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Opinion: 'The housing game is rigged against the single population of this country'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'The housing game is rigged against the single population of this country'

May 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 37,676 Views 87 Comments

Unless you earn over €70k or have wealthy parents, you’re simply not catered for when it comes to owning a house, writes Jenn Gannon.

Money Diaries: A civil servant in Dublin on €24K missing socialising with friends
# HISMM
# HISMM

Money Diaries: A civil servant in Dublin on €24K missing socialising with friends

May 9th 2021, 8:00 PM 60,935 Views 29 Comments

This week, our reader is enjoying a new job and trying to be careful with spending, while missing catching up with friends.

Larry Donnelly: The message to Irish politicians this week was 'It's housing, stupid'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Larry Donnelly: The message to Irish politicians this week was 'It's housing, stupid'

May 9th 2021, 8:30 AM 18,272 Views 23 Comments

Our columnist takes a look at a return to Irish politics as we knew it this week, with housing again front and centre.

Blindboy Boatclub: If you're against cannabis in Ireland, you're against safe cannabis
# Opinion
# Opinion

Blindboy Boatclub: If you're against cannabis in Ireland, you're against safe cannabis

May 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 74,871 Views 221 Comments

The artist, author and podcaster asks if we should reconsider the prohibition model when it comes to cannabis use.

Opinion: Low ambition and poor policy keeping people with disabilities out of workplace
# Shutting The Door
# Shutting The Door

Opinion: Low ambition and poor policy keeping people with disabilities out of workplace

May 8th 2021, 8:01 PM 10,864 Views 12 Comments

Joan O’Donnell writes that it’s time to ditch failing strategies and embrace an inclusive future of work.

Catherine Fulvio: Enjoy rack of lamb and cheesecake recipes to spice up your summer dining
# Saturday Serving
# Saturday Serving

Catherine Fulvio: Enjoy rack of lamb and cheesecake recipes to spice up your summer dining

May 8th 2021, 8:00 AM 22,221 Views 9 Comments

The TV chef shares some thoughts and two delicious recipes to liven up any table this summer.

I found out I was having a miscarriage this week. My husband wasn't allowed into the hospital.
# Covid Restrictions
# Covid Restrictions

I found out I was having a miscarriage this week. My husband wasn't allowed into the hospital.

May 7th 2021, 4:58 PM 26,425 Views 24 Comments

In spite of all the calls for hospitals to ease their Covid measures it was impossible to get a clear answer on whether my partner would be allowed in, our contributor writes.

Brian Rowan: The question now re any amnesty in the North is whether Johnson can be trusted
# Opinion
# Opinion

Brian Rowan: The question now re any amnesty in the North is whether Johnson can be trusted

May 7th 2021, 11:16 AM 14,032 Views 24 Comments

The former BBC correspondent and author looks at a week where the UK prime minister set the cat among the pigeons in the North.

Dr Rory Hearne: The Government does not want you to be able to afford to buy a home
# Opinion
# Opinion

Dr Rory Hearne: The Government does not want you to be able to afford to buy a home

Updated May 5th 2021, 10:00 PM 146,231 Views 193 Comments

The housing expert says the investor takeover of homes is no accident – it’s Government policy.

Opinion: The future of work after Covid has to be better than what we currently have
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The future of work after Covid has to be better than what we currently have

May 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,137 Views 4 Comments

The great political challenge of the pandemic is fixing workplaces to be better than they are, writes Michael Taft.

Money Diaries: An IT consultant on €126K living and working in London
# HISMM
# HISMM

Money Diaries: An IT consultant on €126K living and working in London

May 2nd 2021, 8:00 PM 93,000 Views 106 Comments

This week, our reader is busy managing family time along with long working hours.

Opinion: Jerusalem expulsions are a microcosm of Israel’s apartheid – justice requires action
# Palestinian Territories
# Palestinian Territories

Opinion: Jerusalem expulsions are a microcosm of Israel’s apartheid – justice requires action

May 2nd 2021, 10:30 AM 22,748 Views 70 Comments

Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi says international governments cannot ignore Israeli settlements any longer.

Minister Anne Rabbitte: 'The voice at the end of the line told me to back down or they'd come for me'
# Harassment Of Politicians
# Harassment Of Politicians

Minister Anne Rabbitte: 'The voice at the end of the line told me to back down or they'd come for me'

May 2nd 2021, 8:30 AM 57,312 Views 46 Comments

The Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East describes the highs and worrying lows of life as a woman in Irish politics.

