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My week in wellness: A 66-year-old sea swimmer in Galway who wants to maintain his 2st weight loss
# How I Live
# How I Live

My week in wellness: A 66-year-old sea swimmer in Galway who wants to maintain his 2st weight loss

Dec 16th 2020, 7:00 AM 26,246 Views 8 Comments

This week, our diary writer gets an MRI scan on his knee and worries about his daughter’s driving test.

Opinion: We need careful messaging from Government - the 'vaccine hesitant' will not respond well to coercion
# Vaccination Plan
# Vaccination Plan

Opinion: We need careful messaging from Government - the 'vaccine hesitant' will not respond well to coercion

Dec 15th 2020, 9:01 AM 19,131 Views 105 Comments

DCU communications expert Dr Padraig Murphy says Government must get the vaccine messaging right.

Opinion: We need to rethink how we plan our cities and towns after this year
# Planning
# Planning

Opinion: We need to rethink how we plan our cities and towns after this year

Dec 13th 2020, 8:00 PM 26,039 Views 56 Comments

Head of the Office of the Planning Regulator Niall Cussen says it’s time to change our thinking entirely around how we live and plan our communities.

Consultant spine surgeon: Movement is key to avoiding back pain in the remote working era
# Opinion
# Opinion

Consultant spine surgeon: Movement is key to avoiding back pain in the remote working era

Dec 13th 2020, 7:30 AM 61,619 Views 8 Comments

Derek Cawley says the change in our work habits and bad home office setups have contributed greatly to an increase in back pain.

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
# Festive Waste
# Festive Waste

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,587 Views 23 Comments

Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.

Bookselling in a pandemic: Kennys Bookshop celebrates 80 years in business
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Bookselling in a pandemic: Kennys Bookshop celebrates 80 years in business

Dec 12th 2020, 7:00 PM 19,277 Views 11 Comments

Sarah Kenny describes running the bookshop her grandparents founded and the challenges they faced in 2020.

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith shares Advent Calendar recipes from local producers
# Saturday Serving
# Saturday Serving

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith shares Advent Calendar recipes from local producers

Dec 12th 2020, 7:30 AM 10,214 Views 2 Comments

As part of our Christmas Serving series, Shane Smith offers some tasty seasonal and locally-sourced recipes for you to try at home.

Column: 'Hands off' symphysiotomy judgement did not hold Ireland to any rigorous standard
# Mairead Enright
# Mairead Enright

Column: 'Hands off' symphysiotomy judgement did not hold Ireland to any rigorous standard

Dec 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 9,960 Views 2 Comments

“It also suggests that if we want survivors to be treated properly, we need to hold the state to the highest possible standards in the Oireachtas.”

The burning of Cork: Donal Fallon remembers a night of chaos and terror in 1920
# 100 Years On
# 100 Years On

The burning of Cork: Donal Fallon remembers a night of chaos and terror in 1920

Dec 11th 2020, 9:40 AM 31,108 Views 37 Comments

The historian recounts the violence before and the cruelty during the devastating Cork city fire that took place 100 years ago this week.

Dr Mark Murphy: What impact is private health insurance having on our health services?
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Dr Mark Murphy: What impact is private health insurance having on our health services?

Dec 10th 2020, 7:00 AM 22,204 Views 36 Comments

Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy looks at the impact private insurance has had on our the whole system and asks if it is a help or a hindrance.

My week in wellness: A 34-year-old trying to improve his sleep with a white noise app
# How I Live
# How I Live

My week in wellness: A 34-year-old trying to improve his sleep with a white noise app

Dec 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 15,161 Views 9 Comments

This week, our diary writer heads out for some evening walks to boost his energy levels.

Opinion: Our Central Bank mortgage lending rules are vital guards against booms and busts
# Finances
# Finances

Opinion: Our Central Bank mortgage lending rules are vital guards against booms and busts

Dec 8th 2020, 6:30 AM 11,922 Views 66 Comments

Vasileios Madouros of the Central Bank says the 2015 lending regulations have helped us brace against the Covid-19 shock.

Money Diaries: A 35-year-old HR Manager and busy mum working hard to save for a mortgage
# HISMM
# HISMM

Money Diaries: A 35-year-old HR Manager and busy mum working hard to save for a mortgage

Dec 6th 2020, 8:00 PM 89,380 Views 56 Comments

This week, our reader and her partner and two children are living with her parents long-term in order to save for a home.

