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Dublin: 8 °C Sunday 19 January, 2020

Intimidation and checks: My trip to Palestine brought back memories of Crossmaglen during the Troubles

Oisín McConville writes about his recent trip to Gaza and the West Bank with Trócaire.

How I Spend My Money: A 23-year-old engineer in Limerick on €37,000 balancing work and a masters

The young engineer plays rugby in his spare time.

Pearse Doherty: Damning Central Bank report reveals an insurance industry that prizes profit above its customers

Sky-high premiums aren’t covering the cost of a ‘compo-culture’ but servicing the industry’s profits, writes Pearse Doherty.

Lynn Ruane: Drug courts are not the solution to Ireland's drug problem

We cannot have a National Drug Strategy that prefers the drug court to a health-focused approach.

How I Spend My Money: A 22-year-old psychiatric nurse on €30,000 working 13-hour shifts and overtime

The young nurse is hoping to work extra shifts next year in order to start saving

The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor

Here are some traditions described in an Irish poem that claim to help find a suitor.

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas

There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.

Katy Hayward: The very basis on which Northern Ireland was created has been ripped up by the election

Northern Ireland has elected a group of MPs more moderate and more diverse than the parliament they are entering, writes Katy Hayward.

Column: It’s not so simple, Minister, the proposed rent freeze bill could work under the Constitution

David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says Eoghan Murphy may be proven wrong on the rent freeze bill

'Lily is 83. Her son has moved in - and he's taken control of her pension'

New research being launched today shows how vulnerable adults are falling through the cracks when it comes to safeguarding.

'Feeder school' league tables: Here's why they give parents a distorted view of what constitutes a decent school

‘Feeder Schools’ tables show that students who attended private fee-paying schools go on to attend third-level education at higher rates than others.

Column: The results of the UK general election could hugely impact the Irish border - and not for the first time

A December election does not come around often, writes Cormac Moore.

Saoirse McHugh: Carbon tax is a red herring, the real climate culprit is the global tax system

It’s time for governments to fix the global tax system, for the sake of the planet.

How I Spend My Money: A 26-year-old recruiter on €40,000 living in Dublin

The 26-year-old is adjusting after moving out of her family home

The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on

When seeing Ulster Scots writing, many people are surprised by how much of it appears readily intelligible to them.

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home

A real tree is a much greener option than one made from plastic, writes Michael Kelly.

How I Spend My Money: A 33-year-old HR manager in Cork on €50,000 putting in a lot of hours at work

The Cork native is hoping to buy her own home next year

Opinion: 'Hong Kong people are more tolerant of radical protest because of guilt - not anger'

Dr Chung Kam Kwok, a Research Fellow at Trinity College, gives some background to the violent protests seen in 2019 and asks what’s next for the territory.

How I Spend My Money: A 25-year-old civil servant on €38,000 struggling to save while commuting to Dublin

The 25-year-old moved from Dublin to Kildare to cut down on expenses

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: 'The ablest of all the fearless women who worked for Ireland’s freedom'

Sheehy Skeffington fought for equality and the republican cause – but why wasn’t she put forward as a candidate in the crucial 1918 election?

The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference

The Royal Bank of Scotland did not mention the meaning as Gaeilge of their online banking app Bó.

From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop

Some advice on growing leeks and a delicious recipe for a potato and bacon bake to include them in.

Tom Clonan: 'My whistleblower journey in the Defence Forces has ended. I am back in from the cold'

Dr Tom Clonan met with the Defence Forces Chief of Staff today about a reconciliation process. ‘Unusually for Ireland, this whistleblowing story has a happy ending,’ he writes.

Larry Donnelly: Thanksgiving should be the American tradition that goes global, not Black Friday

A spirit of volunteerism – not consumerism – abounds in the US on Thanksgiving, writes Larry Donnelly.

How I Spend My Money: A masters student on €12,000 trying to balance her work, college and social life

The masters student is hoping to help people better understand science.

Saoirse McHugh: The end of turf-cutting brings opportunities to increase our energy independence

Here on Achill Island, saving turf is not just simply a way to secure fuel, but a way of life, writes Saoirse McHugh.

How I Spend My Money: A 32-year-old HR manager in Sligo on €45,000 who moved out of Dublin two years ago

The Sligo native is trying to curb spending in order to save for Christmas

The Irish For: The enduring genius of artist Louis le Brocquy

The Irish artist’s painting Táin was sold for €102,253 at an auction earlier this week.

From the Garden: The debate about sustainable foods is getting louder... I've even found myself shouting at the TV recently

This week’s gardening column features tips for growing your own herbs and a recipe for root veg pie.

Larry Donnelly: Sondland's impeachment testimony was explosive, but don't expect it to change the outcome for Trump

Is this week’s explosive impeachment testimony simply water that will drip smoothly off Trump’s back?

How I Spend My Money: A 28-year-old video editor on €39,000 who works freelance in Dublin

The Donegal native works on documentaries and hopes to travel

Opinion: 'We will soon see asylum seekers living in sports halls and tents if we don't do something'

Head of the UN Refugee Agency Enda O’Neill says a “road map” is needed to complete reform in Ireland’s asylum system.

Dare to dream: The Irish people who aimed high and did the country proud

Sarah Webb writes about why she wanted to inspire young people through bringing them the story of some fascinating Irish achievers.

Simon Harris: Injecting centres do not legitimise drug use - if we're serious about tackling addiction we must establish one

The Minister for Health says that the government must and will shoulder its responsibilities in this area.

How I Spend My Money: A 30-year-old software developer on €77,000 who invests €2,000 a month

The young software developer moved from Dublin to Berlin earlier this year

The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce?

We should look at names we don’t understand as something exciting to be figured out, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Opinion: Disabled people in Ireland need the right to personal assistance

Assistance is often the difference between existing and living for many of us, writes James Cawley.

From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter GIY

From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter

I feel blessed to have so much delicious, nutritious food to hand, writes Michael Kelly.

Dorothy Macardle: The rediscovery of an unlikely rebel and overlooked novelist

Macardle was a friend of Éamon de Valera, and he wrote the foreword to her book The Irish Republic.