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# read-mes - Wednesday 29 May, 2013

Column: 'I've the best day job in Ireland' says Barretstown CEO

People often think that working with ill children must be upsetting, but it is anything but, says Barretstown’s Dee Ahearn, who writes about how Barretstown helps children and families enjoy life again and why we all need to help ensure that work continues.

# read-mes - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Column: What do you want to do with your life?

Life is complicated and has a lot of choices, writes Fergus McCarthy who has some advice for this year’s Leaving Certificate students who have it all ahead of them.

# read-mes - Sunday 26 May, 2013

Column: I can’t pinpoint the moment I decided I wasn’t going to eat anymore

Suffering from anorexia as a teenager, Jenny Conlon’s weight dropped to just 6 stone before. While speaking about her experience for the first time is difficult, she says if it helps one person, it will be worth it.

Extract: '8,848 metres and I’m sitting on the summit of the world’ Read Me This post contains images

Extract: '8,848 metres and I’m sitting on the summit of the world’

Twenty years ago this week, Dawson Stelfox became the first Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This extract from Everest Calling: The Irish Journey, chronicles the last leg of this challenging expedition.

# read-mes - Saturday 25 May, 2013

Column: Our changing relationship with Africa is strong and enduring

Yes, Africa faces huge challenges, but it is also making remarkable progress and Ireland played its part in that, writes TD Joe Costello.

# read-mes - Thursday 23 May, 2013

Column: Transgender people should have the right to change their birth certificate

While most of us take for granted having a passport or birth certificate in our own name, transgender people must face awkward questions when they are asked to provide identification – this shouldn’t be the case, writes Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

# read-mes - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Extract: If we want to get more done, we need to start a war with our televisions

Watching television eats up your valuable time when you could be doing so much more with your life. It’s time to wrestle control back from that box in the corner of the living room, writes Ruth Field.

Column: Getting financial advice is a good idea, but check the small print

High commissions charged by financial advisors means there is always a conflict of interest when dealing with clients and many are far too well paid for their efforts, writes David Quinn.

# read-mes - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

Column: Changing the law on abortion is dangerous and unjust

There is no evidence to show that abortion treats suicide ideation – this means that any legislation based on the grounds of suicidal ideation is irredeemably damaged, writes Cora Sherlock.

Column: No woman has an abortion on a whim

Stitch up the X Case’s dangling loopholes and then hold a referendum to legalise abortion in Ireland – because no woman wants an abortion just for the hell of it, writes Carol Redmond.

# read-mes - Monday 20 May, 2013

Column: The reality of unemployment is being masked by emigration

With youth unemployment at 23 per cent, the European Union and policy makers have a collective responsibility and obligation to help the “Lost Generation”, writes Liam Aylward.

# read-mes - Sunday 19 May, 2013

Hillsborough revisited in 'The Real Thing' short story

As Hillsborough families continue to strive for truth about how 96 people died, Irish writer Niamh Cooper O’Sullivan shares a fictional depiction of the horror of 15 April 1989.

Column: Here's how to protect your bank deposits in this unsettled economy

Many sensible individuals are now rightly worried about the security of their savings and investments, writes David Quinn who says diversification is key.

# read-mes - Saturday 18 May, 2013

Column: Here's why I decided to make a graphic novel about Jim Larkin Read Me This post contains images

Column: Here's why I decided to make a graphic novel about Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin is an iconic figure in Irish history, yet when I was in school the Lockout only received a minor mention on the history syllabus – we wanted to make him more accessible, says Rory McConville.

# read-mes - Thursday 16 May, 2013

Column: You can get a tan from a bottle, so save your skin

People in Ireland seem to be obsessed with getting a tan – but this country has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the entire world. It’s time to wake up to the real danger sun of exposure, says Pauline Power, who was diagnosed with a melanoma at 29.

# read-mes - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

Column: We have a president with an opinion, what's the big deal?

Michael D Higgins won the Irish presidential elections based on his vision of a ‘radically inclusive Republic’. So how could anyone be surprised about him elaborating on that vision, asks Maura Adshead.

# read-mes - Monday 13 May, 2013

Column: Insinuating that young people ‘aren’t bothered’ with politics is insulting and false

Various political scandals and our current economic woes have increased levels of mistrust in politicians among young people. This does not mean we are apathetic, we just need to be engaged, writes Órla Ryan.

# read-mes - Sunday 12 May, 2013

Column: You can often tell what is troubling America by looking to the blockbusters

Movies are often a reflection of current affairs what’s going on in the world, and even the unlikely genre of mass-market US action movies can deal with the fears and uncertainties felt by the American people at any given time, writes Darren Mooney.

Column: Are political families healthy for democracy?

Name recognition surely benefits politically candidacy both here and abroad, but it shouldn’t just be the Kennys, McEntees or the Clintons that are getting involved in the politics of shaping nations – we all should be, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-mes - Saturday 11 May, 2013

Column: Gossiping isn't harmless fun – the damage it causes can be irreversible

Even if you pride yourself on your principles, you may well have been an unsuspecting participant in gossip by repeating other people’s options as fact. It’s hard to overstate how damaging rumours can be, writes counsellor Tony Moore.

