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Dublin: 19 °C Thursday 17 August, 2017

#Read Me

# read-me - Today’s News

Opinion: 'These bigots are not representative of 60 million citizens who voted for Trump'

Saying that the average Trump voter is a racist amounts to a slur on those (including several of my own close friends) who voted for him for a variety of reasons, writes Larry Donnelly.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

'The government have put their funding into mental health campaigns rather than services'

If we’re going to ask people to talk up, then we must have people to listen, writes Una Power.

# read-me - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

Opinion: 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

In pushing for abortion the UN is seriously undermining its human rights mission, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain.

# read-me - Monday 14 August, 2017

'We are teaching too many students to do jobs that our society doesn’t need'

We create too many graduates who are destined to drain from society rather than contribute to it, writes Chris Fitzgerald.

# read-me - Sunday 13 August, 2017

Caring for Mam: 'Putting myself first is not an option even though I have the most to lose'

I am functioning through a crisis, writes Emma Hayes.

Gen Z: 'A generation that believes in their individual ability to change the world'

These are the leaders and innovators of the future and I, for one, feel in safe hands, writes Rachel Collier.

'It's important the government made it look like it was letting people 'have their say''

Australia could learn from the Irish experience, writes Dr Brian Tobin.

# read-me - Saturday 12 August, 2017

Column: 'Diverse Finsbury is an example of how things could be in the world'

The violence of the Finsbury Park attack belies the truth of an area that is in fact, a cultural melting pot, a picture of diversity at its finest, writes Stephen Mullan.

GIY: Make your own mildew spray and bake some courgette bread

Courgette bread might sound a little unlikely, but we’re in courgette glut central at the moment so desperate times call for desperate measures, writes Michael Kelly.

'I won't defend Danny Healy-Rae's politics but I will defend personal belief in fairies'

There’s not a village in the country that doesn’t have these fairy stories, writes Michael Fortune.

# read-me - Friday 11 August, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'I've had enough. We need a campaign for our brothers and sisters disabled by our State'

Is Leo Varadkar – Taoiseach for those who “get up early in the morning” – prepared to vindicate the rights of early risers like my son, asks Tom Clonan.

# read-me - Thursday 10 August, 2017

RTÉ pay: 'Those who say that we need to pay a lot to attract talent are wrong'

We know that many journalists working in the private media make peanuts, writes Julien Mercille.

# read-me - Wednesday 9 August, 2017

Ireland's undocumented migrants: 'Our flat was broken into. We couldn't report it to the gardaí'

Ireland’s undocumented migrant workers are calling on the Irish government to regularise their status.

# read-me - Tuesday 8 August, 2017

'As the only independent woman in cabinet I am determined this will not be a once off'

I am ready for the negotiations ahead and have already made clear that the increases secured for childcare in Budget 2017 must at the very least be matched, writes Minister Katherine Zappone.

# read-me - Monday 7 August, 2017

Column: 'I hate mental health being used in the media as an explanation for crime'

Psychosis is a distressing difficulty in which thoughts and emotions make it hard to determine what is reality and what is not. #StillJustMe is an anti-stigma campaign launched in 2017 by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

Column: 'In practice, how much help is the Help to Buy for first-time buyers?'

It depends largely on your personal circumstances. But if you are thinking of applying for this scheme then you would be wise to assess your eligibility and your options ASAP, writes Barry Flanagan.

Alice Mary Higgins: 'Budget 2018 must be gender and equality proofed'

Statistics show that Ireland has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the OECD before redistribution through tax and social transfers, writes Senator Alice Mary Higgins.

# read-me - Sunday 6 August, 2017

Alcohol addiction: 'How could I explain to my friends that our house was different?'

Addiction is not just suffered by those going through it. It is also suffered by those who see their family members or loved ones going through it. #StillJustMe is an anti-stigma campaign launched in 2017 by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

'The North must be designated special status in order for the whole island to stay in the EU together'

‘While Britain is driving head first into the train wreck that is Brexit, it cannot be allowed to drag our agreements, progress and prosperity with them’, writes David Cullinane.

'It wasn’t hard to decide to run away. FGM was just like death because of the bleeding'

ActionAid is launching a new international strategy, based on supporting people-led efforts to end poverty, injustice and gender inequality, writes CEO Siobhán McGee.

