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# Challenges

Last year
# Challenges
Boom and bust cycle a harsh reality as Ireland search for consistency
While goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is under the spotlight in the Premier League, Stephen Kenny will be hoping attacking trio can shine this month.
# Challenges
Macron seeks to calm security and budget concerns over Paris 2024 Olympics
France’s reputation as a reliable host of sporting events took a battering following the chaos that marred this year’s Champions League final in Paris.
All time
# Back in action
Cullen close to completing Covid isolation as Leinster return to training
The head coach hopes Leinster will face Ulster on New Year’s Day in Belfast.
# Challenges
Leinster press on for Montpellier clash despite Covid in both camps
Head coach Leo Cullen underlined the responsibility for his players to ‘do the right thing.’
# Analysis
What's next for Afghanistan after the US withdrawal and the Taliban's takeover?
How to get Kabul’s airport running again, a lack of trust in the Taliban, and serious economic holes are among the main issues.
# Challenges
No pause for breath as Irish provinces launch straight into European action
The Champions Cup kicks off on Friday night as Toulouse visit Ulster in Belfast.
# Challenges
Why is postponing this year's Olympics so complicated?
‘It’s not like moving a football game to next Saturday,’ says IOC president Thomas Bach.
# Challenges
‘We would be foolish to say there is not some sort of drug problem in rugby’
In a fascinating interview with his former coach, Shane Horgan opens up about the challenges facing rugby right now.
# looking ahead
5 challenges facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Man United manager
The 46-year-old was a popular choice to become full-time successor to Jose Mourinho.
# Back to Work
Here are just some of the problems facing the Taoiseach as TDs head back to the Dáíl
In what could be Leo Varadkar’s toughest year yet, there are a number of huge issues barrelling towards him from day one.
# Challenges
'The best in the country' and 'fickle' - the life of a Cork hurler
Star forward Alan Cadogan says that playing for Cork can be a rewarding but equally challenging experience.
# Challenges
Gabriel Byrne: 'People coming in and making films in Ireland cheaply - that's not an industry'
The legendary actor said that Ireland has the same battle as every small country in succeeding in the film industry.
# brexit battles
Britain's government has survived the first parliamentary challenges to its Brexit bill
An amendment giving devolved legislatures – like Northern Ireland – a veto over the Brexit agreement was defeated.
# Challenges
'For people with disabilities this is a crisis within a crisis'
This is the reality for a growing number of people.
# No regrets
Enda Kenny says he doesn't regret the comments he made in the Dáil about Donald Trump
When asked about Trump’s comments in the Dáil in May, Kenny described the comments as both “racist and dangerous”.
# Challenges
Almost one year after the Cologne attacks, Germany still struggles with refugee integration
1,200 complaints were made to police, 500 of which were for sexual assault, on New Year’s Eve in Cologne last year
# Challenges
Boring lecture ended with news of first Ireland cap to liven up Nicole Fowley
Last week’s performance has earned Nicole Fowley a second start for Ireland this weekend.
# all change
Break-ups, career moves and kids - the science of making a BIG change
Moments of crisis or contentment – managing life changes can be done.
# column
'The Italy and Scotland games are invaluable learning opportunities for Ireland'
Our Six Nations columnist Lynne Cantwell looks at the challenges for Ireland’s women’s team.
# coping international
What do you do when your father is a priest?
Coping International have been set up to assist the children of clergymen.
# beneath the waves
Like swimming in Ireland? The bathing water is classified as 'poor' in these locations...
Irish Water is pledging to clean up seven of our least tempting bathing areas.
# personal challenge
Facebook's CEO has asked the world what his New Year's resolution should be
What do you suggest to the person who has already learnt Mandarin?
# Triskaidekaphobia
'There'll be a lot of traffic': Schmidt outlines the challenges facing Henshaw at 13
The new 13 faces a real test at the Aviva on Saturday.
# big data
These are the challenges faced in making our cities smarter
Numerous cities across the world, including Dublin, are engaging with projects that will make their cities smarter, but what are the concerns?
# the general
'Johnny's a poster boy for being a professional' - Sexton up for IRB award
The Ireland camp are unsurprised that their out-half has been nominated alongside four Southern Hemisphere players.
# firestarter
Teens are setting themselves on fire as part of a 'Facebook challenge'
*shakes head*
# female problems
12 challenges women face that men just don't understand
They may think they do, but they couldn’t possibly.
# Challenges
Thomond reception prepared me for Top 14 boos, says Jonny Sexton
The Ireland kicker talks about life at Racing Metro and his friendship with coach Ronan O’Gara.
Column: Should we increase school inspections?
The reality is that inspections only offer a momentary window into a teacher’s classroom as an educator. I would challenge the very notion that increasing inspections and appraisals is necessary to help develop better education standards, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
# Challenges
Sweden v Ireland: 3 key battles ahead of tonight's match
We assess the danger men for the Swedes, as well as our own integral individuals.
# Social Media
Facebook and Twitter representatives to appear before Oireachtas committee
They will speak to the committee about social media, cyber-bullying and harassment.
# Fianna Fáil
Hundreds of young Fianna Fáil members converge on Sligo
In the region of 500 young Fianna Fáil members are expected to attend the event, which takes place in Sligo this weekend.
Column: 8 ways to change your life in 2013
Want to make a fresh start this year? Margaret Mara offers some tips on how to go about it.
# Committee
Parents of special needs children to speak to Oireachtas Committee
They will speak about the challenges facing their families with the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, chaired by Joanna Tuffy (pictured).
# Education
Increase in student numbers means 'challenges for education system'
The Teachers Union of Ireland says that a 26 per cent increase in students means the education system “faces one of the most challenging periods in its history”.
# Labour Party
Gilmore acknowledges Labour’s poll difficulties but says crisis must be resolved
Gilmore said that his party was focussed on solving the country’s economic crisis but acknowledged difficulties with its identity in the coalition with Fine Gael.