# read-mes - Friday 10 May, 2013

Column: The Ohio kidnappings bring the issue of ‘missing persons’ into sharp focus

About 4,000 people go missing for a time in Ireland each year – and the emotional impact on their loved ones, who live with ongoing uncertainty and questions, is immense. They must be given proper support, writes, Dermot Browne.

# read-mes - Thursday 9 May, 2013

Column: Are we proud that Ireland is the poster child of austerity?

Austerity has not worked in Ireland or across the eurozone, writes Joan Collins, who points out that even the architects of our bailout admit it was the wrong path.

# read-mes - Wednesday 8 May, 2013

Column: There is a troubling disjuncture between politics and civil society

Our political systems have declined to a point where they cannot introduce profound change in the social order – this needs to change in order for society to flourish, writes Niall Crowley.

# read-mes - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key

TV shows like ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’ show that history is more popular than ever – yet, under proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, history could become an optional subject or short course. It makes no sense, writes teacher Christian O’Connor.

Column: What role does oil play in modern day wars?

While we can’t definitively rule out the possibility that the US attacking Iraq and Libya to seize control of their oil supplies, when all factors are considered one thing is missing from this hypothesis: a compelling reason, writes Scott Fitzsimons.

# read-mes - Monday 6 May, 2013

Column: It’s challenging to get Irish people to go and see Irish movies

Director Kieron J Walsh says it can be difficult to get Irish people to watch Irish movies, but this is changing. Here, he discusses shining a light on suicide, how Northern Ireland is not all about the the Troubles, and why Irish cinema is on the up.

Lisa McInerney: Fianna Fáil doesn't deserve our ear...

…not when the party still owe us a tooth and an eye. So why are many people perversely choosing to drift back=?

# read-mes - Sunday 5 May, 2013

Column: It's fanciful to think a wealth tax would make the rich leave Ireland

A former IMF head of the mission for Ireland has said an entire reliance on austerity was not the right move – yet we’re still following that road. David Cronin asks why.

Extract: How I got back in the driving seat with the banks

Revealing personal and confidential details in his new book, George Mordaunt talks about his own debt recovery programme and his struggle with the banks. He says debt resolution exists and questions why more don’t know about it.

# read-mes - Saturday 4 May, 2013

Column: The Bangladesh factory collapse shows us the deadly cost of cheap fashion

Following the tragic accident at a Bangladesh clothing factory, Penneys has said it will give money to people who lost family members in the collapse – but we as consumers have a responsibility too, says Ruth Tanner.

# read-mes - Wednesday 1 May, 2013

Column: Hunger and the horsemeat scandal, both the consequences of inequality

We produce enough food for 10 times our population, but the horsemeat scandal shows just how inequality has forced people to low-price, low-quality food, writes Richard Manton.

# read-mes - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Column: Micheál Martin’s response to anti-immigrant rhetoric was lily-livered

Kevin Sheahan sparked anger in Limerick’s council chamber when he demanded an ‘Irish first’ housing policy, but Micheál Martin has refused to properly sanction these anti-immigrant statements, writes Dr Matt Cannon.

# read-mes - Monday 29 April, 2013

Column: Assisted suicide not permitted, but we still must find a humane path for these people

Today, seven judges from the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Marie Fleming, who had sought to be allowed an assisted suicide without the risk of prosecution for anyone who helped her, but where to next with this contentious debate, asks Dr Eimear Spain.

# read-mes - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Interview: 'I just want to be seen as an actor, not a Traveller actor'

Starring in the new movie, King of the Travellers, Michael Collins says he wanted the film to be realistic of the Travelling community. Here he tells us about being refused from Dublin pubs, not getting roles in movies, and coming up against everyday prejudices.

Column: Young people should leave school financially literate

How pensions work, how to read a payslip, dealing with personal taxes, how to choose and take out a loan (and how to pay it back), these should all be taught in school, writes Sinead Doherty.

# read-mes - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Column: Does age really matter in a relationship?

While an age difference doesn’t matter initially it can eventually cause problems, writes Tony Moore, who says being in different stages in our lives can be difficult to deal with.

Column: Why are people disengaging with politics in Northern Ireland?

Following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, more than 70 per cent of people turned out to elect the first assembly. Fast forward 15 years and the people seem disenchanted, but why, asks David McCann.

# read-mes - Friday 26 April, 2013

Column: Is Ireland a nation of á la carte Catholics?

Ireland was traditionally a nation ruled by the Catholic Church. Now that people are drifting away, it’s important to examine why, writes Brian Conway.

Column: To restore our financial credibility, tough decisions must be taken on Croke Park 2

You can’t spend money you don’t have, writes Seán Murphy, who says Jack O’Connor’s proposal to use the €1 billion promissory note savings and taxing the wealthy is not a viable solution.

# read-mes - Thursday 25 April, 2013

Column: Why I wanted to make a movie about isolation in rural Ireland

IFTA Rising Star winner, Gerard Barrett, says people in Ireland don’t talk enough about how they feel – which can lead to tragedy. In making his award-winning movie, Pilgrim Hill, for just €4500, he lifted the lid on loneliness experienced by country farmers.

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