Joyce Fegan: Managing my eco-anixety this Christmas is difficult

Joyce Fegan: Managing my eco-anixety this Christmas is difficult

I wonder if children had a choice, would they prefer if we got our act together to tackle climate change or bought them an array of presents from a bumper toy store, ...

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We must value those who 'care' as much as those who become a billionaire - President pays tribute to Peter McVerry Trust

We must value those who 'care' as much as those who become a billionaire - President pays tribute to Peter McVerry Trust

Caring professionals, not just billionaires, should be valued according to President Michael D Higgins.

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'I never knew how to read and write' - Meeting Fr Peter McVerry changed this Dublin man's life

'I never knew how to read and write' - Meeting Fr Peter McVerry changed this Dublin man's life

"I met Peter when I was 10 years of age. I was homeless and Peter asked me one day what I was doing walking around Summerhill all day."

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Joyce Fegan: It’s time we put our action where our outrage is

Joyce Fegan: It’s time we put our action where our outrage is

In the age of click-tivism, where every smartphone owner can have their two cents’ worth of outrage via their social media platform of choice, we’re ...

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Ending racism must be a priority but it must always be seen in its proper context

Ending racism must be a priority but it must always be seen in its proper context

The generosity and empathy of the average Irish citizen is of no surprise really. Haven’t we been seeking sanctuary abroad for centuries, asks Joyce Fegan

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Colleagues, friends, and family gather as Ireland bids farewell to Gaybo

Colleagues, friends, and family gather as Ireland bids farewell to Gaybo

As the organ of St Mary’s Pro Cathedral played every strata of Irish life into their seats for the funeral of Gay Byrne, a single butterfly flew amongst them. ...

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Why did two teenage boys murder a 14-year-old girl?

Why did two teenage boys murder a 14-year-old girl?

When our teenagers watch free, cheaply made porn, where women’s necks are held in a stranglehold as the rest of their bodies are used for pleasure, adults ...

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Barack Obama calls out smug intolerance of ‘woke’ culture

Barack Obama calls out smug intolerance of ‘woke’ culture

The former US president was right to say that we are all flawed and that ‘cancelling’ people online and demonising them for real or perceived transgressions ...

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Mary Robinson is right about climate activists

Mary Robinson is right about climate activists

Your conservative uncle needs to identify with the climate activist and then he needs to feel he can align with their actions and measures, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Special Report: Organic farmers are leading the charge to spark a green revolution

Special Report: Organic farmers are leading the charge to spark a green revolution

With the UN urging us to change our ways in the face of climate crisis, Joyce Fegan meets producers who say going organic isn’t just good for the environment ...

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Why are we all so afraid to be without our phones?

Why are we all so afraid to be without our phones?

What will I miss out on if I delete WhatsApp for a week, perhaps even a month? Would it be the same as not checking the postbox every five minutes pre-1998?

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What we all have in common is a desire to survive

What we all have in common is a desire to survive

We’re spending so much time being outraged and so little time taking action.A distracted citizen base is as easy to manipulate as a fearful one, writes Joyce ...

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#Budget2020 Case studies: How the public reacted to Paschal's Budget

#Budget2020 Case studies: How the public reacted to Paschal's Budget

Neil and Aileen Walker live in a timber-framed detached home built in the 1990s.

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Why are we so dishonest about mental health?

Why are we so dishonest about mental health?

This week, as the media talks about mental health, as big institutions make sure the topic is broached, why not try broaching it yourself in some small, gentle way, ...

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How a ‘wellbeing’ budget could care for the most vulnerable in society

How a ‘wellbeing’ budget could care for the most vulnerable in society

With Budget 2020 set for October 8, and with ‘fiscal space’ of some €700m, is there room for a focus on long-term wellbeing or just short-term tax ...

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Does Greta Thunberg make you feel uncomfortable?

Does Greta Thunberg make you feel uncomfortable?

In a world where we trade on instant gratification and sensationalism, would Greta Thunberg have succeeded in bringing your attention to climate change had she whispered ...

