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Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus'

But activist Robbie Lawlor sets out how people like him are breaking away from stigma and living full lives – and says people need to be more open and honest.

Opinion: Here's how to fight being 'good' all the time and mind yourself first (by a Zen Buddhist)

Haemin Sunim is a Zen Buddhist who writes about how to love imperfect things – including yourself – in his new book.

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Opinion: 'Food was a drug for me'

I thought if I could just eat and be thin I’d be OK, writes a member of Addictive Eaters Anonymous.

How I Spend My Money: An Irishman in Paris on €85,000 finding it easier to save while living abroad

But his stint in the French capital has dragged on longer than he expected.

Opinion: Small farmers need to wake up and realise that the big farming lobby doesn't represent their interests

The small farmer in Ireland has a very high-quality product. To differentiate themselves from the mass producers, they need to focus on quality and sustainability, writes Saoirse McHugh.

Opinion: Is allowing children unrestricted internet access a child protection issue?

Would you be happy for your six-year-old to have unlimited, unsupervised access to a firearm – perhaps if it had been modified to only shoot lighter loads? asks Shane Dunphy.

How I Spend My Money: A 24-year-old financial analyst in Dublin on €32,000 saving over €800 a month

He set up a savings plan soon after graduating from college.

Lynn Ruane: 'We need to change society radically from the ground up'

I am a product of the community development projects that have been systematically eroded writes, Senator Lynn Ruane.

Opinion: Prevention is better than cure so there is no point in taxing vitamins

Those people who mind their health and take supplements save the state money by needing less healthcare writes Ciara Wright.

Opinion: Ireland is wrong about Venezuela - US regime change never brings improvement

‘An impressive spin campaign has been waged to create an illusion that all ‘civilised nations’ support regime change in Venezuela – similar to the ‘grand alliance’ which invaded Iraq’, writes Eilis Ryan.

From the Garden: Cleaning the house and garden are not chores - but the route to enlightenment

Since reading the book, I’ve started sweeping the floor every morning in a mindful way – it’s delightfully old school and calming at the same time, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: The partnership with Fianna Fail won't give the SDLP the electoral boost it's hoping for

This proposed partnership won’t do much for either party and it won’t help to revive the institutions in the North, writes Gareth Brown.

Opinion: Milestone ceremonies provide an alternative for children not making their communion

A humanist alternative to the First Holy Communion means that non-Catholic kids don’t miss out on having a special day, writes Tony O’Donohoe.

Was the Brexit timeline always unrealistic? Back in 1982 it took Greenland three years to leave

It took Greenland three years to complete their exit negotiations with the EEC and that was a lot less difficult, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

How I Spend My Money: A logistics manager on €37,000 on maternity leave who dreads the thought of going back to work

She doesn’t want to miss out on the experience to raise her kids.

Opinion: Miscarriages are part of nature - so why is the subject still such a taboo?

It is difficult going through a miscarriage with all the confused emotions that brings, without being censored too, writes Darragh Quinn.

Opinion: 'Ireland only made its pollution targets in 2010 by crashing the economy'

Every day we delay the inevitable transition to sustainable energy – makes it more costly and disruptive, writes Oisin Coghlan.

Opinion: We need to remove the stigma around lung cancer - no one should be blamed for getting it

Smoking is one of the primary causes of lung cancer and some patients feel they are being blamed for having cancer, writes Dr Anne-Marie Baird.

Opinion: Severe overcrowding is widespread in social housing and it's harming people's health

There are thousands of families in Dublin living in conditions of severe overcrowding – the worst case I’ve come across was 14 people living in a 2-bed flat, writes Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

How I Spend My Money: A call centre worker living in Navan on €29,600 saving a €4,000 rent deposit to move to Dublin

Her medical expenses account for a large amount of her spending.

Opinion: The death of James Bulger still haunts me

We have an ethical responsibility to face up to the dark truth that children perpetrate violence and equally we have an ethical responsibility to show empathy for victim’s families, writes Shane Dunphy.

Opinion: Is it time to fully remove divorce from the Irish constitution?

The government is proposing a referendum to reduce the time period for divorce but other constitutional restrictions will still apply, writes David Kenny.

Forget the Bird Box challenge: Try dealing with automated services when you are blind

It is frustrating that the challenges vision impaired people face are different from what is portrayed in Bird Box – because they are structural, writes Kevin Kelly.

From the Garden: The spirit of meitheal lives on as the neighbours come to lend a hand

Turning over the soil in the polytunnel is a breeze with a little help from friends – who also provide some helpful tips, writes Michael Kelly.

By all means stand with the nurses when they strike, but don't stand by when others do the same

Rightly or wrongly, valuable jobs do not automatically mean good pay or conditions.

Simply refusing a straw with your cocktail isn't going to do much to reduce the world's plastic consumption

A ban on single-use plastics in Ireland won’t make a dent in ocean plastic pollution, while just five developing nations are the source of most of the pollution, writes Barry Dunning.

Opinion: Who will represent the Democrats in 2020?

After Trump’s election it would be a mistake to ignore the long shots, writes Larry Donnelly.

How I Spend My Money: An Irish engineer in Toronto on €62,000 looking to put down roots and buy a house

He has to miss out on a stag do because the trip home would be too pricey.

Opinion: The critical finding of the Carrickmines inquest was not emphasised by media enough

Much of the media reporting focused on the alcohol intake of the victims but that it is not how fire inquests are normally reported, writes Jacinta Brack.

'In one day I might care for a very ill woman and help resuscitate a baby - and there's no respect'

Midwives didn’t pick the job for the money, but they want their skills to get the same recognition as other healthcare professionals, Maeve Gaynor writes.

Column: Ireland is now the 18th-least corrupt country in the world but there's work to be done

The report recommends that Ireland should aim to restore public trust in the Gardai, work towards improving press freedom and tackle foreign bribery, write Robert Gillanders and Michael Breen.

Opinion: At 12 I started taking Orkambi as a trial drug and it transformed my life

It was scary starting a drug trial for my cystic fibrosis. We didn’t know how I would react but thankfully my breathing and energy levels improved, writes Benat Broderick (15).

Opinion: Pat was refused mental health services because of his addiction - now he's dead

Mental illness and addiction are interlinked so why are people who suffer from both routinely excluded from services, asks Senator Lynn Ruane.

How I Spend My Money: A health sector worker on €73,000 who moved home from Australia with three kids in tow

Some of her older children are still living in Australia.

Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it

A white bread sandwich in the belly is better than a vegan curry in the bin, writes Mary McCarthy.

The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning

Aerach means gay in both the modern sense as well as the original meaning of happy and carefree writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Opinion: It's hard to survive as a 30-something in a millennial’s world

It is only now, in my thirty-second year that I realise – I really am up to my neck in this millennial world and sinking fast, writes Leah Quinn.

From the Garden: One vegetable is essential to the Irish diet - so why not learn to grow it?

Potatoes are high in vitamin C, naturally fat-free, a source of fibre and potassium and low in sugar. They are also versatile and delicious, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: Let's eradicate period poverty by providing free sanitary products across the country

Some women simply don’t have enough money to buy sanitary products so councils are piloting a scheme to distribute them in public buildings, writes Rebecca Moynihan.

Opinion: Sound the alarm - a proposed EU directive on bad loans will give vulture funds a free rein

A proposed new EU Directive aims to develop a secondary market for non-performing loans and poses a serious threat to the rights of borrowers and consumers, writes Matt Carthy.

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