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# read-me - Friday 22 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Nick Leeson: Positive talk sounds hollow in the corridors of power Opinion

Nick Leeson: Positive talk sounds hollow in the corridors of power

Talking up the state of the economy got us into this mess in the first place – but things are not looking up for the average man and woman.

# read-me - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: This is home – a mouldy kitchen, faulty electrics, damp and children with respiratory illnesses Opinion

Column: This is home – a mouldy kitchen, faulty electrics, damp and children with respiratory illnesses

One desperate renter details what it’s like to live in a substandard apartment.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘My husband was holding back tears when he told me Callum had meningitis’ Opinion

Column: ‘My husband was holding back tears when he told me Callum had meningitis’

On Universal Children’s Day, mother Roisin Hartley tells her story about how she came so close to losing her son to meningitis.

# read-me - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Paying top-ups to senior staff raises serious questions about hospital operations Opinion

Column: Paying top-ups to senior staff raises serious questions about hospital operations

There’s something wrong in the system when we are topping-up hospital executives’ pay while clamping patients in hospital car parks for money, writes Catherine Murphy TD.

# read-me - Monday 18 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: What does it mean to be Irish in the 21st century? Opinion

Column: What does it mean to be Irish in the 21st century?

Rather than ignoring our past, it is more important to know how to deal with it, writes Raymond Keogh, who explores the issue of Irish identity in this Decade of Commemorations.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Austerity has exacerbated inequality across our society Opinion

Column: Austerity has exacerbated inequality across our society

The well-being of the most vulnerable in society has been completely disregarded in the European Central Bank policy of enforcing debt slavery on peripheral countries like Ireland, writes Rory Hearne.

# read-me - Sunday 17 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Should defendants be able to waive their right to trial by jury? Opinion

Column: Should defendants be able to waive their right to trial by jury?

Are jury trials suitable for high-profile, white collar crime cases? It could be near impossible to impanel a jury that wouldn’t be unduly biased in such cases, writes Karl Shirran.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ecological restoration offers fresh pathways for citizens to engage with nature Opinion

Column: Ecological restoration offers fresh pathways for citizens to engage with nature

Ecological restoration not only has the potential to reverse environmental damage locally and globally, but also to transform our relationship with the natural world, writes Paddy Woodworth.

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS

Two million Irish people pay for private health cover out of fear of our public system – but both are broken. Here’s what we COULD do…

# read-me - Saturday 16 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information Opinion

Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information

To hide public service deficiency and ensure that ‘accountability’ remains a word in the dictionary, senior public servants have been waging a long war on Freedom of Information, writes Aaron McKenna.

# read-me - Friday 15 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Loyaltybuild breach shows it’s time to take data protection seriously Opinion

Column: The Loyaltybuild breach shows it’s time to take data protection seriously

In countries lucky enough not to have suffered under a police state, data protection concerns do not always alarm the ordinary citizen. We need to wake up, writes Fergal Crehan.

# read-me - Thursday 14 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Will Ireland see a new political party? Opinion

Column: Will Ireland see a new political party?

While public dissatisfaction offers fertile ground for any new party it does not guarantee any new party longevity or success, writes Mark Beegan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: As a new ‘peace fence’ goes up in Belfast, let’s remember that we cannot walk alone Opinion

Column: As a new ‘peace fence’ goes up in Belfast, let’s remember that we cannot walk alone

At a time when yet another interface barrier is going up in east Belfast, we should perhaps reflect on the words that Martin Luther King spoke 50 years ago, writes Peter Osborne.

From TheJournal.ie Lisa McInerney: Why are we so offhand about what’s influencing male body image? Opinion

Lisa McInerney: Why are we so offhand about what’s influencing male body image?

Actors like Chris Hemsworth are praised for their dedication when they lose weight for roles, while female actors are chided for being poor role models. But the reverential obsession with actors slimming radically for jobs is harmful.

# read-me - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Leaving it all behind – a Syrian family’s journey to safety Opinion

Column: Leaving it all behind – a Syrian family’s journey to safety

“I did not say a proper goodbye to my father and did not even bury him. I don’t know who did and where,” said Ahmed, whose family has been forced to move around – inside and outside Syria – for more than a year after a shell destroyed their home.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What is the role of human rights and foreign policy in a changing world? Opinion

Column: What is the role of human rights and foreign policy in a changing world?

The Tanaiste will have the opportunity to discuss this country’s red line for human rights abuses – past which Ireland will not tolerate. I urge him to take it, writes Mary Lawlor.

# read-me - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: People in the Philippines are desperate, stunned and hopeless Opinion

Column: People in the Philippines are desperate, stunned and hopeless

As a Filipino, I know we’re a resilient nation – but this time the devastation is so great that people are truly desperate. This sort of disaster is simply unprecedented, writes Dr Natasha Reyes.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why I ran the New York City marathon Opinion

Column: Why I ran the New York City marathon

For marathoners, New York City is one of the most spectacular routes in the world. The finishing line is a sight that never ceases to amaze or bring a torrent of emotion to the surface, writes Jackie Cahill.

# read-me - Monday 11 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: An oil spill in America provoked outrage, but other victims are more easily ignored Opinion

Column: An oil spill in America provoked outrage, but other victims are more easily ignored

People in the oil-producing areas of the Niger Delta have suffered thousands of oil spills – which have ruined livelihoods, public health and the environment. Why are they not being listened to? Because oil companies control information about the spills.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Collaboration, though not easy, is essential for charities to make a difference Opinion

Column: Collaboration, though not easy, is essential for charities to make a difference

It’s very rare that a social justice ‘win’ can be claimed by any one group – but when civil society organisations come together to fight for a cause, the results are inspiring, writes Anna Visser on National Giving Week.

