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From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks' Keeping Ducks

GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks'

Some of them literally lay an egg a day all year, contributing food for the table even when your hens have given up laying in the depths of winter, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Pride will only cease to be a protest when there is nothing left to fight for' Read Me

'Pride will only cease to be a protest when there is nothing left to fight for'

Even if you view Pride as nothing more than a celebration, it is still a protest, writes Danny Rigg.

From TheJournal.ie 'Growing up in Donegal was a privilege, but growing up LGBTI+ in any county is not easy' Read Me

'Growing up in Donegal was a privilege, but growing up LGBTI+ in any county is not easy'

My only regret is not coming out sooner, writes Ayrton Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Pearse Doherty: 'We would invest the €1.4bn available, putting us on our way to a new society' Opinion

Pearse Doherty: 'We would invest the €1.4bn available, putting us on our way to a new society'

Sinn Féin would choose to invest in shared and stable prosperity for all people of this island, writes Pearse Doherty.

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Ryan: Open letter to Shane Ross on the need for a review of the Metrolink design Read Me

Eamon Ryan: Open letter to Shane Ross on the need for a review of the Metrolink design

“Closing all the roads and pedestrian crossings along the Luas line, will divide every local community between Beechwood and Sandyford.”

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The immigration crisis may spell the end of the European dream Read Me

Opinion: The immigration crisis may spell the end of the European dream

If the Member States fail to reach agreement on a way of stemming and regulating the influx of immigrants and asylum seekers, the European project itself may be dealt a fatal blow, writes President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

From TheJournal.ie Donor-conceived children: It's time to ban anonymous sperm donation Opinion

Donor-conceived children: It's time to ban anonymous sperm donation

Recent studies on donor-conceived children reveal that an overwhelming number of such individuals want information relating to their donor, writes Dr Brian Tobin.

From TheJournal.ie 'We spend €400 million each year on drugs while only €10 million is spent on counselling' Opinion

'We spend €400 million each year on drugs while only €10 million is spent on counselling'

Expanding the availability of CBT in Ireland at primary care level, would provide better outcomes for many patients, writes Sean Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie Kate McGrew: 'I came out to my parents as a sex worker on national television' Column

Kate McGrew: 'I came out to my parents as a sex worker on national television'

If you saw that show you will realise that sex workers don’t just sell sex, writes Kate McGrew.

From TheJournal.ie 'The Irish healthcare system is in desperate need of new ideas and new solutions' Read Me

'The Irish healthcare system is in desperate need of new ideas and new solutions'

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) works across the health sector with Irish businesses to creatively solve problems and improve patient care, writes Prof John R Higgins.

From TheJournal.ie 'I’ve always hated the term 'the UK'. I find it an insult to me as an Irish person' Opinion

'I’ve always hated the term 'the UK'. I find it an insult to me as an Irish person'

So will you have a little think about that cute little teddy bear island that you call home and think of what those little letters really imply, writes Michael Fortune.

From TheJournal.ie 'Having been in direct provision for such a long time I had started to lose confidence' Column

'Having been in direct provision for such a long time I had started to lose confidence'

I needed an outlet that brought positivity to myself and others around me, writes Ellie Kisyombe.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing' Growing

GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing'

There are still loads of vegetables that you can sow from seed, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'There are gardaí, politicians and doctors who have taken something illegal at some point' Opinion

'There are gardaí, politicians and doctors who have taken something illegal at some point'

They get away with it, because we only criminalise the poor, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

From TheJournal.ie Can Ireland's vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands? Opinion

Can Ireland's vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands?

It is better for biodiversity and more sustainable, writes Dermot McNally.

From TheJournal.ie Juncker's visit: 'The onus is on our government to insist that his visit is productive' Opinion

Juncker's visit: 'The onus is on our government to insist that his visit is productive'

It should not be just about talks behind closed doors in an echo chamber, writes Dominic Hannigan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'I remember having to ask for the brown paint for my self-portrait in junior infants' Citizenship

Column: 'I remember having to ask for the brown paint for my self-portrait in junior infants'

To receive my citizenship a few days before the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment was a nice moment, writes Nicholas Ndlovu.

From TheJournal.ie 'She was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a tin roof. The year was 1998' Opinion

'She was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a tin roof. The year was 1998'

During the making of No Country for Women, we journeyed with women today to learn more about their mothers’ and grandmothers’ lives, writes Anne Roper.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Direct provision has been a disaster' Asylum Seekers

Opinion: 'Direct provision has been a disaster'

Numerous reports and recommendations have cast a light on the failings, writes Ronan Herlihy.

From TheJournal.ie Tara Flynn: 'Dear fellow Feminazis. I write this from The Bunker' Column

Tara Flynn: 'Dear fellow Feminazis. I write this from The Bunker'

“My fellow Feminazis, they are onto us. The only surprise is how long it has taken those of such Superior Intellect and Understanding to discover our takeover plans.”

