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From TheJournal.ie 'For those concerned about the decline in real wages, there is a solution - join a trade union' Opinion

'For those concerned about the decline in real wages, there is a solution - join a trade union'

Productivity at work is up, but we need to see decent pay rises and career progression for all workers. Trade union membership is the key to this, writes Paul Dillon.

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin and abstentionism: 'The party will eventually need people to take oaths for Ireland' Opinion

Sinn Féin and abstentionism: 'The party will eventually need people to take oaths for Ireland'

Abstentionism has been a central policy of Sinn Féin since the party’s foundation in 1905, but condemnation of the practice has sharpened since the Brexit referendum, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

From TheJournal.ie '800 million people globally could be made redundant by technology over the next ten years' Column

'800 million people globally could be made redundant by technology over the next ten years'

Partnering with the big technology companies to implement a digital apprenticeship scheme would be game changing for Ireland’s economic prospects, writes Gary Gannon.

From TheJournal.ie Saying goodbye to Dad: 'I grappled with how I could fully express how much he means to me' Column

Saying goodbye to Dad: 'I grappled with how I could fully express how much he means to me'

In the final week of my stay, my mind turned to how I would leave my father on what would definitely be the most heavy hearted of all our farewells, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis: 'He is trying to encourage a more adult, participatory institutional model' Column

Pope Francis: 'He is trying to encourage a more adult, participatory institutional model'

It will require imagination and critical engagement from other agents in the Church if the change he envisages is to happen, writes Gerry O’Hanlon SJ.

From TheJournal.ie Dating post Brexit: 'You're telling me Ireland has got its own Prime Minister?' Column

Dating post Brexit: 'You're telling me Ireland has got its own Prime Minister?'

Online dating is awkward enough without having to go into the history of Anglo-Irish relations, writes Peter Flanagan.

From TheJournal.ie Growing up in The Liberties: 'We thought we were posh because we had our own hall door' Column

Growing up in The Liberties: 'We thought we were posh because we had our own hall door'

There have been some great characters in The Liberties over the years, writes Josie Sheehan.

From TheJournal.ie GIY tomatoes: 'We are in what I like to call 'bruschetta' season' Growing

GIY tomatoes: 'We are in what I like to call 'bruschetta' season'

It’s a wonderful time of the year, when a simple lunch or dinner can easily be conjured up from nothing, once you have some decent sourdough bread in the bread bin, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Children with disabilities: 'The assessment of need system is in disarray' Opinion

Children with disabilities: 'The assessment of need system is in disarray'

Why, at a time when we should be advancing the rights of children with disabilities as citizens of this State, are we letting them down more than ever, asks Paddy Connolly.

From TheJournal.ie Letter from America: 'Trump isn’t perfect but voting for him sent a message – and I’m still glad I did' Opinion

Letter from America: 'Trump isn’t perfect but voting for him sent a message – and I’m still glad I did'

Donald Trump’s central animating impulse in public life has long been that his country gets a raw deal, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Catholic schools are the most sought after in their area, by families of all faiths and none' Opinion

'Catholic schools are the most sought after in their area, by families of all faiths and none'

A comprehensive deal with the State is in the best interests of the Church, as well as the broader education system, writes Jonathan Tiernan.

From TheJournal.ie Mandela and 'the unbreakable bonds of friendship and solidarity' with Ireland Opinion

Mandela and 'the unbreakable bonds of friendship and solidarity' with Ireland

Tánaiste Simon Coveney on why Dublin is the perfect venue to celebrate Madiba’s struggle – and why Ireland will co-host Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at UN this autumn.

From TheJournal.ie Male-dominated boards: 'Excessive risk taking, testosterone driven egos and a lack of duty of care' Opinion

Male-dominated boards: 'Excessive risk taking, testosterone driven egos and a lack of duty of care'

The glass ceiling is triple-glazed in many organisations, writes Kieran Moynihan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'We are required to provide a sick cert to cover the period of absence to give birth' Maternity Leave

Column: 'We are required to provide a sick cert to cover the period of absence to give birth'

If we have any hope of enticing more women into public office here in Ireland, the existing policy on maternity supports and arrangements needs significant reform, writes Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee.

From TheJournal.ie Digital DNA: 'Every time we go online we leave a bit of ourselves behind' Read Me

Digital DNA: 'Every time we go online we leave a bit of ourselves behind'

Being alert to how our data is being used and asking why it’s being gathered in the first place equips us with the skills we need to protect our digital DNA, writes Sean Crowley.

From TheJournal.ie Lyme disease: 'I became a shadow, housebound, a virtual recluse' Read Me

Lyme disease: 'I became a shadow, housebound, a virtual recluse'

“I thought about ending it all. I was worn out. Beat down. Broke. Defeated.”

From TheJournal.ie Kindness: Change your life and make the world a kinder place Column

Kindness: Change your life and make the world a kinder place

Can you get someone to stop talking without feeling and appearing rude? Yes. There are ways to do it kindly, writes Gill Hasson.

From TheJournal.ie 'Setting guidelines around relationships at work is a wise and obvious next step for employers' Opinion

'Setting guidelines around relationships at work is a wise and obvious next step for employers'

Fraternisation policies are a welcome addition and should not be trivialised, writes Stephanie Regan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'This World Cup continues to laugh in the face of football convention' World Cup

Column: 'This World Cup continues to laugh in the face of football convention'

The international game is beautifully flawed by design and the world at large is benefitting from this World Cup of imperfections, writes Colm Boohig.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use GIY

In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use

In these heatwave conditions, watering is indeed necessary and conserving water becomes a significant challenge, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Living wage: 'Ireland is an outlier in terms of its high levels of low pay' Column

Living wage: 'Ireland is an outlier in terms of its high levels of low pay'

Other countries seem to manage fine with decent wages, writes Robert Sweeney.

