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Dublin: 19 °C Friday 20 July, 2018

#Read Me

# read-me - Today’s News

Letter from America: 'Trump isn’t perfect but voting for him sent a message – and I’m still glad I did'

Donald Trump’s central animating impulse in public life has long been that his country gets a raw deal, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

'Catholic schools are the most sought after in their area, by families of all faiths and none'

A comprehensive deal with the State is in the best interests of the Church, as well as the broader education system, writes Jonathan Tiernan.

# read-me - Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Mandela and 'the unbreakable bonds of friendship and solidarity' with Ireland

Tánaiste Simon Coveney on why Dublin is the perfect venue to celebrate Madiba’s struggle – and why Ireland will co-host Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at UN this autumn.

Male-dominated boards: 'Excessive risk taking, testosterone driven egos and a lack of duty of care'

The glass ceiling is triple-glazed in many organisations, writes Kieran Moynihan.

# read-me - Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Column: 'We are required to provide a sick cert to cover the period of absence to give birth'

If we have any hope of enticing more women into public office here in Ireland, the existing policy on maternity supports and arrangements needs significant reform, writes Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee.

# read-me - Monday 16 July, 2018

Digital DNA: 'Every time we go online we leave a bit of ourselves behind'

Being alert to how our data is being used and asking why it’s being gathered in the first place equips us with the skills we need to protect our digital DNA, writes Sean Crowley.

# read-me - Sunday 15 July, 2018

Lyme disease: 'I became a shadow, housebound, a virtual recluse'

“I thought about ending it all. I was worn out. Beat down. Broke. Defeated.”

Kindness: Change your life and make the world a kinder place

Can you get someone to stop talking without feeling and appearing rude? Yes. There are ways to do it kindly, writes Gill Hasson.

'Setting guidelines around relationships at work is a wise and obvious next step for employers'

Fraternisation policies are a welcome addition and should not be trivialised, writes Stephanie Regan.

# read-me - Saturday 14 July, 2018

Column: 'This World Cup continues to laugh in the face of football convention'

The international game is beautifully flawed by design and the world at large is benefitting from this World Cup of imperfections, writes Colm Boohig.

In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use GIY

In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use

In these heatwave conditions, watering is indeed necessary and conserving water becomes a significant challenge, writes Michael Kelly.

Living wage: 'Ireland is an outlier in terms of its high levels of low pay'

Other countries seem to manage fine with decent wages, writes Robert Sweeney.

# read-me - Friday 13 July, 2018

Inclusive education: 'Nobody with a print disability should get left behind'

The barriers have to be broken down and it starts with the Department of Education, writes Chris White.

# read-me - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Affordable housing: 'Taxing high end real estate transfers could fix the problem'

The city of Vancouver has increased taxes on unoccupied properties and the Province of British Columbia has just levied a tax on absentee owners, writes Chuck Collins.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 July, 2018

Adrienne Corless: 'It looks like the consultation facilitators dug deep to find resistance to full excavation'

There was only ever one thing to do: excavate the site and DNA test the remains without delay, writes Adrienne Corless.

# read-me - Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill: 'A huge step forward, and one Ireland needs to take'

Climate change is having a severe impact on the most vulnerable in the world, writes Paul Healy from Trócaire.

# read-me - Monday 9 July, 2018

'Ireland is the second-worst performing EU member state in tackling climate change'

That’s where offshore wind energy comes in, writes Stephen Wheeler.

# read-me - Sunday 8 July, 2018

Column: 'Bord Bia need to stop asking vegetarians and vegans why we don't eat meat'

Irish farmers and food producers don’t need Bord Bia to try and persuade vegetarians and vegans to eat meat, writes Eva Dowling.

The Free-Time Formula: 'Your 'priorities' are making you less productive'

We can truly only ever do one thing at a time, and in any given moment we only have one task that is at the top of the list, writes Jeff Sanders.

