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# read-me - Saturday 23 October, 2021

Opinion: The climate crisis will cost us money, but way more money if we wait any longer
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The climate crisis will cost us money, but way more money if we wait any longer

Sat 7:00 AM 7,317 Views 36 Comments

Budget 2021 won’t bring long-term equality and fairness with the spectre of climate change, writes Dr Shana Cohen.

# read-me - Sunday 3 October, 2021

Opinion: Asylum seekers with disabilities are largely invisible in an already difficult system
# Direct Provision
# Direct Provision

Opinion: Asylum seekers with disabilities are largely invisible in an already difficult system

Oct 3rd 2021, 1:00 PM 9,385 Views 4 Comments

Asylum seekers with disabilities in Direct Provision must be afforded equal rights when compared to people with disabilities outside Direct Provision, Keelin Barry writes.

# read-me - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

Opinion: To boldly go - how science fiction inspires space exploration
# Engage
# Engage

Opinion: To boldly go - how science fiction inspires space exploration

Updated Sep 7th 2021, 9:00 AM 9,580 Views 5 Comments

More mythical material gives us more stars to aim at, writes Jack Fennell.

# read-me - Saturday 4 September, 2021

Ireland's ancient astronomers and the alignment of our prehistoric monuments
# Newgrange
# Newgrange

Ireland's ancient astronomers and the alignment of our prehistoric monuments

Sep 4th 2021, 6:30 AM 23,518 Views 15 Comments

Anthony Murphy outlines how the ancient dwellers built clever structures to work in harmony with the cosmos.

# read-me - Friday 27 August, 2021

Opinion: What is ISIS-K? Two terrorism experts on the group behind the Kabul attack
# Islamic State
# Islamic State

Opinion: What is ISIS-K? Two terrorism experts on the group behind the Kabul attack

Aug 27th 2021, 9:34 AM 21,611 Views 10 Comments

ISIS-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the Kabul terrorist attack.

# read-me - Saturday 7 August, 2021

Opinion: We need public transport that feels safe for women
# Voices
# Voices

Opinion: We need public transport that feels safe for women

Aug 7th 2021, 7:00 AM 12,252 Views 78 Comments

Perceptions of safety are a significant factor in women’s travel choices, so we need to create a better environment, writes Rachel Cahill.

# read-me - Thursday 5 August, 2021

Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'

Aug 5th 2021, 1:47 PM 33,536 Views 23 Comments

‘Ask your Ma for help’ is not a good public policy for childcare in Ireland, writes Liz Carolan.

# read-me - Tuesday 3 August, 2021

Opinion: Freedom to practice religion must be respected - including communions and confirmation
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Freedom to practice religion must be respected - including communions and confirmation

Aug 3rd 2021, 8:00 PM 20,460 Views 78 Comments

There’s a clear economic interest in the State allowing the resumption of economically productive indoor activities, writes Dr Donal Coffey.

Opinion: 'The shift coming in Irish agriculture must be transformational - but it will be positive too'
# Column
# Column

Opinion: 'The shift coming in Irish agriculture must be transformational - but it will be positive too'

Aug 3rd 2021, 12:37 PM 13,604 Views 53 Comments

Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett writes that the future for farming in Ireland should see increased incomes and decreased emissions.

# read-me - Sunday 25 July, 2021

Pearse Doherty: Davy's top brass can’t lose when there's no accountability
# Opinion
# Opinion

Pearse Doherty: Davy's top brass can’t lose when there's no accountability

Jul 25th 2021, 8:30 AM 23,508 Views 87 Comments

Legislation to underpin individual accountability in the financial sector must be published without delay, writes the Sinn Féin TD.

# read-me - Tuesday 20 July, 2021

Opinion: As we gradually return to normal, we need to stop the creeping Amazon-ification of our economy
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: As we gradually return to normal, we need to stop the creeping Amazon-ification of our economy

Jul 20th 2021, 2:13 PM 19,301 Views 42 Comments

Everyone should have the right to a living wage, job security and decent work conditions, writes Victor Duggan.

# read-me - Sunday 4 July, 2021

Opinion: Why are home make-over tv shows so popular in Ireland?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: Why are home make-over tv shows so popular in Ireland?

Jul 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 15,412 Views 14 Comments

Property programmes thrive in societies where home ownership is the most valued and celebrated housing ideology, writes Emmett Scanlon.

# read-me - Saturday 3 July, 2021

Opinion: Ireland is yearning for strong defences against landlord despotism
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: Ireland is yearning for strong defences against landlord despotism

Jul 3rd 2021, 7:00 PM 18,203 Views 0 Comments

Building social housing means building homes, writes Dean Van Nguyen.

