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# read-mes - Saturday 22 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’ Opinion

Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’

Putting the abuser back in the picture is what we should strive towards, says Margaret Martin, who says society focuses attention and responsibility on the victims of domestic violence rather than the perpetrators.

From TheJournal.ie Column: For bankers, summary justice is no justice at all Opinion

Column: For bankers, summary justice is no justice at all

Just like the UK, Ireland needs to hold a major investigation into the banking sector, writes Aaron McKenna, who says while we all want to see justice, it is not going to be that easy.

# read-mes - Friday 21 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why scapegoat the most vulnerable to protect the most powerful? Opinion

Column: Why scapegoat the most vulnerable to protect the most powerful?

Immigrants have become the new enemy, writes Bobby Gilmore – who says if we are not careful protectionism, extreme nationalism, racism, ethno-centrism and exclusion will prevail in Europe.

# read-mes - Thursday 20 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The new abortion law attempts to add clarity, but the Savita case could happen again Opinion

Column: The new abortion law attempts to add clarity, but the Savita case could happen again

Forcing doctors to wait to see a ‘risk to life’ rather than just a ‘risk to health’ to a woman when considering performing an abortion could result in it becoming too late, write Dr Mary Favier and Dr Ciara Flynn.

From TheJournal.ie Column: If politicians re-lived the Celtic Tiger would anything be done differently? Opinion

Column: If politicians re-lived the Celtic Tiger would anything be done differently?

After the boom-years, people are wondering if there is an alternative system that might work better, writes Órla Ryan, who says worker co-operatives might be just what we’re looking for.

# read-mes - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it’s offensive to democratic ideals Opinion

Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it’s offensive to democratic ideals

I have a lot of time for the Taoiseach, but his leadership has been autocratic and even authoritarian in a representative democracy and I find this unsettling, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Suicide amongst men is at crisis level, now is the time for action Read Me

Column: Suicide amongst men is at crisis level, now is the time for action

We should be thinking about how we are going to solve Ireland’s problem with suicide -and the first step is trying to communicate, writes Dr Gary McDonald.

# read-mes - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here Read Me

Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here

Each of my miscarriages were different experiences, but they’ve all had a lasting affect on my life, writes an anonymous contributor.

# read-mes - Monday 17 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Lisa McInerney: The loudest voices in pro-life camp discredit the civil ones Opinion

Lisa McInerney: The loudest voices in pro-life camp discredit the civil ones

There is common ground to be found between pro-life and pro-choice people, writes Lisa McInerney, but plastic foetuses and death threats are eroding it.

# read-mes - Friday 14 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Is intolerance prevalent in Ireland? Opinion

Column: Is intolerance prevalent in Ireland?

Ireland has never seemed intolerant to me but recent instances of racism and intolerance in the news has me questioning whether I am right, writes Aileen Donegan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Here’s why the farmers are protesting on the streets of Ireland Opinion

Column: Here’s why the farmers are protesting on the streets of Ireland

The Irish agricultural sector supports 300,000 jobs and €9 billon in exports, but the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) proposals will inflict serious damage on thousands of farmers, writes Niall Madigan.

# read-mes - Thursday 13 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas Killing

Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas

Former inmates are among those gathering to fight capital punishment at a world congress event that begins today, but Kirstin Houle from Texas says theirs is a daily struggle they know they will win.

# read-mes - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The UK will continue to be a far friendlier place for those drowning in debt Opinion

Column: The UK will continue to be a far friendlier place for those drowning in debt

The new Personal Insolvency Act may work for some but it’s deficient for a sizeable portion of distressed borrowers, writes Ronan Coburn.

# read-mes - Sunday 2 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The victims of the Troubles were not ‘collateral damage’ and they deserve justice Opinion

Column: The victims of the Troubles were not ‘collateral damage’ and they deserve justice

The introduction of a bill that would ban people convicted of serious offences from being appointed as a special advisor to a minister in Northern Ireland has raised more serious questions: who are the victims of the Troubles – and have we forgotten them?

