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# read-me - Saturday 27 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 27th 2018, 8:30 PM 39,072 Views 103 Comments

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?
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# Opinion

Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?

Oct 26th 2018, 7:00 AM 42,383 Views 92 Comments

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
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# Column

The man who spoke Irish in the British parliament

Oct 25th 2018, 7:00 AM 37,432 Views 35 Comments

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?
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# Opinion

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

Oct 24th 2018, 7:00 AM 30,190 Views 127 Comments

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?
# Opioid Treatment
# Opioid Treatment

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

Oct 21st 2018, 8:30 PM 19,630 Views 26 Comments

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
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# Opinion

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

Oct 17th 2018, 7:00 AM 16,170 Views 45 Comments

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
# Referendum
# Referendum

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

Oct 14th 2018, 6:00 PM 16,254 Views 15 Comments

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
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# Moloney's Eye

Ireland in a snapshot: Last tango in Dublin

Oct 13th 2018, 7:30 PM 27,641 Views 9 Comments

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

Oct 13th 2018, 8:15 AM 22,321 Views 22 Comments

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
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# Opinion

Opinion: TDs should be prohibited from being landlords

Oct 11th 2018, 7:00 AM 23,234 Views 99 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 9th 2018, 6:06 PM 19,046 Views 96 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 8th 2018, 7:30 PM 14,133 Views 33 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 7th 2018, 1:00 PM 20,356 Views 25 Comments

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
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# Donal Mloney

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

Oct 6th 2018, 7:30 PM 30,867 Views 6 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 5th 2018, 7:30 PM 12,223 Views 27 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 5th 2018, 7:00 AM 14,077 Views 36 Comments

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

Oct 3rd 2018, 6:44 PM 20,498 Views 23 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 2nd 2018, 7:00 PM 13,757 Views 76 Comments

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

Oct 1st 2018, 7:00 AM 13,697 Views 17 Comments

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'
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# Column

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

Sep 29th 2018, 12:01 AM 9,111 Views 69 Comments

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.

# read-me - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Eoin Ó Broin: 'He is the Minister. The buck stops with him. He must change the policy... or go'
# Eoin V Eoghan
# Eoin V Eoghan

Eoin Ó Broin: 'He is the Minister. The buck stops with him. He must change the policy... or go'

Sep 25th 2018, 7:00 AM 14,052 Views 121 Comments

The Sinn Féin spokesperson defends his party’s motion of no confidence in the Housing Minister.

# read-me - Monday 24 September, 2018

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?

Sep 24th 2018, 7:00 AM 16,364 Views 56 Comments

What strategies and tactics can we expect from the candidates for the presidential race, asks Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 23 September, 2018

Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'

Sep 23rd 2018, 5:30 PM 17,599 Views 101 Comments

I fully support peaceful protest and direct action as a legitimate form of democratic participation, writes Brendan Howlin.

# read-me - Friday 21 September, 2018

'Brendan Howlin was wrong: civil disobedience is a valid weapon in the fight for a better Ireland'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Brendan Howlin was wrong: civil disobedience is a valid weapon in the fight for a better Ireland'

Sep 21st 2018, 7:00 AM 20,728 Views 109 Comments

Those who benefit from the way Ireland is organised would love us to believe we have no power, that we can’t win, that there’s no reason to act, writes Siobhan O’Donoghue.

# read-me - Thursday 20 September, 2018

Stephen Byrne: Why 9 years after ripping up my results, I went back to do the Leaving Cert...
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Stephen Byrne: Why 9 years after ripping up my results, I went back to do the Leaving Cert...

Sep 20th 2018, 7:00 AM 41,168 Views 14 Comments

The Leaving Cert is strange in the sense that it is something we all experience, and yet it’s something that we all seem to try to repress, writes the 2FM presenter.

# read-me - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today
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# Column

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today

Sep 19th 2018, 7:00 AM 28,872 Views 77 Comments

Dr Tom Clonan outlines his reasons for protesting at Leinster House today.

# read-me - Sunday 16 September, 2018

'I’ll always remember holding my results in my hand and seeing the look of pride on my parents' faces'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I’ll always remember holding my results in my hand and seeing the look of pride on my parents' faces'

Sep 16th 2018, 7:30 PM 23,024 Views 7 Comments

Ryan Lynch hadn’t been sure if he would ever attend college due to his long-term illness – until he was given the support that he needed.

