‘Boris Johnson seems determined to weaponise unionist disquiet to put pressure on the EU, a dangerous game to play under the heat of the July sun.’ File photograph: Getty

We’re no better than Boris if we can’t resist our own version of obsession with the past

“Sexual assault has a profound impact  on every aspect of your life. It’s something you come to accept, but never forget”

Stories are the most powerful tools to change minds on social issues, says Minister Josepha Madigan

Temperature tourism: People pose for photos at the Furnace Creek Visitors Center, Sunday, July 11th in Death Valley – and the temperature continued to rise. Photograph: Roger Kisby/The New York Times

Hottest ever, wettest ever, highest ever. And it's only just beginning.

Making it work for everyone brings both challenges and opportunities

During a debate in the Dáil on sexual and domestic violence, Minister of State for Special Education Josepha Madigan said she is a survivor of sexual assault

How many more stories do we need to hear before we take action?

Would a four-day week mean  the chats around the water cooler are a thing of the past? Illustration: iStock

Would a shorter week translate into more intense working hours or the perfect work/life balance?

‘I was normal-competitive I think. If we were playing football in school I’d always make sure there was someone keeping score.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Grand-National-winning jockey on an incredible year

Supporters  outside the Los Angeles courthouse where the hearing into the conservatorship of Britney Spears is taking place. Photograph: Allison Zaucha/The New York Times

From childhood we are inured to fables about females having their powers taken away

Novelist Eimear Ryan. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘Writing is in your head. Camogie is spontaneous and physical,’ says debut author and GAA player

Airbnb  pays $50 million annually cleaning up after people in their listed properties. Photograph:  Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

No woman who walked home with keys in hand for protection would think of business model

Chrissy Teigen: As long as she goes on posting, people are getting rich.  Photograph: by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE

Can the social media star come back from her admission that she was a troll? Oh yes

The best place to live

Why I love where I live, by Róisín Ingle, David McWilliams, Jennifer O’Connell and more

Eamonn Crean of the Crean family, owners of Greenhill Fruit Farm, with his daughter Analise. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The pandemic is having an effect on seasonal work this year – the return of the teenager

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar admitted Fine Gael engaged in ‘similar’ practices to Sinn Féin on door-to-door polling. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Parties’ practice of using fake pollsters goes against principle of secret ballot

Classic VW campervan photographed by James Osmond/Imagebank/iStock/Getty

Campervan sales are soaring thanks to lockdown savings and Instagram dreams of a beach lifestyle

As reopening looms, some people are stressed about resuming normality. Photograph: Getty Images

As the country prepares to reopen, there are ways to ready yourself for a return to society

British prime minster Boris Johnson with his wife Carrie Symonds married in a private wedding ceremony on Saturday, May 29th. File photograph: EPA

Catholic wedding a reminder of how the elite still get to make their own rules

One of the books  identified as problematic by a caller to Liveline this week  is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the TV series of which stars  Elisabeth Moss. Photograph: Sophie Giraud/Hulu

Yes, schools should be a safe place, as the callers to Liveline insisted. But safe does not mean sanitised

In 1979, the average age of men getting married was 26.5; for women it was 24. By 2019, it was nearly 37 for men, 34 for women.

Coalition policy seems blind to fact many now remain single well into their 30s

The grave of the McGinley children, Darragh, Conor and Carla,  in Newcastle Cemetery, Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Andrew McGinley says family ‘need to understand’ how tragedy occurred

Andrew McGinley with his three children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3). ‘My mantra is, “I know that they wouldn’t want me to be sad. They’d want me to be happy.”’

Father of children who were killed vows to keep going so he can keep their memories alive

Deirdre Morley and Andrew McGinley with their children  Conor, Darragh and  Carla. A jury has found Ms Morley not guilty of murdering the three children by reason of insanity.

Nurse's mental health issues crystallised into something darker due to anxieties over motherhood

Psychiatrist Dr Brenda Wright outside the court after giving evidence in the trial of Deirdre Morley for the murder of her three children. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘No contest as to what the verdict should be’ in ‘sad and tragic case’, judge tells jury

Deirdre Morley (44) of Parson’s Court, Newcastle, Co Dublin

The court heard harrowing evidence of her state of mind before her children’s deaths

Deirdre Morley and Andrew McGinley pictured with their three children Conor (aged 9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) McGinley. Picture supplied by Andrew McGinley through gardaí.

Deirdre Morley (44) has pleaded not guilty to murder by reason of insanity

Damien Ryan,  who rents  in Dublin, says buying a house ‘feels like an insurmountable mountain’. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Today's young adults face high rents and stalled wages. Was it any easier in 2001, or even in 1981?

