Lone mothers carry their children and a stigma imposed by the State

Lone mothers carry their children and a stigma imposed by the State

Some children are more equal than others.

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The foul-smelling, polluting car must be driven out of our cities

The foul-smelling, polluting car must be driven out of our cities

Cars are killing us. They are killing our cities.

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Death by doughnuts not to blame for Catholics hitting early graves

Death by doughnuts not to blame for Catholics hitting early graves

Some experts suggest overindulgence leads Catholics to early graves, and some have suggested the Famine led to genetic changes, writes Victoria White

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Another woman in ‘weak’ position being told what to do with baby

Another woman in ‘weak’ position being told what to do with baby

It was 1984. The country had just voted two-to-one to pass the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution to prohibit legal abortion, except when a woman’s life ...

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Why can’t we regulate internet and protect children like Ana?

Why can’t we regulate internet and protect children like Ana?

Victoria White My daughter has been away for the last three weeks.

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Eliminating plastic waste at source should be prioritised over recycling

Eliminating plastic waste at source should be prioritised over recycling

No way is it enough to focus on recycling the plastic we produce. We have got to produce less plastic, writes Victoria White

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Ill-judged full-time work incentive for mothers not what children need

The Government seems intent on making going home after school impossible for as many children as they can, says Victoria White.

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What will change first: Climate or our politicians’ slow reaction to it?

What will change first: Climate or our politicians’ slow reaction to it?

If it's a climate emergency for slow learners then Leo is the slowest in the class.

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Local democracy has been diluted: Elected mayors can help restore it

Local democracy has been diluted: Elected mayors can help restore it

Phil Hogan, as minister for the environment and local government, just about destroyed local democracy in the run-up to his Local Government Act of 2014 and I took ...

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Beef farming crisis an opportunity to re-evaluate the entire industry

Beef farming crisis an opportunity to re-evaluate the entire industry

It reallly is the new political frontier. Richard Bruton, the minister who has responsibility for policy on climate change, was questioned by Labour’s Joan ...

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Role of this State’s Protestants will be crucial in post-Brexit Ireland

Role of this State’s Protestants will be crucial in post-Brexit Ireland

The problem with Brexit is that it seems to restate the choice: are you Irish or are you British? says Victoria White

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Accountability needed to save lives as suicide data severely lacking

Accountability needed to save lives as suicide data severely lacking

I was stopped in my tracks last week by a beautiful picture in this newspaper of lovely young Sandra Russell being kissed by a handsome man called John Broderick ...

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The truth of the Mother and Baby Homes lies buried with the bodies

The truth of the Mother and Baby Homes lies buried with the bodies

When I read that skeletal remains, indicating an infant “on its left side”, lie in a structure that was probably designed for sewage, in the former grounds ...

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Suddenly, France’s sense of the sacred is burning brightly again

Suddenly, France’s sense of the sacred is burning brightly again

Fear of the loss of transcendence hurts people most about the fire in Notre Dame cathedral, writes Victoria White

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Chaotic Brexit serves to illustrate how much we need EU integration

Chaotic Brexit serves to illustrate how much we need EU integration

As we stand helplessly on the brink of calamity for our nearest neighbour and collateral damage for us, let’s face some home truths

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There shouldn’t have to be scandals before we get political action

The culture of our maternity services has not changed, three years into the national strategy, writes Victoria White

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Properly funded Sláintecare would make Ireland a healthy place to live

Properly funded Sláintecare would make Ireland a healthy place to live

We are the only country in Western Europe which doesn’t provide free, universal access to primary care, writes Victoria White

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We must embrace our Muslim community as part of who we are

We must embrace our Muslim community as part of who we are

New Zealanders didn’t think they were a target, either. Our gun control is better.

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Why are children left to school us in the facts of climate change?

Why are children left to school us in the facts of climate change?

There is something eerily powerful about 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg’s TED Talk about her “School Strike for Climate”.

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Lebanon leads the way in showing mercy to those fleeing Syrian war

Lebanon leads the way in showing mercy to those fleeing Syrian war

Lebanon, in crisis since its own civil war and now overwhelmed by one million Syrian refugees depends on charities like Home of Hope to cater for its countless street ...

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Single mothers of young children among most important workers

Single mothers of young children among most important workers

Our lone parents have the second highest rate of severe, persistent poverty among lone parents across the 15 most developed EU countries

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High functioning idealism is of no benefit to disturbed autistic children

High functioning idealism is of no benefit to disturbed autistic children

Victoria White A child’s chances of inclusion in wider society are greatly enhanced if he or she manages to model behaviour which is more like other people’s. ...

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Mammies can only take so much abuse before they go to pieces

Mammies can only take so much abuse before they go to pieces

This year’s new autism strategy must see disabled children as part of a family eco-system which needs careful preservation, writes Victoria White

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'If women’s care has been undervalued, so too have men’s physical strength and their lives'This story is enriched with multi-media content

'If women’s care has been undervalued, so too have men’s physical strength and their lives'

Last weekend three ex-soliders with experience of homelessness slept rough in Dublin in sleeping bags bearing the Tricolour.

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We are nothing if we do not act on the promptings of our conscience

We are nothing if we do not act on the promptings of our conscience

Even a crash-out Brexit will be a children’s birthday party compared with what has been, and is being, suffered by the Palestinian people, writes Victoria ...

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I want a law that finally shows neighbourhood salesmen the door

I want a law that finally shows neighbourhood salesmen the door

Many of those ‘selling services’ are checking out which houses are vulnerable to being burgled, writes Victoria White

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What’s to chew over? Saving planet, and ourselves, must be on menu

What’s to chew over? Saving planet, and ourselves, must be on menu

The so-called Planetary Health Diet is significantly healthier than the Business as Usual diet... a win for the planet, says Victoria White.

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We face a climate scenario where all bets are off for humanity

We face a climate scenario where all bets are off for humanity

The European Commission will impose fines on us for busting our renewables and emissions targets. We may pay out €3bn in fines over the next decade, writes ...

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Look around Europe — can you tell me World War I is over?

Look around Europe — can you tell me World War I is over?

Among the worst atrocities carried out in the so-called inter-war period happened during the tussle for territory between the Greeks and Turks, writes Victoria White ...

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Many thousands of people in this state have no say in what they eat. Time to put that right

Many thousands of people in this state have no say in what they eat. Time to put that right

Imagine if you had to eat what you were given, day after day, week after week, for a year or more, writes Victoria White

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Delay in diagnosis may impact a child’s development for life

Delay in diagnosis may impact a child’s development for life

In some cases, this delay in providing services to a young child will impact the child’s development for life.

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Government will feel the heat if it fails to lead on climate change

Government will feel the heat if it fails to lead on climate change

Victoria White It was one of the turning points of our national relationship with climate change: Mary Daniels rang Liveline because she had booked to bring her ...

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Struggling to learn lessons from tales of special needs in schools

Struggling to learn lessons from tales of special needs in schools

On Tuesday morning I posted on the closed Facebook page of a group which offers sports and activities to children with autism asking parents whose kids had been ...

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State finally admits that children under five do better at home

We’ve had two decades of relentless government propaganda for centre-based care from as early an age as possible, writes Victoria White.

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White.

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Greatest systems failure in cancer care, healthcare is in political system

Greatest systems failure in cancer care, healthcare is in political system

The question must be asked of Fianna Fáil how, after 61 years in charge of the health service, they did not leave us a single-tier public health care, writes ...

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