'Irish blasphemy laws are a mild inconvenience. In other parts of the world, they're a matter of life or death'

As Vice-President responsible for the European Parliament’s dialogue with churches, religions and non-confessional organisations, I am increasingly being called upon to work on the crucial issue of freedom of religion or belief, writes Mairead McGuinness.

# read-me - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Country living: 'We'll always be blow-ins but our sons are locals, and root us here'

Moving to a small village in the heart of the Irish countryside was the beginning of a new life for Philip Judge.

Grow it yourself: 'Onions - a phenomenally useful veg'

Onions have been revered through time, not only for their culinary use, but also for their therapeutic properties, writes Michael Kelly.

HSE system fault: 'We don't need a witch hunt now'

We must learn the lessons of this, but we must also keep moving forward, writes Niall Ó Tuathail.

# read-me - Friday 4 August, 2017

'Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee'

Ireland’s abortion laws are cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory, writes Niall Behan.

# read-me - Thursday 3 August, 2017

Senator Neale Richmond: 'Ireland should ask for a second Brexit referendum'

It would be a risky move but it could focus the minds of the UK government to take the negotiations a bit more seriously, writes Senator Neale Richmond.

# read-me - Wednesday 2 August, 2017

'Move RTÉ outside Dublin and fund it through the sale of the Donnybrook studio'

Moving RTÉ to rural Ireland would create an opportunity to change its funding mechanism away from traditional advertising and the TV licence, writes Marc MacSharry.

# read-me - Tuesday 1 August, 2017

Johnny Healy Rae: 'Kerry farmers work for €2 to €3 an hour with no pension scheme or social welfare'

I own a small farm at the bottom of Mangerton Mountain. It’s far from the land in the Curragh but I wouldn’t give it away for all the gold in China, writes Johnny Healy Rae.

# read-me - Monday 31 July, 2017

'We should follow Norway and publish everyone’s tax returns online'

If you happen to have a Norwegian national ID number, you can see my tax returns from when I lived and worked in Oslo between 2013 and 2016, writes Aengus Ó Maoláin.

# read-me - Sunday 30 July, 2017

Life on the minimum wage: 'I am on antidepressants to help me cope'

What kind of life can you live on €9.25 an hour?

Fertility treatment: 'There may be no happy ending, but we wouldn't change anything'

Sadly, science does not yet have all the answers, writes Professor Mary Wingfield.

Opinion: 'Fake medicines are a growing problem, around 7% of the global market'

As falsifications become more sophisticated, the risk of fake medicines reaching patients in Europe increases every year, writes Leonie Clarke.

# read-me - Saturday 29 July, 2017

'Did you know Roger Casement helped to liberate natives in the Amazon jungle?'

Ireland and Peru have so much in common, including our similar history writes Peruvian in Ireland, Gianmarco Alvarado.

GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing'

Pickled turnips might not sound all that appetising but this is delicious – promise, writes Michael Kelly.

'We need to protect jurors from attempts to influence them through social media'

Legislating for online and social media is possible and it is necessary, writes Josepha Madigan.

# read-me - Friday 28 July, 2017

Eamon Ryan: 'Electric cars are about to go mainstream in a dramatic way'

We don’t make cars or batteries or charging stations but we can write the software and smart grid codes, writes Eamon Ryan.

# read-me - Thursday 27 July, 2017

Opinion: 'Trump's decision to stop supporting Syria's rebels seals their fate'

The US is largely content to fall in line behind Putin’s Assad-centric vision for Syria, writes Aaron Noonan.

# read-me - Wednesday 26 July, 2017

Opinion: 'It's easy to attack RTÉ but the pay gap is an issue where you work too'

All I’m asking for is what men have always had: to have children and still get a fair wage, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# read-me - Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Disability: 'Are one in four people that I meet uncomfortable talking to me?'

We need to give people the time and opportunity to become comfortable around those with disabilities, writes Keith Hayes.

# read-me - Monday 24 July, 2017

Southeast cardiac service: 'Medical argument and simple logic are being ignored'

Health Minister Simon Harris needs to show control of his department seniors, writes Matt Shanahan.

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