Opinion: Pat Finucane decision is characteristic of Britain's approach to other dark chapters from its past
# Pat Finucane
# Pat Finucane

Opinion: Pat Finucane decision is characteristic of Britain's approach to other dark chapters from its past

Dec 6th 2020, 7:30 AM 15,826 Views 32 Comments

International law lecturer Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan looks at the imprint of British colonialism on the North and other parts of the world after the recent Finucane inquiry decision.

Billy Hutchinson: 'It was totally counterproductive and portrayed loyalism as backward and nasty in the eyes of the world'
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

Billy Hutchinson: 'It was totally counterproductive and portrayed loyalism as backward and nasty in the eyes of the world'

Dec 5th 2020, 8:00 PM 41,622 Views 48 Comments

In his autobiography, Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson writes about what happened during the Holy Cross dispute.

Student nurse: 'I never understood why nurses left Ireland, but now I plan to join them'
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Student nurse: 'I never understood why nurses left Ireland, but now I plan to join them'

Dec 5th 2020, 7:30 AM 146,679 Views 171 Comments

Chloe Slevin shares her disgust at the recent decision by Government to vote down a motion to pay student nurses and midwives.

Opinion: 'I felt forgotten by NPHET and Government as I miscarried alone in hospital'
# Miscarriage
# Miscarriage

Opinion: 'I felt forgotten by NPHET and Government as I miscarried alone in hospital'

Dec 4th 2020, 7:00 AM 18,632 Views 24 Comments

Clare Cullen describes her experience of miscarriage in a hospital without her husband, due to Covid restrictions.

Opinion: Remote working is here to stay, so let's approach it properly and get the balance right
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

Opinion: Remote working is here to stay, so let's approach it properly and get the balance right

Dec 3rd 2020, 7:00 AM 20,067 Views 21 Comments

Arlene Vithaldas, head of the UCC Academy says it’s time to unwind our old-world view of a workplace that includes a long commute to expensive offices.

My week in wellness: A 27-year-old software engineer who plans his workouts with 'military precision'
# How I Live
# How I Live

My week in wellness: A 27-year-old software engineer who plans his workouts with 'military precision'

Dec 2nd 2020, 7:00 AM 17,448 Views 14 Comments

This week’s diary writer made some big lifestyle changes during the most recent lockdown, and now runs almost daily.

Opinion: What exactly is the history of modern Sinn Féin?
# History
# History

Opinion: What exactly is the history of modern Sinn Féin?

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 PM 17,633 Views 20 Comments

As Sinn Féin defends itself this week over its stance on past events, Brian Hanley takes a look at the history of the party.

Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'
# Sexual Violence
# Sexual Violence

Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'

Dec 1st 2020, 1:00 PM 13,092 Views 2 Comments

Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says the law around image-based sexual abuse is useless as it pre-dates the internet and new legislation can’t come quickly enough.

Dr Mark Murphy: We need to rethink how we fund the health service
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Dr Mark Murphy: We need to rethink how we fund the health service

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 16,906 Views 17 Comments

Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy illustrates where the failings are in how we fund our healthcare system.

Opinion: What is crisis fatigue and have we reached that point?
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Opinion: What is crisis fatigue and have we reached that point?

Nov 29th 2020, 8:00 PM 30,104 Views 20 Comments

Dr Philip Kieran addresses the issue of crisis fatigue and offers some helpful ways to counteract it.

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services
# Drug Treatment
# Drug Treatment

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services

Nov 28th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,700 Views 5 Comments

Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project describes how a shift in policy around Covid-19 brought about the changes to drug treatment that had been sought for years.

The Good Life: Clodagh McKenna shares recipes and tales from her country home
# Saturday Serving
# Saturday Serving

The Good Life: Clodagh McKenna shares recipes and tales from her country home

Nov 28th 2020, 7:30 AM 33,688 Views 11 Comments

The renowned chef tells how 2020 has brought some changes to how she lives her life, but she’s missing her family in Ireland.

Eoin McGee: Be warned, your Covid-19 mortgage break could affect your ability to borrow
# Finances
# Finances

Eoin McGee: Be warned, your Covid-19 mortgage break could affect your ability to borrow

Nov 27th 2020, 7:00 AM 17,169 Views 16 Comments

Eoin McGee says he’s suspicious of the motives of Ireland’s banks who agreed to offer mortgage payment breaks to customers in March.

Opinion: It's time for courage - Rebuilding Ireland is dysfunctional and must be replaced
# Housing
# Housing

Opinion: It's time for courage - Rebuilding Ireland is dysfunctional and must be replaced

Nov 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 23,635 Views 22 Comments

Dr Rory Hearne says the Government’s housing model is fundamentally flawed and it’s time for a complete overhaul of the system.

