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# read-me - Thursday 2 January, 2020

Opinion: I went to Australia to figure out why so many Irish doctors are moving away
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# Voices

Opinion: I went to Australia to figure out why so many Irish doctors are moving away

Jan 2nd 2020, 9:00 PM 53,825 Views 79 Comments

The deterioration of job quality and extreme working hours are a key driver of emigration for Irish doctors.

# read-me - Sunday 29 December, 2019

The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other

Dec 29th 2019, 8:30 AM 13,957 Views 4 Comments

Let’s look back on some of the Irish words of the 2010s.

# read-me - Saturday 28 December, 2019

From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie
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# Column

From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie

Dec 28th 2019, 12:45 PM 13,542 Views 8 Comments

It’s time to start thinking about next year’s garden as 2020 creeps ever-closer.

# read-me - Friday 27 December, 2019

Opinion: There will be no Singapore-upon-Thames. The UK cannot strike the same trade deal with the EU
# Brexit
# Brexit

Opinion: There will be no Singapore-upon-Thames. The UK cannot strike the same trade deal with the EU

Dec 27th 2019, 8:00 PM 26,000 Views 40 Comments

A scenario of a highly deregulated UK has been dubbed as a Singapore-upon-Thames.

# read-me - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas
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# EXTRACT

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas

Dec 25th 2019, 3:00 PM 21,433 Views 6 Comments

In December 1788, Whaley was struck by a malignant fever.

# read-me - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

Sydney's smoke: Looking out my daughter’s window the city was blanketed in orange dust, writes Dr Suzanne O'Brien
# Bushfire Crisis
# Bushfire Crisis

Sydney's smoke: Looking out my daughter’s window the city was blanketed in orange dust, writes Dr Suzanne O'Brien

Dec 24th 2019, 6:15 AM 25,139 Views 38 Comments

Of course, here among the bricks and the concrete of inner city terraces we know we are lucky, we are safe.

# read-me - Sunday 22 December, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Planting trees is one area where we can't wait for the government to come around
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# Column

Saoirse McHugh: Planting trees is one area where we can't wait for the government to come around

Dec 22nd 2019, 8:30 PM 17,836 Views 40 Comments

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
# Endurance
# Endurance

Feeling stressed in the run up to Christmas? Here are some tips to avoid burnout

Dec 22nd 2019, 4:00 PM 18,486 Views 20 Comments

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
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# Column

The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives

Dec 22nd 2019, 8:30 AM 12,094 Views 10 Comments

What harm if we learn some words as Gaeilge along the way?

# read-me - Saturday 21 December, 2019

From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch
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# Column

From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch

Dec 21st 2019, 2:00 PM 10,558 Views 9 Comments

In other news, here’s a recipe for some creamy Brussels sprouts to posh up your Christmas dinner.

# read-me - Monday 16 December, 2019

Pearse Doherty: Damning Central Bank report reveals an insurance industry that prizes profit above its customers
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# Opinion

Pearse Doherty: Damning Central Bank report reveals an insurance industry that prizes profit above its customers

Dec 16th 2019, 8:20 PM 25,255 Views 62 Comments

Sky-high premiums aren’t covering the cost of a ‘compo-culture’ but servicing the industry’s profits, writes Pearse Doherty.

# read-me - Sunday 15 December, 2019

The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor
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# Column

The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor

Dec 15th 2019, 8:30 AM 19,154 Views 1 Comment

Here are some traditions described in an Irish poem that claim to help find a suitor.

# read-me - Saturday 14 December, 2019

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas
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# Column

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas

Dec 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 10,513 Views 11 Comments

There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

'Feeder school' league tables: Here's why they give parents a distorted view of what constitutes a decent school
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Feeder school' league tables: Here's why they give parents a distorted view of what constitutes a decent school

Dec 10th 2019, 7:00 AM 25,778 Views 24 Comments

‘Feeder Schools’ tables show that students who attended private fee-paying schools go on to attend third-level education at higher rates than others.

# read-me - Sunday 8 December, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Carbon tax is a red herring, the real climate culprit is the global tax system
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# Column

Saoirse McHugh: Carbon tax is a red herring, the real climate culprit is the global tax system

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 PM 25,650 Views 63 Comments

It’s time for governments to fix the global tax system, for the sake of the planet.

