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# society - Saturday 10 November, 2012

The symbol of our time: A decommissioned AK47?
# Sign Of Our Times
# Sign Of Our Times

The symbol of our time: A decommissioned AK47?

Nov 10th 2012, 8:30 AM 5,938 Views 36 Comments

The sign from the former Anglo Irish Bank HQ is vying with a decommissioned AK47 as the object of our times in National Museum poll.

# society - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Colm O'Gorman: The State failed children, but so too did society
# Opinion
# Opinion

Colm O'Gorman: The State failed children, but so too did society

Nov 8th 2012, 6:00 PM 108 Views 71 Comments

The head of Amnesty International Ireland addresses concerns of the ‘No’ camp in Children’s Referendum – and says the Constitution will still be unambiguous in asserting the status of the family.

Carers 'heavily stressed' says online survey
# Society
# Society

Carers 'heavily stressed' says online survey

Nov 8th 2012, 7:15 AM 3,422 Views 31 Comments

Half of carers in survey suffer from illnesses and socialising or holidays are an infrequent, sometimes rare, occurrence.

# society - Monday 5 November, 2012

Lisa McInerney: Playing the 'pleb' - why are we still at it?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Lisa McInerney: Playing the 'pleb' - why are we still at it?

Nov 5th 2012, 7:00 AM 174 Views 46 Comments

Jarvis Cocker was right – it’s not cool to pretend to be poor, and struggling to get by doesn’t automatically make you a folk hero.

# society - Sunday 4 November, 2012

The App all men have been waiting for (and could probably do with)
# The Man App
# The Man App

The App all men have been waiting for (and could probably do with)

Nov 4th 2012, 8:00 AM 27,706 Views 71 Comments

Ballina-based app developer launches Man App to remind you of the dates you tend to forget and the advice you tend to need.

# society - Friday 2 November, 2012

Poll: Would you assist in an emergency situation?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Would you assist in an emergency situation?

Nov 2nd 2012, 9:29 AM 12,813 Views 124 Comments

Study from NUI Maynooth says 95 per cent of people they surveyed wouldn’t assist in an emergency, mainly out of fear of being sued or lack of practice in first-aid. Would you help out?

# society - Monday 22 October, 2012

Lisa McInerney: Does wearing make-up mean you're shallow?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Lisa McInerney: Does wearing make-up mean you're shallow?

Oct 22nd 2012, 7:00 AM 850 Views 53 Comments

“When it comes to aesthetic assistance, women in particular run the risk of being damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.”

# society - Sunday 21 October, 2012

Alcohol awareness week set for Ireland next year
# Booze
# Booze

Alcohol awareness week set for Ireland next year

Oct 21st 2012, 8:00 AM 4,440 Views 30 Comments

The UK has a week dedicated to highlighting issues and service surrounding alcohol use and abuse – now a non-profit group here wants their campaign to go nationwide.

# society - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Column: Zero hunger - the only acceptable target
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: Zero hunger - the only acceptable target

Oct 16th 2012, 1:00 PM 107 Views 9 Comments

On World Food Day, a United Nations and EC official for agriculture declare that progress has been made in tackling hunger – but that one in eight people is still undernourished.

10 per cent of Irish population living in food poverty
# Food Poverty
# Food Poverty

10 per cent of Irish population living in food poverty

Oct 16th 2012, 10:21 AM 9,179 Views 114 Comments

Those most at risk are those with low incomes, young families and lone parents, according to research commissioned by the Department of Social Protection.

# society - Monday 15 October, 2012

Nick Leeson: I'm not a motivational speaker. THIS GUY is.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Nick Leeson: I'm not a motivational speaker. THIS GUY is.

Oct 15th 2012, 7:00 AM 238 Views 7 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson is a regular on the after-dinner speaking circuit – but he was blown away by the story of Aron Ralston, with whom he recently shared a stage…

# society - Sunday 14 October, 2012

Column: Like Ireland’s football fans, we all want to belong
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Like Ireland’s football fans, we all want to belong

Oct 14th 2012, 8:30 AM 49 Views 15 Comments

We define ourselves against others in order to join social groups, writes Professor Tom Inglis – but that can have sinister consequences.

# society - Friday 12 October, 2012

Poll: Do you believe 'phone fights' are a major concern?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you believe 'phone fights' are a major concern?

Oct 12th 2012, 9:28 AM 11,461 Views 58 Comments

As video of two girls fighting in Cork goes viral, it is noted that school fights are not new – but it’s the recording of them that is now a major worry. Do you agree?