# read-me - Friday 14 September, 2018

Opinion: Ian Paisley's facing into a possible by-election ... he can be heartened by his likely re-election
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Opinion: Ian Paisley's facing into a possible by-election ... he can be heartened by his likely re-election

Sep 14th 2018, 7:00 AM 16,302 Views 15 Comments

As Ian Paisley Jr endures a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons, Thomas Muinzer writes that it’s likely he’ll win back his seat in a possible by-election.

# read-me - Thursday 13 September, 2018

Brendan Ogle: If Trump ever does visit Ireland, his toxic beliefs need to be called out
# Opinion
# Opinion

Brendan Ogle: If Trump ever does visit Ireland, his toxic beliefs need to be called out

Sep 13th 2018, 7:00 AM 11,543 Views 57 Comments

For now the trip is on the back-burner but if he does land on our shores we need to protest – massively, Unite’s Brendan Ogle writes.

# read-me - Monday 10 September, 2018

'If we don't pay our Defence Forces a decent wage, we will lose talented, educated young people'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'If we don't pay our Defence Forces a decent wage, we will lose talented, educated young people'

Sep 10th 2018, 7:00 AM 24,603 Views 80 Comments

Young Fine Gael wants its senior party colleagues to change conditions for soldiers being paid ‘the lowest average wage in the public sector’.

# read-me - Thursday 6 September, 2018

'Trump's mood and tone on his Irish visit will be shaped by what happens the week before'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Trump's mood and tone on his Irish visit will be shaped by what happens the week before'

Sep 6th 2018, 7:00 AM 13,680 Views 34 Comments

The mid-term elections in the US could become a referendum on Trump’s presidency, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Wednesday 5 September, 2018

Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm
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Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm

Sep 5th 2018, 7:00 AM 13,010 Views 52 Comments

Simon Foy examines politics in the era of Donald Trump, taking in fake news, allegations about Jeremy Corbyn, and the behaviour of Boris Johnson.

# read-me - Sunday 2 September, 2018

Opinion: 'Earn money on the side? Fear of the taxman isn't a reason not to file your tax return'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'Earn money on the side? Fear of the taxman isn't a reason not to file your tax return'

Sep 2nd 2018, 8:45 AM 26,643 Views 31 Comments

‘Being in business means paying taxes on earnings’, writes Barry Flanagan.

# read-me - Monday 27 August, 2018

'Excitedly I rang the Dept of Education thinking our lack of funding must've been some oversight.'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Excitedly I rang the Dept of Education thinking our lack of funding must've been some oversight.'

Aug 27th 2018, 7:00 AM 33,248 Views 51 Comments

Why doesn’t the government fund special classes for secondary school students with autism, asks Graham Manning.

# read-me - Sunday 26 August, 2018

'Even the bouncy castle industry in Ireland has representation: Generation Rent needs a voice'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Even the bouncy castle industry in Ireland has representation: Generation Rent needs a voice'

Aug 26th 2018, 7:30 PM 16,390 Views 10 Comments

One in five households rent nationally – and that could well remain the situation.

# read-me - Saturday 25 August, 2018

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused
# GIY
# GIY

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused

Aug 25th 2018, 10:30 AM 7,432 Views 1 Comment

If you can get out of your head for an hour or so, you’ll automatically feel calmer – but the challenge is getting there, writes Michael Kelly.

# read-me - Friday 24 August, 2018

'What has the Catholic Church ever done for the world? Quite a lot, actually'
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# Opinion

'What has the Catholic Church ever done for the world? Quite a lot, actually'

Aug 24th 2018, 1:00 PM 71,560 Views 220 Comments

A lecturer in Theology sketches the Roman Catholic Church’s influence on legal, political, social and philanthropic movements through the ages.

'In 1969, I fell pregnant as a teen - and then the Church took over'
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# Opinion

'In 1969, I fell pregnant as a teen - and then the Church took over'

Aug 24th 2018, 7:00 AM 52,171 Views 99 Comments

Ava Stapleton had to make a stark choice when she was a pregnant 17 year old: give up her baby or have a shotgun wedding.

# read-me - Thursday 23 August, 2018

Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry'
# Voices
# Voices

Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry'

Aug 23rd 2018, 7:00 AM 15,961 Views 47 Comments

‘Personal faith, separate from the institution, unwavering respect for those who educated me, and the comfort of community’.

# read-me - Monday 20 August, 2018

'Ireland's decision to prohibit GM crops doesn't make sense'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Ireland's decision to prohibit GM crops doesn't make sense'

Aug 20th 2018, 7:00 AM 27,092 Views 146 Comments

Two eminent plant biotechnologists argue that the Irish government has made the wrong decision to opt out of growing GMOs here.