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Opinion: Government plans to tackle child neglect - but we've heard it all before

The First 5 plan is one in a long line of strategies to protect children but nothing ever changes on the ground, writes child protection expert, Shane Dunphy.

Once upon a time, Ireland was full of penguins - here's how they disappeared

No, not the chocolate bars – real penguins. Author Rob Maguire explains.

Processed meats can be very bad for us - so what does the future of the ham sandwich look like?

It’s been three years since the WHO released its guidelines about processed meat – so why aren’t we listening?

Russian bank collapse: Fictitious assets, hidden losses and the role of the IFSC

Cillian Doyle reveals how Ireland’s shadow banking sector hid massive losses, triggering one of the most costly bank bailouts in Russian history.

'From footballers to computer programmers - I'm blazing a trail for Ireland's hidden women'

Ever heard of aviator Lilian Bland from Antrim, or professional international footballer Anne O’Brien from Inchicore? Author Sarah Webb on why they were forgotten about, despite their achievements.

How I Spend My Money: A sales worker on €70,000 saving €1,000 a month for a mortgage

She’s moved in with her sister in order to save as fast as she can.

'Amazing footballers see their talent as a distant memory - overpowered by isolation, addiction, homelessness'

The individual gets to meet that side of themselves again; the side of themselves that was confident, strong, talented and part of something, writes Senator Lynn Ruane about homelessness leagues.

The Irish For...The role of dogs in legends, proverbs and the Brehon laws

Dogs took centre stage in Irish mythology, stories and proverbs, just like they dominate our social media feeds today, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha

Ireland in a Snapshot: The dreamlike landscape of the northern coastline

The northern coastline of Antrim is beyond beautiful and everything in between is worth investigating, writes Donal Moloney.

From the Garden: Your green tomatoes are unlikely to ripen now - so use them up in chutney

As I’ve looked glumly from the house at the sodden garden, it’s been playing on my mind that it’s high time I got the beds in the veg patch covered down for the winter, writes Michael Kelly

Opinion: 'An enormous burden falls on the shoulders of our nurses in Ireland'

Our healthcare system in Ireland needs our nurses more than ever but measuring their performance has not been a priority, says former INMO General Secretary Liam Doran.

Opinion: It is time to ban moneylenders charging interest of up to 287%

330,000 Irish people are customers of moneylenders, many of them risk getting caught up in a vicious cycle of debt, writes Brendan Whelan.

How I Spend My Money: A student in Galway earning up to €500 a month from several odd jobs

The corporate law student works in a supermarket, drives tractors and helps out on the family farm.

'Displaying the victims underwear in court is evidence alright - of rape culture'

What I was wearing the night I was brutally raped does not justify the attack – but I knew some people would say that it did, writes Morgan Barbour.

'There's a risk we'll remember this whole episode as a case of two bad, and one good cop'

Our politicians and government, as well as the media, should be prepared to be far more self-critical and embrace change, writes John Devitt.

Opinion: 'Ireland should, as a matter of urgency, offer asylum to Asia Bibi'

If the referendum was not just about a pointless change, the government should demonstrate its commitment to freedom, equality and modernity by offering Asia Bibi and her family asylum and safety here, writes Paddy Manning.

Worse off than their parents? The growing generation of private renters

The boom in renting and the decline in home ownership are remarkable developments in Ireland, writes Professor Tony Fahey.

Luke Ming Flanagan: If we are heading for an EU army what does that mean for Irish neutrality?

As EU military and defence spending skyrockets, Ireland’s commitment to defence co-operation compromises its neutrality, writes Luke Ming Flanagan, MEP

Opinion: The Supermum myth needs to be exposed

I can’t and won’t hide the fact that I find being Mum really tough, writes Geraldine Walsh

The Irish For... Seal snot: The literal translations of sea creatures are brilliant

The Irish term for a jellyfish translates literally as seal snot. If this floats your boat you might also enjoy mathair shúigh – suckmother – for squid.

'2 more weeks and he'd be back with other survivors with scarred lungs, stumped limbs or a shattered sanity'

Remembering our war dead means reminding ourselves who and what made them war dead and to despise their modern-day equivalents, writes Tom Farrell.

Ireland in a Snapshot: Blaamageddon - what happened when I went to a Waterford flour fight

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

Forgotten by whom? The memory of World War I in Ireland

The war was never forgotten among those who had fought it or those who lost loved ones, writes historian Donal Fallon.

From the garden: 'Do not 'Irish mammy' the sprouts by boiling the divil out of them for 20 minutes' GIY

From the garden: 'Do not 'Irish mammy' the sprouts by boiling the divil out of them for 20 minutes'

Instead blanch them for just a few minutes, writes Michael Kelly, as he also advises on growing beetroot and making celery soup.

The polls get it right, and the problem with Pelosi: 6 thoughts on the US midterms

Given the political realities, Nancy Pelosi must simultaneously do battle and business with President Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

As we approach the centenary of Armistice Day, here's why I'm asking Irish politicians to wear a Shamrock Poppy

It’s time to stop airbrushing the Irish soldiers who died in World War I out of our history, writes Fine Gael senator Frank Feighan.

How I Spend My Money: A doctor in Galway on €59,500 saving for her own home

A costly work trip abroad takes a toll on her plans to save.

Opinion: 'I went vegan... because quite simply the way I had been eating no longer made sense at all'

As more people start moving towards a vegan diet in Ireland and beyond, cookbook author Holly White writes about why she went vegan.

What can Irish cities learn from the response to drug use in New Orleans?

There is an increasing recognition by police services that drug use is not a policing matter, but requires a health led response, writes Tony Duffin

The view from Indiana: Why the battle for the midwestern state is key to the Senate elections

The Democrats need to retain Senator Joe Donnelly’s seat if they are to have any chance of taking back the Senate, writes Eunan McKinney.

Lynn Ruane: Examining morality through the prism of social class

It is easy to set high moral standards for yourself and others, if you do not know what it is like to go hungry, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

The Irish for... 'Why the naming of new technologies in Irish can be more controversial than with English'

Darach Ó Séaghdha talks us through the Irish words for emerging technology, including ‘computer’, ‘selfie’ and ‘spam’, exploring their roots and meaning.

Ireland in a snapshot: The transformation of photography in the digital age

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

From the garden: 'When buying veg, always seek out Irish vegetables and try to avoid price promotions' GIY

From the garden: 'When buying veg, always seek out Irish vegetables and try to avoid price promotions'

In 15 years more than half of Irish field vegetable growers have stopped production, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: 'Eating this mineral in pregnancy - and before conception - can boost how your child's brain develops'

The evidence is very clear and yet we are among the countries in the world that is most deficient in this mineral, writes

Opinion: 'A group of Irish lads held a knife to my throat when I was just 11 - but I don't hate Irish people'

Hazel Chu writes about the presidential election and her fears around how people will treat her young Irish-born Chinese daughter.

How I Spend My Money: A finance worker on €34,000 who sees no point trying to save for a house

Some demoulding around the apartment and a bill from RTÉ make for a pricey week.

Irish Halloween traditions: 'A salt herring, eaten before bed, would ensure that one’s future spouse would appear in a dream'

Archivist Jonny Dillon talks us through some of Ireland’s most interesting Halloween traditions from through the years.

How I went from being a data analyst with HP to owning the local bookshop

A cup of coffee changed my path, writes Cian Byrne during Irish Book Week.

Opinion: 'Why do we like reading about crime so much in Ireland? Because it offers escapism'

Crime writer Sam Blake explains that writing and reading crime can help you get away from the news when it’s grim. And unlike in real life, there’ll always be a satisfying ending.