From TheJournal.ie Inclusive education: 'Nobody with a print disability should get left behind' Column

Inclusive education: 'Nobody with a print disability should get left behind'

The barriers have to be broken down and it starts with the Department of Education, writes Chris White.

From TheJournal.ie Affordable housing: 'Taxing high end real estate transfers could fix the problem' Opinion

Affordable housing: 'Taxing high end real estate transfers could fix the problem'

The city of Vancouver has increased taxes on unoccupied properties and the Province of British Columbia has just levied a tax on absentee owners, writes Chuck Collins.

From TheJournal.ie Adrienne Corless: 'It looks like the consultation facilitators dug deep to find resistance to full excavation' Tuam Mother And Baby Home

Adrienne Corless: 'It looks like the consultation facilitators dug deep to find resistance to full excavation'

There was only ever one thing to do: excavate the site and DNA test the remains without delay, writes Adrienne Corless.

From TheJournal.ie Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill: 'A huge step forward, and one Ireland needs to take' Climate Change

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill: 'A huge step forward, and one Ireland needs to take'

Climate change is having a severe impact on the most vulnerable in the world, writes Paul Healy from Trócaire.

From TheJournal.ie 'Ireland is the second-worst performing EU member state in tackling climate change' Opinion

'Ireland is the second-worst performing EU member state in tackling climate change'

That’s where offshore wind energy comes in, writes Stephen Wheeler.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'Bord Bia need to stop asking vegetarians and vegans why we don't eat meat' Plant-based Diet

Column: 'Bord Bia need to stop asking vegetarians and vegans why we don't eat meat'

Irish farmers and food producers don’t need Bord Bia to try and persuade vegetarians and vegans to eat meat, writes Eva Dowling.

From TheJournal.ie The Free-Time Formula: 'Your 'priorities' are making you less productive' Column

The Free-Time Formula: 'Your 'priorities' are making you less productive'

We can truly only ever do one thing at a time, and in any given moment we only have one task that is at the top of the list, writes Jeff Sanders.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Parents need to raise their voices in the divestment debate' Read Me

Opinion: 'Parents need to raise their voices in the divestment debate'

Single-faith religious instruction and all sacramental preparation needs to be parish-based and conducted outside of school hours, writes Peter Gunning.

From TheJournal.ie Advice column: How to lower your car insurance premium Read Me

Advice column: How to lower your car insurance premium

Price discrepancies across the Irish car insurance market are as wide as ever, writes Jonathan Hehir.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki Read Me

In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki

I find them relatively easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Do we want our beaches strewn with stranded dolphins? Opinion

Do we want our beaches strewn with stranded dolphins?

It’s time for the government to ban fossil fuel exploration and invest in the real local, rural renewable economy on our coastlines, writes Sinead Mercier.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Do we need a Minister for Construction for Ireland? Read Me

Opinion: Do we need a Minister for Construction for Ireland?

The sector should have a standalone ministry to help avoid the mistakes of the past and help overcome future challenges, writes Andrew Power.

From TheJournal.ie 'If the British government refuses to do the right thing by Ireland decisions should be taken out of its hands' Brexit

'If the British government refuses to do the right thing by Ireland decisions should be taken out of its hands'

In the event of a Brexit crash, a disorderly Brexit or a hard Brexit, to which the Tories seem wedded, the British must not imagine that the Irish people will simply resign themselves to their fate, writes David Cullinane.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's Security Council bid: Is it worth the effort? Read Me

Ireland's Security Council bid: Is it worth the effort?

Ireland has a significant role to play now: in driving a real push for diplomacy and peace, writes Dominic McSorley.

From TheJournal.ie Consent: 'The purchase of sex is conducted without regard for women’s pleasure' Opinion

Consent: 'The purchase of sex is conducted without regard for women’s pleasure'

Prostitution undermines consent and women’s bodily autonomy, writes Samantha Slater.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'You couldn’t let your students know you were gay, so you had to hide it from them' Pride

Column: 'You couldn’t let your students know you were gay, so you had to hide it from them'

Teachers encourage their pupils to be kind, upstanding citizens but sometimes the teachers themselves are faced with challenging attitudes in the workplace, writes Sheila Nunan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'My tiny family is not a family in the eyes of Bunreacht na hÉireann' Bunreacht Na HÉireann

Opinion: 'My tiny family is not a family in the eyes of Bunreacht na hÉireann'

Our home is not a family home in the eyes of the law. And this is true of any family which does not have a married couple within it, writes Sinéad Gibney.

From TheJournal.ie Column: '61% of girls my age are embarrassed about their period' Stigma

Column: '61% of girls my age are embarrassed about their period'

For as long as I can remember, periods were something that could only be discussed in whispers, writes Niamh Dunne.

From TheJournal.ie How to have a great life: 'We rarely give thought to the legacy we’re creating' Column

How to have a great life: 'We rarely give thought to the legacy we’re creating'

It’s purpose, more than pounds in your pocket, that brings the greatest life satisfaction, writes Paul McGee.