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October 2023
Pensions: Confusion and delay - when will the auto-enrolment train arrive at the station?
Ralph Benson of Moneycube looks at the planned changes to pensions and has some advice for employees and employers.
Opinion: 'I am one of those trapped in fuel poverty - please don't forget us in the budget'
Anne is a widow living alone in Dublin. She outlines the stress and anxiety that fuel poverty has caused her.
Money Diaries follow-up: A data scientist on $175K who has moved to the US for work
This week, our reader revisits the money diary after keeping one in 2020. Life has changed a lot.
Dr Chris Luke: What exactly happens to your body when you take cocaine?
The retired medical consultant looks at the murky history of the white powder and pulls no punches on what exactly it does to the body.
Parenting: When we were growing up, our parents weren't bombarded by images of perfection
Margaret Lynch looks at the effects influencers are having on her personally and her style of parenting.
Surrealing in the Years: Bedbug apocalypse the least of our worries when it comes to neighbours
We don’t want France’s bedbugs, but the UK is offering even worse.
Gerry Creighton: You can learn sentience and emotional expression from animals
Gerry Creighton, who worked at Dublin Zoo for 36 years shares an extract from his new book, Raised By the Zoo.
The Art Riddler: 'What did I know about art or about mounting an exhibition? Nothing'
The anonymous patron outlines how he found himself supporting artists as a new exhibition runs this weekend.
Opinion: My heart sank when I heard calls for the word 'care' to be added to Article 41.2
Ann Marie Flanagan is calling for Article 41.2 of the Constitution to oblige the State to support people to live full lives.
Opinion: It's time we grasped the nettle and taxed those hoarding property in Ireland
Economist Ciarán Casey pushes back against the argument that it’s acceptible to allow so much property to go derelict.
Opinion: Banks are making a fortune from Irish savers - should you shop around?
Mark Coan of moneysherpa explains how savers can stop banks pocketing their returns.
Opinion: The HSE must learn to listen to social workers in the wake of the 'Emily' case
The McIlroy report into safeguarding following the abuse case has shown that there are major lessons to be learnt, writes Sinéad McGarry.
Opinion: Dublin has long been promoted as a city of private enterprise and endless consumption
IAF director Emmett Scanlon outlines how, when it comes to caring for Dublin, actions speak louder than words.
Money Diaries: A 23-year-old mechanical engineer on £40K living in London
This week, our reader is working hard and playing for the local GAA club in London while trying not to spend too much socialising with friends.
Fake Porn, Real Victims: We must stop the easy use of AI to create nude images of women & girls
Two experts look at the worrying case of deepnude image generation in Spain this week.
September 2023
Opinion: Recent scandals should show us just how important corporate governance is
Siobhán Finn of the Community Enterprise Association Ireland CEAI outlines why good governance matters.
Surrealing in the Years: Leo Varadkar is not good at pop culture references
Bono is going around calling us all frogs, by the way.
Extract: 'This is why you are here', the inner voice repeated. 'Breathe and trust yourself'
Irish open-water swimmer, Nuala Moore shares a chapter from her new book, Limitless.
Larry Donnelly: A poor GOP debate, questions about Biden and a dysfunctional Congress
Our columnist says US voters deserve better than the current political setup in the country.
Eoghan Cleary: The new sex ed curriculum is being misrepresented by a small but loud group
The teacher challenges certain beliefs about the new sex education curriculum and outlines why they are inaccurate. 
Opinion: Let's face it, the crowd sang 'Zombie' because it just sounds great when thousands sing it
According to Tom Savage of Three Red Kings, the controversy surrounding the use of ‘Zombie’ at the Ireland game in France is misplaced.
Money Diaries follow-up: A student air traffic controller on €24K living in Shannon
This week, our reader revisits her spending habits in her second Money Diary and finds out she’s doing OK.
Opinion: The Citizens’ Assembly on Drug Use needs more diversity of speakers and thought
Lynn Ruane, Ian Marder and Cian O’Concubhair say independent, critical, expert voices on policing and criminal justice are desperately needed.
Parenting: 'We can't block technology for our kids - that ship has sailed'
Margaret Lynch looks at the government’s backing of schools wishing to ban smartphones and wonders if it’s a red herring.
Surrealing in the Years: Has the establishment finally noticed the far-right?
The far-right have been doing this, in public, for months.
Cian O'Callaghan: We need 10,000 new affordable purchase & rental homes built every year
The Social Democrats’ housing spokesperson outlines the challenges in housing and the measures that would make an immediate difference.
Tom Clonan: There is a real danger now of serious injuries or fatalities at a far-right protest
The senator witnessed the Leinster House protests yesterday – he says irresponsible rhetoric or complacency from politicians will lead to even more violence.
Opinion: Why Stalin's 'fatal decision' means tens of thousands in Karabakh now live in terror
Armenians and Azerbaijanis have for many years found themselves at war over the destiny of Nagorno-Karabakh, writes Donnacha Ó Beacháin.
Brian Rowan: The head of the new Troubles legacy body will have a mountain to climb
The former BBC correspondent looks at the UK’s legacy bill and meets ex-police commander Peter Sheridan of the new Commission for Investigations.
Fair City Photographer: 'It's not just a matter of pressing a button on an iPhone, senator'
Photographer Beta Bajgart responds to criticism of her pay for photography work on the set of Fair City.
Opinion: 'The Viagra was handed to me as though it were a live bomb'
Bob McQuaid, a 29-year-old new dad, opens up about his years struggling with erectile dysfunction and how he got help in the end.
Aoife Barry: Clips of Brand and others from the mid-2000s show how change still needs to happen
In the wake of the accusations against Russell Brand, the journalist and writer questions how far we have truly come.
Opinion: Banning the XL Bully won't protect the public in any real way
Paula Feaheny of Bremeny School for Dogs looks at the plans to ban XL Bully dogs in the UK and whether it will make any difference.
Opinion: Ireland relies heavily on the community and voluntary sector - it is at breaking point
Ivan Cooper of The Wheel, which represents charities around the country says recruitment issues and funding cuts are pushing them to the limit.
Money Diaries: A nurse on €40K living in Dublin and saving to buy a home
This week, our reader is busy juggling night shifts for work and trying to catch sleep and not spend too much.
Analysis: From the Curlew to the Natterjack Toad - how are Ireland's native species doing?
Conservationist Mary McGrath looks at Ireland’s indigenous species and the ways we can all help them survive.
Larry Donnelly: Could Elvis’s cousin, a Democrat, be Mississippi’s next governor?
Our columnist looks at Elvis’ cousin who’s running in Mississippi and could prove to be a dark horse.
My life with ADHD: 'I'm so grateful for the diagnosis, I now have a user guide to myself'
Louisa Ní Éideáin is a writer and performer – she outlines how her ADHD diagnosis changed how she sees herself in the world.
Dr Catherine Conlon: Botulism - where does it come from and what are the risks?
The public health expert examines botulism and its symptoms, how it develops and what harm it can cause.
Substitute teacher: 'I lived abroad and came home, but teaching in Ireland has been a disaster'
One young teacher who worked in the UK has now moved back home says he’s had enough of the struggle to live in Ireland.