LOUISE O'NEILL: West Cork Women Against Violence centre fighting on behalf of us all

Last month, I spent a morning at the West Cork Women Against Violence centre (WCWAV) in Bantry, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Louise O'Neill: Sometimes people who are struggling can behave in ways that are hard to understand. What do we do when we are confronted by that?

The news that a documentary on Back to Black, Amy Winehouse’s seminal album, is due out next month was so exciting that I immediately started listening to her music on repeat.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Powerful predators are now being punished instead of a slap on the wrist

It’s almost a year since the New York Times and The New Yorker published stories claiming the movie producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed, assaulted, and raped dozens of women.

In their toppling of the King, those journalists set into motion one of the most important reckonings about gender, sexuality, and politics that we have seen in the 21st century.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Homelessness is an issue that we must work together to eliminate

No one chooses to be homeless, and it’s something that could happen to any of us, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Women have been told that we should aspire to thinness

I was pleasantly surprised to see Tess Holliday on the cover of the October issue of Cosmopolitan.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'Always use condoms: Many STIs are treatable but not curable'

It’s usually around this time that I’m asked to share any advice I might have for the newest college freshers and I look over my shoulder, panicked, searching for a Real Adult in the vicinity. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'Now, I understand why people call this place magical'

For a while, it felt as if I was the only author in Ireland who hadn’t gone on an artist’s retreat to the famed Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: For most people recovery will be a series of false starts and empty promises

Keep fighting. The human instinct to survive is stronger than you could ever imagine, writes Louise O'Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: We must remember we are only human

We think we should struggle in life. But really, all we have to do is let go and ask a higher power for help, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I was half human child and half sea creature, salt running through my veins

I was adamant that I was not going to be one of those writers who constantly drones on about their ‘process’ — don’t mind me, I don’t have any notions! I promise! — but when I made the decision to take this summer to refill the creative well before starting a new book in the autumn, I found myself becoming the very thing which I despise. (I’m so sorry.)

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LOUISE O'NEILL: The more I spent, the more I hoped each purchase could fill that void inside me

Yes, the fashion industry itself has many issues but at its very best, it is an art form. And isn’t feminism, at its very core, about choice? asks Louise O’Neill

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