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'If we overcome the fears that keep us silent and stuck, we can achieve so much'

Author Helen Cullen has felt the fear – and done it anyway. It led her to leaving her job and writing a book. Here’s her advice for you on facing fear.

Adrienne Corless: 'It looks like the consultation facilitators dug deep to find resistance to full excavation'

There was only ever one thing to do: excavate the site and DNA test the remains without delay, writes Adrienne Corless.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill: 'A huge step forward, and one Ireland needs to take'

Climate change is having a severe impact on the most vulnerable in the world, writes Paul Healy from Trócaire.

'Ireland is the second-worst performing EU member state in tackling climate change'

That’s where offshore wind energy comes in, writes Stephen Wheeler.

Column: 'Bord Bia need to stop asking vegetarians and vegans why we don't eat meat'

Irish farmers and food producers don’t need Bord Bia to try and persuade vegetarians and vegans to eat meat, writes Eva Dowling.

The Free-Time Formula: 'Your 'priorities' are making you less productive'

We can truly only ever do one thing at a time, and in any given moment we only have one task that is at the top of the list, writes Jeff Sanders.

Opinion: 'Parents need to raise their voices in the divestment debate'

Single-faith religious instruction and all sacramental preparation needs to be parish-based and conducted outside of school hours, writes Peter Gunning.

Advice column: How to lower your car insurance premium

Price discrepancies across the Irish car insurance market are as wide as ever, writes Jonathan Hehir.

In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki

I find them relatively easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

Do we want our beaches strewn with stranded dolphins?

It’s time for the government to ban fossil fuel exploration and invest in the real local, rural renewable economy on our coastlines, writes Sinead Mercier.

Opinion: Do we need a Minister for Construction for Ireland?

The sector should have a standalone ministry to help avoid the mistakes of the past and help overcome future challenges, writes Andrew Power.

'If the British government refuses to do the right thing by Ireland decisions should be taken out of its hands'

In the event of a Brexit crash, a disorderly Brexit or a hard Brexit, to which the Tories seem wedded, the British must not imagine that the Irish people will simply resign themselves to their fate, writes David Cullinane.

Ireland's Security Council bid: Is it worth the effort?

Ireland has a significant role to play now: in driving a real push for diplomacy and peace, writes Dominic McSorley.

'Trump should have no place in your remarks about Irish media, Taoiseach'

The naivety of putting the word ‘sympathy’ in proximity to the US President’s take on journalism is breathtaking, writes the editor of TheJournal.ie.

'Childhood is short and we are robbing it from thousands of children'

Accepting, without ambition to change, the numbers now living in emergency accommodation is fatal to tackling the problem, writes Cliodhna O’Neill of the ISPCC.

Consent: 'The purchase of sex is conducted without regard for women’s pleasure'

Prostitution undermines consent and women’s bodily autonomy, writes Samantha Slater.

Column: 'You couldn’t let your students know you were gay, so you had to hide it from them'

Teachers encourage their pupils to be kind, upstanding citizens but sometimes the teachers themselves are faced with challenging attitudes in the workplace, writes Sheila Nunan.

Opinion: 'My tiny family is not a family in the eyes of Bunreacht na hÉireann'

Our home is not a family home in the eyes of the law. And this is true of any family which does not have a married couple within it, writes Sinéad Gibney.

Column: '61% of girls my age are embarrassed about their period'

For as long as I can remember, periods were something that could only be discussed in whispers, writes Niamh Dunne.

How to have a great life: 'We rarely give thought to the legacy we’re creating'

It’s purpose, more than pounds in your pocket, that brings the greatest life satisfaction, writes Paul McGee.

'Therapists were relieved when the WHO listed gaming addiction as a mental health condition'

Now we can finally call this issue as we see it, writes Stella O’Malley.

GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks'

Some of them literally lay an egg a day all year, contributing food for the table even when your hens have given up laying in the depths of winter, writes Michael Kelly.

'Pride will only cease to be a protest when there is nothing left to fight for'

Even if you view Pride as nothing more than a celebration, it is still a protest, writes Danny Rigg.

'Growing up in Donegal was a privilege, but growing up LGBTI+ in any county is not easy'

My only regret is not coming out sooner, writes Ayrton Kelly.

Pearse Doherty: 'We would invest the €1.4bn available, putting us on our way to a new society'

Sinn Féin would choose to invest in shared and stable prosperity for all people of this island, writes Pearse Doherty.

Eamon Ryan: Open letter to Shane Ross on the need for a review of the Metrolink design

“Closing all the roads and pedestrian crossings along the Luas line, will divide every local community between Beechwood and Sandyford.”

Opinion: The immigration crisis may spell the end of the European dream

If the Member States fail to reach agreement on a way of stemming and regulating the influx of immigrants and asylum seekers, the European project itself may be dealt a fatal blow, writes President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

Donor-conceived children: It's time to ban anonymous sperm donation

Recent studies on donor-conceived children reveal that an overwhelming number of such individuals want information relating to their donor, writes Dr Brian Tobin.

'We spend €400 million each year on drugs while only €10 million is spent on counselling'

Expanding the availability of CBT in Ireland at primary care level, would provide better outcomes for many patients, writes Sean Byrne.

Kate McGrew: 'I came out to my parents as a sex worker on national television'

If you saw that show you will realise that sex workers don’t just sell sex, writes Kate McGrew.

'The Irish healthcare system is in desperate need of new ideas and new solutions'

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) works across the health sector with Irish businesses to creatively solve problems and improve patient care, writes Prof John R Higgins.

'I’ve always hated the term 'the UK'. I find it an insult to me as an Irish person'

So will you have a little think about that cute little teddy bear island that you call home and think of what those little letters really imply, writes Michael Fortune.

'If prison does not serve and rehabilitate offenders, they will return to life as before, or worse'

I think some people baulk a little when they hear reports of major improvements being made to prison conditions, and of resources being spent on education and training, writes Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.

'Having been in direct provision for such a long time I had started to lose confidence'

I needed an outlet that brought positivity to myself and others around me, writes Ellie Kisyombe.

GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing'

There are still loads of vegetables that you can sow from seed, writes Michael Kelly.

'There are gardaí, politicians and doctors who have taken something illegal at some point'

They get away with it, because we only criminalise the poor, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Can Ireland's vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands?

It is better for biodiversity and more sustainable, writes Dermot McNally.

Juncker's visit: 'The onus is on our government to insist that his visit is productive'

It should not be just about talks behind closed doors in an echo chamber, writes Dominic Hannigan.

Column: 'I remember having to ask for the brown paint for my self-portrait in junior infants'

To receive my citizenship a few days before the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment was a nice moment, writes Nicholas Ndlovu.