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# read-me - Monday 12 May, 2014

From TheJournal.ie PJ Gallagher: ‘You live more in five minutes on a bike than most people do in a lifetime’ Volunteering

PJ Gallagher: ‘You live more in five minutes on a bike than most people do in a lifetime’

Telling jokes to buy bikes and riding bikes to save lives – Comedian PJ Gallagher on finding a passion for volunteering.

# read-me - Sunday 11 May, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Extract: How ‘throwing at cocks’ took root in Ireland Blood Sports

Extract: How ‘throwing at cocks’ took root in Ireland

Professor James Kelly explains how tying a rooster to a post and throwing sticks at it until it died was considered sport in the 17th century.

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: They say €240 per year for water. Sure. For now. Opinion

Damien Kiberd: They say €240 per year for water. Sure. For now.

Damien Kiberd finds the election promise of an ‘average’ water charge is as leaky as a badly-laid pipe.

# read-me - Saturday 10 May, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: “Why Us?” – The reason Ireland has not won a Eurovision since 1996 Always Another Year

Opinion: “Why Us?” – The reason Ireland has not won a Eurovision since 1996

We thought we had the makings of a Eurovision winner – but what are we doing wrong?

# read-me - Friday 9 May, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Diary of a First Time Dad: Teething time and becoming Don Draper Column

Diary of a First Time Dad: Teething time and becoming Don Draper

Working long hours, with a wife and child at home, reverted me to a 1950s style husband until somebody (not me) spoke up.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I felt helpless. The child needed hospital treatment, but I could only give some medicine Doctors Without Borders

Opinion: I felt helpless. The child needed hospital treatment, but I could only give some medicine

Dr Natalie Robers describes her time in Central African Republic where small children of six or seven carry machetes and villages live in fear.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There were days I struggled. I wished I could call in sick and not have to pretend Mental Health Days

Opinion: There were days I struggled. I wished I could call in sick and not have to pretend

Should employers be receptive to employees calling in sick for a mental health issue – they should be, writes an anonymous contributor.

# read-me - Thursday 8 May, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Is James Franco trolling us all? Method Acting?

Opinion: Is James Franco trolling us all?

His behaviour has been odd to say the least, so is Franco engaging in a little method acting?

# read-me - Sunday 4 May, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Some very solid reasons why the banking inquiry will fail to deliver Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Some very solid reasons why the banking inquiry will fail to deliver

“This country is suffering from paralysis by analysis”.

# read-me - Saturday 3 May, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: How we lost our shame of being glued to the TV Opinion

Column: How we lost our shame of being glued to the TV

The small screen, once home to has-been actors and low-budget dross, has been revolutionised, writes Dave Winterlich.

# read-me - Sunday 27 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Teachers do, literally, run the country Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Teachers do, literally, run the country

But it hasn’t helped them as those old-school types have made it next to impossible for young qualified types to get a permanent job.

# read-me - Thursday 24 April, 2014

From Business ETC Column: The digital world can support journalism – but who is supporting journalists? Opinion

Column: The digital world can support journalism – but who is supporting journalists?

A code and compass is needed to guide journalism through the challenges of going online, writes an NUJ Ethics Council member.

# read-me - Sunday 20 April, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits Opinion

Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits

With the EU forcing us into a ‘devaluation for slow learners’, isn’t it time we look closer at what exactly the euro has done for us?

# read-me - Sunday 13 April, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Michael Noonan wants house prices to rise so we can emerge from this cul-de-sac Opinion

# read-me - Sunday 6 April, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash… Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash…

…but this might not be a Bad Thing.

# read-me - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: My life as an ex-pat and the joy of finally coming home Homeward Bound

Column: My life as an ex-pat and the joy of finally coming home

At the height of the recession, thousands of Irish people found employment and new lives abroad. Now, many are returning to Ireland, especially as the economy starts to get back on its feet, Matthew Jones writes.

# read-me - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: Labour should be pushing for social democracy, rather than abandoning it Income Tax Cuts

Column: Labour should be pushing for social democracy, rather than abandoning it

With Labour backing income tax cuts in next year’s budget, Colm Ó Broin asks if the party is abandoning its support for social democracy.