Opinion: Our farm subsidy model is broken and causing destruction to habitats
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

Opinion: Our farm subsidy model is broken and causing destruction to habitats

May 1st 2021, 8:00 PM 27,497 Views 39 Comments

As the biodiversity crisis gathers pace, researcher Ray O’Foghlu explains how both farmers and environmentalists struggle with contradictory land eligibility rules.

Paul Murphy: This May Day, imagine a world without weekends...
# Trade Union Movement
# Trade Union Movement

Paul Murphy: This May Day, imagine a world without weekends...

Updated May 1st 2021, 4:00 PM 30,710 Views 75 Comments

The People Before Profit TD looks at the history of May Day and assesses the challenges of the modern workplace.

Opinion: Why it's not that strange to seek solace by reading books that imagine the worst
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Why it's not that strange to seek solace by reading books that imagine the worst

May 1st 2021, 2:30 PM 8,248 Views 10 Comments

Author Niall Bourke explores why we turn to books about disaster to find some solace in life.

Opinion: As we start thinking about what work will look like after Covid, it's a good time to look at Universal Basic Income
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: As we start thinking about what work will look like after Covid, it's a good time to look at Universal Basic Income

Apr 30th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,692 Views 25 Comments

Supporters argue that a basic income could help society to become more healthy, creative and encourage entrepreneurship.

Duncan Smith: TDs in the Dáil who throw around references to Nazis need to think again
# Parliamentary Language
# Parliamentary Language

Duncan Smith: TDs in the Dáil who throw around references to Nazis need to think again

Apr 29th 2021, 2:12 PM 24,401 Views 38 Comments

The Labour TD reacts to Dáil debates yesterday in which references to ‘Stalinist’ and ‘Nazism’ were used.

Opinion: A global vaccine waiver could mean the difference between life and death for so many
# Global Vaccine Supply
# Global Vaccine Supply

Opinion: A global vaccine waiver could mean the difference between life and death for so many

Apr 29th 2021, 6:30 AM 18,983 Views 4 Comments

Rosamond Bennett of Christian Aid Ireland says Ireland must help challenge global vaccine injustice.

Opinion: Bowel screening is important, particularly for those over 60
# Screening
# Screening

Opinion: Bowel screening is important, particularly for those over 60

Apr 28th 2021, 9:00 PM 18,321 Views 12 Comments

Consultant Gastroenterologist Professor Pádraic Mac Mathuna is calling on those aged 60-69 to register for bowel screening.

Brian Rowan: Arlene's feathers are ruffled today, but the DUP itself is under pressure
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Brian Rowan: Arlene's feathers are ruffled today, but the DUP itself is under pressure

Apr 28th 2021, 11:52 AM 39,126 Views 60 Comments

Former BBC correspondent Brian Rowan looks at the embattled DUP leader’s position today.

Opinion: RTÉ's GunPlot looks back at the 1970 Arms Crisis with 2021 vision
# Irish History
# Irish History

Opinion: RTÉ's GunPlot looks back at the 1970 Arms Crisis with 2021 vision

Apr 28th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,020 Views 29 Comments

GunPlot is a new TV Documentary and podcast series from RTÉ on the Arms Crisis of 1970. Researcher on the TV documentary, Róisín O’Dea looks at the crisis fifty years on …

Opinion: As half Killarney National Park is lost, we must end the cycle of infernos
# Wildfires
# Wildfires

Opinion: As half Killarney National Park is lost, we must end the cycle of infernos

Apr 27th 2021, 1:13 PM 33,029 Views 46 Comments

Pádraic Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust says Government policy, particularly around the burning of land for agriculture must be overhauled.

Opinion: Older people have lost their confidence during Covid - we cannot forget them
# Lifting Level 5
# Lifting Level 5

Opinion: Older people have lost their confidence during Covid - we cannot forget them

Apr 27th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,854 Views 8 Comments

CEO of ALONE Seán Moynihan says we owe it to our older people to put the correct plans for re-emergence.

Money Diaries: A youth worker in Dublin on €35K balancing income and high rents
# HISMM
# HISMM

Money Diaries: A youth worker in Dublin on €35K balancing income and high rents

Apr 25th 2021, 8:00 PM 57,495 Views 28 Comments

This week, our reader says she finds Dublin very expensive to live in, so she’s having to watch her spending closely.

Larry Donnelly: A quietly excellent first 100 days for Joe Biden
# Column
# Column

Larry Donnelly: A quietly excellent first 100 days for Joe Biden

Apr 25th 2021, 8:30 AM 43,391 Views 84 Comments

Our columnist takes a look at the first stages of the Biden and Harris administration.

