# read-mes - Today’s News
A glimpse at a little-seen world.
# 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.
# read-mes - Thursday 9 May, 2013
Austerity has not worked in Ireland or across the eurozone, writes Joan Collins, who points out that even the architects of our bailout admit it was the wrong path.
# read-mes - Wednesday 8 May, 2013
Our political systems have declined to a point where they cannot introduce profound change in the social order – this needs to change in order for society to flourish, writes Niall Crowley.
# read-mes - Tuesday 7 May, 2013
TV shows like ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’ show that history is more popular than ever – yet, under proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, history could become an optional subject or short course. It makes no sense, writes teacher Christian O’Connor.
While we can’t definitively rule out the possibility that the US attacking Iraq and Libya to seize control of their oil supplies, when all factors are considered one thing is missing from this hypothesis: a compelling reason, writes Scott Fitzsimons.
# read-mes - Monday 6 May, 2013
Director Kieron J Walsh says it can be difficult to get Irish people to watch Irish movies, but this is changing. Here, he discusses shining a light on suicide, how Northern Ireland is not all about the the Troubles, and why Irish cinema is on the up.
…not when the party still owe us a tooth and an eye. So why are many people perversely choosing to drift back=?
# read-mes - Sunday 5 May, 2013
A former IMF head of the mission for Ireland has said an entire reliance on austerity was not the right move – yet we’re still following that road. David Cronin asks why.
Revealing personal and confidential details in his new book, George Mordaunt talks about his own debt recovery programme and his struggle with the banks. He says debt resolution exists and questions why more don’t know about it.
# read-mes - Saturday 4 May, 2013
Following the tragic accident at a Bangladesh clothing factory, Penneys has said it will give money to people who lost family members in the collapse – but we as consumers have a responsibility too, says Ruth Tanner.
# read-mes - Wednesday 1 May, 2013
We produce enough food for 10 times our population, but the horsemeat scandal shows just how inequality has forced people to low-price, low-quality food, writes Richard Manton.
# read-mes - Tuesday 30 April, 2013
Kevin Sheahan sparked anger in Limerick’s council chamber when he demanded an ‘Irish first’ housing policy, but Micheál Martin has refused to properly sanction these anti-immigrant statements, writes Dr Matt Cannon.
# read-mes - Monday 29 April, 2013
Today, seven judges from the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Marie Fleming, who had sought to be allowed an assisted suicide without the risk of prosecution for anyone who helped her, but where to next with this contentious debate, asks Dr Eimear Spain.
# read-mes - Sunday 28 April, 2013
Starring in the new movie, King of the Travellers, Michael Collins says he wanted the film to be realistic of the Travelling community. Here he tells us about being refused from Dublin pubs, not getting roles in movies, and coming up against everyday prejudices.