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# read-me - Thursday 9 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead Opinion

Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead

MEP outlines her arguments for opposing Eirgrid’s Gridlink infrastructure plan, which would see giant pylons across rural areas.

# read-me - Sunday 5 January, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men invest in Netflix… Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men invest in Netflix…

…And why their tech confusion means there is no logic in how they price its shares.

# read-me - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Analysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government Column

Analysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government

Ahead of tonight’s reportedly controversial Oliver Callan sketch, Dr Ciara Meehan looks at how Hall’s Pictorial Weekly is associated with the defeat of the then-government in 1977 – but questions whether it was really to blame.

# read-me - Friday 27 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Gerry Adams: It’s time to define an entirely new relationship between Ireland and Britain Opinion

Gerry Adams: It’s time to define an entirely new relationship between Ireland and Britain

Commentators have portrayed State visits between Ireland and Britain, such as Michael D Higgins’s trip next year, as proof that the issue of British involvement in Irish affairs has been settled. It hasn’t, argues the Sinn Féin President.

# read-me - Sunday 22 December, 2013

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy

Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.

# read-me - Saturday 21 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well Opinion

Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well

People working in charities have mortgages and kids and wants and desires. The sector can’t hope to recruit and retain top class people, capable of running very complex operations, if they offer significantly less than the private sector.

# read-me - Sunday 15 December, 2013

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty – but banks still losing their senses Opinion

Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty – but banks still losing their senses

The target borrower for banks is often a high net worth individual living overseas: ordinary owner-occupiers can go and whistle.

# read-me - Friday 13 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Atheist gatherings take the positive aspects of church like the sense of community and self-reflection Opinion

Column: Atheist gatherings take the positive aspects of church like the sense of community and self-reflection

The Sunday Assembly, which takes place this Sunday is a gathering of a godless congregation of over 100 people, with ages ranging from 7 to 70.

# read-me - Thursday 12 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Michael O’Leary turned Santa because he had to Opinion

Column: Michael O’Leary turned Santa because he had to

Ryanair customers feeling the love – because social media has the power to make or break the business.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: One month on from Typhoon Haiyan it’s essential we get people back to work Opinion

Column: One month on from Typhoon Haiyan it’s essential we get people back to work

The devastation is still apparent, writes Clare Ahern, who says it’s vital that people’s livelihoods are now restored.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Our fragile health insurance market faces collapse if age groups aren’t balanced Opinion

Column: Our fragile health insurance market faces collapse if age groups aren’t balanced

Clearly insurers are not building a mixed age profile of customers under their own steam, writes Patricia Conboy, who says those that don’t should be penalised.

# read-me - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘I attended Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and he will be missed’ Opinion

Column: ‘I attended Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and he will be missed’

The obscenity of the apartheid system was brought home to me when Bishop Desmond Tutu visited Ireland in 1984 and he shared his stories, writes Joe Murray, who says the world has lost a unique leader.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release, it must continue Opinion

Column: The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release, it must continue

Mandela did not topple white rule single-handedly – nor did he ever claim to, writes David Cronin, who says that while he retains a deep admiration for Mandela, he did turn his back on some of his beliefs.

From TheJournal.ie Column: An itch, a rash, warts – this makes people get an STI test, but often there are no symptoms Opinion

Column: An itch, a rash, warts – this makes people get an STI test, but often there are no symptoms

Many STIs are symptomless and can be transmitted through oral sex too, writes Tricia Purcell, who says young people need to be better educated about their sexual health.

# read-me - Sunday 8 December, 2013

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong

Ireland Inc. got the thumbs-up as the best place to do business. The glossy magazine headline hides a less attractive truth about tax, unemployment and Stalinist powers.

# read-me - Sunday 1 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe – but cautious too Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe – but cautious too

Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Doing the hokey cokey or pleading poverty at the back door of the Bundesbank?

# read-me - Thursday 28 November, 2013

From Business ETC Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism Opinion

Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism

With employment figures finally on the up and job announcements by the likes of Microsoft making the headlines, it is time to start cheerleading our thriving start-up sector, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The countdown to Scotland’s referendum is on – but many questions remain Opinion

Column: The countdown to Scotland’s referendum is on – but many questions remain

The landmark referendum is to be held next September but, whatever the outcome, questions remain over how it might affect national identity and government policy in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, writes Natalie Tennyson.

# read-me - Monday 25 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Eyes to the sky – Comet ISON might just be visible Opinion

Column: Eyes to the sky – Comet ISON might just be visible

Comet ISON is just days away from its close encounter with the sun, writes Conor Farrell, who tells us more about this ‘sungrazer’ comet.

From TheJournal.ie Column: A review of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy law is underway, but what can we expect? Opinion

Column: A review of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy law is underway, but what can we expect?

The Children and Family Relationships Bill is proposing a sweeping and comprehensive review of an area of law that touches all of our lives, writes Katherine Irwin.

# read-me - Sunday 24 November, 2013

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: ‘Top-up’ payments part of a game whose rules need to change Opinion

Damien Kiberd: ‘Top-up’ payments part of a game whose rules need to change

“The model of social partnership promoted since 1987 relies for its internal cohesion on permitting people at various levels within the system to milk that system for their own benefit.”

# 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.