Poor interpreting having impact on patients, victims of crime and those seeking asylum
# Lost For Words
# Lost For Words

Poor interpreting having impact on patients, victims of crime and those seeking asylum

Apr 24th 2021, 7:01 PM 13,163 Views 2 Comments

Mary Phelan writes that lack of accredited training and poor service are having huge consequences and must be addressed by the State.

Opinion: I had fun jobs, crap jobs, redundancies, got fired - and then I wrote my first book
# Novels
# Novels

Opinion: I had fun jobs, crap jobs, redundancies, got fired - and then I wrote my first book

Apr 24th 2021, 7:00 AM 13,626 Views 4 Comments

Lizzy Dent describes the adventures that brought her to her first novel.

Opinion: Pregnant women in Ireland are left to cope alone in the shadows
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Opinion: Pregnant women in Ireland are left to cope alone in the shadows

Apr 23rd 2021, 7:00 AM 18,813 Views 23 Comments

We need to better prioritise the care of pregnant women during Covid, writes Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Geraghty-Smith.

Opinion: The European Super League – the 48 hour flash in the pan, 25 years in the making
# Football
# Football

Opinion: The European Super League – the 48 hour flash in the pan, 25 years in the making

Apr 22nd 2021, 7:30 PM 13,287 Views 18 Comments

UCC’s Dr Seán Ó Conaill looks back on an extraordinary week for international football.

Opinion: Every government has a choice - this one could ban cuckoo funds from buying up Irish homes
# Property Prices
# Property Prices

Opinion: Every government has a choice - this one could ban cuckoo funds from buying up Irish homes

Apr 22nd 2021, 11:02 AM 26,097 Views 72 Comments

Pitting first-time buyers against cuckoo funds is a recipe for disaster, writes Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats.

Justine Bateman: 'Men’s older faces have always signified power, but for women that means a loss of power'
# Book Extract
# Book Extract

Justine Bateman: 'Men’s older faces have always signified power, but for women that means a loss of power'

Apr 21st 2021, 7:15 PM 26,577 Views 7 Comments

The US writer, producer and director shares an extract from her new book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin in which she explores the pressure on women to maintain their youthful looks.

Opinion: Why this trial was different - US experts react to guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin
# George Floyd
# George Floyd

Opinion: Why this trial was different - US experts react to guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin

Apr 21st 2021, 8:45 AM 17,081 Views 36 Comments

US scholars analyse the guilty verdicts handed down to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

Josepha Madigan: Covid has forced many couples to the point of separation. How they handle it is key
# Opinion
# Opinion

Josepha Madigan: Covid has forced many couples to the point of separation. How they handle it is key

Apr 19th 2021, 7:30 PM 25,468 Views 16 Comments

The Fine Gael TD and lawyer says lack of social supports during Covid means many relationships are feeling the pressure.

Opinion: I have MS, how can you justify not giving me a vaccine yet?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Opinion: I have MS, how can you justify not giving me a vaccine yet?

Apr 19th 2021, 7:00 AM 43,911 Views 54 Comments

Dearbhla Crosse is in Cohort 4 of the vaccination rollout, but she believes people like her are being left behind.

Money Diaries: A warehouse worker on €21K living at home because rents are so high
# Finances
# Finances

Money Diaries: A warehouse worker on €21K living at home because rents are so high

Apr 18th 2021, 8:00 PM 54,933 Views 22 Comments

This week, our reader is glad to be still working during Covid and is trying to make his earnings work for him.

'I hung up for the last time': How I lost my partner to conspiracy theories
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I hung up for the last time': How I lost my partner to conspiracy theories

Apr 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 88,615 Views 0 Comments

Our reader documents her relationship with a partner who became an advocate of online conspiracy theories.

Professor Ruairí Brugha: The current version of mandatory hotel quarantine is not fit for purpose
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Professor Ruairí Brugha: The current version of mandatory hotel quarantine is not fit for purpose

Apr 17th 2021, 8:00 PM 27,101 Views 33 Comments

The public health expert says there are better, more creative ways to bolster the quarantine system and prevent the import of Covid.

Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'

Apr 17th 2021, 8:30 AM 9,430 Views 9 Comments

The biologist and writer shares an extract from his book Entangled Life.

Pearse Doherty: KBC exit is body blow to customers and staff that will reduce competition
# Opinion
# Opinion

Pearse Doherty: KBC exit is body blow to customers and staff that will reduce competition

Apr 16th 2021, 4:39 PM 16,234 Views 39 Comments

The Sinn Féin TD says the move leaves the future of the Irish banking sector uncertain.