File photograph: iStock

Liveline has put welcome focus on topic shrouded in taboo and HSE neglect

Burnout is defined by the WHO as ‘feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.’ Photograph: iStock

The past year has put increased demands on people trying to figure out a new way of working

The rigid factory-floor model of office life has been around since the industrial revolution. But Covid has demanded questions about what an office is really for if you don’t actually have to go there for work

Much of the old normal was broken, dysfunctional, inequitable or just not fit for purpose

If you need your passport because of bereavement, illness, medical treatment overseas, adoption or surrogacy, you can request an urgent renewal via the customer service hub. Photograph: iStock

The passport service was suspended when the country went into Level 5 lockdown

Ursula von der Leyen is left without a chair as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and European Council president Charles Michel remain seated at a meeting in March. Photograph: Turkish Presidential Press Service

Ankara incident shows women have a more insidious enemy than Erdogans and Trumps

Greek beach: The fears about civil liberties are perfectly valid, but as we inch towards the end of the longest and most dispiriting lockdown anywhere, they feel decidedly academic.

Vaccine passports tricky as State still uses paper, pens and Excel spreadsheets

 Mary Lincoln and her daughter, Katie, owners of Ardmore Pottery in Waterford, are looking foward to reopening. Photograph: Mary Browne

‘We’re gung-ho and ready to go,’ says hotel owner. ‘At some stage, life has to go on’

Louisa Cameron of Raven Books: ‘I saw the difference that having a 90-second conversation from the garden gate could make to people.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government urged to designate bookshops essential service, as in France and Italy

Alicia O’Sullivan felt ‘nobody was sure’ how to handle the complaint. Photograph: Andy Gibson

After her identity was stolen by the porn industry, Alicia O’Sullivan wants better training of gardaí

‘The revolution is not polite. The revolution is about f*cking’

The fierce debate raging about the future of the Poolbeg chimneys makes the relative silence about the toxic waste swirling beneath all the more startling. Photograph: iStock

Imagine what we could have if we treated this issue like the public health crisis it actually is

Society seems to be clinging on to very rigid, archaic notions of masculinity, in which boys don’t cry and love rough and tumble and play sport. Photograph: iStock

‘Simps’, rugby culture, tears and triumphs: the challenges of becoming a man in today’s world

  Niamh Mulreany and Kirstie McGrath (pictured) who travelled to Dubai and allegedly  refused to enter mandatory quarantine   on their return to Ireland.   Photograph: Collins Court

The media was so convulsed by the circus, there was little energy left for other issues – like why five people have strolled out o(...)

China’s expert group on Covid-19 speaks at a media briefing in Beijing last week. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Exodus of journalists from China allows human rights abuses to flourish unchecked

Blended model will allow some employees to return to the workplace while  others will continue to work from home. Photograph: iStock

AIB is preparing for a ‘new disruption that will be as big as last year – hybrid working’

What is often called ‘the privilege of remote working’ is now the norm for many, and looks set to remain part of the landscape of our working lives. Photograph: Getty images

The so-called ‘privilege of remote working’ is now the norm for many. But is it a privilege?

The Californian tech executive Harry: he has extensive experience of roles with a grandiose title, a generous salary and no precise function.  Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The monarchy and Commonwealth could not exist without belief that DNA and bloodline bestow superiority

Joyce McSharry holding a photograph of her with her birth mother. Photograph : Laura Hutton

‘Illegitimate’ babies of the 20th century were seen as property of churches

What we need is not just an exit plan from the current lockdown, but a longer-term exit plan from the republic of Nphet. Photograph:  Getty Images

Micheál Martin’s real test of leadership comes now as cases plateau at about the 500 mark

We learned how to give each other space during Covid; men could apply the same approach to women in situations where they might feel vulnerable. Photograph: Erik Witsoe / EyeEm / Getty

Men need to learn to give women space in situations where they might feel vulnerable

Sean Bresnan: he recalls standing on the tarmac at Dublin airport “with a tear in my eye”. Photograph:  Tom Honan

IDA staff secured early PPE supplies, HSE teams oversaw building of pop-up test centres

There is still optimism in the Limerick town of about 2,000 people that lies a stone’s throw from the Kerry border

Women of Ireland: Ailbhe Gerrard, Laura Reid and Pritha Namjoshi (top row); MJ O’Brien, Sam Olabiyi and Rita Woods

Women and girls of all ages on equality, happiness, social media and life in Ireland today

Pontins, the British purveyor of chalet holidays since 1946, has been operating a blacklist of ‘undesirable guests’

Outrage among general population over surname blacklist felt a shade hypocritical

the awful, dehumanising phrase “elderly person with an underlying health condition” gave some people a false sense of security

Masks don’t work. Travel isn’t a major factor. Vaccines will solve it all. And other myths

Laura Cunningham with baby Ziggy, pictured in Co. Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Life is still sometimes challenging for mothers raising children alone, particularly in a pandemic

