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Lise Hand: A leadership race in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak? Labour can't catch a break

Lise Hand says Labour members hoping the leadership race would revive the party must be wondering if they accidentally ran over a family of black cats.

Opinion: Covid-19 has changed everything, so it's time for rational planning and national unity

Irish health professionals need leadership from our politicians, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.

Opinion: Samaritans volunteers are a community of ordinary people who care deeply about others

A Samaritans volunteer details the daily dedication needed for such an important role.

Opinion: This Seachtain na Gaeilge, we should celebrate the rise of the Gaelscoil Generation

Gaelscoileanna increased in numbers in the last 40 years, and now we have young business leaders with a passion for Gaeilge, writes Daithí de Buitléir.

Opinion: ‘Coillte took me to court but we could work together to make forests a better place'

Last week, Sioned Jones was found not guilty of criminal damage of a Coillte Forest but guilty of a second charge of stealing firewood.

Larry Donnelly: It's Super Tuesday, so is Biden the new 'comeback kid'?

Bernie may secretly have welcomed a Biden victory in South Carolina, but not to this extent, writes Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: 'States of Fear' may have caused a seismic shift in Ireland, but more needs to be done

As RTÉ examines the legacy of States of Fear, 21 years on, Sheila Ahern discusses the landmark documentary and the late Mary Raftery, its producer.

Opinion: Kevin Boyle - the Irishman who took on the Ayatollah

Lawyer Kevin Boyle found himself placed “in the perilous front lines of the emerging clash between Islamic extremism and western liberal democracy”, writes Mike Chinoy.

The Irish For: The rise of Fiadh, the third most popular girl's name

With Fiadh now in the top five baby names for girls, Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at the origin of the name.

How I Spend my Money: A 32-year-old factory worker with young children, in remission from cancer and getting help from social welfare

This week, our diary-keeper is a factory worker who was diagnosed with cancer. To supplement his reduced working hours, he receives social welfare payments.

Opinion: The climate 'canary in the coal mine' is gasping for breath. We've reached the Anthropocene

Even the most entrenched climate denialists would find it hard to argue that things aren’t changing, writes Mark Kernan.

Opinion: Why 'give up' for Lent? Better to set some solid goals

Lent may be the season of giving up, but a more positive approach would help you succeed, writes Barbara Edwards.

Opinion: Boston, or Berlin? No, we'll take Sweden or Denmark - this was our ‘Hygge’ election

A status quo government is unlikely to represent the need for change, writes Dr Rory Hearne.

Opinion: 'We are lucky in Ireland that we have a strong legal system where the rule of law is so firmly defended'

Two young barristers, Róisín Cottrell and Ben Clarke, discuss the reasons they chose their profession.

Larry Donnelly: Can Joe Biden – or anyone else – stop Bernie Sanders?

It’s looking like Sanders versus Bloomberg for the Democratic National Convention in July, writes Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: Why we asked people on the streets of Dublin if they watch pornography

Cliodhna McAllister writes about how her experiences with Tinder, dating and porn got her thinking about how we view sexuality and gender in Ireland.

Opinion: 'The children I meet are often shattered by their social media use'

Often, girls are worn out by body judgement and boys by overuse of video games, writes Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist.

Lise Hand: Mary Lou was borne aloft in a tricolour-draped golden palanquin carved from the bones of fallen Elites

Lise Hand was at the Sinn Féin rally in Cork last night, the first in a series planned for this week.

How I Spend my Money: A 30-year-old primary teacher on €37,000 living in a mobile home

This week, our reader is a primary teacher living in a mobile home with her new husband, in the hope of saving for a house.

Opinion: “The next government needs to treat the rape epidemic as seriously as the housing and health crises”

Lavinia Kerwick was the first Irish rape survivor to waive her anonymity.

The Irish For: 'Tis far from pizza and spaghetti we were reared

Darach Ó Séaghdha asks what words for foreign foods tell us about Ireland.

Opinion: Addressing the gender pay gap may cost Irish companies, but the costs of failing to do so are greater

Much is yet to be done to tackle inequality, writes Dr Michelle Cullen.

Opinion: A vote for change in Ireland, a welcome vote for Palestinians

Palestinians are heartened by the stance of most Irish parties on the occupied territories, writes Mona Sabella.

Lise Hand: After a long day, the prospect of an 'accidental' Green Taoiseach gave us 15 seconds of comedic drama

The vote for a new chieftan had none of the usual frisson of anxiety and anticipation, writes Lise Hand.

Opinion: All hail The Dice Man, the High King of Grafton Street

On the 25th anniversary of the passing of Thom McGinty, Robert O’Byrne and Trevor White pay tribute to one of Dublin’s best-loved characters.

Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug

Dr Austin O’Carroll says decriminalisation would be a way of taking responsibility for the vicious effects of inequality.

Opinion: Yes, we're still on coronavirus lockdown in China, weeks later

Irishman Greg McDonough shares his family’s experience while housebound in China during the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

Opinion: 'I'm constantly asked if I can thank the handyman for carrying out their work - my work'

Laura de Barra, author of a new book Gaff Goddess, writes about why we need to take the gender out of DIY.

How I Spend my Money: A 26-year-old chef in Maynooth who is studying while working

This week, our reader shows how he manages to keep his spending down because he gets his meals at work.

Opinion: Why has the State invested €70m in a private company to look at our genetic data?

Dr Ciara Staunton says it is “unfathomable” that the government has funded the collection of 400,000 Irish genomes, shutting them off from most researchers.

The Irish For: Why do so many Irish politicians start out as teachers?

Darach Ó Séaghdha asks why we elect so many múinteoirí to the Oireachtas.

Opinion: Why are so many Irish men in crisis? 'Flicker' film director explores Irish masculinity

‘Flicker’ opens at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) this month.

A century of splits and the 'passing on of authority' : How does the modern Sinn Féin trace its roots back to the civil war?

The party of today owes its success to the peace process, writes Brian Hanley.

Opinion: Last Saturday, I voted for the first time as an Irish citizen. It was a gift I will cherish

I have never had the freedom to vote before, writes Razan Ibrahim.

Opinion: Cycling to work shouldn't feel like going to war but I still get flashbacks from being hit by car

Joan O’Connell is fighting for safer cycling conditions after she was knocked off her bike by a 1.5-tonne seven-seater car.

Opinion: This Irish election result was not an ideological vote, it was an angry one

The shift to the left, including the swing to Sinn Féin, is more about voters’ anger at Fine Gael, writes Larry Donnelly.

Lise Hand: We might get a female taoiseach but gender balance stays stubbornly skewed

Ireland had six crucial decades when the nation was being shaped where women were absent from the top table of government. But what now?, asks Lise Hand.

A colourful character, a progressive and a lover of arts. Goodbye to Tommy Smith of Grogan’s

Smith, who passed away on Sunday, was part of the fabric of Dublin life, writes Donal Fallon.

How I Spend My Money: A 33-year-old corporate solicitor on €112,000 with a young family, living in Dublin

This week, our reader details her spending while juggling work and a young family.

The Irish For: Time for two Irish romantic traditions - Leap Year proposals and the Skellig Lists

February 29 proposals are sweet, but the Skellig Lists were another story, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.