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Opinion: A roaring fire might be cosy, but it's causing serious health issues
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Opinion: A roaring fire might be cosy, but it's causing serious health issues

Mar 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 69,560 Views 101 Comments

Irish Heart Foundation CEO Dr Tim Collins says we need to understand just how dangerous open fires are to our health.

Holly Cairns: The gender pay gap is a scandal - we must resolve to end it
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Holly Cairns: The gender pay gap is a scandal - we must resolve to end it

Mar 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 14,628 Views 53 Comments

In the week when we celebrated International Women’s Day, the Social Democrats TD says we should settle for nothing less than equal pay for equal work.

'It reinforced my sense of belonging': One Dublin One Book author Rónán Hession on his life in reading
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'It reinforced my sense of belonging': One Dublin One Book author Rónán Hession on his life in reading

Mar 9th 2021, 7:30 PM 12,425 Views 7 Comments

Author Rónán Hession’s debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is this year’s One Dublin One Book selection – here, he writes about the joy reading has brought to his life.

Opinion: Why British media coverage of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview could backfire
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Opinion: Why British media coverage of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview could backfire

Mar 9th 2021, 1:15 PM 64,256 Views 54 Comments

University of Westminster Professor Steven Barnett says the UK media is on the attack because Harry and Meghan threaten its economic reliance on Royal coverage.

Opinion: We should build a 'Gaelollscoil' in the Gaeltacht as a means of reviving the Irish language
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Opinion: We should build a 'Gaelollscoil' in the Gaeltacht as a means of reviving the Irish language

Mar 9th 2021, 7:00 AM 20,865 Views 58 Comments

On Seachtain na Gaeilge, Caoimhín De Barra highlights international examples of the rejuvenation of languages and says Ireland should consider similar steps.

Guilt, messiness and forgiving yourself: What I learned from being a professional declutterer
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Guilt, messiness and forgiving yourself: What I learned from being a professional declutterer

Mar 8th 2021, 7:00 PM 19,995 Views 5 Comments

Reformed hoarder and clutter expert Emma Gleeson looks at what her work has taught her about how we run our homes – and our lives.

Bobby McDonagh: Britain, the Protocol and another breach of trust
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Bobby McDonagh: Britain, the Protocol and another breach of trust

Mar 8th 2021, 12:29 PM 15,030 Views 10 Comments

The former ambassador says the decision by the UK to act unilaterally on some issues in relation to the Brexit Protocol is another deeply unhelpful move.

International Women’s Day: Minding the mental health of women in the face of this pandemic
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International Women’s Day: Minding the mental health of women in the face of this pandemic

Mar 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,003 Views 6 Comments

Therapist Bernie Hackett celebrates women on IWD and reminds them that help is available.

Opinion: From repression to Robinson and Repeal - the Irish heroine's journey
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Opinion: From repression to Robinson and Repeal - the Irish heroine's journey

Mar 6th 2021, 4:30 PM 13,507 Views 24 Comments

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Kathy Scott of the Trailblazery walks the road with Irish women and celebrates their spirit.

Dr Peter Boylan: The RTÉ Investigates programme reminds us of the issues facing the State-funded National Maternity Hospital
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Dr Peter Boylan: The RTÉ Investigates programme reminds us of the issues facing the State-funded National Maternity Hospital

Mar 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 29,688 Views 13 Comments

A private charity with Catholic values should not be given ownership of a State-funded maternity hospital, writes Dr Peter Boylan.

Pearse Doherty: Davy scandal can't just pass without consequences for the top brass who think they can break the rules
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Pearse Doherty: Davy scandal can't just pass without consequences for the top brass who think they can break the rules

Mar 5th 2021, 12:39 PM 35,984 Views 52 Comments

The Sinn Féin TD says the State must cut all ties with Davy Stockbrokers unless individuals are held to account.

Professor Sam McConkey: Ten steps we should take to rid Ireland of Covid for good
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Professor Sam McConkey: Ten steps we should take to rid Ireland of Covid for good

Mar 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 90,818 Views 0 Comments

Professor Sam McConkey outlines ways to make Ireland a world leader in the Zero Covid approach to this pandemic.

Barry Andrews: Richard O'Halloran and China's handling of such cases should not be ignored
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Barry Andrews: Richard O'Halloran and China's handling of such cases should not be ignored

Mar 3rd 2021, 7:10 AM 18,686 Views 15 Comments

The MEP says China’s holding of Richard O’Halloran against his will is an outrageous breach of human rights.