# society - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II
# Vatican Ii
# Vatican Ii

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Oct 11th 2012, 11:45 AM 2,701 Views 29 Comments

Homily at Mass in St Peter’s Square recalls the changes in Church in 1962 – and Benedict urges the faithful to return to the “letter”.

# society - Monday 8 October, 2012

Trade unionist in Singapore sacked for racist Facebook post
# Singapore
# Singapore

Trade unionist in Singapore sacked for racist Facebook post

Oct 8th 2012, 2:40 PM 7,142 Views 3 Comments

Assistant director of National Trades Union Congress ‘wrote racially offensive comments about the country’s Malay minority’.

Lisa McInerney: Tragic cases don't need a side of victim-blaming
# Column
# Column

Lisa McInerney: Tragic cases don't need a side of victim-blaming

Oct 8th 2012, 7:00 AM 71 Views 51 Comments

Tragedies like those which befell Jill Meagher and April Jones are awful and sad – but some people feel the need to turn them into a morality play.

# society - Friday 5 October, 2012

Vanishing phoneboxes doc represents Ireland in China fest
# Bye Bye Now
# Bye Bye Now

Vanishing phoneboxes doc represents Ireland in China fest

Oct 5th 2012, 9:40 AM 11,605 Views 8 Comments

Bye Bye Now, which shows how phoneboxes acted as a hub for love and life, picked to represent the nation in EU Film Festival across four Chinese cities.

# society - Sunday 23 September, 2012

One third of pensioners in one Irish county live on their own – census
# All Alone
# All Alone

One third of pensioners in one Irish county live on their own – census

Sep 23rd 2012, 8:15 AM 6,924 Views 19 Comments

This interactive graph based on census data show how isolated people across parts of Ireland are.

# society - Thursday 20 September, 2012

John Lonergan: "Our treatment of children has been appalling"
# Referendum
# Referendum

John Lonergan: "Our treatment of children has been appalling"

Sep 20th 2012, 9:00 AM 3,738 Views 16 Comments

The former governor of Mountjoy said that it will be easy to get the children’s rights referendum passed – but warned that the real test will come afterwards.

Column: Young people do care about more than drinking, smoking & fighting
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Young people do care about more than drinking, smoking & fighting

Sep 20th 2012, 7:00 AM 511 Views 25 Comments

Today’s youth want to be involved in building Ireland’s future, writes Daithí de Buitléir.

# society - Sunday 9 September, 2012

River Shannon gets storytelling project
# Oral History
# Oral History

River Shannon gets storytelling project

Sep 9th 2012, 8:15 AM 4,448 Views 6 Comments

Arts project wants people to relate their tales of Ireland’s longest river and its effect on their lives.

# society - Tuesday 4 September, 2012

Open thread: What changes would you make to the education system?
# Education
# Education

Open thread: What changes would you make to the education system?

Sep 4th 2012, 1:09 PM 6,867 Views 115 Comments

As doc sets to explore how “one size fits all” education system is failing some young people, we want to know how you would improve school years…

# society - Monday 3 September, 2012

Nick Leeson: This is what I wish for my daughter
# Opinion
# Opinion

Nick Leeson: This is what I wish for my daughter

Sep 3rd 2012, 7:00 AM 379 Views 21 Comments

As he watches his daughter embark on adult life, former trader Nick Leeson ponders the meaning of the word ‘maturity’ – and admits he himself is still a work in progress…

# society - Saturday 1 September, 2012

Top readers' comments of the week
# You Told Us
# You Told Us

Top readers' comments of the week

Sep 1st 2012, 10:00 AM 5,975 Views 2 Comments

Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?

# society - Thursday 30 August, 2012

Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem

Aug 30th 2012, 7:00 AM 384 Views 20 Comments

We need to change the way we view people with special needs, writes Adam Harris, who has Asperger Syndrome.

# society - Monday 27 August, 2012

The burning question*: Gherkins on your burger or not?
# Dilemma
From The Daily Edge
# Dilemma

The burning question*: Gherkins on your burger or not?

Aug 27th 2012, 11:50 AM 12,190 Views 51 Comments

It’s Monday, so let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

# society - Sunday 26 August, 2012

Interview: 'Citizenship I learnt from my father': Robert Ballagh on life & politics
# Read Me
# Read Me

Interview: 'Citizenship I learnt from my father': Robert Ballagh on life & politics

Aug 26th 2012, 6:30 PM 187 Views 23 Comments

Irish artist Robert Ballagh explains when his interest in politics began and why he calls himself a socialist.

