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Brid Smith: 'We need to take on the market forces that are profiteering from this pandemic'

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith says we need to consider moving beyond the restricted ‘market’ in this time of crisis.

Wood Quay veteran, hero of the Liberties: John Gallagher's death has deprived Dublin of one of its champions

Gallagher, who passed away recently, kept Dublin and the Liberties in his heart.

Opinion: Should the EU's role in the Covid-19 crisis merely be as Best Supporting Actor?

Noelle O Connell says the EU is reacting faster to this crisis than it did in 2008, but it needs the agreement of all members.

How I Spend My Money: A 37-year-old who just signed on the dole before the Covid-19 crisis hit

This week, our reader comes to terms with life in isolation on a small budget.


Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics?

It is useful to draw some comparisons with the West African Ebola crisis before Covid-19, John Farrelly writes.

The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language

We look to language when seeking a reassuring symbol of endurance, Darach Ó Séaghdha writes.

Larry Donnelly: The US is polarised over Trump's handling of Covid-19, but Biden has also failed to inspire voters

Larry Donnelly says wildcards like Covid-19 will shape the Trump vs Biden race

Master pastry chef Shane Smith shares his Covid-19 isolation tips and recipes

Tuck in to your weekend food destination with master chef Shane Smith.

Opinion: Why labelling your emotions can help you cope with coronavirus anxiety

Psychologist Brendan Kelly shares an extract from his new book, which is about coping with the coronavirus.


Opinion: 'Covid-19 is the world's biggest fear. Welcome to my world.' Diary of a man with Cystic Fibrosis

Trevor O’Sullivan documents his challenges as a person with CF during the Covid-19 crisis.

A nurse returning to work at the frontline: 'Not all heroes wear capes, but they all need a face mask'

I left nursing years ago and now I feel I have a duty to return, but the odds are against us, writes Deirdre Mullins.

Wellness Wednesday: IBS is no joke, but there are simple things you can do to help yourself

April is IBS awareness month and Consultant Gastroenterologist Deirdre G. O’Donovan offers simple advice to those suffering with IBS.

Opinion: Boris is England’s King Midas. All he touched turned to gold, but now must be disinfected

Peter Flanagan says Covid-19 has stripped Johnson of his dreams of a clean Brexit legacy.

Opinion: Emergency Covid-19 legislation harks back to the Civil War, ‘the Emergency’ and the Troubles

Conor Casey of Trinity College says a challenge to the new legislation would be unlikely to succeed.


The Irish For: Kiltartanese and a passionate affair. The story of Galway's Lady Gregory

Darach Ó Séaghdha follows the artistic path of one of Ireland’s most fascinating historical women.

Larry Donnelly: Kennedy vs Markey could be the last throw of the dice for the Irish American dynasty

The Kennedy vs Markey battle is the distraction from Covid-19 we all need, says Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: Economic activity is primed to resume after Covid-19. In the meantime, it’s about survival

Dr Robert Sweeney, Economist and Policy Analyst with TASC, outlines why this crisis is different to 2008.

A 'virtual birthday' and an over-walked dog: One Irish mammy's experience of Covid-19 distancing

Amanda Magnier describes life for her family in isolation and finds the simplest of things bring the most happiness.

Opinion: Renters should not be left with a debt burden after Covid-19, writes Eoin Ó Broin

The Sinn Féin TD says where renters can’t pay, landlords must be guaranteed a mortgage moratorium.

Opinion: We need a national unity government immediately to battle Covid-19

An all-party coalition is now needed to bring politicians together to address the crisis, writes Ciarán Cuffe of The Green Party.

Opinion: This current crisis is calling for the emergence of a bolder, braver and kinder humanity

Ruairí McKiernan says yes, this is a scary time, but our social structure hasn’t been working for everyone, and we may have an opportunity to change.

Opinion: The virus may rapidly spread to countries that lack even the most basic resources to fight it

Were coronavirus to spread across the entire African continent, countries will have to rely only on their own scarce resources, writes Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra.

Homeschooling: Two experienced practitioners and two 'struggling to adjust' parents give their advice

Parents throughout Ireland are facing new and difficult challenges. What advice is there from those who’ve been doing this for years?

Wellness Wednesday: 'Keep it simple' during this Covid-19 isolation, says a psychotherapist

Embracing the simple things and going easy on ourselves will be key, writes Siobhán Murray.

Opinion: If you're in business, you need to get ahead of this Covid-19 crisis

Jason O’Sullivan says now is a time of major change, and businesses must try to adapt.

Opinion: 'We are in the midst of the worst crisis since World War II'. An Irishman in Italy on the Covid-19 nightmare

John McCourt says it’s simple: by leaving your home you are causing more deaths.

Opinion: We survived lockdown in China, you too can get through this Covid-19 crisis

Greg McDonough and his wife and son have been on lockdown near Wuhan for weeks.

Opinion: Demonising the young, the old or anyone else in society will not help us battle Covid-19

Ian Power of says young people are upset and concerned about the coronavirus, and blaming them for its spread is unhelpful.

The Irish For - Does Google Translate understand what 'A Cute Hoor' is?

By the 1990s, the phrase no longer appeared in inverted commas.

Hilary Fannin: 'My mother longed for freedom, for a romantic-whirlwind kind of world that existed far beyond our garden wall'

Author Hilary Fannin writes about her late mother, and how their relationship coloured her life.

Opinion: Colm O'Regan crunches the Covid-19 numbers, and sums up isolation matters

When you look at virus modelling, staying at home now makes absolute sense, writes O’Regan.

Opinion: If you're anxious and overwhelmed, you're not alone. Online counselling can help with Covid-19 stress

Dil Wickremasinghe says this difficult Covid-19 experience can bring challenges, but that help is available.

Opinion: 'UK's was an economic response to a health emergency' - a school principal from Northern Ireland

Declan Murray runs a boy’s secondary school in the North and says this week was beyond challenging.

Opinion: Virtual meditation & yoga, just two ways to help manage Covid-19 stress

The coronavirus has caused a major shift in how we live. Mindfulness practitioners are offering ways to help us deal with that shift.

Opinion: 'We battled to have our son's autism diagnosed - how might the delay have affected him?'

Mother’s six-year struggle of appeals, complaints and a High Court case to get her son the help he needed.

As Gaeilge: Dubhghlas de hÍde's epic trip to America to woo the US President

Conradh na Gaeilge’s Cuan Ó Seireadáin writes an introduction about Douglas Hyde’s 1905-06 tour of the United States.

The Irish For - You’ll never catch our linguistic Lucky Charms

It’s St Patrick’s Day, in an extraordinary week, but Darach Ó Séaghdha says there’s no harm looking back at the legend of the leprechaun.

Opinion: So, you're working from home for now. How do you manage?

Barbara Edwards offers advice to workers who now find themselves signing in remotely, during the Covid-19 outbreak.

How I Spend my Money: A law student working part time as a waiter in Cork on €20,400

This week, a student in UCC details a busy week studying, travelling and socialising.

The Irish For: As we celebrate St Patrick's removal of snakes, what other animals have come and gone from Ireland?

Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at the stories behind some of Ireland’s most famous animals