# read-me - Sunday 23 March, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: If prices are deflating, why are we feeling poorer? Column

Damien Kiberd: If prices are deflating, why are we feeling poorer?

Statisticians tell us inflation is a memory but what lies beneath – massive premiums on childcare, health insurance, water tax and more – is a better measure of the pain consumers feel.

# read-me - Sunday 16 March, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: Going to see with the pirates… memories of an early Phantom FM Breaking The Law

Column: Going to see with the pirates… memories of an early Phantom FM

“My heart nearly flung itself up through my gob and into the fireplace”… One of the ‘Two Richies’ recalls that fateful call-up from the mysterious ‘Phantom Towers’.

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery’s head was served up on a plate Opinion

Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery’s head was served up on a plate

‘Spin doctors? But who the hell is sick?’ To paraphrase the TV drama Borgen, Frank Flannery’s dismissal uncovers some uncomfortable truths about ‘access all areas’ PR in politics.

# read-me - Friday 14 March, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: How we lost St Patrick’s Day Opinion This post contains a poll

Column: How we lost St Patrick’s Day

As I watched the St Patrick’s Day parade march down New York’s Fifth Avenue, the true meaning of our national holiday struck me. And it made me realise many of us fail to understand what March 17 actually represents for our small nation, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Sunday 9 March, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU? Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU?

And more to the point – are we “f**ked and brainwashed” by the ‘European Project’?

# read-me - Sunday 2 March, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle Column

Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle

When the economy collapsed the banks got top priority. Building workers and people who need social housing were far down the pecking order. Now they’re telling us a miracle is on the way…

# read-me - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin Opinion

Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin

With a constant flow of leaks, jousting between journalists and politicians, and the resulting war of words spinning out of control, the casualties in the Garda Ombudsman conflict will be high, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Monday 24 February, 2014

# read-me - Sunday 23 February, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble – but not as we know it Opinion

Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble – but not as we know it

A glut of cash buyers, homeowners anchored by negative equity and tracker mortgages – in Dublin, the situation for young people trying to buy is alarming.

# read-me - Sunday 16 February, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven

Official Ireland does not like inconvenient truths – which is why Trinity professor Jim Stewart’s spot-on research makes it defensive.

# read-me - Sunday 9 February, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate – I beg to differ Opinion

Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate – I beg to differ

RTÉ would do well to remember the story of Jurgen Klinsmann’s dive in the 1990 World Cup and the effect that had on schoolboy footballers for years to come.

# read-me - Thursday 6 February, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why are we still dying to party? Column

Column: Why are we still dying to party?

The Stardust fire happened 33 years ago, but we still have not learned the lessons of that horrific night, writes Paul Allen.

# read-me - Sunday 26 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon’s funeral such a lonely affair? Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon’s funeral such a lonely affair?

Psychopath or a good soldier? The ‘no show’ of global leaders at his final goodbye nods to a life of contradictions.

# read-me - Sunday 19 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Ireland’s real friend in Europe is not who you think Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Ireland’s real friend in Europe is not who you think

When the chips are down, Ireland has always been able to count on Britain – so why don’t we support them if they want to leave the EU?

# read-me - Sunday 12 January, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn’t lecture Middle East on human rights? Opinion

Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn’t lecture Middle East on human rights?

Were they not correct to put the business interests of Ireland first? And what about those other human rights abusers Ireland conveniently chooses to ignore?

# read-me - Thursday 9 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead Opinion

Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix… Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix…

…And why their tech confusion means there is no logic in how they price its shares.

# read-me - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Analysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government Column

Analysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government

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

From TheJournal.ie Gerry Adams: It’s time to define an entirely new relationship between Ireland and Britain Opinion

Gerry Adams: It’s time to define an entirely new relationship between Ireland and Britain

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy

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

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well Opinion

Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty – but banks still losing their senses Opinion

Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty – but banks still losing their senses

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Atheist gatherings take the positive aspects of church like the sense of community and self-reflection Opinion

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.