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Dr Catherine Conlon: Sewage in our waterways has huge health and environmental consequences
The public health doctor looks at the latest EPA wastewater treatment report and the damage that sewage-infected water can cause to our health and environment.
Doctor: 'I have lived through many wars in Gaza - this one is different - we've lost so many'
Dr Hassan, who cycles to patients now because there is no fuel for his car says Israel is bombing crowded places, ‘they are bombing everywhere’.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: Israel's diplomatic mission to Ireland has had a rocky few years
The DCU Professor of Politics looks at testy and tense relations between Ireland and Israel in recent years.
Ireland's Best Drives: Feast your eyes on this truly stunning Wicklow day trip
It’s just a stone’s throw from Dublin and we guarantee you won’t regret spending a day driving around Wicklow.
Excerpt: Born in a Dublin tenement, Michael Healy set the bar for excellence in stained glass
Dr David Caron shares his insights from his book Michael Healy, 1873-1941: An Túr Gloine’s stained glass pioneer.
Opinion: Time for new thinking on how to close the funding gap for women tech founders
TechFoundHer’s Máirín Murray says genuine equality of opportunity is needed now for women in business.
Extract: 'She is funny and puts herself down, but in a funny way, so it’s okay'
Mia Döring shares an extract from the new Sunday Miscellany: A Selection 2018-2023 which is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards’s sponsored category.
Extract: Our mother was left vulnerable after we lost our father during the kidnapping standoff
Tommy Conlon and Ronan McGreevy share a chapter from their new book about the kidnap of Don Tidey, The Kidnapping.
Money Diaries: An accountant on €73K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is busy juggling socialising and working and wondering where all the money goes.
John Gibbons: We must turn to nature if we're serious about tackling extreme flooding
The environmental journalist and commentator says multi-million flood barriers are not the answer – nature is.
Parenting: 'As a rough guide, I would say to expect 78 new WhatsApp groups per child, per term'
Parents cannot escape the dozens of WhatsApp groups – from sports clubs to schools – that enter their lives, writes Margaret Lynch.
Surrealing in the Years: RTÉ should utilise 'surprise Dolly Parton' strategy more often
Also this week: flood defence situation doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, does it?
Extract: We searched for photos of momentous events as well as ordinary people's lives
A Nation Is Born is a new book by Michael B. Barry and John O’Byrne which is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards’s sponsored category.
Bobby McDonagh: In seeking full truth, we must avoid picking sides between the two narratives
The former Irish Ambassador says many expect Ireland to align itself exclusively with one side or another, but we must instead grapple with the full, complex truth.
Money Diaries: Have you been affected by rising costs? Would you like to keep a diary for us?
We are asking readers to keep a Money Diary to let us know how your spending and savings are changing.
Lynn Ruane: NDAs have been misused as a tool to enforce a culture of silence - this has to stop
The senator has a new bill to prevent the use of NDAs in instances of abuse and bullying in the workplace.
Opinion: The human toll of violence in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel is staggering
Karol Balfe of ActionAid outlines what her colleagues are witnessing on the ground in Gaza and says the lives of civilians must be prioritised.
Opinion: The Citizens' Assembly on Drug Use has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to effect change
Our authors urge the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs, which meets for the final time this weekend, to be bold in their recommendations.
Money Diaries: A software engineer on €62K living in Dublin and saving for a home
This week, our reader is working and hiking and trying not to overdo the supermarket visits.
Opinion: 'I was 20, alone in the hospital and they told me I had a brain tumour'
Katie Sweeney shares her story of diagnosis of a brain tumour and stage 4 cancer and how she’s had to dig deep to battle through it all.
Extract: 'With the GAA's nationalist ties, Irish soccer faced a strong challenge'
Conor Curran shares an extract from his book, Soccer and Society in Dublin.
Menopause and the workplace: 'It's just as important as the mental health of employees'
Loretta Dignam of The Menopause Hub and Eimear Scully of Medical Supply Company outline what can be done by employers for women in menopause.
Surrealing in the Years: Thoughtless celebrity commentary on Gaza crisis will make things worse
Popular commentary on the crisis is leading us to the precipice of something even more dangerous.
The president has referred the Judicial Appointments Bill to the Supreme Court - what now?
Law professor David Kenny looks at President Higgins’ decision to refer the Bill to the Supreme Court this week.
Larry Donnelly: Moderate voices now matter most in the Middle East amid all the hate and anger
Our columnist looks at the extreme rhetoric from both sides after the Hamas attack this week.
Analysis: Our new figures show we now need a national conversation about home care
Joseph Musgrave of Home & Community Care Ireland says it’s time to reassess how we view ageing and care for older people.
Pádraic Fogarty: This week's budget signals the birth of a new nature economy
The environmental campaigner gives a broad welcome to the new climate fund announced in the Budget.
Opinion: The budget gave us baby steps forward when a giant leap for young children was needed
Frances Byrne of Early Childhood Ireland says the government could and should have gone further to fund the sector this week.
Apartheid has led to this Middle East escalation and it's civilians who will pay the price
Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne of Trinity College Dublin looks at the build-up to this week’s attacks in Palestine – Israel and the potential fallout after.
Analysis: Older people are vulnerable to poverty - more should have been done for them
Mary Murphy of Age Action says there are some positives in the budget but the government could have gone further.
Therapist: If we prioritise mental health as a society, we will reap the benefits
Psychotherapist Séamus Sheedy looks at how important mental well-being is and has some tips for minding yourself.
Tom Clonan: International community needs to intervene to stop a catastrophe in the Middle East
The senator says terrorist attacks by Hamas have not advanced the cause of the Palestinian people.
Pensions: Confusion and delay - when will the auto-enrolment train arrive at the station?
Ralph Benson of Moneycube looks at the planned changes to pensions and has some advice for employees and employers.
Opinion: 'I am one of those trapped in fuel poverty - please don't forget us in the budget'
Anne is a widow living alone in Dublin. She outlines the stress and anxiety that fuel poverty has caused her.
Money Diaries follow-up: A data scientist on $175K who has moved to the US for work
This week, our reader revisits the money diary after keeping one in 2020. Life has changed a lot.
Dr Chris Luke: What exactly happens to your body when you take cocaine?
The retired medical consultant looks at the murky history of the white powder and pulls no punches on what exactly it does to the body.
Parenting: When we were growing up, our parents weren't bombarded by images of perfection
Margaret Lynch looks at the effects influencers are having on her personally and her style of parenting.
Surrealing in the Years: Bedbug apocalypse the least of our worries when it comes to neighbours
We don’t want France’s bedbugs, but the UK is offering even worse.
Gerry Creighton: You can learn sentience and emotional expression from animals
Gerry Creighton, who worked at Dublin Zoo for 36 years shares an extract from his new book, Raised By the Zoo.
The Art Riddler: 'What did I know about art or about mounting an exhibition? Nothing'
The anonymous patron outlines how he found himself supporting artists as a new exhibition runs this weekend.
Opinion: My heart sank when I heard calls for the word 'care' to be added to Article 41.2
Ann Marie Flanagan is calling for Article 41.2 of the Constitution to oblige the State to support people to live full lives.