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Maria Edgeworth's letters: 'Sir Walter Scott punctual to his word arrived on Friday'

The Castle Rackrent author, who counted Jane Austen and Byron among her admirers, was also a prodigious correspondent.

World Cup bid: Why should taxpayers' money be given to sporting organisations?

Our Ministers might consider spending the €339 million on desperately needed pre-school education instead, writes Sean Byrne.

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Measles outbreak: Should we pay doctors to track down unvaccinated children?

Australian doctors receive payments to track down and vaccinate children who are more than two months overdue for their vaccines, writes Jennifer Whitmore.

'We need an NCT-style certification system on minimum standards in the private rented sector'

Landlords need to fear the consequences of breaking the law, writes John-Mark McCafferty.

Column: How has a major medieval abbey in the centre of Dublin been forgotten?

The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr was founded in 1177, under the orders of King Henry II, writes Dr Ruth Johnson.

David McCullagh on Eamon de Valera: 'People tended either to love him or to loath him'

It’s difficult to be even-handed about someone who arouses such strong emotions, four decades after his death, writes David McCullagh.

Opinion: 'The Irish Constitution has served us well for the most part'

In the context of the late 1930s, it is quite a remarkable document in its commitment to democratic ideals, writes Dr Laura Cahillane.

Food miles: Don't buy strawberries from Israel during Irish strawberry season

I have no issue with anyone buying imported food when it’s something we can’t grow or produce here in Ireland, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: Why do we even need an International Men’s Day?

There is a lack of mainstream acceptance of systemic men’s issues, writes David Walsh.

'Action on homelessness would do more for our international reputation than chastising commentary'

We should be concerned that discussions around homelessness this week were marked by a moralistic judgementalism, writes Kevin Hargaden.

As a survivor of violent rape, I believe #MeToo is a powerful force for victims

Winnie M Li, who was violently raped in a Belfast park, has found the social media movement a source of connection and validation.

Assistive technology: 'I have difficulty speaking and I use my iPad as a communications device to speak'

I don’t like to think of what my life would be like without the use of assistive technology, writes Anne O’Brien.

Coercive control: 'If I didn’t do what he wanted me to, myself and the kids would suffer'

The government must include the offence of coercive control in the upcoming Domestic Violence Bill, writes Sharon O’Halloran.

Micheal Healy Rae: 'The government should leave our young drivers alone'

I think it would be more in the government’s line to catch criminals who are breaking into elderly people’s homes and jail them, writes Michael Healy Rae.

Opinion: Do we still need unions?

Under Irish employment law, all workers are equal, whether union or non-union members, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

Joanne McNally: 'I don’t want children, but I’m not selfish'

I also have the attention span of a ferret on six nespressos, writes Joanne McNally.

David McCullagh: Was de Valera's mother telling the truth about his parentage?

In the first part of a major two-volume reassessment, historian and broadcaster David McCullagh considers the man behind the mask.

GIY: Winter warming pea and nettle soup using homegrown peas and foraged nettles

Mary Ellen Kelly and Róisín Kiely from St Augustine’s in Dungarvan won the inaugural GROW 2 CEO programme. Here is their recipe, writes Michael Kelly.

'What was particularly scary about these voices is I am deaf and don’t normally hear people talking'

Karen Sinnott writes about her struggle to get treatment – and her journey to the UK.

Larry Donnelly on Trump: 'There is the substance and the sideshow'

What will Trump do next? Your guess is as good as mine, writes Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: Women are working for free from today until 2018

It’s all well and good to deplore the fact a pay gap exists and not all workplaces promote equality, but what can be done about it, asks Angela Smith.

'Ireland is not immune to the threat of digital surveillance against journalists'

Just last year the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission accessed the telephone records of certain journalists during an investigation, writes Elizabeth Farries.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'The Irish are for Trump. So perhaps we should say something about it'

The staffers and spokespeople who robustly defend Trump’s indefensible presidency have Irish names, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Opinion: Cutting constituency sizes will cut left wing councillors by 75% and women by 25%

It’s well-known that the smaller the number of people elected in a constituency, the less likely the election result will reflect the actual vote, writes Oliver Moran.

'The gap in household income in Dublin versus rural Ireland is widening'

The government’s objective of delivering growth in rural areas still remains a challenge that remains to be overcome.

Young mum stereotypes: 'Some of us are happy being mothers and wives'

I don’t have to worry about the biological clock, and I’ll be thirty-eight when my eldest starts college, writes Susannah O’Brien.

Mary Kenny: 'I used to hear men say that "only tarts kiss and tell"'

Am I A Feminist? Are You? is a new book by journalist Mary Kenny.

Opinion: 'A welcome compliment to someone isn’t a problem. Lewd jokes are'

The #MeToo hashtag is less than a month old but already there is push back, writes Noeline Blackwell.

Column: Should Irish companies give non-smokers extra days off?

Japanese companies are offering non-smoking staff an additional six days paid annual leave to make up for the breaks smokers take, writes Jason O’Callaghan.

Grow yacon: 'It's exciting to grow something you've never grown before'

It has a surprisingly sweet, apple or melon-like taste and a juicy texture rather like a water-chestnut, writes Michael Kelly.

Column: Brexit is dangerous for Ireland if we're not prepared

Irish businesses develop their international business plans to mitigate against the risks coming down the road, writes Hugh Torpey.

Opinion: Is this the beginning of the end of Donald Trump?

We don’t know at present exactly what all that has unfolded this week means or what lies ahead, writes Larry Donnelly.

#MeToo: 'Some contributors use it as a platform to pour scorn on all men'

Too much of the debate in the mainstream and social media around gender issues is dictated by a strain of feminism that views masculinity as inherently problematic, writes AR Devine.

The reality of house hunting on HAP: 'Please don’t call back if I don’t email you the address'

A HAP applicant stands no chance against a well paid individual seeking the same property, writes Chris O’Donnell.

Micro-beads: 'There will be more waste plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050'

The government has made many promises, so where is the Oceans Bill, ask Aengus Ó Corráin and Grace O’Sullivan.

Stay-at-home mom turned vampire author Clare Daly: 'How I became a writer'

Clare Daly is about to self-publish her first novel, an Irish Vampire story, Our Destiny is Blood.

Column: Would you know how to respond to a mental health emergency?

Last year, Ireland became one of the most recent countries to launch an official mental health first aid training programme, writes Dr Stephen McWilliams.

'Only for Hallowe’en surviving in America, it probably would have died out here'

We have an underlying lack of confidence in Ireland and continually throw the baby out with the bathwater, writes Michael Fortune.

Cancer: 'My Big C news had no Ali McGraw or Marcus Welby MD moment of discovery'

I neither look nor sound like a person with cancer but I know that could change tomorrow, writes Peter Gunning.

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