# read-me - Sunday 10 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why is so much importance attached to engagement rings? Opinion

Column: Why is so much importance attached to engagement rings?

Amid all the life decisions, excitement about the future, and plans for a wedding, there’s one very small detail to which far too many people attach an incredible amount of significance: the engagement ring.

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Govt won’t admit it but we’ve been battered by new taxes Column

Damien Kiberd: Govt won’t admit it but we’ve been battered by new taxes

From the Universal Social Charge to the Local Property Tax, the Government has implemented a labyrinth of new taxes, both overt and covert.

# read-me - Saturday 9 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why I’m still afraid to come out to my friends and family Opinion

Column: Why I’m still afraid to come out to my friends and family

I’m 28 and in a committed, loving relationship but none of my friends or family know that – because I’ve never told them I’m gay. For all the talk of social acceptability, I still fear of losing the people I love.

# read-me - Friday 8 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Israel throws the spotlight on Gaza by refusing to facilitate passage for EU delegates Opinion

Column: Israel throws the spotlight on Gaza by refusing to facilitate passage for EU delegates

A refusal to admit EU delegates to Gaza brings fresh opportunity for scrutinising policies, actions and facts on the ground that adversely affect the people living there, writes Gary Spedding.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Design in an age of austerity – why we need to stimulate the creative economy Opinion

Column: Design in an age of austerity – why we need to stimulate the creative economy

Despite Ireland having produced world-class designers though the years, ‘design’ as a concept is often undervalued and misunderstood. It’s time for that to change, writes Professor Alex Milton.

# read-me - Thursday 7 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why is lung disease so prevalent in Ireland? Opinion

Column: Why is lung disease so prevalent in Ireland?

Ireland has one of the highest death rates from lung disease in Western Europe – only Belgium, Moldova, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan have higher mortality levels. Dr Edward McKone examines why.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why are so many people dismayed by honesty, and so few by pretence? Opinion

Column: Why are so many people dismayed by honesty, and so few by pretence?

After I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I was shocked by how many friends challenged my need to be open and honest about it, writes Patricia Tsouros.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘Facts invalidate Emer Costello’s anecdotes about Gaza’ Opinion

Column: ‘Facts invalidate Emer Costello’s anecdotes about Gaza’

Israeli ambassador to Ireland responds to Irish MEP’s statements about Israeli policy.

From Business ETC Column: We won’t give up the fight for international debt justice Opinion

Column: We won’t give up the fight for international debt justice

We are paying off debts that are not our own – but through consistent, popular resistance, our society can be free of this crisis, writes Nessa Ní Chasaide.

# read-me - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: What has psychology got to do with the internet? Opinion

Column: What has psychology got to do with the internet?

The internet provides an exceptional setting for social interactions that has a significant effect on people’s way of thinking, writes psychologist Yair Amichai-Hamburger.

# read-me - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Let’s see a vigorous, successful campaign for marriage equality Opinion

Column: Let’s see a vigorous, successful campaign for marriage equality

Ireland’s mainstream parties should now work together to guarantee equal rights and equal opportunities to all Irish citizens, regardless of sexuality, writes Mark Beegan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: We hope to ease the enormous pressure placed on mortgage holders Opinion

Column: We hope to ease the enormous pressure placed on mortgage holders

A new initiative spearheaded by the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation aims to help these borrowers and others who are reluctant to engage with the banks, writes Dr Constantin Gurdgiev.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The NSA spying scandal is coming at an awkward time for the US… Opinion

Column: The NSA spying scandal is coming at an awkward time for the US…

US spying worldwide threatens to undermine several US IT companies – like Google, Facebook, and Linkedin – as well as major US-led trade pacts, writes John O’Donnell.

# read-me - Monday 4 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Is parading culture in Northern Ireland under threat? Opinion

Column: Is parading culture in Northern Ireland under threat?

Any conversation about the parading culture in Northern Ireland needs to be honest and informed, writes Chair of the Parades Commission Peter Osborne.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Young people are the “forgotten mourners” Column

Column: Young people are the “forgotten mourners”

Supporting a child through grief can seem like a daunting process but it requires three simple human attributes, Aoife Mary O’Brien explains: honesty, patience, and empathy.

# read-me - Sunday 3 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Will we have a 32-county Fianna Fail? Opinion

Column: Will we have a 32-county Fianna Fail?

Micheál Martin has stabilised the party with relative ease and skill – but will he become the first leader of an Irish political party to lead a solely southern-based party into Northern Ireland?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Behavioural economics holds a mirror to the human mind Opinion

Column: Behavioural economics holds a mirror to the human mind

Conventional economics assumes people can easily and dispassionately calculate the pros and cons of their decisions, but most of us fall somewhere between Mr Spock and Homer Simpson when it comes to logical thinking.

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre Damien Kiberd

Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre

Rather than tackle these rather basic issues of numeracy and literacy, we are meddling with exam systems which may not be a problem at all.

# read-me - Saturday 2 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: As an Irish woman, I believe in wearing the remembrance poppy. Here’s why… Opinion

Column: As an Irish woman, I believe in wearing the remembrance poppy. Here’s why…

The poppy does not glorify warfare, death, or British nationalism – it recognises the senseless horror of our shared European past, which we have a moral duty to remember, writes Kate Bellamy.