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'There are gardaí, politicians and doctors who have taken something illegal at some point'

They get away with it, because we only criminalise the poor, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Can Ireland's vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands?

It is better for biodiversity and more sustainable, writes Dermot McNally.

Juncker's visit: 'The onus is on our government to insist that his visit is productive'

It should not be just about talks behind closed doors in an echo chamber, writes Dominic Hannigan.

Column: 'I remember having to ask for the brown paint for my self-portrait in junior infants'

To receive my citizenship a few days before the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment was a nice moment, writes Nicholas Ndlovu.

'She was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a tin roof. The year was 1998'

During the making of No Country for Women, we journeyed with women today to learn more about their mothers’ and grandmothers’ lives, writes Anne Roper.

Opinion: 'Direct provision has been a disaster'

Numerous reports and recommendations have cast a light on the failings, writes Ronan Herlihy.

Tara Flynn: 'Dear fellow Feminazis. I write this from The Bunker'

“My fellow Feminazis, they are onto us. The only surprise is how long it has taken those of such Superior Intellect and Understanding to discover our takeover plans.”

Column: 5 ways to get money back from the taxman

Millions of euro in tax refunds goes unclaimed by the Irish public every year, writes Barry Flanagan.

Opinion: 'The housing bubble will burst and create another credit crunch'

Those hoping to get on the “property ladder” soon should think long and hard about their options, writes Paul Merriman.

Success-oriented culture: 'Many people chase goals that are not theirs'

The problem of people being rich on paper and poor on life is an epidemic, writes Philip Kernan.

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought? GIY

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought?

It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines, writes Michael Kelly.

'That Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were able to reach an agreement must be welcomed'

Because of the enormous stakes for everyone on the planet, all we can do is hope and pray now, writes Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: 'Cyclists would rather not be sharing road space with lorries, buses, and cars'

Providing the infrastructure would go a long way to solving these arguments, and getting more cyclists in the saddle, writes Roderic O’Gorman.

Opinion: 'Under 16s should be able to access gender recognition with parental consent'

FLAC has also recommended that there should be recognition for intersex and non-binary gender identities, writes Eilis Barry.

'Abortion is not part of routine general practice. 85% of GPs are of this opinion'

The provision of abortion services in Ireland must be an-opt in service, writes Dr Maitiu O Tuathail.

Poverty: 'There is a dominant narrative that seeks to blame people for their circumstances'

But the reality is choices are dramatically different for people living in poverty compared to those with access to resources, writes Dr Tricia Keilthy.

'The seriousness with which Americans take their flag and national anthem is unusual'

Trump continues to exploit this sensitivity to try and boost his popularity, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

'It overwhelms me totally. I physically shake. The tone of my voice changes'

Few men interpret anxiety as a mental health disorder or believe they have this condition, writes Neil Kelders.

'My symptoms were all invisible, so how could anybody understand what I was going through?'

A first hand account of living with a brain injury, by Linda Collins.

Campaigning for Repeal: 'My hijab made me a target. My brown skin made me a target'

Now I see why so few other Muslim girls chose to voice opinions about the referendum, writes Somaya Mahmud.

'We had returned over the years but this trip was different. This time, when my dad talked, I listened'

My childhood summers were spent in Gweedore, writes Michelle McBride.

Simon Coveney in Jordan: '80,000 live in Zaatari refugee camp. That's the same population as Galway City'

‘Children are growing up in Zaatari refugee camp having never known any other home,’ writes Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.

GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it'

Of course, some of them still didn’t like it after taking part in The Grand Beeturia Experiment, but that’s okay – at least they tried it, writes Michael Kelly.

Home to Vote: 'It was stressful, it was exhausting, and it was expensive'

Allowing emigrants to vote will help preserve a connection and sense of identity, will end the unnecessary spectacle of coming home to vote, writes Danny Rigg.

Opinion: 'A 'new profile' of women are taking their own lives in the same numbers as men'

For women who can barely afford to feed and clothe their children, private counselling services are not even an option, writes Tara Deacy.

Ruth Coppinger: No Leo, this wasn't a 'quiet revolution'

It was the active involvement of tens of thousands on the ground in the referendum campaign – a social and political movement in itself – that was critical to the resounding win, writes Ruth Coppinger.

Joan Burton: 'I only saw my long form birth cert when I was close to 50 years of age'

Joan Burton TD recalls her personal efforts to obtain information on her adoption and what legal reforms are now necessary after revelations on the faking of birth certificates.

'We are putting tourists into houses and homeless people in hotels'

AirBnB has been disruptive, not just to hotels’ market share but also to rent prices and rental supply, writes Patrick Costello.

'I just didn't want to be in my world and I was so grateful for the option of going to St Pat's'

There is a good structure to the day in place and going there gave me reason to get out of bed every morning, writes Christina Broderick.

Column: 'Men need to treat their bodies in a similar way as to how they treat their cars'

Prostate cancer accounts for over 30% of all male cancers but there is no national screening programme, writes Peter Gunning.

Column: 'Mummy, tell me the story again of how you made my brother blind'

Ireland does not recognise deafblindness as a distinct disability, writes Hesline Crawford.

'The law, whether it is in Ireland, the UK or the US, more often than not gets it right'

‘My Brother Jason’ by Tracey Corbett Lynch and Ralph Riegel is published by Gill Books.

Opinion: 'I want to invite every woman in this country to run for election'

Our local elections next year are a great opportunity for progress and change. Think about running, writes Ciairín de Buis.

'The 'No' side feel let down by people and country. Nobody understands this feeling more than us'

‘Would it be too much for No side and the Yes side to come together and use their powers and money to bring positive change that will help and support the people of Ireland?’ asks Denise Coakley.

Column: 'Some 90 years after my maternal grandparents left Ireland, I am returning'

Column: 'Some 90 years after my maternal grandparents left Ireland, I am returning'

My sense of humour and rose-tinted glasses are polished and ready, writes Matthew Conway.

'Slug patrols with a torch after dark have resumed, as have my attempts to lure them into beer traps'

Last week I got the climbing beans out of module trays and in to the ground in the big tunnel, writes Michael Kelly.

'We need maternity care providers who respect women and who listen to women'

There needs to be a change in narrative around maternity care in Ireland.

What's next?: Breaking religious influence over education with a Citizens Assembly model

If the constitution is the problem, then the models previously used such as the Constitutional Convention and the Citizens Assembly should be utilised to address the issue, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

'The sanctity of the confession box is still an issue when it comes to keeping children safe'

Survivors of Ryan, Ferns, Murphy and Cloyne are angry, writes Tanya Ward.

'It is time to step up and bring an end to the destruction of Palestinian homes, lives and livelihoods'

Ireland has had its own history with war, independence and benefitting from EU-US peace-brokering with an occupying force, writes Patrick Costello.

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