From TheJournal.ie Column: 5 ways to get money back from the taxman Read Me

Column: 5 ways to get money back from the taxman

Millions of euro in tax refunds goes unclaimed by the Irish public every year, writes Barry Flanagan.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'The housing bubble will burst and create another credit crunch' Read Me

Opinion: 'The housing bubble will burst and create another credit crunch'

Those hoping to get on the “property ladder” soon should think long and hard about their options, writes Paul Merriman.

From TheJournal.ie Success-oriented culture: 'Many people chase goals that are not theirs' Column

Success-oriented culture: 'Many people chase goals that are not theirs'

The problem of people being rich on paper and poor on life is an epidemic, writes Philip Kernan.

From TheJournal.ie Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought? GIY

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought?

It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'That Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were able to reach an agreement must be welcomed' Opinion

'That Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were able to reach an agreement must be welcomed'

Because of the enormous stakes for everyone on the planet, all we can do is hope and pray now, writes Larry Donnelly.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Cyclists would rather not be sharing road space with lorries, buses, and cars' Bike Week

Opinion: 'Cyclists would rather not be sharing road space with lorries, buses, and cars'

Providing the infrastructure would go a long way to solving these arguments, and getting more cyclists in the saddle, writes Roderic O’Gorman.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Under 16s should be able to access gender recognition with parental consent' Trans Rights

Opinion: 'Under 16s should be able to access gender recognition with parental consent'

FLAC has also recommended that there should be recognition for intersex and non-binary gender identities, writes Eilis Barry.

From TheJournal.ie 'Abortion is not part of routine general practice. 85% of GPs are of this opinion' Opinion

'Abortion is not part of routine general practice. 85% of GPs are of this opinion'

The provision of abortion services in Ireland must be an-opt in service, writes Dr Maitiu O Tuathail.

From TheJournal.ie Poverty: 'There is a dominant narrative that seeks to blame people for their circumstances' Opinion

Poverty: 'There is a dominant narrative that seeks to blame people for their circumstances'

But the reality is choices are dramatically different for people living in poverty compared to those with access to resources, writes Dr Tricia Keilthy.

From TheJournal.ie 'The seriousness with which Americans take their flag and national anthem is unusual' Column

'The seriousness with which Americans take their flag and national anthem is unusual'

Trump continues to exploit this sensitivity to try and boost his popularity, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

From TheJournal.ie 'It overwhelms me totally. I physically shake. The tone of my voice changes' Anxiety

'It overwhelms me totally. I physically shake. The tone of my voice changes'

Few men interpret anxiety as a mental health disorder or believe they have this condition, writes Neil Kelders.

From TheJournal.ie 'My symptoms were all invisible, so how could anybody understand what I was going through?' Brain Injury

'My symptoms were all invisible, so how could anybody understand what I was going through?'

A first hand account of living with a brain injury, by Linda Collins.

From TheJournal.ie Campaigning for Repeal: 'My hijab made me a target. My brown skin made me a target' Column

Campaigning for Repeal: 'My hijab made me a target. My brown skin made me a target'

Now I see why so few other Muslim girls chose to voice opinions about the referendum, writes Somaya Mahmud.

From TheJournal.ie 'We had returned over the years but this trip was different. This time, when my dad talked, I listened' Summer Days

'We had returned over the years but this trip was different. This time, when my dad talked, I listened'

My childhood summers were spent in Gweedore, writes Michelle McBride.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Coveney in Jordan: '80,000 live in Zaatari refugee camp. That's the same population as Galway City' Column

Simon Coveney in Jordan: '80,000 live in Zaatari refugee camp. That's the same population as Galway City'

‘Children are growing up in Zaatari refugee camp having never known any other home,’ writes Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it' Column

GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it'

Of course, some of them still didn’t like it after taking part in The Grand Beeturia Experiment, but that’s okay – at least they tried it, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Home to Vote: 'It was stressful, it was exhausting, and it was expensive' Voting Rights

Home to Vote: 'It was stressful, it was exhausting, and it was expensive'

Allowing emigrants to vote will help preserve a connection and sense of identity, will end the unnecessary spectacle of coming home to vote, writes Danny Rigg.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'A 'new profile' of women are taking their own lives in the same numbers as men' Read Me

Opinion: 'A 'new profile' of women are taking their own lives in the same numbers as men'

For women who can barely afford to feed and clothe their children, private counselling services are not even an option, writes Tara Deacy.

From TheJournal.ie Ruth Coppinger: No Leo, this wasn't a 'quiet revolution' Opinion

Ruth Coppinger: No Leo, this wasn't a 'quiet revolution'

It was the active involvement of tens of thousands on the ground in the referendum campaign – a social and political movement in itself – that was critical to the resounding win, writes Ruth Coppinger.

From TheJournal.ie Joan Burton: 'I only saw my long form birth cert when I was close to 50 years of age' Adoption

Joan Burton: 'I only saw my long form birth cert when I was close to 50 years of age'

Joan Burton TD recalls her personal efforts to obtain information on her adoption and what legal reforms are now necessary after revelations on the faking of birth certificates.