# read-me - Friday 22 November, 2013
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
While public dissatisfaction offers fertile ground for any new party it does not guarantee any new party longevity or success, writes Mark Beegan.
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.
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
“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.
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
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.
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.
We switch phone, car insurance, and utility providers if we spot a better deal somewhere else – but just one in four of us has ever changed bank accounts. Do the banks really deserve such loyalty? asks Michael Dowling.
# read-me - Monday 11 November, 2013
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.
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Israeli ambassador to Ireland responds to Irish MEP’s statements about Israeli policy.
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
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
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.
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.
# read-me - Monday 4 November, 2013
Any conversation about the parading culture in Northern Ireland needs to be honest and informed, writes Chair of the Parades Commission Peter Osborne.
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
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?
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.
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
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.