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# read-me - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Opinion: Sound the alarm - a proposed EU directive on bad loans will give vulture funds a free rein

A proposed new EU Directive aims to develop a secondary market for non-performing loans and poses a serious threat to the rights of borrowers and consumers, writes Matt Carthy.

# read-me - Saturday 12 January, 2019

'Fires at Direct Provision hotels should prompt discussion about far-right minority, otherwise the racists win'

There are clear victims here – the men, women and children who were forced to flee their homes, Dr Fiona O’Reilly writes.

# read-me - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill

If Ireland is committed to peace between Israel and Palestine then we must show it and pass this legislation, writes Niall Collins.

# read-me - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs

People using drugs should be dealt with exclusively via the health system, writes Tony Duffin. Let’s make the change in 2019.

From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!

As usual, the aubergines were a disaster – at this stage, I think I only bother sowing them because there’s not much else to do in February, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 28 December, 2018

Previewing Ireland's economy in 2019: The stats don't lie - Ireland is doing well right now

And yet there are some potential concerns to look out for in 2019, writes Victor Duggan.

# read-me - Tuesday 25 December, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Donal Moloney reflects on a striking year in photography

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

# read-me - Sunday 23 December, 2018

Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones RIP

Lynn Ruane: In remembrance of my friend, Graham Jones

Graham Jones, who died earlier this month, lived an extraordinary life. Here, Lynn Ruane explains about the difference he made to the people around him.

# read-me - Saturday 22 December, 2018

The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics

Larry Donnelly looks back on 2018 and ahead to 2019 in American politics.

# read-me - Friday 21 December, 2018

Opinion: You say you love your children - so why are you stealing our futures?

15-year-old Beth Doherty is here to hold you accountable for your lack of action on climate change. ‘As an adult reading this – you have power, I don’t have any,’ she writes.

# read-me - Thursday 20 December, 2018

Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'

Yesterday, the Taoiseach asked why the Sinn Féin leader was not in the chamber.

# read-me - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Opinion: Let's talk about sex and pornography - like adults do

Now is the time for a mature and sensible discussion about sex and porn. We really need mandatory modern sex education introduced in schools too, writes Caroline West.

# read-me - Saturday 24 November, 2018

Would you pay more for ethically sourced cocaine?

Because cocaine is illegal, if people choose to use it they have little choice but to indirectly support organised crime and human trafficking, experts argue.

# read-me - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Processed meats can be very bad for us - so what does the future of the ham sandwich look like?

It’s been three years since the WHO released its guidelines about processed meat – so why aren’t we listening?

# read-me - Monday 12 November, 2018

Worse off than their parents? The growing generation of private renters

The boom in renting and the decline in home ownership are remarkable developments in Ireland, writes Professor Tony Fahey.

# read-me - Saturday 10 November, 2018

Forgotten by whom? The memory of World War I in Ireland

The war was never forgotten among those who had fought it or those who lost loved ones, writes historian Donal Fallon.

# read-me - Thursday 8 November, 2018

The polls get it right, and the problem with Pelosi: 6 thoughts on the US midterms

Given the political realities, Nancy Pelosi must simultaneously do battle and business with President Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Monday 5 November, 2018

The view from Indiana: Why the battle for the midwestern state is key to the Senate elections

The Democrats need to retain Senator Joe Donnelly’s seat if they are to have any chance of taking back the Senate, writes Eunan McKinney.

# read-me - Sunday 28 October, 2018

The Irish For... Some spooky Irish words to get you in the mood for Samhain

Darach Ó Séaghdha talks us through the meaning of some spooky words like Cendail, a collective noun for the heads of one’s decapitated enemies.

Opinion: 'Of course, no one ever admits to being prejudiced against Travellers'

Bigotry never openly acknowledges its existence, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# read-me - Saturday 27 October, 2018

What is the long-term impact of Peter Casey's result on Irish politics, if there is one?

Ireland may be resistant to the temptations of populism but we are not immune, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Friday 26 October, 2018

Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?

Barrister Anthony Moore writes about whether deportation law reform is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

# read-me - Thursday 25 October, 2018

The man who spoke Irish in the British parliament

After yesterday’s cúpla focal in the House of Commons, Neil Glackin takes a look back at the first occasion Irish was spoken in the British parliament.

# read-me - Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Why do so many Irish people think that corruption is widespread in our country when it really isn't?

It is hard to quantify grand corruption but the fact is that what evidence we have speaks against Ireland being a particularly corrupt country, writers economist and corruption expert Dr Robert Gillanders.

# read-me - Sunday 21 October, 2018

Lynn Ruane: 20 years on from the introduction of the methadone strategy, where are we now?

How effective has the strategy been and what is the legacy we are left with when so many people are on the drug for so long?

# read-me - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Gay cake case: How the court tried to reach a fair balance between competing rights

There has been much debate and anger, some of it stemming from a misunderstanding of the Supreme Court decision, writes Aoife McMahon.

# read-me - Sunday 14 October, 2018

Why I travelled home to vote in favour of adding 'North' to Macedonia's name

Macedonia and Greece have been involved in a decades-long dispute over the name Macedonia and Alexander the Great.

# read-me - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Last tango in Dublin

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

'Van Morrison's landmark album Astral Weeks turns 50 this weekend. We tracked down the musicians who played on it'

A new documentary looks at how a 23-year old introvert from east Belfast overcame the mob, US Immigration, poverty, and his own tricky personality, to make one of the most enduring and best-loved albums ever recorded.

# read-me - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Opinion: TDs should be prohibited from being landlords

As a general principle, politicians should not engage in any activity where they would do better from the State doing worse, writes Conor Crummey.

# read-me - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

'This is a shameful day for Fine Gael and a bad day for Ireland on climate change'

Listening to the Budget speech from Pascal Donohoe today you would have no sense we are at such a historical turning point, writes Eamon Ryan.

# read-me - Monday 8 October, 2018

The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics

The US mid-terms will be the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Would you give your child a beer? Changing our attitudes towards sugar

Sugar should be an occasional treat but it shouldn’t be an everyday habit for our young kids, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.

# read-me - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Ireland in a snapshot: Eddie - the honest, open man with the piercing blue eyes

Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.

# read-me - Friday 5 October, 2018

How is it fair that the tourism industry still gets a subsidy of half a billion euros?

The landscape has changed since the VAT rate was cut for the hospitality sector in 2011, writes Eamon Murphy.

Access to emergency departments in rural Ireland can be hard - so why don't we have an air ambulance service?

Security expert Tom Clonan raises concerns about why Ireland is one of the last EU member states not to have an air ambulance service.

# read-me - Wednesday 3 October, 2018

Opinion: Donuts are the spawn of the devil. No good can come from them

Let’s hope our romance with the donut ends before it really does some lifelong damage, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.

# read-me - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

'Fianna Fáil made mistakes during the boom, but not building enough homes wasn’t one of them'

Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien writes about why affordable housing is key to this year’s Budget and a priority for his party.

# read-me - Monday 1 October, 2018

In many cases, students no longer think they need to accept their very first job offer

Students are growing in confidence about their immediate job prospects, writes Ruairi Kavanagh, editor of Gradireland.

# read-me - Saturday 29 September, 2018

Simon Coveney: 'It is time to bin climate change denial'

The Tánaiste also used tonight’s speech to the the UN to state the Israel-Palestine conflict is a big foreign policy priority for the Irish government.

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