# read-me - Saturday 19 June, 2021

Opinion: Bogus clothes collecting denying legitimate charities access to much needed funds
# Shirt Off Your Back
# Shirt Off Your Back

Opinion: Bogus clothes collecting denying legitimate charities access to much needed funds

Jun 19th 2021, 6:30 PM 27,294 Views 37 Comments

Double check if in doubt when approached for clothing donations to ensure those in need benefit.

# read-me - Sunday 13 June, 2021

Mark O'Halloran: 'My career might be judged a success - but when it comes to the property market, I'm a complete failure'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Mark O'Halloran: 'My career might be judged a success - but when it comes to the property market, I'm a complete failure'

Jun 13th 2021, 7:00 AM 35,009 Views 0 Comments

“Our political class have forgotten that housing is a right and not simply an opportunity to redistribute money upwards to the wealthy,” writes Mark O’Halloran.

# read-me - Saturday 5 June, 2021

Column: The history, politics and identity of Chinese martial arts
# Wushu
# Wushu

Column: The history, politics and identity of Chinese martial arts

Jun 5th 2021, 11:00 AM 10,045 Views 9 Comments

Maynooth University lecturer Dr Lu Zhouxiang explains how martial arts have been a bridge from China to other countries around the world.

# read-me - Saturday 29 May, 2021

Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women

May 29th 2021, 7:01 PM 15,742 Views 19 Comments

The National Women’s Council says inadequate State investment in childcare has led to an unsustainable system in crisis.

# read-me - Saturday 8 May, 2021

Opinion: Low ambition and poor policy keeping people with disabilities out of workplace
# Shutting The Door
# Shutting The Door

Opinion: Low ambition and poor policy keeping people with disabilities out of workplace

May 8th 2021, 8:01 PM 10,892 Views 12 Comments

Joan O’Donnell writes that it’s time to ditch failing strategies and embrace an inclusive future of work.

# read-me - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Opinion: The future of work after Covid has to be better than what we currently have
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The future of work after Covid has to be better than what we currently have

May 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,190 Views 4 Comments

The great political challenge of the pandemic is fixing workplaces to be better than they are, writes Michael Taft.

# read-me - Saturday 24 April, 2021

Poor interpreting having impact on patients, victims of crime and those seeking asylum
# Lost For Words
# Lost For Words

Poor interpreting having impact on patients, victims of crime and those seeking asylum

Apr 24th 2021, 7:01 PM 13,209 Views 2 Comments

Mary Phelan writes that lack of accredited training and poor service are having huge consequences and must be addressed by the State.

# read-me - Wednesday 7 April, 2021

Opinion: Migrants are forced to do the worst work without access to rights
# Racism At Work
# Racism At Work

Opinion: Migrants are forced to do the worst work without access to rights

Apr 7th 2021, 7:01 PM 21,561 Views 0 Comments

Youth Against Racism and Inequality (YARI) activist writes that immigrants and people of colour are leading the force for change internationally.

# read-me - Saturday 27 March, 2021

If we want to protect urban horses, we need to work with their owners
# Wild Horses
# Wild Horses

If we want to protect urban horses, we need to work with their owners

Mar 27th 2021, 8:01 PM 22,705 Views 42 Comments

DSPCA education and community outreach projects are trying to address welfare issues facing loose horses in the greater Dublin area.

# read-me - Friday 5 March, 2021

'Between vaccines and restrictions, we need to look at how pregnant people are being treated'
# Column
# Column

'Between vaccines and restrictions, we need to look at how pregnant people are being treated'

Mar 5th 2021, 6:00 PM 29,351 Views 38 Comments

This country has a long history of treating pregnant women and girls appallingly; the pandemic should not be an excuse to continue to do the same, writes Seána Glennon.

# read-me - Tuesday 2 March, 2021

Column: 'Pontins only achieved such rapid notoriety because it targeted common Irish surnames'
# Analysis
# Analysis

Column: 'Pontins only achieved such rapid notoriety because it targeted common Irish surnames'

Mar 2nd 2021, 9:00 PM 39,313 Views 0 Comments

Two decades on from a landmark case in Britain, discrimination is still an everyday experience for Travellers, writes legal affairs journalist CJ McKinney.

# read-me - Friday 26 February, 2021

Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first
# False News
# False News

Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first

Feb 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 53,474 Views 51 Comments

Misinformation is now local, global and transnational all at the same time, writes Shane Creevy.

