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Dublin: 8 °C Monday 22 January, 2018

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# read-me - Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Drink coffee on the go? It's time to start paying 25 cent for your disposable cups Use Your Own

Opinion: Drink coffee on the go? It's time to start paying 25 cent for your disposable cups

Introducing this temporary levy could raise €300 million for recycling initiatives, writes Ian Fahey.

# read-me - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie Life with albinism: 'Being shouted at, laughed at and pointed at regularly' Read Me

Life with albinism: 'Being shouted at, laughed at and pointed at regularly'

The sad thing is this has happened so many times I’ve accepted it as normal, writes Sinead McManus.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Let go of the fantasy of being on top of things - those days are gone' Slow At Work

Opinion: 'Let go of the fantasy of being on top of things - those days are gone'

I’m choosing my health and happiness and I’m leaving the cult of busyness, writes Aoife McElwain.

From TheJournal.ie Debate Room: Has #MeToo turned into a witch hunt? Opinion

Debate Room: Has #MeToo turned into a witch hunt?

Has the campaign gone too far? We asked two commentators to tell us what they think.

# read-me - Saturday 20 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Group therapy helped me heal - it's why I created #BelieveYou bullying support group Opinion

Group therapy helped me heal - it's why I created #BelieveYou bullying support group

Dil Wickremasinghe has found her way through tough times with group therapy and now wants to spark change with her own.

From TheJournal.ie Keep those resolutions and get more veg in with this spiced parsnip burger recipe Column

Keep those resolutions and get more veg in with this spiced parsnip burger recipe

Expert tips from our GIY guru, Michael Kelly, that will help you to steer clear of plastic packaging in the supermarket.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar admitting he wasn't fully aware of Kerry Babies shows importance of retelling our stories Untailored History

Varadkar admitting he wasn't fully aware of Kerry Babies shows importance of retelling our stories

When we don’t tell our stories we create a world where change is impossible and where inequality and oppression can openly flourish, writes Annemarie Ni Churreain.

# read-me - Friday 19 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie H&M tone-deaf ad just another in long line with Pepsi, Dove, Nivea and Kellogg's messing up recently Opinion

H&M tone-deaf ad just another in long line with Pepsi, Dove, Nivea and Kellogg's messing up recently

If the same ad appeared 13 years ago, it wouldn’t have generated a third of the reaction nor publicity, writes Amy Rose Harte.

# read-me - Thursday 18 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'The rawness is felt collectively in Kerry, by a people, by a place' Kerry Babies

Column: 'The rawness is felt collectively in Kerry, by a people, by a place'

The emotions and memories stirred by the words “The Kerry Babies” is something that cannot be understood in any other county, in any other place.

From TheJournal.ie Attitudes towards Irish: 'You can't speak that in the delivery room, I'm not racist I say it to Muslims too' Column

Attitudes towards Irish: 'You can't speak that in the delivery room, I'm not racist I say it to Muslims too'

Irish speakers are sharing things that are said to them about the Irish language – but are replacing it with other languages, Peter Kavanagh explains.

# read-me - Wednesday 17 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Experiencing mothering stress and burnout? Psychologist gives advice on steps to take Great Expectations

Experiencing mothering stress and burnout? Psychologist gives advice on steps to take

Idealistic images of motherhood on social media causes mums to feel insecure and isolated, writes Niamh Delmar.

# read-me - Tuesday 16 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 'Dealing with M50 traffic before your day has even started will test the mettle of any hardened citizen' Read Me

'Dealing with M50 traffic before your day has even started will test the mettle of any hardened citizen'

Therapists would do well to open pop-up sessions on the hard shoulder, writes Áine Carroll.

# read-me - Monday 15 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Ryan on flood walls: 'We're gonna need a bigger boat' Opinion

Eamon Ryan on flood walls: 'We're gonna need a bigger boat'

Dublin was lucky last autumn but we only need to be unlucky once to regret the lack of preparation for the new risks we face, writes Eamon Ryan.

# read-me - Sunday 14 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'I was a medical doctor. I never thought I'd end up homeless but I did' Read Me

Column: 'I was a medical doctor. I never thought I'd end up homeless but I did'

I am lonely and I am terrified. I am exhausted from the stress, writes Dr Annette Hunter.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'Sex resolutions for 2018 to advocate for your own sexual pleasure and health' New Year's Resolutions

Column: 'Sex resolutions for 2018 to advocate for your own sexual pleasure and health'

Every one of us needs to have a think about how we can make Ireland a more sexually awesome place for ourselves, and each other, writes Shawna Scott.

From TheJournal.ie Clickbait: 'Reliable sources of news are beginning their own digital, tabloid-lite adventure' Opinion

Clickbait: 'Reliable sources of news are beginning their own digital, tabloid-lite adventure'

But that’s fine, because debunking dodgy writing is really a lot of fun, writes Richard MacCarthy.

