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November 2023
Surrealing in the Years: Smaller venues not enough to hold Irish solidarity for Palestine
Irish politicians are facing pressure to take more concrete steps to push back against Israeli attacks.
Recipes: Lemon drizzle and blackberry crumble cakes to warm you up in the cold
Pastry chef Shane Smith shares some seasonal baking recipes to liven up the shorter days.
Opinion: Budget 2024 mortgage tax relief - is it too little, too late?
The budgetary measure of support for mortgage holders is welcome, but inadequate, says Mark Coan.
Peter Flanagan is on holidays: 'It’s fake news’ my guide said, a little too defensively
The comedian and writer visits Albania and says the blossoming tourist trade offers hope to the people there.
October 2023
Analysis: A land war won't go well and faltering international support means the world knows it
Professor of Peace Studies Paul Rogers says Israel cannot hope to bring any kind of end to the conflict with a ground offensive.
Discover TG4's jam-packed November schedule
Enjoy cosy nights at home with some must-watch TV.
Dog Behaviourist: We have a dog welfare crisis in Ireland that we can no longer ignore
Suzi Walsh tackles the reality behind the ‘cute puppy’ trends and asks those looking for dogs to adopt, not shop.
Collective punishment in Gaza: 'An old and familiar tactic, on a new and devastating scale'
Professor Shane Darcy looks at the meaning of collective punishment as an instrument of war and asks if this is what is now happening in Gaza.
Larry Donnelly: A new House Speaker has been elected in the US - Mike Johnson, now what?
Our columnist looks at the right-wing constitutional lawyer and close associate of Trump is now the House Speaker and hence an extremely powerful man.
No scare at Halloween: How to avoid narcissists and other manipulators of the dating world
Life coach and dating expert Jeanne Sullivan Billeci looks at the best advice out there for anyone hoping to avoid dating a narcissist.
Dr Catherine Conlon: Sewage in our waterways has huge health and environmental consequences
The public health doctor looks at the latest EPA wastewater treatment report and the damage that sewage-infected water can cause to our health and environment.
Doctor: 'I have lived through many wars in Gaza - this one is different - we've lost so many'
Dr Hassan, who cycles to patients now because there is no fuel for his car says Israel is bombing crowded places, ‘they are bombing everywhere’.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: Israel's diplomatic mission to Ireland has had a rocky few years
The DCU Professor of Politics looks at testy and tense relations between Ireland and Israel in recent years.
Foggie Field at Kilruddery: The perfect living blend just over 20 minutes from Dublin
Just minutes from the seaside and less than half an hour from Dundrum Shopping Centre.
Excerpt: Born in a Dublin tenement, Michael Healy set the bar for excellence in stained glass
Dr David Caron shares his insights from his book Michael Healy, 1873-1941: An Túr Gloine’s stained glass pioneer.
Opinion: Time for new thinking on how to close the funding gap for women tech founders
TechFoundHer’s Máirín Murray says genuine equality of opportunity is needed now for women in business.
Extract: 'She is funny and puts herself down, but in a funny way, so it’s okay'
Mia Döring shares an extract from the new Sunday Miscellany: A Selection 2018-2023 which is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards’s sponsored category.
Extract: Our mother was left vulnerable after we lost our father during the kidnapping standoff
Tommy Conlon and Ronan McGreevy share a chapter from their new book about the kidnap of Don Tidey, The Kidnapping.
Money Diaries: An accountant on €73K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is busy juggling socialising and working and wondering where all the money goes.
John Gibbons: We must turn to nature if we're serious about tackling extreme flooding
The environmental journalist and commentator says multi-million flood barriers are not the answer – nature is.
Parenting: 'As a rough guide, I would say to expect 78 new WhatsApp groups per child, per term'
Parents cannot escape the dozens of WhatsApp groups – from sports clubs to schools – that enter their lives, writes Margaret Lynch.
Surrealing in the Years: RTÉ should utilise 'surprise Dolly Parton' strategy more often
Also this week: flood defence situation doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, does it?
Extract: We searched for photos of momentous events as well as ordinary people's lives
A Nation Is Born is a new book by Michael B. Barry and John O’Byrne which is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards’s sponsored category.
Bobby McDonagh: In seeking full truth, we must avoid picking sides between the two narratives
The former Irish Ambassador says many expect Ireland to align itself exclusively with one side or another, but we must instead grapple with the full, complex truth.
Money Diaries: Have you been affected by rising costs? Would you like to keep a diary for us?
We are asking readers to keep a Money Diary to let us know how your spending and savings are changing.
Lynn Ruane: NDAs have been misused as a tool to enforce a culture of silence - this has to stop
The senator has a new bill to prevent the use of NDAs in instances of abuse and bullying in the workplace.
Opinion: The human toll of violence in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel is staggering
Karol Balfe of ActionAid outlines what her colleagues are witnessing on the ground in Gaza and says the lives of civilians must be prioritised.
Opinion: The Citizens' Assembly on Drug Use has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to effect change
Our authors urge the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs, which meets for the final time this weekend, to be bold in their recommendations.
Money Diaries: A software engineer on €62K living in Dublin and saving for a home
This week, our reader is working and hiking and trying not to overdo the supermarket visits.
Opinion: 'I was 20, alone in the hospital and they told me I had a brain tumour'
Katie Sweeney shares her story of diagnosis of a brain tumour and stage 4 cancer and how she’s had to dig deep to battle through it all.
Extract: 'With the GAA's nationalist ties, Irish soccer faced a strong challenge'
Conor Curran shares an extract from his book, Soccer and Society in Dublin.
Menopause and the workplace: 'It's just as important as the mental health of employees'
Loretta Dignam of The Menopause Hub and Eimear Scully of Medical Supply Company outline what can be done by employers for women in menopause.
Surrealing in the Years: Thoughtless celebrity commentary on Gaza crisis will make things worse
Popular commentary on the crisis is leading us to the precipice of something even more dangerous.
The president has referred the Judicial Appointments Bill to the Supreme Court - what now?
Law professor David Kenny looks at President Higgins’ decision to refer the Bill to the Supreme Court this week.
Larry Donnelly: Moderate voices now matter most in the Middle East amid all the hate and anger
Our columnist looks at the extreme rhetoric from both sides after the Hamas attack this week.
Analysis: Our new figures show we now need a national conversation about home care
Joseph Musgrave of Home & Community Care Ireland says it’s time to reassess how we view ageing and care for older people.
Pádraic Fogarty: This week's budget signals the birth of a new nature economy
The environmental campaigner gives a broad welcome to the new climate fund announced in the Budget.
Opinion: The budget gave us baby steps forward when a giant leap for young children was needed
Frances Byrne of Early Childhood Ireland says the government could and should have gone further to fund the sector this week.
Apartheid has led to this Middle East escalation and it's civilians who will pay the price
Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne of Trinity College Dublin looks at the build-up to this week’s attacks in Palestine – Israel and the potential fallout after.
Analysis: Older people are vulnerable to poverty - more should have been done for them
Mary Murphy of Age Action says there are some positives in the budget but the government could have gone further.
Therapist: If we prioritise mental health as a society, we will reap the benefits
Psychotherapist Séamus Sheedy looks at how important mental well-being is and has some tips for minding yourself.
Tom Clonan: International community needs to intervene to stop a catastrophe in the Middle East
The senator says terrorist attacks by Hamas have not advanced the cause of the Palestinian people.