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# read-mes - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Column: What Irish companies need to know about cyberbullies in the workplace

With new media comes new risks, writes Julie O’Neill who says many employers might not know they could be liable for statements made by their employees outside of working hours.

Column: Straight talk on Bosnia has been sadly lacking during Ireland’s EU presidency

Ireland can no longer afford, financially or morally, to go along with the EU’s current hopeless policy in Bosnia. Now is an opportune time for a fundamental rethink of how the EU should deal with the political situation there, writes Patrick Nulty.

# read-mes - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Extract: The 5 emotional stages of debt

Determination, resolve and belief is what you need to overcome your debt problems, says financial expert Liam Croke who has some tips to help.

# read-mes - Monday 22 April, 2013

Lisa McInerney: How can you be a woman and Catholic?

This question is not born out of contempt, says TheJournal.ie columnist, but is out of genuine bewilderment when you consider the status of women in Catholic doctrine.

# read-mes - Sunday 21 April, 2013

Nick Leeson: I’ve observed the need for debt solution – now I’m acting on it

Former trader Nick Leeson explains why he has begun to work as a mediator between indebted people and the banks…

Column: The same-sex marriage debate shows ‘non-traditional’ families aren’t really accepted

As a single parent family, I realise we’ve only been tolerated as opposed to accepted as a proper family unit and because of the absence of the traditional set up we are somehow ‘less than’, writes Carol Redmond, who says same-sex unions are being treated in the same way.

Column: I’ll never forget the moment I heard the news of the explosions in my hometown

Boston native, Larry Donnelly reflects on the the horrific events that happened at the Boston Marathon this week, saying he’s been heartened by the expressions of solidarity from countless Irish people who have such a special affinity with the most Irish city in the US.

# read-mes - Saturday 20 April, 2013

Column: I’m running in the London marathon and I’m proud I’ll be able to pay my respect to the Boston runners

Jenny Conlon says it’s difficult to understand why an event of achievement like the Boston Marathon would be targeted in such a way. Training for a marathon is one of the most challenging things you can do and it makes you realise that life is for living, she writes.

Aaron McKenna: We must sacrifice industrial peace to save the nation

We have been treating nurses and gardai as equal in importance to receptionists and quango directors, they are not equal in importance, writes Aaron McKenna.

# read-mes - Friday 19 April, 2013

Column: To bring about any change, we must redefine what we expect from our politicians

If we want to reclaim the current political landscape we need to re-establish the ground rules for office holders and ensure their words turn into actions, writes Martin Critten.

Column: The insolvency process should be a competent public system that ensures everyone has access

The Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIP) will not be given prescriptive rules around charges, meaning the person who is really in trouble and has no funds could be left on the insolvency scrap heap, writes David Hall, who says there are a number of issues that need to be changed immediately.

Column: Judges and ministers public spat will achieve nothing, but reform is needed

Tensions are high this week between the judicial and executive branches of government, writes Roderic O’Gorman, who says if we want a truly independent judiciary, we must be prepared to undertake radical reform.

# read-mes - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Column: ‘I thought I did everything right – so why have I ended up here?’

Aoife O’Connor has gone to college, got good results, borrowed money to get more qualifications by doing a postgrad, but she still finds herself with no job. Here she asks why she can’t catch a break?

Column: Margaret Thatcher, a feminist icon? She certainly wouldn’t have called herself one

Margaret Thatcher normalised female success, challenging the prevailing orthodoxy that women were unsuited to the pursuit of power, but mechanisms, such as electoral gender quotas would have been anathema to her, writes Margaret O’Keefe.

# read-mes - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

Extract: I’m in massive negative equity and I may lose my home, but I won’t lose hope

Single Irish mother, Jillian Godsil, who tried to sell her Georgian mansion on YouTube, has documented her personal slide into insolvency in a new book, Does my Debt look big in this? Here she writes about debt and never giving up.

Column: Downtown Boston is a crime scene and I’m sitting in my office a few miles away

Having just moved to the US, Jan Schneider had planned to go watch the Boston Marathon. Luckily, other things came up and he never made it. Here’s his account of living in the aftermath of the Boston bombings.

Column: I’ve witnessed Ireland become a leader in the technology sector, let’s not slip

For Ireland to continue to compete successfully, demand has to be stimulated, internet usage has to be promoted and digital literacy has to be accelerated, says Philip Flynn, who has worked in the ICT sector since its infancy.

# read-mes - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

Boston, from Heartbreak Hill to Heartbreak Marathon

Stephen O’Byrnes, a veteran marathon runner who completed the Boston Marathon ten years ago, explains how bombing the finishing straight is a particularly wicked and cruel act.

Extract: I’ve left prostitution behind me, but I worry how my history will impact on my child

From a textbook dysfunctional home life, educational disadvantage and adolescent homelessness, Rachel Moran was primed for life as a prostitute. Here she tells her story about the losses prostitution can bring and how those you love can be tarred with shame by association.

