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Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system
Psychiatrist Anne Doherty on how increased demand during Covid-19 has left already stretched services ‘drowning under the additional pressure’.
Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that
Dr Jane Suiter explores how one of the biggest challenges to public health in 2021 will be conspiracy theories around vaccines.
Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts
Law where pets are a ‘low value possession’ alongside plant pots and mobile phones should be reviewed, writes vet Dr Sharon Alston.
Helen McEntee: Coco’s Law will give gardaí tools to prosecute those who share intimate images without consent
The passing of Coco’s Law will prevent the sharing of intimate images without consent – regardless of the motivation for doing so.
Have your say: a chance for the public to tell policymakers where we go from here
Live discussions on Science Week platform will hear what Irish citizens think the ‘new normal’ should look like.
College student: 'There's been no dancing on tables or shots at the bar'
Harry McCann says students involved in recent ‘partying’ are not representative of the majority trying to study and live within Covid guidelines.
Column: Ireland's forestry industry has hit a blockade - here's a way we can get through it
Ireland needs a new model for forestry that does not damage nature, writes Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett.
'Babies don't wait': How the National Maternity Hospital coped in the early days of Covid
Mary Brosnan, the director of nursing & midwifery, writes: “Babies wait for no one, even in a pandemic they will be born.”
The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'
‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’
'Living in Ireland, we didn't worry about serious racial physical attacks... how wrong we were'
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.
Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services'
The National Maternity Strategy recommendations have been watered down or sidelined, writes Dr Krysia Lynch of AIMS Ireland.
Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks
Orla Hegarty writes that lockdown has been a time to reflect on getting our new housing right.
Opinion: Homegrown seed is the kernel of a food revolution
Irish Seed Savers outline how support for organic heritage seed is the key to ensuring long-term food security on our island.
Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'The rhetoric of “all being in it together” is dead'
What we now reap is the harvest of decades of inaction on what voters just six short months ago told us were the major issues affecting our society, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.
Tribute: John Hume said setting up the first credit union in Northern Ireland was 'the thing I'm proudest of'
John Hume saw how people from a working class background were locked out of borrowing from banks, writes Gerry Thompson.
Opinion: We need serious help to 'stop burning stuff' to heat our homes
UCC researcher calls for a broader range of clean energy initiatives as small towns suffer air pollution from residential solid fuel burning.
Opinion: 25 years ago today, the UN let Srebrenica happen. Now, it is allowing history repeat itself in Syria
The UN can’t defend people in Syria or even deliver aid, writes Barry Andrews. The least we can do is prepare for the prosecution of the terrible crimes that happen there.
Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must
Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.
Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics?
It is useful to draw some comparisons with the West African Ebola crisis before Covid-19, John Farrelly writes.
The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language
We look to language when seeking a reassuring symbol of endurance, Darach Ó Séaghdha writes.
How I Spend My Money: A 28-year-old doctor commuting from Dublin to the midlands on €63,000
This week, our reader is a junior doctor saving to buy a house with her boyfriend.
Larry Donnelly: Super Tuesday 2 makes Joe Biden the Democratic nominee in-waiting
Biden was all but counted out by most onlookers before recently, writes Larry Donnelly.
Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug
Dr Austin O’Carroll says decriminalisation would be a way of taking responsibility for the vicious effects of inequality.
The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely
There are plenty of linguistic similarities between Irish and other languages.
Larry Donnelly: Iowa and New Hampshire - a preview and a primer
The two states play a key role in nominating presidential candidates.
Lise Hand: Most voters in the real world don’t give a monkey's if Leo Varadkar smoked hash
The bleak first week of the election campaign meant any moment of lighter drama was welcomed by all, writes Lise Hand.
Anti-abortion protests at hospitals: How have other countries handled them and what's the way forward here?
The problem with drawing up legislation on exclusion zones is that there are competing rights involved, writes lecturer in constitutional law Dr Laura Cahillane.
The Irish For: The word 'dote' was used in Britain before it came to Ireland - and that's ok
Word usage is like a conga line at a wedding – nobody thinks the person at the front is an artistic visionary, but the second and third people to join in create the legitimacy for others to attach themselves
From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch
It is a delicious vegetable included in mashed potato or even grated raw.
Opinion: I went to Australia to figure out why so many Irish doctors are moving away
The deterioration of job quality and extreme working hours are a key driver of emigration for Irish doctors.
The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other
Let’s look back on some of the Irish words of the 2010s.
From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie
It’s time to start thinking about next year’s garden as 2020 creeps ever-closer.
Opinion: There will be no Singapore-upon-Thames. The UK cannot strike the same trade deal with the EU
A scenario of a highly deregulated UK has been dubbed as a Singapore-upon-Thames.
Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas
In December 1788, Whaley was struck by a malignant fever.
Sydney's smoke: Looking out my daughter’s window the city was blanketed in orange dust, writes Dr Suzanne O'Brien
Of course, here among the bricks and the concrete of inner city terraces we know we are lucky, we are safe.
Saoirse McHugh: Planting trees is one area where we can't wait for the government to come around
Mayo seems to have had a particularly savage spate of tree felling recently, writes Saoirse McHugh.
Feeling stressed in the run up to Christmas? Here are some tips to avoid burnout
Between gift shopping and making the perfect dinner, burnout is easily felt this time of year.
The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives
What harm if we learn some words as Gaeilge along the way?
From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch
In other news, here’s a recipe for some creamy Brussels sprouts to posh up your Christmas dinner.
Pearse Doherty: Damning Central Bank report reveals an insurance industry that prizes profit above its customers
Sky-high premiums aren’t covering the cost of a ‘compo-culture’ but servicing the industry’s profits, writes Pearse Doherty.