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My week in wellness: A 27-year-old software engineer who plans his workouts with 'military precision'

This week’s diary writer made some big lifestyle changes during the most recent lockdown, and now runs almost daily.

Opinion: What exactly is the history of modern Sinn Féin?

As Sinn Féin defends itself this week over its stance on past events, Brian Hanley takes a look at the history of the party.

Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'

Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says the law around image-based sexual abuse is useless as it pre-dates the internet and new legislation can’t come quickly enough.

Dr Mark Murphy: We need to rethink how we fund the health service

Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy illustrates where the failings are in how we fund our healthcare system.


Opinion: What is crisis fatigue and have we reached that point?

Dr Philip Kieran addresses the issue of crisis fatigue and offers some helpful ways to counteract it.

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services

Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project describes how a shift in policy around Covid-19 brought about the changes to drug treatment that had been sought for years.

The Good Life: Clodagh McKenna shares recipes and tales from her country home

The renowned chef tells how 2020 has brought some changes to how she lives her life, but she’s missing her family in Ireland.

Eoin McGee: Be warned, your Covid-19 mortgage break could affect your ability to borrow

Eoin McGee says he’s suspicious of the motives of Ireland’s banks who agreed to offer mortgage payment breaks to customers in March.

Opinion: It's time for courage - Rebuilding Ireland is dysfunctional and must be replaced

Dr Rory Hearne says the Government’s housing model is fundamentally flawed and it’s time for a complete overhaul of the system.


Holly Cairns: The greyhound industry is inherently cruel – so why should the taxpayer fund it?

The Social Democrats TD says it defies logic that the greyhound industry should receive an increase of €2.4m on top of its already high funding.

Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik says the 2004 referendum has caused needless suffering and she’s asking the Government to back a new Bill addressing this issue.

Opinion: There's no point asking employees to 'work from home' when employers hold all the cards

As NPHET calls for more people to work from home, ICTU’s Dr Laura Bambrick says workers have no rights in law to work remotely, and this needs to change.

Opinion: Let's call 'revenge porn' what it really is - sexual abuse

Legal expert Róisín Á Costello discusses the recent sharing of images of thousands of women online without consent and says it’s now time to right the legal wrongs in this area.

Larry Donnelly: Joe Biden won, but Democrats don’t get it

Larry Donnelly says while defeating Trump is a welcome victory, Democrats are in danger of storing up problems for the future by isolating the centre-ground.


Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle

If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.

Donal Fallon: 100 years on from the IRA assassinations of Bloody Sunday morning, mysteries remain

The historian sets the scene of the morning of that fateful day 100 years ago today and the killings that preceded the Croke Park massacre.

Anonymous Teacher: 'Instead of cheers and claps, we are getting sneers from the public'

A teacher says the TUI calls this week for an early Christmas break were unhelpful, as those in her profession face a change in tone from the public.

Opinion: 'Thatcher dismissed FitzGerald's proposals but later said she could do business'

The Anglo-Irish Agreement is 35 years old this month. Mike Chinoy charts how the work of two professors shaped that agreement and laid the ground for the peace process.

My week in wellness: A 57-year-old in Cork who's trying to cut down on screens, wine and late bedtimes

This week, our diary writer makes time for morning walks and a family Scrabble session.

Opinion: 'Mother felt very much like a house party that happened to be in a club'

Cormac Cashman, founder of Mother and other clubs and festivals is confident we will dance again after Covid-19, but hopes no one from the events industry is left behind.

Opinion: We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies

Trinity professor Ciaran O’Neill says it’s time for Irish universities to address their own dark imperial past as students now seek real change.

Opinion: Wild Mountain Thyme does what Hollywood has always done - sells 'Oirland' to Irish America

Film lecturer Dr Seán Crosson says we have often been offended by the portrayal of Ireland on screen, but that Hollywood isn’t aiming such movies at us.

Opinion: 'He was a local hero after Jadotville - but that's not how he remembers it'

Daughter of Tadgh Quinn, Helena Quinn recounts the effect the siege of Jadotville had on her father and welcomes recent moves to properly recognise the men of “A” Company.

Extract: Manchán Magan on the the controversy around the Irish word leprechaun

Taken from an extract from his book, 32 Words For Field, which has been nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.

Money Diaries: A 22-year-old HR professional on €24K, renting and living in Dublin

This week, our reader details how she’s staying fit and keeping her spending under control as she works hard during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Opinion: Why Biden’s presidency will be defined by the Georgia vote in January

Rory McNab says Georgia is key to setting the tone of Biden’s administration but he will be up against the might of McConnell.

A Page From My Life: Three stories of love, parenthood and revelation from Irish people

Read three people’s personal stories taken from A Page From My Life, which is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.

Master pastry chef Shane Smith shares three recipes for cosy evenings in cold weather

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, try these recipes from Shane Smith to warm your winter.

Malcolm Byrne: I worry we are entering a Trumpian era of divided politics in Ireland

The Fianna Fáil senator says recent events have convinced him that political discourse has changed and that a place for considered compromise must now be found in Irish politics.

Have your say: a chance for the public to tell policymakers where we go from here

Live discussions on Science Week platform will hear what Irish citizens think the ‘new normal’ should look like.

My week in wellness: A 25-year-old Dubliner trying to exercise more to keep her anxiety in check

This week, our diary writer gets out for daily walks with her dog, and balances college work with her 9-5.

Opinion: Politicians may have grounds to impeach Seamus Woulfe but it's a tricky business

Dr Laura Cahillane and Dr David Kenny say there may be a case for impeachment of the Supreme Court judge but that constutional path is fraught with risk.

Stella O'Malley: Young people have suffered so much this year - they need our support

Psychotherapist Stella O’Malley documents the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health of young people and says the long-term picture is worrying.

Opinion: Stink bugs, hairy mollies and hedge mustard - local nature in a pandemic

In this extract from her book, An Irish Nature Year, author Jane Powers explores the significance of nature throughout these strange times.

Opinion: Let's celebrate the dog - man's best friend in a pandemic

Tom Inglis and his Wheaten terrier, Pepe, lived together for eighteen years. Here, he pays tribute to Pepe and all the furry friends who have helped us through 2020.

Shane Rigney shares a recipe and asks: 'To veg, or not to veg?'

Shane Rigney of Riggers D8 hopes to consider the environment while also keeping customers and suppliers happy. It’s tricky, but he says balance is key.

Larry Donnelly: 'Trumpism' is alive and well no matter who wins the US presidency

While evaluating why Trump remains so popular, one must examine what is on offer from his foes, writes Larry Donnelly.

My week in wellness: A pregnant 33-year-old who's trying to strike a better work-life balance

An Irish expat in Dubai takes some work calls out of hours and battles with a secondhand stroller.

Opinion: I once ran as a candidate in a US election - I'm from Cork

Corkman Greg Delanty, a poet, found himself running as a candidate in the US election in 2004. It was a learning experience.

Tom Clonan: Last night's attack in Vienna shows Islamic State is regrouping and shifting focus

Islamic State’s so-called ‘Caliphate’ took a beating last year, but the terror group has been revived from new bases in Africa, writes Tom Clonan.

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