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

Jul 8th 2013, 7:30 PM 176 Views 81 Comments

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

Jul 8th 2013, 7:00 AM 363 Views 76 Comments

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

Jul 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 200 Views 37 Comments

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

Jul 7th 2013, 8:15 AM 31 Views 41 Comments

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?
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Column: Why do we comfort eat?

Jul 6th 2013, 7:00 PM 1,421 Views 21 Comments

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

Jul 5th 2013, 7:00 AM 159 Views 5 Comments

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

Jul 4th 2013, 7:00 AM 70 Views 27 Comments

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

Jul 3rd 2013, 5:30 PM 15 Views 9 Comments

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

Jul 3rd 2013, 7:00 AM 64 Views 15 Comments

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
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Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair

Jul 2nd 2013, 7:00 AM 596 Views 31 Comments

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

Jul 1st 2013, 7:00 AM 104 Views 36 Comments

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

Jun 30th 2013, 7:30 PM 118 Views 8 Comments

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

Jun 29th 2013, 7:00 PM 1,388 Views 98 Comments

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?
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Column: Could Brazil's protests spread?

Jun 28th 2013, 1:00 PM 57 Views 22 Comments

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

Jun 28th 2013, 7:00 AM 61 Views 5 Comments

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

Jun 27th 2013, 7:30 PM 538 Views 27 Comments

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

Jun 26th 2013, 7:00 AM 23 Views 73 Comments

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

Jun 25th 2013, 6:00 PM 8 Views 33 Comments

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

Jun 24th 2013, 7:00 AM 189 Views 39 Comments

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

Jun 23rd 2013, 7:30 PM 1,437 Views 59 Comments

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

Jun 23rd 2013, 8:15 AM 23 Views 24 Comments

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

Jun 22nd 2013, 7:00 PM 140 Views 118 Comments

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

Jun 22nd 2013, 8:00 AM 14 Views 31 Comments

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

Jun 21st 2013, 7:00 AM 485 Views 37 Comments

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

Jun 20th 2013, 7:30 PM 97 Views 35 Comments

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

Jun 20th 2013, 7:00 AM 122 Views 39 Comments

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

Jun 19th 2013, 7:30 PM 80 Views 40 Comments

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

Jun 19th 2013, 7:00 AM 215 Views 44 Comments

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

Jun 18th 2013, 7:30 PM 57 Views 16 Comments

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

Jun 17th 2013, 7:00 AM 232 Views 112 Comments

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?
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Column: Is intolerance prevalent in Ireland?

Jun 14th 2013, 1:00 PM 283 Views 114 Comments

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

Jun 14th 2013, 7:00 AM 695 Views 15 Comments

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
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Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas

Jun 13th 2013, 7:00 AM 31 Views 18 Comments

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

Jun 5th 2013, 7:00 AM 30 Views 9 Comments

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

Jun 2nd 2013, 7:30 PM 590 Views 121 Comments

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

Jun 2nd 2013, 8:15 AM 66 Views 127 Comments

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

Jun 1st 2013, 7:00 PM 810 Views 91 Comments

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

May 31st 2013, 7:00 AM 6,525 Views 37 Comments

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

May 30th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,224 Views 117 Comments

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

May 30th 2013, 7:00 AM 18,425 Views 33 Comments

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.