# read-mes - Saturday 22 June, 2013
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
“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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.