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'Doctors misdiagnosed Munchausen syndrome and said I was making it all up'

I only discovered my diagnosis after I put in a freedom of information request to gain access to my file. It’s a constant fight for basic medical care, writes Kellie Tallant.

'After 10 years I wasn't enjoying the job at all. I was CEO, but I'm a nuts-and-bolts guy'

During his many years in startups, Jonathan Maliepaard has seen the same mistakes repeated.

Column: 'Is it possible to be Catholic and a feminist?'

I am alienated from and angered by the Church’s past and continued treatment of women, writes Colleen Hennessy.

'No victory was more emphatic than East Clare and no candidate more central to history'

De Valera’s win one hundred years ago was a milestone for Sinn Féin, writes Dr Daithí Ó Corráin.

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Column: 'We need fines for cars parked on footpaths and for wheelie bins'

I don’t mind at all having a disability but when I face obstacles, it is very frustrating, writes Sean O’Kelly.

Gardening: This week, a beer trap for pesky slugs and seasonal soups

Slug hunting is a grim task and it brings out the worst in me, writes Michael Kelly.

LGBTI: 'We are pleased to see chemsex included in the National Drugs Strategy'

The government now needs to properly resource the commitments they have made on paper, writes Adam Shanley.

'We're planning for the here-and-now, but we must future-proof our housing system too'

We need to plan for the next 10 to 20 years to make sure we get it right, writes John O’Connor.

Opinion: 'Our free legal aid system is being abused'

The State has spent a whopping €428 million on free legal aid since 2009, writes Senator John O’Mahony.

Debate Room: 'Saudi Arabia's dress codes are an affront to individual freedoms'

Khulood’s video renewed the debate on modesty, Muslim dress codes, and gender equality.

Column: 'There's nothing for me in Kerry, no job to move home for'

But living and working in Dublin comes at the price of feeling that I’m causing rural Ireland’s problems, writes Lorraine Courtney.

Opinion: 'Just one week after banning fracking, we started drilling for oil'

We need a just transition to a low carbon economy, not a sell-off of our future, write Sinead Mercier and Louise Michelle Fitzgerald.

Home care worker: '€10.10 an hour, no guaranteed hours and no sick leave'

Insecure, low paid working conditions are being encouraged by State policy towards private home care workers, writes Sinead Pembroke.

Alcoholism: 'Dad, I don’t blame you. I never have'

This is a letter to my father, on how his disease has affected me, and how much I love him.

'Education is important. The government should pay us students to go to college'

I can’t afford to go to college in September because I am unemployed, writes Declan Lavin.

'If you go to Pamplona to be chased by a bull, you’re participating in his long, painful death'

If your idea of fun is running with the bulls in Pamplona, you need to rethink your ethics, writes Grace McKeown.

J1 summer: 'I could be making more of my privilege, but I'm having an incredible time'

Is it wrong that I’m loving it, this hedonistic holiday lifestyle, writes Donal MacNamee.

Gardening: Forage elderflowers now for a fresh, blossom-infused cordial

Elderflower is a great starter for novice foragers because it’s so easy to identify, writes Michael Kelly.

'To The Bone does not elevate disordered eating behaviours as something to aspire to'

There is no doubt that the new Netlix film will continue to generate debate, writes Barry Murphy.

However you might feel about internships, employers say they use them to spot new hires

Graduate jobs survey finds employers more likely to recruit those who interned for them as students.

Just finished college? Here are some tips for that first big job hunt

Employers are quite clear on what they believe Ireland’s students need to improve on – including their communication skills and being able to work on their own, reveals Mark Mitchell.

'We need the Help to Buy scheme. It boosts supply and helps first-time buyers purchase new homes'

The scheme is under review before the benefits of the scheme have had the time to come to fruition, writes Tom Parlon.

'I'm pushing for change in mental health services - and you can help me'

Our Voices contributor Natalie Marr has a burning idea that gives us all a chance to effect change.

Austerity is over apparently. But will Fine Gael's 10-year, €20 billion splurge wow us?

The new roadmap has to do three things: support the capital, develop the regions, and repair the defective anti-rural, anti-regional gene, writes Kealan Flynn.

Starting salaries on the rise as graduate jobs market heats up

Survey from gradireland shows most employers questioned plan to hire college-leavers this year.

Opinion: 'Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health'

Unless we take immediate action, we will soon enter a post-antibiotic world, writes Dearbhla Lenehan.

'As the first TD to speak about my abortion, I hope to dispel the shame'

I’m delighted to have the chance to explain why I’m so passionate about repealing the Eighth Amendment, writes Brid Smith.

'These investigations could seriously alter the motor insurance landscape in Ireland'

This is an exceptionally worrying time for those companies implicated in these investigations, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

'I am not ashamed of losing my home. But people's judgemental attitudes make it harder'

Believe me, no one deliberately sets out to rip apart the foundations of their home by simply not making mortgage repayments.

Column: 'Over half my patients, often with contagious illnesses, have to share a bed'

The scale of the HIV problem in Kenya’s Homa Bay County is enormous, writes Dr Eamonn Faller.

'Trump doesn’t use Twitter to govern. He uses it to stay in touch with the American people'

I am disheartened by President Trump’s tweets, and much more besides, but it’s past time to get real, writes Larry Donnelly.

Books: 'If you grow up any letter of LGBTQIA+ you’re mostly stuck with sad endings'

It’s time to start providing alternatives like the hopeful, uplifting stories that people who don’t identify as LGBTQIA+ get, writes Meg Grehan.

'Sunflowers literally follow the sun across the horizon, only to turn back and face east by sunrise'

The sunflower is one of the most animated, optimistic and downright cheery flowers you can have in your garden, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: 'We need to invest more in urban nature. It will improve mental health'

Studies show that there is a definite link between mental health and living proximity to parks, writes Brian Strahan.

Letter from Down Under: 'Our attorney general argued that people have the right to be bigots'

I call it home but it’s a shame that Australia is still very much a work in progress, writes Irish emigrant Philip Lynch.

'Lobbyists are lining up to kill the Alcohol Bill'

Senator Frances Black finds it ‘disheartening’ to watch legislation picked apart that she believes will protect families all over Ireland.

Maintenance defaulters: 'We have no legal remedies for parents who refuse to pay'

If we are serious about tackling child poverty in Ireland, let’s start the debate around an enforced child maintenance system, writes Louise Bayliss.

Generation Rent: 'We cannot sit back while people are put into bedsits'

Eoghan Murphy’s thoughts on re-introducing bedsits is another blow to those of us who are struggling, writes Adam Tyrell.

Opinion: 'I’ve never been whistled at while walking along a Dublin street'

We need a zero tolerance attitude for sexual harassment on our streets, writes Gary Gannon.

'From Puck Fair to the Cork Jazz, our festivals are dependent on the drinks industry'

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will jeopardise the partnerships that make cultural events possible, writes Patricia Callan.

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