Holly Cairns: The greyhound industry is inherently cruel – so why should the taxpayer fund it?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Holly Cairns: The greyhound industry is inherently cruel – so why should the taxpayer fund it?

Nov 24th 2020, 11:59 AM 32,602 Views 107 Comments

The Social Democrats TD says it defies logic that the greyhound industry should receive an increase of €2.4m on top of its already high funding.

Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here
# Immigration
# Immigration

Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here

Nov 24th 2020, 7:00 AM 42,733 Views 96 Comments

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik says the 2004 referendum has caused needless suffering and she’s asking the Government to back a new Bill addressing this issue.

Opinion: There's no point asking employees to 'work from home' when employers hold all the cards
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

Opinion: There's no point asking employees to 'work from home' when employers hold all the cards

Nov 23rd 2020, 5:05 PM 31,494 Views 15 Comments

As NPHET calls for more people to work from home, ICTU’s Dr Laura Bambrick says workers have no rights in law to work remotely, and this needs to change.

Opinion: Let's call 'revenge porn' what it really is - sexual abuse
# Online Crime
# Online Crime

Opinion: Let's call 'revenge porn' what it really is - sexual abuse

Nov 23rd 2020, 7:00 AM 23,245 Views 27 Comments

Legal expert Róisín Á Costello discusses the recent sharing of images of thousands of women online without consent and says it’s now time to right the legal wrongs in this area.

Larry Donnelly: Joe Biden won, but Democrats don’t get it
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Joe Biden won, but Democrats don’t get it

Nov 22nd 2020, 7:30 AM 59,961 Views 65 Comments

Larry Donnelly says while defeating Trump is a welcome victory, Democrats are in danger of storing up problems for the future by isolating the centre-ground.

Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle
# Lobby Power
# Lobby Power

Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle

Nov 21st 2020, 8:00 PM 24,841 Views 9 Comments

If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.

Donal Fallon: 100 years on from the IRA assassinations of Bloody Sunday morning, mysteries remain
# Centenary
# Centenary

Donal Fallon: 100 years on from the IRA assassinations of Bloody Sunday morning, mysteries remain

Nov 21st 2020, 8:30 AM 34,123 Views 45 Comments

The historian sets the scene of the morning of that fateful day 100 years ago today and the killings that preceded the Croke Park massacre.

Anonymous Teacher: 'Instead of cheers and claps, we are getting sneers from the public'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Anonymous Teacher: 'Instead of cheers and claps, we are getting sneers from the public'

Nov 20th 2020, 11:58 AM 98,537 Views 73 Comments

A teacher says the TUI calls this week for an early Christmas break were unhelpful, as those in her profession face a change in tone from the public.

Opinion: 'Thatcher dismissed FitzGerald's proposals but later said she could do business'
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Opinion: 'Thatcher dismissed FitzGerald's proposals but later said she could do business'

Nov 20th 2020, 7:00 AM 17,604 Views 16 Comments

The Anglo-Irish Agreement is 35 years old this month. Mike Chinoy charts how the work of two professors shaped that agreement and laid the ground for the peace process.

My week in wellness: A 57-year-old in Cork who's trying to cut down on screens, wine and late bedtimes
# How I Live
# How I Live

My week in wellness: A 57-year-old in Cork who's trying to cut down on screens, wine and late bedtimes

Nov 18th 2020, 7:00 AM 27,565 Views 10 Comments

This week, our diary writer makes time for morning walks and a family Scrabble session.

Opinion: 'Mother felt very much like a house party that happened to be in a club'
# Clubbing Culture
# Clubbing Culture

Opinion: 'Mother felt very much like a house party that happened to be in a club'

Nov 17th 2020, 7:00 PM 40,537 Views 5 Comments

Cormac Cashman, founder of Mother and other clubs and festivals is confident we will dance again after Covid-19, but hopes no one from the events industry is left behind.

Opinion: We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies
# College
# College

Opinion: We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies

Nov 17th 2020, 7:53 AM 22,178 Views 54 Comments

Trinity professor Ciaran O’Neill says it’s time for Irish universities to address their own dark imperial past as students now seek real change.

Opinion: Wild Mountain Thyme does what Hollywood has always done - sells 'Oirland' to Irish America
# Movies
# Movies

Opinion: Wild Mountain Thyme does what Hollywood has always done - sells 'Oirland' to Irish America

Nov 16th 2020, 8:00 PM 26,293 Views 22 Comments

Film lecturer Dr Seán Crosson says we have often been offended by the portrayal of Ireland on screen, but that Hollywood isn’t aiming such movies at us.