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From TheJournal.ie Lisa McInerney: Playing the 'pleb' - why are we still at it? Opinion

Lisa McInerney: Playing the 'pleb' - why are we still at it?

Jarvis Cocker was right – it’s not cool to pretend to be poor, and struggling to get by doesn’t automatically make you a folk hero.

From TheJournal.ie The App all men have been waiting for (and could probably do with) The Man App

The App all men have been waiting for (and could probably do with)

Ballina-based app developer launches Man App to remind you of the dates you tend to forget and the advice you tend to need.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Would you assist in an emergency situation? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you assist in an emergency situation?

Study from NUI Maynooth says 95 per cent of people they surveyed wouldn’t assist in an emergency, mainly out of fear of being sued or lack of practice in first-aid. Would you help out?

From TheJournal.ie Lisa McInerney: Does wearing make-up mean you're shallow? Opinion

Lisa McInerney: Does wearing make-up mean you're shallow?

“When it comes to aesthetic assistance, women in particular run the risk of being damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.”

From TheJournal.ie Alcohol awareness week set for Ireland next year Booze

Alcohol awareness week set for Ireland next year

The UK has a week dedicated to highlighting issues and service surrounding alcohol use and abuse – now a non-profit group here wants their campaign to go nationwide.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Zero hunger - the only acceptable target Read Me

Column: Zero hunger - the only acceptable target

On World Food Day, a United Nations and EC official for agriculture declare that progress has been made in tackling hunger – but that one in eight people is still undernourished.

From TheJournal.ie 10 per cent of Irish population living in food poverty Food Poverty

10 per cent of Irish population living in food poverty

Those most at risk are those with low incomes, young families and lone parents, according to research commissioned by the Department of Social Protection.

From TheJournal.ie Nick Leeson: I'm not a motivational speaker. THIS GUY is. Opinion

Nick Leeson: I'm not a motivational speaker. THIS GUY is.

Former trader Nick Leeson is a regular on the after-dinner speaking circuit – but he was blown away by the story of Aron Ralston, with whom he recently shared a stage…

From TheJournal.ie Column: Like Ireland’s football fans, we all want to belong Opinion

Column: Like Ireland’s football fans, we all want to belong

We define ourselves against others in order to join social groups, writes Professor Tom Inglis – but that can have sinister consequences.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you believe 'phone fights' are a major concern? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you believe 'phone fights' are a major concern?

As video of two girls fighting in Cork goes viral, it is noted that school fights are not new – but it’s the recording of them that is now a major worry. Do you agree?

From TheJournal.ie Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II Vatican Ii

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Homily at Mass in St Peter’s Square recalls the changes in Church in 1962 – and Benedict urges the faithful to return to the “letter”.

From TheJournal.ie Trade unionist in Singapore sacked for racist Facebook post Singapore

Trade unionist in Singapore sacked for racist Facebook post

Assistant director of National Trades Union Congress ‘wrote racially offensive comments about the country’s Malay minority’.

From TheJournal.ie Lisa McInerney: Tragic cases don't need a side of victim-blaming Column

Lisa McInerney: Tragic cases don't need a side of victim-blaming

Tragedies like those which befell Jill Meagher and April Jones are awful and sad – but some people feel the need to turn them into a morality play.

From TheJournal.ie Vanishing phoneboxes doc represents Ireland in China fest Bye Bye Now This post contains videos This post contains images

Vanishing phoneboxes doc represents Ireland in China fest

Bye Bye Now, which shows how phoneboxes acted as a hub for love and life, picked to represent the nation in EU Film Festival across four Chinese cities.

From TheJournal.ie One third of pensioners in one Irish county live on their own – census All Alone

One third of pensioners in one Irish county live on their own – census

This interactive graph based on census data show how isolated people across parts of Ireland are.

From TheJournal.ie John Lonergan: "Our treatment of children has been appalling" Referendum

John Lonergan: "Our treatment of children has been appalling"

The former governor of Mountjoy said that it will be easy to get the children’s rights referendum passed – but warned that the real test will come afterwards.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Young people do care about more than drinking, smoking & fighting Opinion

Column: Young people do care about more than drinking, smoking & fighting

Today’s youth want to be involved in building Ireland’s future, writes Daithí de Buitléir.

From TheJournal.ie River Shannon gets storytelling project Oral History This post contains videos

River Shannon gets storytelling project

Arts project wants people to relate their tales of Ireland’s longest river and its effect on their lives.

From TheJournal.ie Open thread: What changes would you make to the education system? Education This post contains videos

Open thread: What changes would you make to the education system?