# read-me - Sunday 7 February, 2021

The deeper lesson from GameStop: Let's look at taxing the speculators who gamble for financial gain
# Opinion
# Opinion

The deeper lesson from GameStop: Let's look at taxing the speculators who gamble for financial gain

Feb 7th 2021, 7:30 AM 31,987 Views 54 Comments

Rather than looking for swingeing spending cuts or increased taxes on work, how about we start at the top, writes Victor Duggan.

# read-me - Saturday 23 January, 2021

Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'
# Funding Fertility
# Funding Fertility

Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'

Jan 23rd 2021, 7:01 PM 24,919 Views 48 Comments

The Government needs to take action and implement the model of care for infertility, writes Emma Mc Dade.

# read-me - Saturday 16 January, 2021

Opinion: 'Once a bike is stolen it's unlikely you’ll get it back'
# Stolen Wheels
# Stolen Wheels

Opinion: 'Once a bike is stolen it's unlikely you’ll get it back'

Jan 16th 2021, 7:01 PM 32,500 Views 67 Comments

The serial number is reported to Gardaí for only one in 16 stolen bikes, writes Dublin Cycling Campaign’s David Timoney.

# read-me - Saturday 9 January, 2021

Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system

Jan 9th 2021, 8:00 PM 30,360 Views 44 Comments

Psychiatrist Anne Doherty on how increased demand during Covid-19 has left already stretched services ‘drowning under the additional pressure’.

# read-me - Monday 4 January, 2021

Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that
# Infodemic
# Infodemic

Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that

Jan 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 14,695 Views 21 Comments

Dr Jane Suiter explores how one of the biggest challenges to public health in 2021 will be conspiracy theories around vaccines.

# read-me - Sunday 20 December, 2020

Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts
# Dognapped
# Dognapped

Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts

Dec 20th 2020, 8:00 PM 21,628 Views 26 Comments

Law where pets are a ‘low value possession’ alongside plant pots and mobile phones should be reviewed, writes vet Dr Sharon Alston.

# read-me - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Helen McEntee: Coco’s Law will give gardaí tools to prosecute those who share intimate images without consent
# Opinion
# Opinion

Helen McEntee: Coco’s Law will give gardaí tools to prosecute those who share intimate images without consent

Dec 19th 2020, 9:59 AM 18,849 Views 17 Comments

The passing of Coco’s Law will prevent the sharing of intimate images without consent – regardless of the motivation for doing so.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

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

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

Nov 11th 2020, 10:55 AM 15,487 Views 6 Comments

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

# read-me - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

College student: 'There's been no dancing on tables or shots at the bar'
# University
# University

College student: 'There's been no dancing on tables or shots at the bar'

Sep 29th 2020, 8:00 PM 25,503 Views 18 Comments

Harry McCann says students involved in recent ‘partying’ are not representative of the majority trying to study and live within Covid guidelines.

# read-me - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Column: Ireland's forestry industry has hit a blockade - here's a way we can get through it
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Ireland's forestry industry has hit a blockade - here's a way we can get through it

Sep 22nd 2020, 7:00 AM 23,687 Views 47 Comments

Ireland needs a new model for forestry that does not damage nature, writes Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett.

# read-me - Monday 31 August, 2020

'Babies don't wait': How the National Maternity Hospital coped in the early days of Covid
# Column
# Column

'Babies don't wait': How the National Maternity Hospital coped in the early days of Covid

Aug 31st 2020, 7:12 AM 17,298 Views 8 Comments

Mary Brosnan, the director of nursing & midwifery, writes: “Babies wait for no one, even in a pandemic they will be born.”

# read-me - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'
# Assessing Autism
# Assessing Autism

The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'

Aug 25th 2020, 7:30 PM 18,757 Views 17 Comments

‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’

# read-me - Monday 24 August, 2020

'Living in Ireland, we didn't worry about serious racial physical attacks... how wrong we were'
# Shelly Xiong
# Shelly Xiong

'Living in Ireland, we didn't worry about serious racial physical attacks... how wrong we were'

Aug 24th 2020, 7:00 AM 47,299 Views 80 Comments

Following the attack on her friend, Tian Yu Lloyd, suggests Irish society takes time to reflect as racist aggression becomes more common through the pandemic.

# read-me - Saturday 22 August, 2020

Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services'
# Birth Place
# Birth Place

Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services'

Aug 22nd 2020, 7:30 PM 27,251 Views 16 Comments

The National Maternity Strategy recommendations have been watered down or sidelined, writes Dr Krysia Lynch of AIMS Ireland.

# read-me - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks
# Lowering Standards
# Lowering Standards

Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks

Aug 20th 2020, 7:00 AM 14,909 Views 13 Comments

Orla Hegarty writes that lockdown has been a time to reflect on getting our new housing right.

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