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Dublin: 5 °C Wednesday 11 December, 2019

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation GIY

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation

Roasting root vegetables has become a staple in our house, writes Michael Kelly.

How I Spend My Money: A Kerry woman in Toronto saving €700 a month to build her dream Irish home

The TV programmer is hoping to return to Ireland and build a home on her family’s land

'I turned to my husband Niall and asked if we could bring the baby back to the hospital'

New mum Nicola Fallon speaks of her experience suffering from post-natal depression.

Opinion: Single parents will be forced onto social welfare if childcare costs are not addressed

The new National Childcare Scheme could see lone parents losing out on subsidies.

Lynn Ruane: 'We can't keep failing young people with inadequate sex education'

We are hopefully moving towards a country with a more positive attitude to sex and relationships.

Opinion: The mental health of our children should be the focus of Budget 2020, not Brexit

A bereaved mother says no child deserves to die because of poorly-resourced mental health services.

How I Spend My Money: A student on €12,000 trying to balance work and college life

His parents are helping him pay for his rent and monthly expenses.

The Irish For: Vegans, vegetarians and the battle of translating modern words

It’s easy to lose the wordplay on English words when translating into Irish.

Opinion: Many students will be locked out of third-level if costs and supports don't start to balance

The cost of accommodation, grant reductions and rising fees are causing real challenges to young people.

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season GIY

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season

It’s difficult to tell when pears are ripe but there is a knack to it, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: The health service will collapse if the exploitation of Ireland's carers isn't addressed

Carers bear a huge burden but are not being looked after.

How I Spend My Money: Does your spending reflect the cost of living outside Ireland's cities?

We want to hear from you about the expenses or otherwise of living in urban or rural areas outside of Dublin.

Opinion: 'History's special status at Junior Cert level should be celebrated, but the curriculum has major blind spots'

Aspects of Irish history are conspicuous by their absence from the syllabus, writes Caoimhín de Barra.

How I Spend My Money: Engineer in Perth on €75,000 wonders if it's cheaper to live in Ireland

The Dublin-born engineer is preparing for the arrival of twins.

'Spending time in daylight is huge, especially if you work full time': How to mind your mental health this winter

Elaine Austin, CEO of Pieta House, shares some advice for anyone struggling.

Saoirse McHugh: Community-led rewilding could bring life back to the countryside

It is important to allow nature to do its own thing.

How I Spend My Money: Sales manager on €67,000 in Kildare saving for unpaid maternity leave

The mother-of-one is trying to save in order to take extra unpaid maternity leave in January

Opinion: Is there now an argument for banning e-cigarettes in Ireland?

E-cigarettes are not harmless, but now is not the time for mass hysteria, writes Professor Des Cox.

The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators

The Irish language has many names for different creatures in the wild.

From the Garden: Storing, drying and stewing a large harvest of apples this season

Having your own fruit trees is both a joy and a challenge.

Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far'

Michael Palin writes about what it’s like to journey to the tightly-controlled North Korea – and the mistakes he makes while filming two huge statues of the Great Leaders in Pyongyang.

Larry Donnelly: Removing Trump from office is still a remote possibility

How one sees the state of play depends, as ever, on which side of the aisle he is on, writes Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: 'Are you criticising someone because they're mirroring something you don't like about yourself?'

In this extract from Ubuntu, the granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains how we can learn to live without bias.

How I Spend My Money: A 31-year-old doctor on €68,000 working long hours to pay off Dublin mortgage

The young doctor recently bought a house in Dublin

Column: Britain doesn't have a written constitution. Today isn't the first time that that's led to major problems

Another constitutional crisis took place in Britain over 100 years ago.

Lynn Ruane: We should all support choice in education

Parents need to have a choice over where they send their children to school, writes Lynn Ruane.

How I Spend My Money: A tech consultant on €40k trying to save in order to emigrate

The young professional is trying to balance his social life and savings.

A short story before bedtime: The Boxer Rebellion

Read the third place winner in this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Award, in memory of Francis McManus.

The Irish For: How has censorship affected Irish language books?

The banning of Irish language books was less frequent even though the authors produced writing which dealt with provocative themes.

A short story before bedtime: Vena Amoris

The story came second in this year’s RTÉ Short Story Awards in memory of Francis McManus.

From the Garden: Succulent and almost-meaty to eat... Claytonia is a real alternative to spinach

Its real value is in providing us with winter greens from October or November right up until April, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: 'The youth of this country speak with more clarity than our leaders ever have'

Clodagh Daly of Climate Case Ireland writes about why they are considering appealing yesterday’s case against the government, which they lost.

How I Spend My Money: A mum on maternity leave weighing up a permanent move from Dublin

She is earning €72,000 in Dublin but wants a more family-orientated life.

How I Spend My Money: A student on €9,840 aims to cut down on food spending at college

A grant and a college scholarship help with her monthly expenses

Saoirse McHugh: Achill has shown me the link between climate action and rural regeneration

To tackle climate breakdown the two most important areas that Ireland will have to focus on will be transport and agriculture, writes Saoirse McHugh.

RTÉ Radio 1 short story award winner: 'Honey Days'

Read the overall winner of this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Award, in memory of Francis McManus.

The Irish For: The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside

Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?

From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn... timing is everything

There’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back a sweetcorn’s skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath, writes Michael Kelly.

Larry Donnnelly: The third Democratic debate was a ho-hum night in Houston

It was a debate with few shocks and, when the dust settled, the three frontrunnners had solidified their positions, writes Larry Donnelly.

Recent attempted bombings in Northern Ireland could drag us all back to the Troubles

A recent attempted mortar attack in Strabane has all the hallmarks of the past, writes Tom Clonan.