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Brazilian student: Coming to Dublin was a dream come true but sharing a house with 14 others was a nightmare

‘We are delighted to come and spend our savings on courses and accommodation but we need help to get set up. None of us wants to sleep on the streets,’ writes Ana Marta Gonçalves.

Opinion: 'There are consequences to paying for all the most expensive new drugs'

We need to radically improve waiting times for treatment rather than focus on buying all the most expensive drugs, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.

Opinion: My Sri Lankan relatives had a lucky escape from the bombings - I'm struggling to keep my hopes for peace alive

After a decade of peace, I had hoped that our troubles were behind us, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

Opinion: Creative spaces are under threat so councils must be proactive to ensure that the arts survive

Rents are sky-rocketing making spaces unaffordable for many artists. But with proper planning, we can protect the creative life of the city, writes Councillor Patrick Costello.

Giving birth in the 1960s: 'All the mothers were terrified of the doctors and matron so we never asked any questions'

‘Was I traumatised? I don’t know – back then you just had to get on with it,’ writes Ava Stapleton.

Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up

‘I have no problem with due process, but when this gets in the way of truth and allows a culture of secrecy and collusion to continue, then we need to re-evaluate’, writes Shane Dunphy.

Opinion: A variety of non-Christian historical sources support the idea that Jesus rose from the dead

The eyewitnesses to the resurrection were willing to die for their faith – but who would die for a lie, writes Thomas Finegan.

The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages?

‘Thousands of Irish people know their rights if they’re arrested in America but not if they’re arrested in Ireland… and nobody would know what mitosis was if it wasn’t for Sabrina,’ writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Opinion: In Colombia indigenous protests follow communities being displaced and leaders murdered

Thousands of indigenous people have attended a minga -a collective action for the common good – in defence of life, writes Kieran Duffy.

From the Garden: Learn how to really grow parsnips, earth up spuds and make wild garlic pesto

‘Most parsnip seed packets will tell you to sow them in February – don’t do it,’ writes Michael Kelly.

Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope'

‘We can all help to change the outdated teachings, traditions and structures which repel many adults and young people,’ writes Joe Mulvaney.

Opinion: 'Sometimes it just takes a little moment of courage to change your life forever'

‘One day I realised I didn’t want to hide my arm anymore. I didn’t want to be ashamed of my body. I wanted to embrace it,’ writes Paralympian Ellen Keane.

Opinion: 'Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention'

But education and individual agency cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their health, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin.

Opinion: Inappropriate comments by customers in the workplace are not 'good craic'

You might not expect women to be subjected to inappropriate sexual comments while working as pharmacists in Ireland, but it happens fairly often, writes Laura Farrell.

Opinion: 'I'm not a victim, I am a survivor ... I don’t flinch when someone touches me'

Aicha Dounia was abused by her biological father from the age of four but she refuses to live a life ‘consumed by hatred’.

Opinion: At a cannabis dispensary in Colorado I found the only thing that offered relief for my chronic pain

I was prescribed fentanyl, a dangerous, highly addictive, synthetic opiate with horrible side effects – while a relatively harmless plant remains banned, writes Clare McAfee.

Lynn Ruane: The overdose drug Naloxone can save lives so let's remove the barriers to accessing it

There are more deaths in Ireland as a result of overdose than road traffic accidents and many of these deaths are preventable, writes senator Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse

Gaeilgeoirí often feel the odds are stacked against them. Even when we are right we still end up looking like a spoilsport or a pain in the arse, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Opinion: 'I wanted to pursue my acting dreams - but having kids was a huge risk. What should I do?'

Actress Sarah Carroll held off on expanding her family because of her job – but writes about how she eventually managed to make it work.

From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays'

‘The beauty of a module tray is that the roots of seedlings are kept apart which means you don’t upset them when you are transplanting them’, writes Michael Kelly.

Blue Care: The healing power and potential of the deep blue sea

Reclaiming our connection with our watery origins in the ancient sea is an essential part of our human wellbeing and sense of identity and belonging as islanders, writes Easkey Britton.

Opinion: My name is Gearóidín and I want the Irish State to give me back my fadas

‘According to the HSE, the internal systems in place cannot deal with fadas. But why? Fadas are not exactly a new invention,’ writes Gearóidín McEvoy.

Opinion: 'I was born with my organs outside my body and given the last rites but now I have two children of my own'

When I was born I weighed just 3lbs 3oz and was expected to die. I survived but faced persistent bullying about my condition well into adulthood, writes Edwina Wrenn.

Opinion: 'As I attempt to buy my first home, disheartened isn't even the word'

In Berlin, a proposed referendum seeks to ban the largest landlord company and expropriate the homes for social housing – but the average rent in Dublin is twice that of Berlin, writes Ciaran Connolly.

Opinion: 'Lisa Smith needs to be exploited to the maximum as an intelligence source on her return'

“While Smith was living with IS during 2016, 135 European citizens were slaughtered in 10 separate attacks that year,” security expert Tom Clonan writes.

Opinion: Frustrated with a lack of progress? Time to redefine winning

Sisters Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski have written a book on burnout – and in this extract, they explain that redefining winning can help you reach your goals in a way you didn’t expect.

Opinion: The Limerick Soviet of 1919 is part of a hidden history of Ireland

This battle was part of a momentous ‘Game of Thrones’ to decide who would rule Ireland: British imperialism, Irish capitalism or the working class, writes Cian Prendiville.

Opinion: 25 years on from the Rwanda genocide. Can we make sure it never happens again?

187 million people were killed through genocide and state-sanctioned mass murder, in the 20th century, writes Cian Matthew Kearns.

The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got Athaontú (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing

The German R&B duo dominated the charts at the time and one of them even claimed to be the “new Elvis”, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From the Garden: How to grow broadbeans? Start by avoiding cheap compost

It’s worth buying good quality potting compost – ideally one that is approved for use in organic production and peat-free, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy

Ex prisoners took to the stage to deliver talks to an audience of prisoners, senior policymakers, politicians, activists, education-providers, and employers, writes Nikki Gallagher.

Opinion: Changing the model of hospital care could help solve the trolley crisis

Why is the HSE doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting to get different results? writes Dr Cathal O’Sullivan

Give us the night: It's time to reform our licensing laws - they are straight out of Father Ted

Our licensing laws are a complex, expensive mess. It is stifling creativity and puts as at a disadvantage compared to other EU destinations, writes Sunil Sharpe.

Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported

Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar.

Opinion: 64% of workers in Ireland earn less than the 'average' salary

Experts agree that the median average is a better indicator of typical salaries, so why do policymakers always focus on the mean average? writes Felim O’Rourke

Lynn Ruane: This Mother's Day, let's celebrate those mothers doing a tough job in challenging circumstances

Mothers with very little income, who manage to ensure their babies are warm, fed and in school on time – often alone or in tough or even violent situations, writes Lynn Ruane.

The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong

Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Opinion: The fallout from the Mueller Report exposes a Democratic Party adrift

Driven by enmity for Donald Trump the Democrats have forgotten that the way to beat your opponent in a democracy – is at the ballot box, writes Larry Donnelly.

From the Garden: 'Growing tomatoes is a hobby that became an obsession and then spiralled out of control into a mania'

Growing tomatoes is a double-edged sword because once you’ve tasted a proper homegrown tomato you really can’t go back to the bland shop-bought alternative, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: It is time to stop paying people to spread hate

Hit them where it hurts. When so-called ‘provocateur’ Milo Yiannopoulos overstepped the line, he lost his book deal and now he is reported to be heavily in debt, writes Kate O’Brien.

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