Disabled LGBT+ young people face a battle just to be taken seriously

As young people navigate adolescence, they ask questions about their sexual attractions and how they understand gender.

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Extreme weather events will swamp emergency response

Our preparedness has improved, but unless politicians, particularly in the US, prioritise climate change action and carbon reductions, more catastrophe is inevitable, ...

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Ploughing faithful return after Storm Ali as event extended

People wondered if crowds would again flock to the National Ploughing Championships after Storm Ali caused the cancellation of Wednesday’s programme, writes ...

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Plenty can be done to protect children online

Children are online from a young age and we must ensure that once a child has access to the online world, their experiences are safe and positive, writes Alex Cooney. ...

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Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

The first step in conducting online propaganda efforts and misinformation campaigns is almost always a fake social media profile, writes Arun Vishwanath.

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Inadequate supports for refugees not just a Greek tragedy

Greek officials have given the Ministry of Migration 30 days to improve conditions in the camp on Moria island or close it down, writes Gordon Brown.

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Report calls for suite of changes in policing

The Future of Policing in Ireland report has thrown up a range of ‘issues’ that could see proposals get stuck or even sink in the resultant quagmire, ...

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Ali lands body blow to championships as late decision to cancel angers many

Ali, the boxer, said he “floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee”.

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The ‘real you’ is a myth – we constantly create false memories to achieve the identity we want

We all want other people to “get us” and appreciate us for who we really are. In striving to achieve such relationships, we typically assume that there ...

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Why the sexual objectification of men isn’t just a bit of fun

Perfectionism-driven social anxiety means young men will also be susceptible to ideological scripting of behaviour on TV, writes Peter Lucas.

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Michael Clifford: Transform, not reform, to change Garda culture

Outcomes of previous blueprints have never matched the ambition. Major upheaval, both internally and external to the force, will be required, writes Michael Clifford. ...

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Farmers upbeat despite weather events and Brexit threat

Biggest concern they express in ICMSA Farming Today survey is debt, and also complain of difficulty hiring staff, but two-thirds are otherwise positive, says Larry ...

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A good sport: Let’s keep the momentum going for women

The number of women taking part in sport and excelling at an international level has increased in recent years but barriers still exist, writes Dr Una May.

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ICMSA president: ‘We have a right to expect proper policy’

The annual three-day event where the nation’s attention turns to all matters faming, food production and rural-related begins today, writes ICMSA president ...

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Self-regulation versus legislative intervention

Revival of the Digital Safety Commissioner Bill reveals the strength of public outrage following recent controversies concerning online platforms, write Bryan McCarthy ...

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Fine Gael face uphill battle to regain rural support

With the number of targeted Government policy papers, action plans and long-term strategies published rural Ireland should have nothing to complain about.

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Putin’s approval ratings come under attack

Biting sanctions and a proposed increase in the retirement age are two of the factors that have impacted on the popularity of the Russian leader, writes Nina L Khrushcheva. ...

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Why saying sorry doesn’t have to be the hardest thing

The Scally Report into the CervicalCheck scandal has again highlighted the need for genuine apologies in cases of medical error, argues Mary-Elizabeth Tumelty.

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Labour Party think-in: We are ‘going nowhere fast and doomed if we don’t change’

“I am indifferent to Brendan Howlin.”

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How social networks can save lives when disasters strike

Soon after my family moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2005, we heard Mayor Ray Nagin’s first warnings about Hurricane Katrina, writes Daniel P. Aldrich.

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Analysis: Defensive Labour Party leader insists that he has no intention of stepping aside

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has no intention of stepping aside, despite ongoing calls for his resignation from grassroots members, he tells political correspondent ...

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Time to acknowledge that the real glass ceiling for women is childcare

Because our partners or husbands invariably earn more than we do, we are more likely to give up our jobs once we have children, and so we continue to be under-represented ...

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Fruits of labour a long way off as Government seek answer to housing crisis

Significant interventions in housing or the property market can often prompt mixed views.

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Put paternalism to bed in our health service

Female health scandals are almost two a penny. Health Correspondent Catherine Shanahan says it is high time for a health service chief keen to hear what women want

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Report may herald significant shakeup of security structures

People looking for a dramatic development in the shadowy area of security and intelligence may be already lining up to dismiss the expected proposals from the Policing ...