# read-me - Saturday 13 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Banker to filmmaker: 'The parties got bigger, the amounts I was gambling got bigger' Read Me

Banker to filmmaker: 'The parties got bigger, the amounts I was gambling got bigger'

I left a safe career in finance to follow my dream of becoming a movie director, writes Alan Mulligan.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'Don’t think about giving stuff up, think about taking things up instead' Column

GIY: 'Don’t think about giving stuff up, think about taking things up instead'

Learn a skill, eat delicious things, sow a seed. Be kind to yourself, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Social housing should not just be for people with low incomes – this creates ghettos' Opinion

'Social housing should not just be for people with low incomes – this creates ghettos'

All housing is social, and having a mix of backgrounds will set standards and reduce social problems, writes Kate Kavanagh.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Coveney: 'Gaza is slightly smaller than County Louth but nearly 2 million people live in it' Column

Simon Coveney: 'Gaza is slightly smaller than County Louth but nearly 2 million people live in it'

While in Gaza I saw the pressures on food, water and electricity, writes Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

# read-me - Friday 12 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: It's time to abolish single-sex schools Gender Segregation

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: It's time to abolish single-sex schools

Can any of us genuinely argue that separating girls and boys in schools is a practice worth defending, asks Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# read-me - Thursday 11 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'There should be a presidential election and Michael D shouldn't run' Áras An Uachtaráin

Column: 'There should be a presidential election and Michael D shouldn't run'

We live in an extraordinary moment for democratic government, where confidence in the honesty of political leaders is seemingly at an all time low, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# read-me - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Not everyone needs or should have to go to college' Third Level

Opinion: 'Not everyone needs or should have to go to college'

All I was left with was over three thousand worth of debt, no job prospects and a qualification no better than my Leaving Cert, writes Laura Buckley.

# read-me - Tuesday 9 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 'There is just not enough space for private cars, taxis, buses, cyclists and trams' College Green

'There is just not enough space for private cars, taxis, buses, cyclists and trams'

It is truly a wonder why local business groups are not begging us to ban cars, let alone trying to scupper plans, writes Paddy Smyth.

# read-me - Monday 8 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Dr Anthony O'Connor: Things we could do to get more people off trolleys Column

Dr Anthony O'Connor: Things we could do to get more people off trolleys

They can be done and they must be done – we have to believe that, writes hospital consultant Dr Anthony O’Connor.

# read-me - Sunday 7 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Panic attacks: 'The walls seemed to close in and I didn't know what was happening' Column

Panic attacks: 'The walls seemed to close in and I didn't know what was happening'

I was petrified on a daily basis. I didn’t want to go into town or go to a shop, writes Val Robus.

From TheJournal.ie Declutter your friends: 'Trying to keep old friendships alive ties you to the past' Column

Declutter your friends: 'Trying to keep old friendships alive ties you to the past'

If you’re not spending a lot of time together and don’t have much in common any more, it really is OK to let that friendship go, writes Gill Hasson.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'We can improve children's school results with music, not maths' Music Education

Opinion: 'We can improve children's school results with music, not maths'

Countless research papers would confirm this impact that music can have on improving memory retention and language processing, writes Chris Rooney.

# read-me - Saturday 6 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Mid-life crisis: 'I'm approaching the years when I should be buying a flashy sports car' Column

Mid-life crisis: 'I'm approaching the years when I should be buying a flashy sports car'

But I’m coping with growing older by indulging in 80s nostalgia instead, writes Michelle McBride.

From TheJournal.ie Gardening: 'January is a great month to decide what you are going to grow this year' Read Me

Gardening: 'January is a great month to decide what you are going to grow this year'

I often can’t wait to get started and at least plant something – perhaps some winter salad leaves, spinach and the like, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie New year, new car? Here's what you should consider before you buy Advice

New year, new car? Here's what you should consider before you buy

Some timely advice from The AA’s Barry Aldworth for those considering a move to a ’181-’ reg plate.

From TheJournal.ie 'We need reverse vending machines in shops with a 25c deposit on containers' Recycling

'We need reverse vending machines in shops with a 25c deposit on containers'

As a kid I remember collecting old Cidona bottles from the hedgerows and receiving five pence from the local shop for each one that I returned, writes Ciarán Cuffe.

# read-me - Friday 5 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Hospital consultant: 'I'd like to dispel a few myths for people about overcrowding' Opinion

Hospital consultant: 'I'd like to dispel a few myths for people about overcrowding'

It’s a hospital overcrowding problem that has been decanted into the Emergency Department, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.

# read-me - Thursday 4 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Open letter to Simon Harris: 'Our dad provided good service to Irish State but ended up on a trolley' Trolley Crisis

Open letter to Simon Harris: 'Our dad provided good service to Irish State but ended up on a trolley'

His last days were prefaced by an extended period of unnecessary suffering in the Emergency Department of his local hospital.

From TheJournal.ie Katherine Zappone: 'Students will be asked to challenge ideas of what consent is' Consent Classes

Katherine Zappone: 'Students will be asked to challenge ideas of what consent is'

We need to face up to the reality of sexual abuse, violence and harassment, writes Katherine Zappone.

# read-me - Wednesday 3 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Losing my sister Donna: 'Traumatic shock, grief and facing deep inner demons' Column

Losing my sister Donna: 'Traumatic shock, grief and facing deep inner demons'

It’s a fitting a tribute to Donna to finally be myself, writes Neil Fox.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'Our laws governing political donations don't work for democracy' Electoral Acts

Column: 'Our laws governing political donations don't work for democracy'

If the purpose of the Electoral Acts is to protect our democracy from undue influence from wealthy individuals, then it has not accomplished this, writes Anna Visser.

# read-me - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Tweeting TDs: Who excelled on social media in 2017? Column

Tweeting TDs: Who excelled on social media in 2017?

While local radio might still be the holy grail of parish pump politics, new media is quickly catching up, writes Craig Dwyer.

# read-me - Monday 1 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 'If you want something different out of life in 2018, try something new' New Year's Resolutions

'If you want something different out of life in 2018, try something new'

Doing the same thing over and over won’t lead to change, writes Derval Chambers Petit.

From TheJournal.ie '1918 was a year of monumental importance that had plenty in common with 2018 Ireland' Read Me

'1918 was a year of monumental importance that had plenty in common with 2018 Ireland'

Here is a look back at that year, with some reflections on the similarities and differences with the Ireland of today, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

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