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Haddington Road deal is just the same as the last, with a few tweaks Opinion

Column: The Haddington Road deal is just the same as the last, with a few tweaks

Instead of uniting against this draconian piece of legislation, the unions are operating under a ‘me fein’ attitude that will help no one, writes Kieran Allen.

# read-mes - Saturday 1 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why do we care about Will and Kate, the fairytale across the Irish Sea? Read Me

Column: Why do we care about Will and Kate, the fairytale across the Irish Sea?

One in three Irish people watched the Royal Wedding in 2011 and now the world is waiting with bated breath to see if the heir to the British throne will be a boy or a girl, but why do we care, asks Aoife O’Connor.

# read-mes - Friday 31 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The G8 summit could have huge economic benefits for Ireland – if it goes well Opinion

Column: The G8 summit could have huge economic benefits for Ireland – if it goes well

Using the summit as an opportunity to vent frustrations with protests could be damaging and will only distract the international media from the many positives of Ireland’s recovery, writes Samuel Brazys.

# read-mes - Thursday 30 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘I’m living as an undocumented migrant in Ireland’ Read Me

Column: ‘I’m living as an undocumented migrant in Ireland’

“Mary” has been living in Ireland since 2004 and says she can’t imagine her life anywhere else. Here, she explains what it’s like to live under the constant fear of deportation.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The pros and cons of labelling a child with a development delay Opinion

Column: The pros and cons of labelling a child with a development delay

Having your child diagnosed with a developmental or learning disability is a life-changing decision for parents. Carol Coffey discusses some things concerned parents should consider ahead of an assessment.

# read-mes - Wednesday 29 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘I’ve the best day job in Ireland’ says Barretstown CEO Read Me

Column: ‘I’ve the best day job in Ireland’ says Barretstown CEO

People often think that working with ill children must be upsetting, but it is anything but, says Barretstown’s Dee Ahearn, who writes about how Barretstown helps children and families enjoy life again and why we all need to help ensure that work continues.

# read-mes - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: What do you want to do with your life? Read Me

Column: What do you want to do with your life?

Life is complicated and has a lot of choices, writes Fergus McCarthy who has some advice for this year’s Leaving Certificate students who have it all ahead of them.

# read-mes - Sunday 26 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: I can’t pinpoint the moment I decided I wasn’t going to eat anymore Read Me

Column: I can’t pinpoint the moment I decided I wasn’t going to eat anymore

Suffering from anorexia as a teenager, Jenny Conlon’s weight dropped to just 6 stone before. While speaking about her experience for the first time is difficult, she says if it helps one person, it will be worth it.

From TheJournal.ie Extract: ’8,848 metres and I’m sitting on the summit of the world’ Read Me This post contains images

Extract: ’8,848 metres and I’m sitting on the summit of the world’

Twenty years ago this week, Dawson Stelfox became the first Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This extract from Everest Calling: The Irish Journey, chronicles the last leg of this challenging expedition.

# read-mes - Saturday 25 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Our changing relationship with Africa is strong and enduring Read Me

Column: Our changing relationship with Africa is strong and enduring

Yes, Africa faces huge challenges, but it is also making remarkable progress and Ireland played its part in that, writes TD Joe Costello.

# read-mes - Thursday 23 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Transgender people should have the right to change their birth certificate Opinion

Column: Transgender people should have the right to change their birth certificate

While most of us take for granted having a passport or birth certificate in our own name, transgender people must face awkward questions when they are asked to provide identification – this shouldn’t be the case, writes Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

# read-mes - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Extract: If we want to get more done, we need to start a war with our televisions Read Me

Extract: If we want to get more done, we need to start a war with our televisions

Watching television eats up your valuable time when you could be doing so much more with your life. It’s time to wrestle control back from that box in the corner of the living room, writes Ruth Field.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Getting financial advice is a good idea, but check the small print Opinion

Column: Getting financial advice is a good idea, but check the small print

High commissions charged by financial advisors means there is always a conflict of interest when dealing with clients and many are far too well paid for their efforts, writes David Quinn.