Professor Ruairí Brugha: We must engage all of society in the battle against Covid
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Professor Ruairí Brugha: We must engage all of society in the battle against Covid

Mar 1st 2021, 7:00 AM 13,948 Views 15 Comments

The professor of Public Health and Epidemiology says the engagement of communities and families could be the key to getting a handle on Covid.

From 'the biggest fool in Manchester' to manager-of-the-season contender
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From 'the biggest fool in Manchester' to manager-of-the-season contender

Feb 26th 2021, 5:34 PM 9,959 Views 15 Comments

Seven years on from the United debacle, David Moyes is helping West Ham reach new heights.

Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first
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Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first

Feb 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 53,446 Views 52 Comments

Misinformation is now local, global and transnational all at the same time, writes Shane Creevy.

Why is women's sport being hit so much harder by the Covid-19 pandemic?
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Why is women's sport being hit so much harder by the Covid-19 pandemic?

Feb 20th 2021, 9:00 AM 3,857 Views 5 Comments

We assess the current situation and try to answer the big question with Kathleen McNamee of ESPN, and formerly of TheJournal.

Billy Kelleher: We need vaccine certificates if we are to return to any kind of normal
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Billy Kelleher: We need vaccine certificates if we are to return to any kind of normal

Feb 19th 2021, 7:00 AM 26,461 Views 79 Comments

The Irish MEP argues that if we are ever to return to normal, we must consider the introduction of a vaccine certificate in line with our EU counterparts.

Pearse Doherty: Why TDs should support my Bill to end the loyalty penalty and reduce insurance costs
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Pearse Doherty: Why TDs should support my Bill to end the loyalty penalty and reduce insurance costs

Feb 17th 2021, 7:00 AM 42,914 Views 104 Comments

The Dáil will today vote on the Sinn Féin TD’s Bill to ban the practice of dual pricing by insurance companies.

Opinion: Love in lockdown – nurturing relationships through Covid restrictions
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Opinion: Love in lockdown – nurturing relationships through Covid restrictions

Feb 14th 2021, 8:30 AM 15,010 Views 3 Comments

Two therapists have some advice for those looking to take care of their relationships on this Valentine’s Day.

Pete the Vet: Top 10 things to consider if you're getting a new pet
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Pete the Vet: Top 10 things to consider if you're getting a new pet

Feb 13th 2021, 11:30 AM 25,798 Views 22 Comments

Dr Pete Wedderburn says there are many things to consider when you’re planning to get a new pet, but for now, he has 10 tips.

Jennifer Whitmore: We need a full debate and proper scrutiny of CETA trade deal
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Jennifer Whitmore: We need a full debate and proper scrutiny of CETA trade deal

Feb 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,247 Views 23 Comments

The Social Democrats TD argues that there has been more time dedicated to the controversial Canadian-EU trade deal on the airwaves and social media than in the Dáil.

Larry Donnelly: Isn’t it nice to have someone we can honestly respect in charge?
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Larry Donnelly: Isn’t it nice to have someone we can honestly respect in charge?

Feb 7th 2021, 8:30 AM 38,156 Views 88 Comments

Larry Donnelly analyses the new US President’s first few weeks in action.

The deeper lesson from GameStop: Let's look at taxing the speculators who gamble for financial gain
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The deeper lesson from GameStop: Let's look at taxing the speculators who gamble for financial gain

Feb 7th 2021, 7:30 AM 31,975 Views 54 Comments

Rather than looking for swingeing spending cuts or increased taxes on work, how about we start at the top, writes Victor Duggan.

Michelle O'Neill: Mother and baby homes were the product of systemic misogyny
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Michelle O'Neill: Mother and baby homes were the product of systemic misogyny

Feb 6th 2021, 2:00 PM 22,529 Views 65 Comments

Following the recent report on institutions there, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister says an all-island approach is needed on this issue, to address the wrongs of the past.

Ivana Bacik: Any trivialising of gender-based violence by the courts is unhelpful
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Ivana Bacik: Any trivialising of gender-based violence by the courts is unhelpful

Feb 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 16,704 Views 23 Comments

The Labour senator says any downplaying of the seriousness of sexual assaults in the courts will cause the further regression of social attitudes towards these crimes.

Opinion: 'People should not have to resort to re-mortgaging their homes for IVF treatment'
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Opinion: 'People should not have to resort to re-mortgaging their homes for IVF treatment'

Feb 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 12,663 Views 14 Comments

Senators Catherine Ardagh and Fiona O’Loughlin are calling on the Government to make good on a promise fund IVF.

