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# read-me - Friday 15 November, 2019

Opinion: I went to the Saoradh party conference to see where radical republicanism is going

Saoradh is an attempt to give a political face to the growing republican dissent in nationalist areas north of the border, writes Dieter Reinisch.

# read-me - Sunday 10 November, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: We need to talk about capitalism

There will be no climate justice until we move to a different economic system, writes Saoirse McHugh.

Philip Boucher-Hayes: What to expect from an RTÉ programme about the climate crisis

The journalist has spearheaded a programme on Ireland’s climate crisis to be aired on RTÉ1 this Tuesday.

# read-me - Saturday 9 November, 2019

Lynn Ruane: Harm reduction should always come first with criminal drug policy

We should decriminalise possession of drugs for personal use, writes independent senator Lynn Ruane.

Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life'

I’ve seen species from my bedroom window that I haven’t seen anywhere else, writes Conor W. O’Brien in an extract from his book.

From the Garden: Food could be the biggest asset of all if climate change worsens GIY

From the Garden: Food could be the biggest asset of all if climate change worsens

Growing your own food could be even more important in the future, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Sunday 3 November, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Biden, Sanders or Warren look set for nomination... why hasn't the Democratic primary been more competitive?

Huge support for just three Democrat front runners in the race for nomination is unusual, writes Larry Donnelly.

The Irish For: How did Irish céilí dancing end up with a waltz but no tango?

Dances and words travel between cultures in a similar way, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 2 November, 2019

From the Garden: Using celeriac in more than just mashed potatoes GIY

From the Garden: Using celeriac in more than just mashed potatoes

As Winter begins, there’s no better time to pickle some chilis or cook with more root vegetables, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Sunday 27 October, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: The Shannon LNG should not be considered any further by the government

The Shannon natural gas terminal could lock us into further decades of fossil fuel reliance.

The Irish For: Rings, cloth and matchsticks - the secrets of the bairín breac

Oíche Shamhna (Halloween) is fast approaching, which means it’s nearly time for a slice of brack.

# read-me - Saturday 26 October, 2019

From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June GIY

From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June

Although traditionally sown in December, putting the garlic in the ground now gives it the best chance of thriving in cold weather.

# read-me - Sunday 20 October, 2019

Lynn Ruane: Uniting movement groups in Ireland could lead to long-term change

There is common ground among different movement groups in Ireland, writes Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For - Doomed tales of unrequited love in Irish literature

The tale of Úna Bhán and Tomás Laidir is one of many sad stories in Irish literature, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Monday 14 October, 2019

'It's going to be difficult to establish a solution to the problem that the DeSouza case creates'

The issue about more than citizenship and identity, writes Sarah Creighton.

# read-me - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Fast fashion is hard to escape, but it is damaging our environment

There is no room, environmentally or socially, for fast fashion anymore, writes Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party.

The Irish For: The varieties of cailín and the deductive Coleen Rooney

Coleen is derived from cailín, the Irish word for a girl, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 12 October, 2019

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation GIY

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation

Roasting root vegetables has become a staple in our house, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

'I turned to my husband Niall and asked if we could bring the baby back to the hospital'

New mum Nicola Fallon speaks of her experience suffering from post-natal depression.

# read-me - Monday 7 October, 2019

Lynn Ruane: 'We can't keep failing young people with inadequate sex education'

We are hopefully moving towards a country with a more positive attitude to sex and relationships.

# read-me - Sunday 6 October, 2019

The Irish For: Vegans, vegetarians and the battle of translating modern words

It’s easy to lose the wordplay on English words when translating into Irish.

# read-me - Saturday 5 October, 2019

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season GIY

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season

It’s difficult to tell when pears are ripe but there is a knack to it, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Sunday 29 September, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Community-led rewilding could bring life back to the countryside

It is important to allow nature to do its own thing.

The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators

The Irish language has many names for different creatures in the wild.

# read-me - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Removing Trump from office is still a remote possibility

How one sees the state of play depends, as ever, on which side of the aisle he is on, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 22 September, 2019

The Irish For: How has censorship affected Irish language books?

The banning of Irish language books was less frequent even though the authors produced writing which dealt with provocative themes.

# read-me - Sunday 15 September, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Achill has shown me the link between climate action and rural regeneration

To tackle climate breakdown the two most important areas that Ireland will have to focus on will be transport and agriculture, writes Saoirse McHugh.

The Irish For: The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside

Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?

# read-me - Monday 9 September, 2019

Opinion: The robots are coming - and men should be more worried than women

The rise of automation is threatening widespread job destruction – especially for men.

# read-me - Sunday 8 September, 2019

Lynn Ruane: Sport is part of the solution to address young men's mental health

Services such as the Breakthrough Programme in West Dublin can be a lifesaver for young men.

'The doctors have no idea how to treat her condition': Giving birth to Ireland's smallest surviving baby

Katie Keogh writes about her baby Charlotte who was born with an extremely rare condition.

The Irish For: Cartoons, propaganda and the words children learn

How much do TV shows influence children’s pronunciation and phrases?

# read-me - Saturday 7 September, 2019

From the Garden: Salvaging the last beets of the season and putting them in a kraut

Anyone growing beets will be preparing them for harvest next month.

I felt intense pressure before I did my TEDx talk - but I'm very glad I did it. Here's what I learned

I delivered my talk with my legs shaking – but I managed it in one take, writes Tony Duffin.

# read-me - Sunday 1 September, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: How Ireland can help in fighting the Amazon rainforest fires

Giving money to Brazil may not be the solution, but there are ways to make a difference.

The Irish For: Guns and Gaelic - the history of the right to bear arms

The Irish constitution drew inspiration from others, but did not include the right to bear arms.

# read-me - Saturday 31 August, 2019

'Those who were denied a voice for too long will continue to fight for justice for the lost children of Tuam'

Family members of the 796 babies who died and survivors of the home held a peaceful protest last month.

From the Garden: Healthy back to school recipes to break free from the ham sandwich GIY

From the Garden: Healthy back to school recipes to break free from the ham sandwich

Salads, stews and cold omelettes are great options for a back to school lunchbox.

# read-me - Sunday 25 August, 2019

The Irish For: Rising rents mean many prospective tenants are giving Dublin a goodbye 'cíos'

Designating certain areas far away from Dublin as Gaeltachtaí, and then denying them investment so they’d stay that way- was a dreadful mistake.

# read-me - Wednesday 21 August, 2019

'Collecting the school voluntary contribution is an unwanted and stressful obligation on principals'

As things stand, the contribution is needed to keep school doors open, writes Joseph A Moynihan.