# read-mes - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Changing the law on abortion is dangerous and unjust Opinion

Column: Changing the law on abortion is dangerous and unjust

There is no evidence to show that abortion treats suicide ideation – this means that any legislation based on the grounds of suicidal ideation is irredeemably damaged, writes Cora Sherlock.

From TheJournal.ie Column: No woman has an abortion on a whim Opinion

Column: No woman has an abortion on a whim

Stitch up the X Case’s dangling loopholes and then hold a referendum to legalise abortion in Ireland – because no woman wants an abortion just for the hell of it, writes Carol Redmond.

# read-mes - Monday 20 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The reality of unemployment is being masked by emigration Opinion

Column: The reality of unemployment is being masked by emigration

With youth unemployment at 23 per cent, the European Union and policy makers have a collective responsibility and obligation to help the “Lost Generation”, writes Liam Aylward.

# read-mes - Sunday 19 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Hillsborough revisited in ‘The Real Thing’ short story Short Story

Hillsborough revisited in ‘The Real Thing’ short story

As Hillsborough families continue to strive for truth about how 96 people died, Irish writer Niamh Cooper O’Sullivan shares a fictional depiction of the horror of 15 April 1989.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Here’s how to protect your bank deposits in this unsettled economy Opinion

Column: Here’s how to protect your bank deposits in this unsettled economy

Many sensible individuals are now rightly worried about the security of their savings and investments, writes David Quinn who says diversification is key.

# read-mes - Saturday 18 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Here’s why I decided to make a graphic novel about Jim Larkin Read Me This post contains images

Column: Here’s why I decided to make a graphic novel about Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin is an iconic figure in Irish history, yet when I was in school the Lockout only received a minor mention on the history syllabus – we wanted to make him more accessible, says Rory McConville.

# read-mes - Thursday 16 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: You can get a tan from a bottle, so save your skin Read Me

Column: You can get a tan from a bottle, so save your skin

People in Ireland seem to be obsessed with getting a tan – but this country has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the entire world. It’s time to wake up to the real danger sun of exposure, says Pauline Power, who was diagnosed with a melanoma at 29.

# read-mes - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: We have a president with an opinion, what’s the big deal? Opinion

Column: We have a president with an opinion, what’s the big deal?

Michael D Higgins won the Irish presidential elections based on his vision of a ‘radically inclusive Republic’. So how could anyone be surprised about him elaborating on that vision, asks Maura Adshead.

# read-mes - Monday 13 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Insinuating that young people ‘aren’t bothered’ with politics is insulting and false Opinion

Column: Insinuating that young people ‘aren’t bothered’ with politics is insulting and false

Various political scandals and our current economic woes have increased levels of mistrust in politicians among young people. This does not mean we are apathetic, we just need to be engaged, writes Órla Ryan.

# read-mes - Sunday 12 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: You can often tell what is troubling America by looking to the blockbusters Opinion

Column: You can often tell what is troubling America by looking to the blockbusters

Movies are often a reflection of current affairs what’s going on in the world, and even the unlikely genre of mass-market US action movies can deal with the fears and uncertainties felt by the American people at any given time, writes Darren Mooney.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Are political families healthy for democracy? Opinion

Column: Are political families healthy for democracy?

Name recognition surely benefits politically candidacy both here and abroad, but it shouldn’t just be the Kennys, McEntees or the Clintons that are getting involved in the politics of shaping nations – we all should be, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-mes - Saturday 11 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Gossiping isn’t harmless fun – the damage it causes can be irreversible Read Me

Column: Gossiping isn’t harmless fun – the damage it causes can be irreversible

Even if you pride yourself on your principles, you may well have been an unsuspecting participant in gossip by repeating other people’s options as fact. It’s hard to overstate how damaging rumours can be, writes counsellor Tony Moore.

# read-mes - Friday 10 May, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Ohio kidnappings bring the issue of ‘missing persons’ into sharp focus Opinion

Column: The Ohio kidnappings bring the issue of ‘missing persons’ into sharp focus

About 4,000 people go missing for a time in Ireland each year – and the emotional impact on their loved ones, who live with ongoing uncertainty and questions, is immense. They must be given proper support, writes, Dermot Browne.