# read-me - Today’s News
How much do you know about one of nature’s most terrifying phenomenons?
# read-me - Thursday 9 January, 2014
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
…And why their tech confusion means there is no logic in how they price its shares.
# read-me - Tuesday 31 December, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ryanair customers feeling the love – because social media has the power to make or break the business.
# read-me - Wednesday 11 December, 2013
The devastation is still apparent, writes Clare Ahern, who says it’s vital that people’s livelihoods are now restored.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Comet ISON is just days away from its close encounter with the sun, writes Conor Farrell, who tells us more about this ‘sungrazer’ comet.
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
“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
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.