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Last month
April 2024
Road safety crisis: Readers share their stories of worsening driver behaviour on Irish roads
Readers told us driver behaviour, etiquette and compliance with the law has seriously deteriorated in Ireland.
We were inundated with responses from readers highlighting dangerous driver behaviour.
Mobile phone use came up again and again: you told us it's a constant problem.
Many readers said they believe change is impossible without more gardaí on the roads.
Dangerous driving is in the news. We want to hear what you're seeing on the roads
'The doom sits on your shoulders': Farmers share how weeks of wet weather have hit them hard
The Journal asked farmers to share their experiences of how they’ve been impacted by the weather conditions.
Are you a farmer affected by the recent bad weather? We want to hear your stories
Your stories: The stress, strain and heartbreak of trying to find childcare in Ireland
“Our unborn child is on a waiting list for two creches and four childminders – yes, a waiting list. No place is confirmed.”
Are you struggling to source affordable childcare? We want to hear your stories
This year
'I tried discharging myself twice': Patients describe treatment at University Hospital Limerick
Readers reported a lack of privacy as they waited for hours on trolleys, while others said they now avoid the hospital completely.
Have you been to University Hospital Limerick recently? We want to hear your stories
'The wording doesn't go far enough': We asked carers how they'll vote in the care referendum
Some carers told us that they think the wording of Article 42B is insulting, while others are still unsure as to how they will vote on 8 March.
'I'm keenly aware of private sector colleagues': We asked public sector workers about the new pay deal
A number of readers said that the deal doesn’t do enough to recognise the cost of living for people living and working in Dublin.
Are you a carer? We want to hear your thoughts on the upcoming care referendum
Are you a public sector worker? What do you make of the pay deal on offer?
'Discriminates against single people': Readers share their experiences of govt housing schemes
Single people in particular reported feeling forgotten and left out of government supports.
Have you used one of the government schemes to buy or rent a home? What has been your experience?
Last year
'Fear like never before': 21 readers on how the Dublin riots affected them
How have last week's riots in Dublin affected you? We want to hear your stories
Were you impacted by floods over the past week? We want to hear your stories
'I am broken mentally, physically and financially': What readers want to see in Budget 2024
What would you like to see in Budget 2024? We want to hear your stories
Does your child have a smartphone, or did you have one as a child? We want to hear your stories
'It has stunted my life': Readers share their experiences of adults living with their parents
Under one roof: We want to hear your stories of adults living with their parents
'I wonder have I failed my family': Readers describe their struggles with mortgage repayments
'I never feel safe walking through the city': Your stories about crime in Dublin
Do you feel safe in Dublin city centre? We want to hear your stories
Are you in a European country hit by the heatwave? We want to hear from you
'Harder and harder to make ends meet': Your stories about coping with high energy costs
How are you managing your electricity bills? We want to hear your stories
All time
'Energy payments help, but how much will our bills go up?': Your response to Budget 2023
Will Budget 2023 make any difference to you? We want to hear your stories
'I cry a lot now trying to figure out what to do': Your stories of coping with soaring energy bills
Are you struggling with the rising cost of energy? We want to hear your stories
'I just can't keep my head above water': Your stories of coping with the rising energy costs
Your stories: How have the rising energy costs impacted your life?
'Financially, I'm in a pickle': Your stories of coping with the cost-of-living squeeze
Are you struggling with the rising cost of living in Ireland? We want to hear your story
'It's put me off having more kids': Your stories of childcare in Ireland during the pandemic
'We have nothing left to give': Frontline workers on their fears heading into the winter surge
Are you a healthcare worker worried about hospitals this winter? We want to hear your story
'A man followed me home on the Nitelink': Readers' stories of safety on public transport