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July 2023
Peter Flanagan: Brexit has failed, Boris has bolted and Sunak has been left with the mess
From London, Flanagan says Sunak’s government seems void of any real vision for the UK, while it’s still dealing with Johnson’s Brexit.
Money Diaries follow-up: A HR staff member on €47K living in Co Offaly
This week, our reader is doing something different and revisiting their spending, three years after their first Money Diary.
Opinion: 'The endorsement of cars by RTÉ celebs during a climate crisis shows poor judgement'
Seána Glennon says the judgement of ‘influencers’ promoting cars in a climate crisis should be called into question.
Larry Donnelly: Public service journalism is so important in a democracy - just look at the US
Our columnist looks at the RTÉ mess and asks what next for the embattled broadcaster.
Opinion: We are half way to COP28 but rich countries continue to stall climate progress
Ross Fitzpatrick says global climate agreements are all well and good but wealthy countries are not following through.
Pat Rabbitte: Two inquiries, two reviews and one forensic excavation into RTÉ is deliberate overkill
The former communications minister says it is our democracy that will ultimately be the one to pay the price for the RTÉ controversy.
Opinion: Many carers feel isolated with no confidence after being out of paid work for so long
Caroline Lawless shares her experience of life as a carer and says more supports are needed for those returning to paid work.
Relationships: We say opposites attract but really they complement and complete one another
Richard Hogan shares an extract from his new book, ‘Home Is Where The Start Is’.
Barry Andrews: From spyware to SHEIN, Ireland’s business reputation is now in the crosshairs
The Irish MEP says Ireland is fast becoming the ‘best little country’ for controversial brands to set up shop in.
Opinion: 'It's often wrongly assumed next of kin will have authority to make decisions for us'
Áine Flynn of the new Decision Support Service looks at the changes in the law around the protection of vulnerable adults.
Column: 'Innovation should be encouraged, but not to just benefit oligarchic trillionaires'
One of the strange things about our collective reaction to AI is that it is so overwhelmingly framed in the negative, writes economist Ciarán Casey as he looks to the bright side.
Dog behaviourist: You can learn to speak cat - here are some tips
Suzi Walsh says there are subtle cues you can pick up from your cat if you want to understand what they’re trying to communicate.
Money Diaries: A financial consultant on €50K living in Leinster
This week, our reader is busy working from home and dreaming of their next trip abroad.
Physios: Incontinence, piles and painful sex - issues new mothers face that no one talks about
Physiotherapists Eimear Lynch and Aoife Harvey have some advice for new mums facing post partum issues.
Analysis: The Canadian wildfires are a wakeup call for Ireland on our climate commitments
Seána Glennon writes from Toronto about the devastating wildfires and their impact on health, climate and policy.
Parenting: No more school lunches to be made? Praise be!
Mum Margaret Lynch says she’s tried every which way to make healthy lunches for school, but has had to just admit defeat.
Surrealing in the Years: RTÉ's existential crisis has united the nation like little else
A sort of Italia ’90 for poor corporate governance.
June 2023
Aoife Martin: Reflections on Pride 2023 - it really is for everybody
As Pride Month 2023 draws to a close, our columnist reflects on this year’s celebrations and what they mean to the community and wider society.
Simon McGarr: This is not RTÉ's first scandal - the broadcaster was at the heart of one in 1967
The solicitor and commentator looks at the parallels between RTÉ’s latest scandal and equally controversial events in the 1960s.
Opinion: As Lewis Capaldi pulls back, he cuts through an unspoken form of ableism
Niamh Jimenez says Lewis Capaldi’s break from touring announced this week is an antidote to inspiration porn.
Analysis: If RTÉ is to survive this scandal it must focus on public-interest only from now on
DCU’s Dr Eileen Culloty looks at how RTÉ could move on from the current controversies and embrace a future model of true public service.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: The insurrection has done Putin irreparable damage - what happens now?
The DCU professor of politics says Russia’s difficulties are Ukraine’s opportunity.
Reinhard Schaler: Ten years on from my son's accident, he continues to be an inspiration
On 27 June 2013, Pádraig Schaler was hit by a 4.3 ton van and suffered a devastating brain injury while cycling to work in Cape Cod on a J1 Visa.
Ivana Bacik: 'It is an injustice that children of same-sex couples are being denied rights'
The Labour leader introduced new legislation today to bring greater legal clarity to children of same-sex couples.
Opinion: How many data centres is enough for Ireland - when will we call a halt?
Jennifer Whitmore of the Social Democrats argues that we’re backing ourselves into a corner with the policy that says no amount of data centres is enough.
Money Diaries: A 26-year-old software engineer on £75K living in London
This week, our reader sees himself returning to Ireland eventually, but doesn’t see the point at the moment with costs being almost as expensive as London.
Dr Chris Luke: Knives are lethal weapons - we must not sleepwalk into a rise in their use
The retired medical consultant outlines the severe injuries incurred by victims of knife crime and says tackling this crime should be a priority.
Peter Flanagan is on holidays: 'Put Tramore and Stoneybatter in a blender and you get Margate'
The comedian compares his holiday experience in the UK countryside to the craic chasing at home.
Surrealing in the Years: Between subs, Tubs and consultative forums, who knows where to look?
A slow news week.
Excerpt: 'My mother had the babies before marriage - I understand this was the ultimate taboo'
The author shares snippets of her difficult childhood in Cork in her new book, Grand.
Larry Donnelly: One man in the pub wore a T-shirt that read 'Trump 2024 - no more bullshit'
Our columnist is visiting friends in Cape Cod and taking the political temperature in the US.
Dr Edward Burke: 'We may cherish our neutrality but we cannot ignore the changing world'
The assistant professor in the History of War at UCD looks at the shape of Irish neutrality and outlines how it’s viewed internationally.
Gill Perdue: From Cagney and Lacey to Bad Sisters, strong female characters are a joy to watch
The author’s new book is built around strong female characters and here, she looks at others who have inspired her.
Aoife Barry: 'I can't believe I fell for the idea that to age is to diminish'
The journalist and writer says stories from her elders have taught her that life doesn’t get more boring as we age.
Opinion: Ireland’s Occupied Territories Bill must not be forgotten - it needs to be enacted now
David Clinch has met with many Israeli and Palestinian people through his work as a physician – he says Ireland has the ability to bring leadership and hope to the conflict.
Tom Clonan: Joining NATO doesn't benefit Ireland, but that doesn't excuse poor defence spending
The security analyst looks ahead to the government’s Consultative Forums on Neutrality and outlines why our position of military neutrality really matters.
Money Diaries: A civil engineer and farmer on €75K living in Leinster
This week, our reader is busy running his farm and working as an engineer, while also building his own home.
Surrealing in the Years: Maybe the time for political stunts is now
Another week of outrages reminds us of the value of urgency.
Jim O'Callaghan: 'The possession of knives has become normalised - this needs to be reversed'
The Fianna Fáil TD says it is not enough for society to just express condolences when people die because of knife crime.
Analysis: 'On average, men are much more likely to engage in self-promotion than women'
Dr Emma Howard looks at how gender roles are carved out through education and into the workplace.