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Dublin: 12 °C Monday 27 March, 2017

'Is the situation really as simple as "cash for passports" here in Ireland? Yes, it is'

Offering passports to billionaires is in stark contrast to our treatment of the 4,000 people currently residing in direct provision centres, writes Éilis Ryan.

'My baby was never going to look into my face, or yawn or cry for food. She was still'

Grace was with me for just 28 weeks. She was diagnosed with a fatal fetal abnormality but she left me with a lifetime of love, writes Tracey Smith.

'With mental illness comes a different kind of mothering and different worries'

'With mental illness comes a different kind of mothering and different worries'

Finding that middle ground between idealistic and realistic mothering can be very difficult, writes Grace Vaughan.

'I was looking for an excuse to come home. But there was a recession on and I had no job'

This businesswoman dabbled in a few careers before she brought the Inglot makeup brand to Ireland.

'Religious identities, or any identity, should never be reduced to a violent caricature'

Our societies are at their best when the diversity of our worldviews are ethically celebrated, writes Jacob J Erickson.

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto GIY

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto

There’s something about this time of the year that just gladdens the heart, writes Michael Kelly.

'Extremism, racial intolerance and ultra-nationalism mean we need the EU now'

Sixty years on from the signing of the Treaty of Rome, European unity is more important than ever, writes Noelle O Connell.

'All women live under the male gaze, but the European hijab ruling feels like the eye of Sauron'

World Hijab Day allowed me to see the hijab for what it is – not a threat, not a tool of oppression – but a reflection of care for others and sense of belonging, writes Sinead Mercier.

Atheist John Halligan's sermon in a Brazilian church: 'I felt it was the respectful thing to do'

This was the first ever occasion of a non-believing Irish government minister delivering the weekly homily to Brazilian parishioners, writes John Halligan.

Opinion: 'A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now'

Damascus has settled on a clear strategy for a military solution, and has been brutally and successfully executing it, writes Derek O’Rouke

Alan Kelly: 'Craft beer is booming but licensing regulations are harming business'

If we’re serious about rural development we must enable craft breweries to become tourist hubs, writes Alan Kelly.

'As the UK withdraws economic opportunities will arise. Ireland must aggressively pursue them'

As Chairman of the Seanad Special Select Committee, I will ensure that we will not spend our time analysing the problems Brexit poses, writes Neale Richmond.

Tom Clonan: Truth of what happened in Troubles can't be allowed die with major figures like McGuinness

The untimely death of the Sinn Féin politician has brought Ireland’s faltering peace process into sharp focus, writes Tom Clonan.

Debate Room: Should the Irish abroad be allowed vote in presidential elections?

A referendum will be held on whether to allow Irish citizens living abroad vote in future presidential elections.

'After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home'

Redressing survivors of Mother and Baby homes needs to avoid the pitfalls of the Residential Institution Redress Board for Industrial and Reformatory School survivors, writes Sinead Pembroke.

Opinion: 'McGuinness ended up in a better place, bringing his party, followers and society with him'

Irish politics lost a major political figure today, writes David McCann.

'Trump’s budget is easy to understand: he’s boosting the military, cutting everything else. Scary'

Donald Trump’s first official budget document reveals his militarisation plans at the expense of the environment and civil society, writes Julien Mercille.

Junior Cert English: 'There isn’t a fifteen-year-old alive that can spit out high quality writing in two hours'

Make the new English Junior Cert exam fairer by adding thirty extra minutes, writes Junior Cert pupil Tara O’Sullivan.

'It’s inevitable a leader will make mistakes and create the conditions for opportunistic incumbents'

Enda Kenny’s future as Fine Gael leader will be top of the media agenda this week, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

A carer goes on holiday: 'Catching a glimpse of the life you once hoped to lead can be painful'

Visiting friends showed me the life I can never have and it hurts, writes Candi O’Reilly.

'As a child, my father had me handing out leaflets in a shopping centre. It was a business lesson'

This company manager was thrown into the deep end at the weigh-loss firm her parents established.

Dublin needs to build up: maybe we should speak to this skyscraper wizard

Zhang can build a skyscraper in three weeks – a few of those might liven up our cityscape, writes Jonathan McCrea.

'When the fasten seatbelt light illuminates, my right to decide what happens to my body is paused'

I’m an ex-pat in London but I turned the frustration I felt about Ireland’s lack of reproductive rights into action, writes Cara Sanquest.

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'We compete with huge multinationals, but we're just two girls in Galway who had an idea'

These sisters took a step back from their dental practices to launch their own product.

HeForShe: Emma Watson's empty promise that when women's problems are solved, men will be free too

Emma Watson made an empty promise to young men that if only they do as men have always been expected to do—sacrifice and serve—they will eventually be liberated, writes Karen Straughan.

My boyfriend's gambling: 'I loved two people. One was a compulsive liar and emotionally unavailable'

My whole life used to be consumed by my ex boyfriend’s gambling addiction.

'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day'

We have somewhat of a pre-parade tradition in the Kelly household of sowing spuds with the children, writes Michael Kelly.

Border poll: 'Nationalists will say the recent Assembly elections show things are trending in their direction'

Nationalists may be fobbed off in the short term, but this will lead to demands for clarification from the British government about what conditions will permit a border poll, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

'By any objective measure, Enda Kenny acquitted himself and the Irish people honourably'

Enda Kenny had a difficult tightrope to walk and he performed admirably writes Larry Donnelly.

An American in Ireland: 'Thank you Ireland - you've helped to heal my broken heart'

Ireland is gloriously beautiful but it’s the people who helped me heal after losing my husband, writes Kathleen Maloney.

Julien Mercille: 'We should transform Paddy's Day into a people’s celebration, that's not about blind patriotism'

If we created an alternative and more inclusive Paddy’s Day, it might even change the country for the better, writes Julien Mercille.

Ian Dempsey: 'Was I really asleep in that picture? But I was standing up. Did Matt Cooper really say that?'

The atmosphere of trying out new ideas was addictive and the fearless nature of all the staff allowed us to go on a kind of radio crusade, writes Ian Dempsey.

Michael D Higgins: 'St Patrick's own life story was one of hardship and migration'

President Higgins described the Irish as a migrant people in his St Patrick’s Day message to those at home and abroad.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'It's time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time'

It is our responsibility to speak truth to power. If it doesn’t happen in the White House, it’ll happen in The Riverside Church NYC tomorrow, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

'Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability'

Assad’s popularity is a narrative that has been marginalised in the West, but that doesn’t make it any less vital to bringing an end to the terrible war in my country, writes Antoine Bakhash with the help of Eimhin O’Reilly.

Zoo deaths: 'In the wild, gorillas don't eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration'

Even in the best circumstances, it’s impossible for zoos to meet all the unique needs of the various species they hold captive, writes Elisa Allen.

Opinion: 'Tax isn't just an expense, it's a societal good and an investment in all our futures'

It’s time that the Irish government and multinationals start to reconsider their attitudes about tax, writes Sorley McCaughey.

'I want to show that someone who can't speak thinks many thoughts, understands everything'

Fiacre is non-verbal. He wrote this himself by dictating it, pointing to letters on a board.

'There's no right and wrong now for work fashion. A tracksuit and hoodie may be perfect for you'

Fashion guru Brendan Courtney delivers a masterclass in dressing for business.

Food advertising: 'Brands get onto children's newsfeeds and interact like real life friends'

We need to stand up to the the lobbying power of the multinational food industry, writes Chris Macey.

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