Gino Kenny: Vaccinating only those in wealthy countries is counterproductive
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Gino Kenny: Vaccinating only those in wealthy countries is counterproductive

Feb 3rd 2021, 7:00 AM 15,227 Views 19 Comments

The People Before Profit TD makes the case for the People’s Vaccine, a global campaign to make vaccines available for all.

Opinion: 'She knocked on the door and the nun said her son was gone' - the story of the forgotten foster children
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Opinion: 'She knocked on the door and the nun said her son was gone' - the story of the forgotten foster children

Jan 31st 2021, 8:30 AM 28,603 Views 12 Comments

Jamie Canavan is researching the stories of children who were forced into ‘boarding out’, a term given to fostering in the early to mid last century.

Opinion: The role of Attorney General should be more transparent - let's start by publishing the advice
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Opinion: The role of Attorney General should be more transparent - let's start by publishing the advice

Jan 30th 2021, 7:40 AM 11,153 Views 9 Comments

Dr David Kenny and Dr Conor Casey argue that the refusal to publish the advice of the AG by successive governments serves no one.

Opinion: The case for Zero Covid - have we reached a tipping point?
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Opinion: The case for Zero Covid - have we reached a tipping point?

Jan 29th 2021, 6:00 PM 24,427 Views 90 Comments

UCC’s Professor Ivan Perry says the idea that a Zero Covid approach offers a ‘false promise’ for the elimination of the virus is just wrong.

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans
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Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans

Jan 29th 2021, 7:00 AM 9,961 Views 6 Comments

Childcare provider Regina Bushell says the government has not inspired confidence with regard to how childcare will work throughout 2021.

Kerri Ní Dochartaigh on 2021: 'One thing is certain, and that is that there still is hope'
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Kerri Ní Dochartaigh on 2021: 'One thing is certain, and that is that there still is hope'

Jan 28th 2021, 8:00 PM 12,105 Views 1 Comment

Writer Kerri Ní Dochartaigh explores the idea of the year ahead, taking in the ideas of time, borders, and family.

Opinion: Ireland has dropped rank on the global corruption index - we can and should do better
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Opinion: Ireland has dropped rank on the global corruption index - we can and should do better

Jan 28th 2021, 4:29 PM 16,896 Views 63 Comments

DCU’s John Devitt and Robert Gillanders say the country must control corruption if it is to protect more than just its international reputation.

Aoife Martin: 'There’s something magical about swimming. I float there, looking up at the blue sky'
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Aoife Martin: 'There’s something magical about swimming. I float there, looking up at the blue sky'

Jan 28th 2021, 7:00 AM 21,286 Views 0 Comments

Our columnist writes about her love of swimming, the issues that caused her to walk away from it, and her will to dive back in.

Opinion: The Affordable Housing Bill will line developers' pockets while young couples can't buy a home
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Opinion: The Affordable Housing Bill will line developers' pockets while young couples can't buy a home

Jan 26th 2021, 7:00 PM 23,949 Views 28 Comments

The Government must stop pursuing policies which inflate the property market and think again about the Affordable Housing Bill, writes Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats.

Opinion: Is the Brexit war over or has it just begun - what now for the Union?
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Opinion: Is the Brexit war over or has it just begun - what now for the Union?

Jan 25th 2021, 7:00 AM 33,688 Views 40 Comments

UL’s Dr Owen Worth says the Brexit question may have been answered, but the greater concept at stake is the Union itself.

Opinion: This Covid lockdown is particularly hard, so it's important to mind your mental health
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Opinion: This Covid lockdown is particularly hard, so it's important to mind your mental health

Jan 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 47,615 Views 57 Comments

Therapist Bernie Hackett says this lockdown, coupled with dark January days can take its toll, but she has some helpful advice for self-care.

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley: The story of Derek Leinster and the Bethany Home tells us we have more to learn
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Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley: The story of Derek Leinster and the Bethany Home tells us we have more to learn

Jan 24th 2021, 8:30 AM 21,057 Views 5 Comments

NUIG historian Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley says the recent Commission report into mother and baby homes needed to have a deeper look at Protestant institutions and the neglect of children like Derek.

Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'
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Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'

Jan 23rd 2021, 7:01 PM 24,891 Views 48 Comments

The Government needs to take action and implement the model of care for infertility, writes Emma Mc Dade.