As doc sets to explore how “one size fits all” education system is failing some young people, we want to know how you would improve school years…

From TheJournal.ie Nick Leeson: This is what I wish for my daughter Opinion

Nick Leeson: This is what I wish for my daughter

As he watches his daughter embark on adult life, former trader Nick Leeson ponders the meaning of the word ‘maturity’ – and admits he himself is still a work in progress…

From TheJournal.ie Top readers' comments of the week You Told Us

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem Opinion

Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem

We need to change the way we view people with special needs, writes Adam Harris, who has Asperger Syndrome.

The burning question*: Gherkins on your burger or not? Dilemma This post contains a poll

The burning question*: Gherkins on your burger or not?

It’s Monday, so let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

From TheJournal.ie Interview: 'Citizenship I learnt from my father': Robert Ballagh on life & politics Read Me

Interview: 'Citizenship I learnt from my father': Robert Ballagh on life & politics

Irish artist Robert Ballagh explains when his interest in politics began and why he calls himself a socialist.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Homesickness - the emigrant's burden Opinion

Column: Homesickness - the emigrant's burden

The whiff of a favourite foodstuff, the emotional low of feeling ill – these are just two of the catalysts to awaken homesickness when you’re an expat, says Irishman-in-Japan Mark Boyle.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What a death row inmate had to teach Irish teens Read Me

Column: What a death row inmate had to teach Irish teens

When former Clare hurler and Soar youth foundation co-founder Tony Griffin brought four Irish teens to a leadership camp in Nova Scotia, he heard a life story that he can’t forget – and nor should we.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Forget about our ‘economic sovereignty’ – let’s look at what matters Opinion

Column: Forget about our ‘economic sovereignty’ – let’s look at what matters

Fears over ceding our sovereignty are misplaced – people do it all the time, writes Ronan Lyons. Here’s what we should be focusing on instead.

From TheJournal.ie Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life. Opinion

Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life.

There is little to recommend a spell in prison, says former trader Nick Leeson, but his jail time gave him time to tackle his mistakes – and make a better go at life when he emerged.

From TheJournal.ie One teen under age of 17 dies by suicide each month Suicide

One teen under age of 17 dies by suicide each month

New Irish study raises concern over 15- to 17-year-old age group while British study links recession and unemployment to rise in overall suicide rate.

From TheJournal.ie Do you use what you learn in school... after you leave school? Leaving Cert

Do you use what you learn in school... after you leave school?

The Leaving Cert results have been occupying the minds of over 55,000 students today – TheJournal.ie team reflects on how much of the senior cycle curriculum we go on to use in real life…

From TheJournal.ie Column: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle. Opinion

Column: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle.

University of Ulster politics academic David McCann recalls the events of 1982 – and says we’ve never seen such a politically-charged atmosphere in this country since that turbulent year.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Female Olympians are national heroes, not national sweethearts Opinion

Column: Female Olympians are national heroes, not national sweethearts

The desire to see female athletes looking feminine at all times is a bit of a relic, says Lisa McInerney, but it doesn’t stop some people bodysnarking at female Olympians.

From TheJournal.ie Benhaffaf boys' mum the new patron of Twinfest Twice The Fun This post contains images

Benhaffaf boys' mum the new patron of Twinfest

Fundraising event is also a place for multiple-birth siblings to meet and bond with similar families.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Nick Leeson on why Seán Quinn is in denial Opinion

Column: Nick Leeson on why Seán Quinn is in denial

This week, the former trader says that he was most interested in how the former richest man in Ireland has been performing under media scrutiny…

Passion and hard work: Pixar filmmaker's inspirational letter to kids

Pete Docter, maker of Monsters, Inc. and Up, is a good man to turn to for career advice…

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why does our TV portray men as helpless fools? Come on… Opinion

Column: Why does our TV portray men as helpless fools? Come on…

The parade of hopeless males on our screens isn’t just unfair – it’s patronising women, writes comedian Eleanor Tiernan.

The truth behind 5 old wives' tales

Sitting too close to the TV? Swallowed chewing gum? Worried chocolate causes spots? Relax – it’s not as bad as you were led to believe.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Discussing teen drinking... over a bottle of vino Opinion

Column: Discussing teen drinking... over a bottle of vino

“Alcohol, to a child, must seem like some sort of guaranteed treat for grown-ups. It’s advertised as being fuel for wit, a stylish accessory, or a national heritage.”

From TheJournal.ie These are the surprising things that can help you live longer Longevity

These are the surprising things that can help you live longer

Here’s what the scientists say…

From TheJournal.ie Suicide in Ireland increased by 7 per cent last year Suicide

Suicide in Ireland increased by 7 per cent last year

New figures show 525 people took their own lives in Ireland in 2011.