The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on
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# Column

The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 50,654 Views 53 Comments

When seeing Ulster Scots writing, many people are surprised by how much of it appears readily intelligible to them.

# read-me - Saturday 7 December, 2019

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home
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# Sustainability

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home

Dec 7th 2019, 1:00 PM 15,335 Views 12 Comments

A real tree is a much greener option than one made from plastic, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Sunday 1 December, 2019

The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference
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# Column

The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference

Dec 1st 2019, 8:30 AM 23,591 Views 12 Comments

The Royal Bank of Scotland did not mention the meaning as Gaeilge of their online banking app Bó.

# read-me - Saturday 30 November, 2019

From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop
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# Column

From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop

Nov 30th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,711 Views 6 Comments

Some advice on growing leeks and a delicious recipe for a potato and bacon bake to include them in.

# read-me - Sunday 24 November, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: The end of turf-cutting brings opportunities to increase our energy independence
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# Column

Saoirse McHugh: The end of turf-cutting brings opportunities to increase our energy independence

Nov 24th 2019, 8:30 PM 31,250 Views 46 Comments

Here on Achill Island, saving turf is not just simply a way to secure fuel, but a way of life, writes Saoirse McHugh.

The Irish For: The enduring genius of artist Louis le Brocquy
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# Column

The Irish For: The enduring genius of artist Louis le Brocquy

Nov 24th 2019, 8:30 AM 13,012 Views 10 Comments

The Irish artist’s painting Táin was sold for €102,253 at an auction earlier this week.

# read-me - Saturday 23 November, 2019

From the Garden: The debate about sustainable foods is getting louder... I've even found myself shouting at the TV recently
# Grow It Yourself
# Grow It Yourself

From the Garden: The debate about sustainable foods is getting louder... I've even found myself shouting at the TV recently

Nov 23rd 2019, 1:00 PM 19,671 Views 17 Comments

This week’s gardening column features tips for growing your own herbs and a recipe for root veg pie.

# read-me - Sunday 17 November, 2019

The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce?
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce?

Nov 17th 2019, 8:30 AM 58,449 Views 46 Comments

We should look at names we don’t understand as something exciting to be figured out, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# read-me - Saturday 16 November, 2019

Opinion: Disabled people in Ireland need the right to personal assistance
# Independent Living
# Independent Living

Opinion: Disabled people in Ireland need the right to personal assistance

Nov 16th 2019, 8:30 PM 13,207 Views 12 Comments

Assistance is often the difference between existing and living for many of us, writes James Cawley.

From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter
# GIY
# GIY

From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter

Nov 16th 2019, 1:00 PM 24,090 Views 1 Comment

I feel blessed to have so much delicious, nutritious food to hand, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 15 November, 2019

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

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

Nov 15th 2019, 7:00 AM 50,814 Views 54 Comments

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
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# Column

Saoirse McHugh: We need to talk about capitalism

Nov 10th 2019, 8:30 PM 29,726 Views 102 Comments

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
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# Opinion

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

Nov 10th 2019, 4:00 PM 25,884 Views 69 Comments

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
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# Column

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

Nov 9th 2019, 7:30 PM 14,386 Views 38 Comments

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'
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# An Post Book Awards

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

Nov 9th 2019, 4:00 PM 13,260 Views 1 Comment

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
# GIY

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

Nov 9th 2019, 1:00 PM 13,265 Views 14 Comments

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?
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# LARRY DONNELLY

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

Nov 3rd 2019, 7:00 PM 21,708 Views 69 Comments

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?
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# Column

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

Nov 3rd 2019, 8:30 AM 13,933 Views 3 Comments

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
# GIY

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

Nov 2nd 2019, 1:00 PM 14,655 Views 3 Comments

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
# Gas Terminal
# Gas Terminal

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

Oct 27th 2019, 9:00 PM 19,402 Views 30 Comments

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
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# Column

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

Oct 27th 2019, 8:30 AM 32,721 Views 9 Comments

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
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# GIY

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

Oct 26th 2019, 1:00 PM 13,848 Views 4 Comments

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
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# Column

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

Oct 20th 2019, 8:30 PM 13,129 Views 29 Comments

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

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

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

Oct 20th 2019, 8:30 AM 10,793 Views 5 Comments

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'
# Identity
# Identity

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

Oct 14th 2019, 7:30 PM 23,233 Views 30 Comments

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