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Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 29 June, 2017

#Read Me

# read-me - Today’s News

Opinion: Twelve simple steps to tackle our housing crisis

Although there is no silver bullet, and the problem has become so acute that it probably needs the kitchen sink thrown at it, writes Victor Duggan.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

We need compassion as a priority in how we care for people like Michael and Kathleen

Throughout the country, decisions are being made for reasons that trump people’s relationships and families.

Opinion: 'All judges do "do politics" - no judge is pure or neutral when deciding cases'

Those who appoint judges should be democratically accountable. The government is accountable, writes Dr Tom Hickey.

# read-me - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Cllr Jennifer Whitmore: 'I'm shocked a breastfeeding politician was considered news'

Maternity leave should be a universal right regardless of whether you are elected or unelected, writes Jennifer Whitmore.

# read-me - Monday 26 June, 2017

Opinion: 'Leo is right to welcome people who have socially conservative views'

Pushing Christians whose politics are shaped by their religious convictions to the periphery is wrong and dumb, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Sunday 25 June, 2017

Column: 'I cook dinner when I want, eat when I want. I was waiting 20 years for this'

After 20 years of institutional living, Alan has moved into his community. This is his story, as well as other HAIL project participants, now living lives of their own choosing.

Opinion: 'We don't need to teach computer science and coding in our schools'

Learning to code is not the answer. Learning to think is, writes Simon Lewis.

Can socialist politics mount a serious challenge to Leo’s so-called “centrism”?

After Corbyn’s success, Marxist policies are now mainstream, writes Gavin Mendel-Gleason.

# read-me - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Enough of the guilt: Breastfeeding isn't always an option or the right thing to do

I refuse to be judged any further than I have already judged myself on the matter, writes Jennifer Ryan.

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws GIY

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws

We’ve been enjoying the first batch of fresh beetroot from the veg patch, writes Michael Kelly.

'Hypocrisy in cheering for our gay Taoiseach, and turning a blind eye to his policies'

Do we truly care about LGBT people – or only those who have votes and who can afford the cost of a pint in The George, writes Oonagh Murphy.

# read-me - Friday 23 June, 2017

'Our children's television viewing is bombarded with the thrills and spills of alcohol'

Our legislators need to take action and alter our harmful relationship with alcohol, writes Dr Bobby Smyth.

# read-me - Thursday 22 June, 2017

The Trump Bump? An increase in trust for news media

A major new report gives Irish news publications some “chinks of light”, writes Dr Jane Suiter.

Opinion: 'Gender matters Leo. To win elections you need women's support too'

Only in a sexist society would women be told that caring about representation at the highest levels of government is wrong, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Teen mental health: 'The first time I was admitted, albeit voluntarily, I was absolutely terrified'

Our teen suicide rate is the 4th highest in the EU but I’m not surprised, writes Natalie Marr.

# read-me - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

'Does our Housing Minister know how many homes are at risk of rapid fire spread?'

In Ireland, the concerns of residents about fire safety in several housing developments constructed hastily during the Celtic Tiger boom have fallen on deaf ears, writes Cian O’Callaghan.

# read-me - Monday 19 June, 2017

French elections: 'Macron can't claim a strong popular mandate'

President Emmanuel Macron’s comfortable majority might turn out to be less comfortable than the numbers suggest, writes Dr Míde Ní Shúilleabháin.

'My patients die younger and develop chronic conditions earlier than affluent patients'

The current healthcare delivery does not recognise their increased health needs, writes Dr David Gibney.

# read-me - Sunday 18 June, 2017

Arthritis: 'I am grateful for arthritis. I’m a better person than before my diagnosis'

I don’t wish my life had taken any other path and that’s the honest truth, writes Peter Boyd.

Coming out on the Late Late: 'Gay mirrored the prejudice that existed at the time'

But I didn’t lose my job and after a few weeks things settled down, writes Joni Crone.

'Dads aren't recognised in our Constitution and the Citizen's Assembly denied them a voice'

Parental equality isn’t only the right thing to do. It will create stronger, healthier, happier Ireland, writes Matt O’Connor.

# read-me - Saturday 17 June, 2017

Fracking: 'We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded'

This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities, writes Scott Coombs.

'A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish from our seas'

This is a light, vibrant, cheap and healthy alternative to the traditional seafood chowder, writes Michael Kelly.

'At 38 Taoiseach Varadkar is not too old to listen to his father. Let’s hope he does'

Across Europe young people are voting in their droves for candidates that reflect Ashok Varadkar’s community-focused idealism, writes Kate Shanahan.

Gerry Adams: 'What kind of Irish leader would swear loyalty to the English Queen?'

Active abstentionism is about energetically representing citizens, writes Gerry Adams.

# read-me - Friday 16 June, 2017

Countering radicalisation: 'Tell people if you work hard, you can have a better future'

For real success, we must prevent the radicalisation of individuals, writes Bart Somers.

# read-me - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Why has the terrorism threat level not been raised here?

There are moves afoot that show increased security here and Taoiseach Varadkar needs to further strengthen our hand.

Lynn Ruane: 'She was pure goodness and spent her life sharing that goodness' RIP

Lynn Ruane: 'She was pure goodness and spent her life sharing that goodness'

What will never be lost is the incredible positive change that Ann-Louise left with us, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.

Opinion: 'The British General Election changed everything'

The astonishing performance of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has far reaching implications, not just within Britain but beyond, writes Owen Worth.

# read-me - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Column: 'I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island'

My boys will not have “typical” childhood but they will have very special memories, writes carer Geraldine Renton.

'Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool'

How many more girls are our government prepared to abuse while they delay a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, asks Gerry Edwards.

# read-me - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

Column: 'It's not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms'

We must stop pouring money into alternative energies like wind power. They must stand on their own two feet, writes Michael Fitzmaurice TD.

# read-me - Monday 12 June, 2017

'We need to be cautious about celebrating Varadkar’s political success'

We are far from everything being grand. Just this week a mosque in Galway was attacked, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

# read-me - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Fair City scriptwriter: 'Heather's brain injury is my brother's story too'

Sometimes a storyline comes along that is different, that is deeply personal, writes Jennifer Davidson.

Traveller ethnicity: 'We always knew we were people in our own right'

We expect substantial, progressive changes now, for example in repealing the Criminal Trespass legislation, in education and health, and in effective anti-discrimination measures.

'People think environmentalists want to destroy farming. This is sad and unfortunate'

In truth, farmers and environmentalists are all on the same side, writes Mícheál Callaghan.

# read-me - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'Ramadan is about so much more than refraining from food and drink'

Ramadan is that one month where you can easily focus on your spirituality in a busy world, writes Hajar Akl.

Grow it yourself: New potato salad with capers and herbs

The new potato crop is looking healthy right now, writes gardener Michael Kelly.

The Tories and DUP: 'A messy and weak parliamentary rule of the hard right flavour'

The British Labour party is on an upwards trajectory and its supporters will feel emboldened, writes Rob Winkel.

# read-me - Friday 9 June, 2017

British General Election: 'Being young in Britain right now is weird'

When I turned on the news this morning and saw that we had a hung parliament, I wasn’t overly surprised, writes Chloe Rennard.

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