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Will Brexit be a blessing or a curse for Ireland? Some lessons from history...

Leopold Kerney was an Irish diplomat in the first half of the last century and we can learn much from his handling of Britain, writes historian Barry Whelan.

Time for fish! Martin Shanahan of Kinsale's Fishy Fishy has a recipe for you

The award-winning chef is encouraging everyone to stay away from the runways during Covid-19 and instead travel the roads of Ireland to support local tourism.

Opinion: Our rotting Seanad won’t survive much longer, it's crying out for reform

UCC students Adam Hallissey and Charlie Power argue that the Seanad has become a place for failed TDs to wait for election, and it has the capacity for so much more.

As a creche owner, I had butterflies on Monday, but we're getting there

One childcare provider shares her thoughts on reopening in the ‘new normal’ and thanks former minister Katherine Zappone for the work she’s done.

Dreading the return to 'normal'?' Here's how to emerge from lockdown with your wellbeing intact

Sheena McGinley shares her thoughts and fears about returning to the ‘new normal’ after Covid-19 shutdown.

As millennials approach middle age, they face the second recession of their generation

Dr Amie Lajoie says millennials hope the policy of Ireland’s new government will be anything but austerity, to avoid further damaging an already bruised generation.

Opinion: 'Reopening your business today? Here's the legal advice you need to know'

Solicitor Jason O’Sullivan outlines all the practical steps businesses should have taken ahead of today’s reopening.

Money Diaries: A project manager in the north west on €43k who is used to working remotely

This week, our reader and her fiancé are busy renovating their home as they prepare for the birth of their first child. They are used to remote working.

The three Rs: A business consultant's tips on getting back on your feet and coming out of the crisis stronger

Brian Cremin of 3SIXTY consultancy says it’s important that businesses examine all aspects of how they work and adapt fast to meet the new changes.

Fancy a tea-based summer cocktail recipe or two? Go on, go on, go on

Oscar Woolley, founder of SUKI Tea Makers shares some summer tea cocktail blends.

Maeve Higgins: Irish women in comedy - I see you, I hear you and here's how we can change things

Irish comedian Maeve Higgins offers support to Irish women in the industry on the back of revelations about the behaviour of some male comedians.

Opinion: The programme for government is like a visit from Santa for cyclists

Cycling advocate Martina Callanan says now is the time to embrace cycling as the answer to so many modern lifestyle problems.

Wellness Wednesday: True body confidence is not about diet and exercise, it's about loving yourself

Cliona Byrne, a body confidence coach talks about cultivating a healthy relationships with our bodies, especially as we come out of confinement.

Britain is a nation that can no longer agree on what ‘Britishness’ means

Peter Flanagan says the UK is having an identity crisis, fuelled by a government that doesn’t listen to science and an education system that ignores its history.

Opinion: We should have tackled climate change 20 years ago but the second best time is now

Environmentalist John Gibbons says the programme for government, for all its imperfections, is the best step forward in at least a decade.

Maeve Higgins: This week's Supreme Court case could shape how Ireland deals with climate change for years to come

The Supreme Court is hearing an important appeal by Irish climate activists today and tomorrow.

Money Diaries: A 32-year-old accountant on €50k living in Clare with his wife and child

This week, our reader is in County Clare with his wife and baby daughter. They’re managing through the lockdown, working from home and reuniting with family as lockdown eases.

Hyperinflation, uncertainty and awakening from lockdown: Life in the Syrian-Kurdish resistance city of Kobani

Today is World Refugee Day and Cameron Weymes and Nishtiman Haji Murad share the stories of the people living in this once besieged city.

Enjoy some summer recipes and reflections from Daddy's Café in Dublin 8

Colm Keane opened Daddy’s Café in Rialto only a few months ago. He shares some recipes and his thoughts on an ‘unusual’ first year.

Opinion: 'There are some unsolved murders which dominate the public consciousness'

Ralph Riegel on why he wrote about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in a new book.

