mes - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas

Former inmates are among those gathering to fight capital punishment at a world congress event that begins today, but Kirstin Houle from Texas says theirs is a daily struggle they know they will win.

# read-mes - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Column: The UK will continue to be a far friendlier place for those drowning in debt

The new Personal Insolvency Act may work for some but it’s deficient for a sizeable portion of distressed borrowers, writes Ronan Coburn.

# read-mes - Sunday 2 June, 2013

Column: The victims of the Troubles were not 'collateral damage' and they deserve justice

The introduction of a bill that would ban people convicted of serious offences from being appointed as a special advisor to a minister in Northern Ireland has raised more serious questions: who are the victims of the Troubles – and have we forgotten them?

Column: The Haddington Road deal is just the same as the last, with a few tweaks

Instead of uniting against this draconian piece of legislation, the unions are operating under a ‘me fein’ attitude that will help no one, writes Kieran Allen.

# read-mes - Saturday 1 June, 2013

Column: Why do we care about Will and Kate, the fairytale across the Irish Sea?

One in three Irish people watched the Royal Wedding in 2011 and now the world is waiting with bated breath to see if the heir to the British throne will be a boy or a girl, but why do we care, asks Aoife O’Connor.

# read-mes - Friday 31 May, 2013

Column: The G8 summit could have huge economic benefits for Ireland – if it goes well

Using the summit as an opportunity to vent frustrations with protests could be damaging and will only distract the international media from the many positives of Ireland’s recovery, writes Samuel Brazys.

# read-mes - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Column: 'I'm living as an undocumented migrant in Ireland'

“Mary” has been living in Ireland since 2004 and says she can’t imagine her life anywhere else. Here, she explains what it’s like to live under the constant fear of deportation.

Column: The pros and cons of labelling a child with a development delay

Having your child diagnosed with a developmental or learning disability is a life-changing decision for parents. Carol Coffey discusses some things concerned parents should consider ahead of an assessment.