Column: Homesickness - the emigrant's burden
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Homesickness - the emigrant's burden

Aug 26th 2012, 8:15 AM 592 Views 82 Comments

The whiff of a favourite foodstuff, the emotional low of feeling ill – these are just two of the catalysts to awaken homesickness when you’re an expat, says Irishman-in-Japan Mark Boyle.

# society - Saturday 25 August, 2012

Column: What a death row inmate had to teach Irish teens
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: What a death row inmate had to teach Irish teens

Aug 25th 2012, 12:00 PM 173 Views 16 Comments

When former Clare hurler and Soar youth foundation co-founder Tony Griffin brought four Irish teens to a leadership camp in Nova Scotia, he heard a life story that he can’t forget – and nor should we.

# society - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

Column: Forget about our ‘economic sovereignty’ – let’s look at what matters
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Forget about our ‘economic sovereignty’ – let’s look at what matters

Aug 22nd 2012, 7:15 AM 60 Views 61 Comments

Fears over ceding our sovereignty are misplaced – people do it all the time, writes Ronan Lyons. Here’s what we should be focusing on instead.

# society - Monday 20 August, 2012

Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life.

Aug 20th 2012, 7:15 AM 114 Views 11 Comments

There is little to recommend a spell in prison, says former trader Nick Leeson, but his jail time gave him time to tackle his mistakes – and make a better go at life when he emerged.

# society - Thursday 16 August, 2012

One teen under age of 17 dies by suicide each month
# Suicide
# Suicide

One teen under age of 17 dies by suicide each month

Aug 16th 2012, 9:07 AM 7,189 Views 49 Comments

New Irish study raises concern over 15- to 17-year-old age group while British study links recession and unemployment to rise in overall suicide rate.

# society - Wednesday 15 August, 2012

Do you use what you learn in school... after you leave school?
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Do you use what you learn in school... after you leave school?

Aug 15th 2012, 5:30 PM 15,867 Views 68 Comments

The Leaving Cert results have been occupying the minds of over 55,000 students today – TheJournal.ie team reflects on how much of the senior cycle curriculum we go on to use in real life…

# society - Sunday 12 August, 2012

Column: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle.

Aug 12th 2012, 8:30 AM 435 Views 20 Comments

University of Ulster politics academic David McCann recalls the events of 1982 – and says we’ve never seen such a politically-charged atmosphere in this country since that turbulent year.

# society - Friday 10 August, 2012

Column: Female Olympians are national heroes, not national sweethearts
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Female Olympians are national heroes, not national sweethearts

Aug 10th 2012, 7:04 AM 27 Views 57 Comments

The desire to see female athletes looking feminine at all times is a bit of a relic, says Lisa McInerney, but it doesn’t stop some people bodysnarking at female Olympians.

# society - Monday 6 August, 2012

Benhaffaf boys' mum the new patron of Twinfest
# Twice The Fun
# Twice The Fun

Benhaffaf boys' mum the new patron of Twinfest

Aug 6th 2012, 9:15 AM 8,886 Views 0 Comments

Fundraising event is also a place for multiple-birth siblings to meet and bond with similar families.

Column: Nick Leeson on why Seán Quinn is in denial
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Nick Leeson on why Seán Quinn is in denial

Aug 6th 2012, 8:30 AM 111 Views 119 Comments

This week, the former trader says that he was most interested in how the former richest man in Ireland has been performing under media scrutiny…

# society - Sunday 5 August, 2012

Passion and hard work: Pixar filmmaker's inspirational letter to kids
# Heartwarming
From The Daily Edge
# Heartwarming

Passion and hard work: Pixar filmmaker's inspirational letter to kids

Aug 5th 2012, 9:15 AM 6,345 Views 0 Comments

Pete Docter, maker of Monsters, Inc. and Up, is a good man to turn to for career advice…

# society - Tuesday 24 July, 2012

Column: Why does our TV portray men as helpless fools? Come on…
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why does our TV portray men as helpless fools? Come on…

Jul 24th 2012, 7:00 AM 2,516 Views 87 Comments

The parade of hopeless males on our screens isn’t just unfair – it’s patronising women, writes comedian Eleanor Tiernan.

# society - Sunday 15 July, 2012

The truth behind 5 old wives' tales
# Myth-busting
From The Daily Edge
# Myth-busting

The truth behind 5 old wives' tales

Jul 15th 2012, 7:30 PM 27,689 Views 34 Comments

Sitting too close to the TV? Swallowed chewing gum? Worried chocolate causes spots? Relax – it’s not as bad as you were led to believe.