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For families of critically ill children, a home by hospital can be a lifesaver

For families of critically ill children, a home by hospital can be a lifesaver

Few things in life take more of a toll on a family than having a child critically ill in hospital — but, in the absence of State aid, there are some charities ...

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Lyric FM: What price do we pay for culture?

Lyric FM: What price do we pay for culture?

Every single thing always seems to come down to money, be that cuts or a potential return on investment. But where does culture fit into that equation, be that in ...

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How to stop feeling powerless in the face of climate change

How to stop feeling powerless in the face of climate change

Individuals have the capacity to generate momentum in the climate change crisis. Power is vested in the people and not in transient political careers.

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20 easy ways to go green

20 easy ways to go green

If you can’t march and you don’t want to be global activist, but you are still concerned about the planet, Joyce Fegan has 20 simple ways to go green.

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Book review: The Testaments brings Atwood's Handmaid's Tale to a definitive close

Book review: The Testaments brings Atwood's Handmaid's Tale to a definitive close

Margaret Atwood's latest book hasn't been released yet has already scored the author a nomination for the Booker Prize. While judging is shrouded in secrecy, Joyce ...

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The woman who wants you to know her name

The woman who wants you to know her name

In salvaging the fractured parts of herself to become whole again, Chanel Miller is elevating the #MeToo movement to another level. She has taken full control of ...

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A tale of two leaders: A teen and a prime ministerThis story is enriched with multi-media content

A tale of two leaders: A teen and a prime minister

Greta’s urgency is about the survival of our species and is informed by hard scientific research carried out on behalf of the common good. Boris’s urgency ...

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Consent classes for post primary students to be launched following university success

Consent classes for post primary students to be launched following university success

Consent classes are to be rolled out to secondary schools and sports clubs across the country.

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Sex education in schools: Too little, too late, and too biological

Sex education in schools: Too little, too late, and too biological

Sex education in our schools is being overhauled — and not before time — pupils, parents, and teachers tell Joyce Fegan

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Housing crisis hinders refugees from moving on with their lives

Housing crisis hinders refugees from moving on with their lives

At five months pregnant, and completely alone, an 18-year-old Pamela Bangura fled Sierra Leone to seek asylum in Ireland.

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Why we care more about a cathedral than a rainforest

Why we care more about a cathedral than a rainforest

“Some fires matter more than others, and while the fire in the Amazon hasn’t garnered nearly as much attention or money, the impactof the devastation ...

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Special report Day 2: It is time to give working parents a helping hand

Special report Day 2: It is time to give working parents a helping hand

The new National Childcare Scheme aims to make childcare more accessible and affordable for families. Joyce Fegan looks at the changes set to come into place from ...

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Black and white: Dolphin watchers confirm sightings of Spirtle off coast

Black and white: Dolphin watchers confirm sightings of Spirtle off coast

There is a famous dolphin in our midst — Spirtle the sunburned Scottish dolphin has made her way down the east coast of Ireland and is now swimming off the ...

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Special Report Day 1: Childcare costs stop many from going to work

Special Report Day 1: Childcare costs stop many from going to work

The economy is close to full employment and the last Census shows that there are 1.25m children under the age of 18 in the State. So how well is our childcare system ...

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210k medical card applications cancelled because people failed to provide documentation in time

210k medical card applications cancelled because people failed to provide documentation in time

The HSE made the determinations on 210,600 cases, based on the fact that their applicants had not supplied the requisite information within a reasonable time period. ...

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Dieting has no gain for children; just a lot of pain

Dieting has no gain for children; just a lot of pain

Weight loss is almost always temporary and followed by weight regain, and a cycle of loss and regain that is more harmful than being a stable, ‘heavier’ ...

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‘No ruling out of criminal involvement’ in Nóra Quoirin case

‘No ruling out of criminal involvement’ in Nóra Quoirin case

It is too early to rule out a criminal element in the death of Nóra Quoirin, her family’s lawyer has insisted.

