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The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics
The US mid-terms will be the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.
Would you give your child a beer? Changing our attitudes towards sugar
Sugar should be an occasional treat but it shouldn’t be an everyday habit for our young kids, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.
Ireland in a snapshot: Eddie - the honest, open man with the piercing blue eyes
Each week, photographer and filmmaker Donal Moloney shares a small piece of Ireland that reflects the bigger picture.
How is it fair that the tourism industry still gets a subsidy of half a billion euros?
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?
Security expert Tom Clonan raises concerns about why Ireland is one of the last EU member states not to have an air ambulance service.
Opinion: Donuts are the spawn of the devil. No good can come from them
Let’s hope our romance with the donut ends before it really does some lifelong damage, writes nutritionist Ciara Wright.
'Fianna Fáil made mistakes during the boom, but not building enough homes wasn’t one of them'
Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien writes about why affordable housing is key to this year’s Budget and a priority for his party.
In many cases, students no longer think they need to accept their very first job offer
Students are growing in confidence about their immediate job prospects, writes Ruairi Kavanagh, editor of Gradireland.
Simon Coveney: 'It is time to bin climate change denial'
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.
Eoin Ó Broin: 'He is the Minister. The buck stops with him. He must change the policy... or go'
The Sinn Féin spokesperson defends his party’s motion of no confidence in the Housing Minister.
Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?
What strategies and tactics can we expect from the candidates for the presidential race, asks Larry Donnelly.
Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'
I fully support peaceful protest and direct action as a legitimate form of democratic participation, writes Brendan Howlin.
'Brendan Howlin was wrong: civil disobedience is a valid weapon in the fight for a better Ireland'
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.
Stephen Byrne: Why 9 years after ripping up my results, I went back to do the Leaving Cert...
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.
'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today
Dr Tom Clonan outlines his reasons for protesting at Leinster House today.
'I’ll always remember holding my results in my hand and seeing the look of pride on my parents' faces'
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.
Opinion: Ian Paisley's facing into a possible by-election ... he can be heartened by his likely re-election
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.
Brendan Ogle: If Trump ever does visit Ireland, his toxic beliefs need to be called out
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.
'If we don't pay our Defence Forces a decent wage, we will lose talented, educated young people'
Young Fine Gael wants its senior party colleagues to change conditions for soldiers being paid ‘the lowest average wage in the public sector’.
'Trump's mood and tone on his Irish visit will be shaped by what happens the week before'
The mid-term elections in the US could become a referendum on Trump’s presidency, writes Larry Donnelly.
Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm
Simon Foy examines politics in the era of Donald Trump, taking in fake news, allegations about Jeremy Corbyn, and the behaviour of Boris Johnson.
Opinion: 'Earn money on the side? Fear of the taxman isn't a reason not to file your tax return'
‘Being in business means paying taxes on earnings’, writes Barry Flanagan.
'Excitedly I rang the Dept of Education thinking our lack of funding must've been some oversight.'
Why doesn’t the government fund special classes for secondary school students with autism, asks Graham Manning.
'Even the bouncy castle industry in Ireland has representation: Generation Rent needs a voice'
One in five households rent nationally – and that could well remain the situation.
In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused
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.
'What has the Catholic Church ever done for the world? Quite a lot, actually'
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'
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.
Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry'
‘Personal faith, separate from the institution, unwavering respect for those who educated me, and the comfort of community’.
'Ireland's decision to prohibit GM crops doesn't make sense'
Two eminent plant biotechnologists argue that the Irish government has made the wrong decision to opt out of growing GMOs here.
'We have twice had to rebuild our village on the West Bank - now our school is under threat'
The principal of the school used by Palestinian children in Susya makes a direct appeal to the Irish government to support them.
'Dry stone walls are part of our history and culture but there are plans to replace them with fencing'
The first proposed stretch of wall to be replaced is along the N67 between Kinvara and Ballindereen, Co. Galway.
'Paddy Cosgrave was wrong to invite Le Pen - and wrong to use Northern Ireland in his justification'
David McCann, an expert on the politics of peace, can not equate Marine Le Pen with the stakeholders of Northern Ireland.
'Compostable cup for your coffee sound good? It all depends on where it ends up'
Recyclable and compostable options are only truly beneficial if they end up, and are processed, in the correct waste facility, writes industry expert Brian O’Sullivan.
'Avoid burnout and maintain productivity you can be proud of by installing work boundaries'
‘Our boundaries need to be clearer than ever, with ourselves and with others’, writes Aoife McElwain.
'The devastating impact of social class is not an abstract concept to hundreds of thousands on this island'
Working class communities are punished for a system they had little real control over, writes Lynn Ruane.
Home births: 'It was really special to be able to hold him for the very first time in our own living room'
David Caren gives practical advice for Irish expectant dads.
'If the non-inclusive attitude is not radically reformed, the Irish Catholic Church will continue to decline'
The organisers of the World Meeting of Families have taken a hardline approach and only unquestioning docile Catholics are welcome, writes Brendan Butler.
'Sowing season doesn’t stop at the end of spring if you want vegetables over the winter'
This is a crucially important time of the year to be sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.
'Irish sports women are leading the way and there's no longer this dominant sense of tokenism'
It’s an outstanding time for Irish sports that needs to be recognised and relished, writes Emma Duffy.
'Living with your parents in your late 20s isn't not going to kill you but it’s uncomfortable, it’s stifling'
‘I want to move forward but I’m being forced to take a step back and move back home because of the current rental market’, writes Brigid O’Dea.