Opinion: 'Parents need to raise their voices in the divestment debate'

Single-faith religious instruction and all sacramental preparation needs to be parish-based and conducted outside of school hours, writes Peter Gunning.

# read-me - Saturday 7 July, 2018

Advice column: How to lower your car insurance premium

Price discrepancies across the Irish car insurance market are as wide as ever, writes Jonathan Hehir.

In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki

I find them relatively easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

Do we want our beaches strewn with stranded dolphins?

It’s time for the government to ban fossil fuel exploration and invest in the real local, rural renewable economy on our coastlines, writes Sinead Mercier.

# read-me - Friday 6 July, 2018

Opinion: Do we need a Minister for Construction for Ireland?

The sector should have a standalone ministry to help avoid the mistakes of the past and help overcome future challenges, writes Andrew Power.

# read-me - Thursday 5 July, 2018

'If the British government refuses to do the right thing by Ireland decisions should be taken out of its hands'

In the event of a Brexit crash, a disorderly Brexit or a hard Brexit, to which the Tories seem wedded, the British must not imagine that the Irish people will simply resign themselves to their fate, writes David Cullinane.

Ireland's Security Council bid: Is it worth the effort?

Ireland has a significant role to play now: in driving a real push for diplomacy and peace, writes Dominic McSorley.

# read-me - Wednesday 4 July, 2018

Consent: 'The purchase of sex is conducted without regard for women’s pleasure'

Prostitution undermines consent and women’s bodily autonomy, writes Samantha Slater.

# read-me - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

Column: 'You couldn’t let your students know you were gay, so you had to hide it from them'

Teachers encourage their pupils to be kind, upstanding citizens but sometimes the teachers themselves are faced with challenging attitudes in the workplace, writes Sheila Nunan.

# read-me - Monday 2 July, 2018

Opinion: 'My tiny family is not a family in the eyes of Bunreacht na hÉireann'

Our home is not a family home in the eyes of the law. And this is true of any family which does not have a married couple within it, writes Sinéad Gibney.

# read-me - Sunday 1 July, 2018

Column: '61% of girls my age are embarrassed about their period'

For as long as I can remember, periods were something that could only be discussed in whispers, writes Niamh Dunne.

How to have a great life: 'We rarely give thought to the legacy we’re creating'

It’s purpose, more than pounds in your pocket, that brings the greatest life satisfaction, writes Paul McGee.

'Therapists were relieved when the WHO listed gaming addiction as a mental health condition'

Now we can finally call this issue as we see it, writes Stella O’Malley.

# read-me - Saturday 30 June, 2018

GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks'

Some of them literally lay an egg a day all year, contributing food for the table even when your hens have given up laying in the depths of winter, writes Michael Kelly.

'Pride will only cease to be a protest when there is nothing left to fight for'

Even if you view Pride as nothing more than a celebration, it is still a protest, writes Danny Rigg.

# read-me - Friday 29 June, 2018

'Growing up in Donegal was a privilege, but growing up LGBTI+ in any county is not easy'

My only regret is not coming out sooner, writes Ayrton Kelly.

# read-me - Thursday 28 June, 2018

Pearse Doherty: 'We would invest the €1.4bn available, putting us on our way to a new society'

Sinn Féin would choose to invest in shared and stable prosperity for all people of this island, writes Pearse Doherty.

# read-me - Wednesday 27 June, 2018

Eamon Ryan: Open letter to Shane Ross on the need for a review of the Metrolink design

“Closing all the roads and pedestrian crossings along the Luas line, will divide every local community between Beechwood and Sandyford.”

Opinion: The immigration crisis may spell the end of the European dream

If the Member States fail to reach agreement on a way of stemming and regulating the influx of immigrants and asylum seekers, the European project itself may be dealt a fatal blow, writes President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

# read-me - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Donor-conceived children: It's time to ban anonymous sperm donation

Recent studies on donor-conceived children reveal that an overwhelming number of such individuals want information relating to their donor, writes Dr Brian Tobin.

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