Ciarán Cuffe: There's an extraordinary opportunity here for the Greens in government

The Green Party MEP says, ‘When the planet is burning, it is not a time to argue over the colour of the fire engine.’

Paul Murphy: Green members shouldn't back the deal with FF and FG - it's just not worth it

RISE TD Paul Murphy says, ‘By going into government, your party is signing up to significant concessions’.

Wellness Wednesday: You can beat your addiction, even in lockdown

Mental Health Occupational Therapist Michelle Murray says living with the shame of addiction is always tough, but lockdown pushes even harder. She says there is hope.

'The Covid-19 infodemic left people confused about what to believe'

Meanwhile, problems with search engines have largely fallen under the public radar, writes FuJo’s Dr Eileen Culloty.

Cocooning through Covid-19 with CF has taken focus but I have never felt better

Benat Broderick, who has cystic fibrosis, has been cocooning at home and says he’s grateful for the time to focus on his health and wellbeing.

'We've heard of moneylenders meeting customers at the post office as they collect their social welfare'

Dr Olive McCarthy and Dr Noreen Byrne of UCC say while new Central Bank rules for moneylenders are welcome, they don’t go far enough.

Money Diaries: A 21-year-old freelancer with various jobs keeping her going during the lockdown

This week, our reader is grateful she has various incomes for freelancing as it means she’s not reliant on just one job in a crisis.

'Today - agitated. Tomorrow - positive': Writers share their pandemic diaries

We have three extracts from the latest Stinging Fly for you to enjoy.

It's difficult to consider in the midst of Covid-19, but a no-deal Brexit still looms large

Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond is calling for an extension to the trade talks to take Covid-19 into account and avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Tips on handling the Covid-19 isolation from a solo sailor

Artist Pete Hogan has sailed solo around the world alone for long periods of time. He shares his thoughts on the Covid-19 lockdown and the isolation it has brought to many.

'Call out racism - being 'no craic' for two minutes is worth it'

Although this might seem like a “trending” topic, racism is a part of my everyday reality and with your voices we can drown out the racists, writes Tobi Lawal.

Some barbecue recipes from Ballymaloe for summer reunions

Maxine Hyde’s grandmother, Myrtle Allen founded Ballymaloe in the 1960s. Maxine now runs Ballymaloe Foods and is sharing some summer recipes.

'I read, watch movies, listen to music... My life, as a trans woman, is very ordinary indeed'

‘People out there will tell you being transgender is as simple as filling in a form. I can assure you that it is not,’ writes Aoife Martin.

'From the moment a hate crime is reported, the hate element is filtered out by the system'

Grace Tierney of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties is living in the US through lockdown and witnessing the Black Lives Matter protest. She says Ireland must ask itself the hard questions.

Wellness Wednesday: Cultivating self-compassion during the Covid-19 crisis

Ever tried being kind to yourself? Well, Louise Boland says self-compassion in a crisis like this can be the key to getting through it.

'I live in Direct Provision and our kids are not immune to racial discrimination'

Owodunni Ola Mustapha tells her own story and that of the children in DP who have suffered racist abuse.

Opinion: There really is no excuse for a new Government not to pass the Occupied Territories Bill

Duncan Casey argues that the Bill, which would prohibit the import of goods from the West Bank, should no longer be delayed.

Money Diaries: A 25-year-old customer support technician living with flatmates in Galway

This week, our reader details how he’s working from home and hanging out with flatmates, while also playing Football Manager.

Unhappy in your work? Here's some advice from a career coach

Tracy Ward has set up her own career coaching business during the Covid-19 shutdown. She says it’s been challenging but rewarding and she has advice for others.

Jeff Jarvis: 'As an old, white American man, I must confess it's people like me who got us here'

Noted US journalist Jeff Jarvis says white America must learn to share its power and morally confront its racial legacies.