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Do not suffer in silence if you have an eating disorder – compassionate care is out there

Around 190,000 people will experience an eating disorder at some point in their lives but help and advice is available, writes Cormac Sheehan

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‘Commission of inquiry will not improve system’

A commission of investigation into the CervicalCheck scandal may be more trouble than it’s worth but it leaves the Government with a dilemma, writes Michael ...

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Why does it always happen to women?

The great fear is that the women who have been so dramatically and so appallingly failed by this State will be failed again, writes Daniel McConnell

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US Supreme Court is the real battleground

If conservative Brett Kavanaugh is appointed, he could weave president Donald Trump’s agenda into the fabric of American society for generations, writes Bette ...

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Victims of CervicalCheck scandal kept in the dark — again

If avoiding a commission of investigation was the motivation behind leaking part of the Scally Inquiry, it is now likely to achieve the exact opposite.

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Rocky voyage lies ahead on what could be Fianna Fáil leader’s last hurrah

Micheál Martin’s next move could make or break him, writes Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe

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We all have something to hide — our human right to privacy

The European Court of Human Rights is set to rule tomorrow on privacy rights and surveillance says Elizabeth Farries.

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'Every public representative in Ireland knows ... We have failed utterly to break the cycle of poverty'

The launch, this afternoon, of Barnardos Ireland's 2017 annual report marked the last address by Fergus Finlay as the charity's CEO. Read a partially edited transcript ...

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Sweden election: yes, the far right made gains, but we're not falling apart

Sweden is recovering after a very tense election night. The centre-right and the centre-left blocs have effectively secured very similar shares of the vote, but ...

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Is Twitter too big to fail?

Twitter wants to be a gigantic forum for everyone. But John Herman argues that a forum of this scale has perverse and dangerous consequences.

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Good news as media industry showing signs of recovery

The public’s trust in traditional journalism is increasing and more consumers are willing to pay for quality digital news, writes Alexandra Borchardt.

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Candidates limbering up for competitive race for the Áras

At least four candidates look set to challenge President Michael D Higgins for the Park in what is evolving into a mixed, competitive, and, so far, dignified race.

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The Taj Mahal is wasting away, and it may soon hit the point of no return

The Taj Mahal is a wonder of the modern world, but this national and international treasure needs swift and decisive action if it is not to lose its legendary lustre. ...

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Micheál Martin: This is not the time for the Taoiseach’s games

With the country beset by crises in health and housing and by Brexit, it is reckless to question the confidence-and-supply deal and flirt with instability, says ...

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Rumours of Labour’s death are greatly exaggerated

The bleak picture of socialism proclaiming its imminent extinction does not do justice to a reality which is more mundane writes Kathleen Lynch

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The (single-use plastic) egg on Electric Picnic’s face

Electric Picnic had a plethora of bins for plastics and compostable waste, but its litter-strewn aftermath showed that we are all more than a little environmentally ...

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Should writers only write what they know? What I learned from my research

Is taking a walk in other people’s shoes as effective a writing method as many authors believe?

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Influx of male migrants sparks primordial defensive response

Evolutionary psychology, which stresses competition for females, can add another dimension to our understanding of anti-immigrant mood, says Daniel Gros.

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Apple’s $1 trillion value doesn’t mean it’s the ‘biggest’ company

Apple became the world's 'biggest' company because of its sky-high valuation. But in the past, the largest companies were known for more meaningful metrics such ...

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BlacKkKlansman: what Spike Lee's new film misses out

The much-hyped new film release BlacKkKlansman has once again brought the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to public notice, writes Kristofer Allerfeldt.

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Once upon a time: A modern fairytale of dragons in Ireland ...

This is a modern fairytale for the infants settling into their school desks for the first time this September, writes Cormac MacConnell.

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'Time to opt out of the charade that is communion and confirmation'

As the dust settles from the Pope’s visit and children head back to school, it's time for more parents to have the courage of their convictions and opt out ...

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Did big economies get it wrong after the crash?

Nothing prevents the US economy from being run in a way that spreads the wealth except the greed of the elite, writes Joseph Stiglitz.

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Social media has made school children more fashion conscious than ever – and parents are footing the bill

New pencil cases, shoes, bags and coats might line the classrooms, but for many parents, the additional financial strain associated with sending their teenagers ...

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Genes shown to influence how well children do throughout their time at school

Children differ widely in how well they do at school. In recent years, researchers have shown that around two-thirds of differences in school achievement can be ...

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