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Dublin takes over as host of next World Science Fiction Convention

Dublin takes over as host of next World Science Fiction Convention

Researchers, scientists and writers will all sit down to tease out some of the world's most pressing issues as evolving technology rapidly changes our world.

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Wait continues for Nora’s family

Wait continues for Nora’s family

Nóra Quoirin’s parents should finally be given the postmortem results which will tell them how their daughter died.

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President and Taoiseach offer condolences to Nóra Quoirin’s family

President and Taoiseach offer condolences to Nóra Quoirin’s family

For more than a week, Nóra Quoirin’s parents have waited anxiously for news of their missing daughter — but this morning they hope to hear how ...

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Presidential bid could be next as Hazel Chu pledges never to let racism stop her

Presidential bid could be next as Hazel Chu pledges never to let racism stop her

The racist abuse that local councillor Hazel Chu has received has emboldened her to run for the Senate, as well as for President of Ireland.

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Call for hate-crime legislation to be introduced to tackle racism

Call for hate-crime legislation to be introduced to tackle racism

Brian Killoran has also called for hate-crime legislation to be introduced, as racism occurs in every walk of Irish life.

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Luas driver: 'Racist abuse from the elderly is the worst'

Luas driver: 'Racist abuse from the elderly is the worst'

Racist abuse from elderly people is more shocking than monkey chants, says Luas driver Lanre Bode Olayunji.

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Free speech has real-life repercussions

Free speech has real-life repercussions

In order to dismantle such discrimination, I suppose we do need constructive discourse between people of all views, but Twitter usually isn’t the best forum ...

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'Women have been failed again': Vicky Phelan responds to CervicalCheck report

'Women have been failed again': Vicky Phelan responds to CervicalCheck report

This week an independent rapid review into the screening programme by Professor Brian MacCraith found that more than 4,080 women had delayed HPV test results communicated ...

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Enda Kenny teams up with Bear Grylls to win charity boat race

Enda Kenny teams up with Bear Grylls to win charity boat race

Mr Kenny took part in a two-day charity sailing event off the Isle of Wight, which saw him and his teammate, adventurer Bear Grylls, lift the trophy for first place. ...

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Climate crisis now impacting the ability of land to sustain human life on earth: UN report

Climate crisis now impacting the ability of land to sustain human life on earth: UN report

We must change the way we use land and produce food if we are to save the planet, a UN climate report warns.

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Refugees 'struggling to access basic services' in emergency accommodation, says council

Refugees 'struggling to access basic services' in emergency accommodation, says council

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has said asylum seekers are struggling to access basic services such as healthcare, when in the State system.

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Greens list four climate change challenges for Ireland as farmers accuse party of 'cheap shots'

Greens list four climate change challenges for Ireland as farmers accuse party of 'cheap shots'

The Green Party and environmental NGO BirdWatch Ireland have called for major action after the latest UN climate report.

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HSE confirms hundreds of women got incorrect information in CervicalCheck letters

HSE confirms hundreds of women got incorrect information in CervicalCheck letters

The HSE has confirmed around 400 women have received letters from CervicalCheck containing incorrect information.

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Seeing is believing as coastline alive with top predators

Seeing is believing as coastline alive with top predators

The coast of Cork is alive with whales and top marine predators of all kinds.

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Files sent to DPP over naming of Ana Kriegel’s killers

Files sent to DPP over naming of Ana Kriegel’s killers

At least 10 files have been sent to the director of public prosecutions (DDP) by the gardaí after people allegedly identified Ana Kriegel’s murderers ...

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Taoiseach to apologise to women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal

Taoiseach to apologise to women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal

Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the apology after he and the Taoiseach met with members of the 221+ CervicalCheck patient support group.

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Drive seeks school supplies for 2,000 children in Direct Provision

Drive seeks school supplies for 2,000 children in Direct Provision

There is a nationwide call out for school supplies to help the more than 2,000 children currently living in the Direct Provision system.

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