Column: Who’s next in line to be consumed by the European crisis?

While other countries are showing signs of difficulty, it’s Spain’s deterioration which could bring the euro crisis to its most dangerous point, writes Tom McDonnell, who asks where Europe goes from here?

# read-mes - Monday 15 April, 2013

Column: I cried when I heard about the mobility allowance cut - I can't take any more

The mobility grant gave me and my husband the chance to lead independent lives, with dignity, writes Miriam Murphy, who says this government are chipping away at the help for people with disabilities.

Column: ‘Over the past five years, I’ve seen the heart being torn from our schools’

Cuts to teachers’ salaries and increased taxation have left some of my colleagues just making ends meet, writes Carmel Hume.

# read-mes - Sunday 14 April, 2013

Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise's Irish roots... where's the harm in that?

Those who are cynical or opposed to the efforts of The Gathering should ask themselves why, says Larry Donnelly who questions what ignites such hostility to seemingly harmless endeavours like that of certificates of Irishness.

Raped, beaten, stalked: One woman’s struggle with ongoing domestic abuse

Despite barring orders, woman says she has been tortured by her ex-partner for almost a decade.

Column: Is the Labour Party doomed or have they been here before?

The Irish electorate is both a strange beast and an angry and vengeful one at the moment, writes Gary Murphy, who says while the people might be punishing Labour, it will not herald a new political force.

# read-mes - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Column: Should there be alcohol advertising in sport?

As a recovering alcoholic I should say that alcohol advertising and sponsorship has no place in sport, but I can’t: I know there are few options for sports clubs and I need my GAA club to stay open, writes an anonymous contributor.

Column: I'm a devoted father, I'm engaged and I'm a gay man - I should be able to marry

When the question “why are you getting married?” is put to any couple, gay or straight, the answer is the same: “because we love each other,” writes Christian Daly, who says time for marriage equality is now upon us.

# read-mes - Friday 12 April, 2013

Column: 11 ways to handle your child's first teen disco

Are the scare stories about teenage discos really true? Sheila O’Malley has some advice on how to navigate this rite of passage.

# read-mes - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

Column: Change to the Constitution is needed in order to protect women’s lives

The recently completed HSE report into the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar’s death has pointed to Ireland’s unworkable legal situation as a significant factor in her medical treatment, writes Clara Fischer.

Column: Though the Good Friday Agreement brought peace, we should never forget the past

On this date 15 years ago, the Good Friday Agreement was signed. While we have come along way, we shouldn’t take the peace we have for granted, writes Ben English.

# read-mes - Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Column: Decisions in the family courts will be open to scrutiny now the veil has been lifted

Until now, family court proceedings have been heard ‘in camera’ but new legislation will bring more transparency – and more confidence – to the system, writes solicitor Emma Heron.

# read-mes - Monday 8 April, 2013

Lisa McInerney: Misinformation made Bressie's drugs comments front-page news

But the misinformation wasn’t coming from The Voice judge, writes Lisa McInerney, it is coming from his critics – and it’s why young people disregard them.

# read-mes - Sunday 7 April, 2013

Column: Men can communicate, just not like women

Men are constantly criticised for ‘not talking’ but they simply communicate in a different way to women; if we want to tackle male suicide we need to tackle their self esteem first, writes Tony Moore.

How gastronomy can make us more conscious of the true value of food

The original 19th century gastronomy movement encouraged restraint and reflection – and should make us sensitive to “smart, site-specific” agriculture to address the issue of how to feed the world well.

Column: Ireland’s educational system is the most unjust structure in our society today

The fundamental role the educational system plays today is determining a young person’s future life choices, so if there is to be equal opportunity, then we need to tackle equal access for all, writes Fr Peter McVerry.

# read-mes - Saturday 6 April, 2013

Column: Does Hollywood’s portrayal of mental illness help or hinder awareness

Silver Linings Playbook is the latest movie to deal with issues surrounding mental health, but does cinema succeed in bringing these issues to the fore or are they more harmful than helpful, asks Darren Mooney.

Aaron McKenna: While the Eurozone is floundering, the US is seeing growth - but why?

The EU needs to either get on with integration, proper banking and political union or separate into amicable trading partners and neighbours, writes Aaron McKenna.

# read-mes - Friday 5 April, 2013

Interview: For children to eat healthily we must teach them about food

From an early age it’s important for children to learn the basics about the food they eat; helping them to ‘grow their own’ can do this, says chef Donal Skehan.

Column: This property tax is callous and a breach in democratic norms

The Government has no democratic mandate from the electorate for a property tax. In fact, they were elected on the very opposite of commitments, writes Kieran Allen.

# read-mes - Thursday 4 April, 2013

My Cyprus, changed forever

Tamer Fakahany, a deputy managing editor with Associated Press, recalls the displacement of Cypriots he witnessed as a boy – and why its present travails have inspired him to return with his young son.