Taoiseach Micheál Martin seemed determined to  express as much misery and misfortune as possible  in his speech on Tuesday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

There is good news but officials fear we will lose the run of ourselves again

You don’t have to be a signed up member of the tin foil hat brigade to suspect there’s something more at play here when it comes to the Government’s decision to shut down passport services. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government’s reason as to why passport services have been paused is disingenuous

Sil Fox: ‘I feel like I’m in limbo land. I haven’t worked since then.’ Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The case against the 87-year-old was dropped because of discrepancies in evidence

The Dying with Dignity group – Tom Curran, Vicky Phelan, Gino Kenny TD and Gail O’Rorke – campaigning outside Leinster House in September 2020.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘There’s no proper oversight or scrutiny... this legislation could lead to a slippery slope’

Australian scientist David Goodall on the eve of his assisted suicide at the age of 104, in Basel, Switzerland. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty

Dying with Dignity Bill 2020, if enacted, would place Ireland in a relatively small club

OECD modelling suggests  the 2020 closures already reduced children’s lifetime earning potential by 3%. The longer it goes on, the more pronounced the effect. Disadvantaged and vulnerable students suffer most. Photograph: Getty Images

You might have fairness on your side, but you get nowhere in this country without a lobby

My little artist North: part of the painting that Kim Kardashian shared on social media. Photograph: Instagram/Kim Kardashian

Jennifer O’Connell: 11 months into a global pandemic, we’re all fraying around the edges

Des and Mona Manahan:  a group of their friends organised a surprise renewal of their vows in Las Vegas for their 50th wedding anniversary

In recent years, Des was heavily involved with the Waterford High Hopes choir

Nigel Pim, from Waterford, with his wife, Jeni, and their daughter, Jordan

Nigel Pim, ‘strong, determined and kind’, died of coronavirus on January 14th

Baby Conor, who died on March 11th 2020 at home in Ratoath, Co Meath, with his sister Emma. For his parents Sheena and Gavin Hattie, it is the day the world shattered. Photograph: Ronan Palliser

Families mourn ‘in a vacuum’, emigrants can’t come home, funeral directors try to cope

You might think that at a time when the young and healthy have put their lives on hold to spare those more vulnerable, “ruthless” would have lost its cachet. Photograph: Getty Images

We are more than Silicon Valley’s best efforts to reduce us to the sum total of our consumption habits

Publican Jim Gordon said he was thrilled with Friday’s High Court ruling against insurer FBD over coronavirus closures. Photograph: iStock

Bar owner ‘thrilled’ with closures case outcome but fears payout could take years

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien: Urged by Siptu to encourage councils to limit operations to those who are “vital for public health”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Union urges Minister ‘to reinforce Nphet’s message asking employers to prioritise the safety of staff’

Schools are much better prepared for remote teaching this time, but the hands-on bit at primary level still has to be done by the hordes of harassed, underqualified, homeschooling parents. Photograph: iStock

There is no immediate fix to get schools reopened, but there are two things we could do

EU Commissioner in charge of Financial Services, Financial Stability and the Capital Markets Union Mairead McGuinness. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

‘I’ve always had the view that if I was able to do a job, I should put my name forward’

After her parents died in the 1981 fire, Lisa Lawlor became known as the ‘Stardust baby’

  US president Joe Biden’s cabinet is more or less evenly divided on gender. One in five of his secretaries are black; one in 10 is of Asian descent; 15 per cent are Latina. Photograph: Al Drago/POOL/EPA

People who say it shouldn’t matter are used to seeing their own image reflected back to them

The Irish Times wants to hear from readers about their experiences of grief during the pandemic

Doctors in some of the worst-hit areas are noticing marked change in early symptoms

Mother helping daughter with homework. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

Teachers and parents are stepping up to the homeschooling challenge. It is time employers did too

Ivanka Trump was believed to be a voice of reason around her father. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

After four years, a medium-sized insurrection must seem like a small price to pay

2020 in review: Four out of five Irish people saw incomes grow or stay the same in the pandemic

Why do we have such trouble attracting women into roles of positions of authority? Let’s ask Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, due her first baby next year, who currently has no entitlement to maternity leave, why she thinks that might be. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The harsh reality is that without more women in positions of authority, women’s needs will never rank highly in a crisis – or at a(...)

 Catherine O’Halloran says she is   so worried about her son Richard’s health, who has been unable to leave China since February 2019. Photograph: Tom Honan

Catherine O’Halloran believes State has done ‘little’ in trying to free her deteriorating son

There may be some ‘Brit-bashing’ but deep down, we all feel a little bit sorry for Britain now. It’s just taking some of us a bit longer to adjust to this unfamiliar state. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP

They’ll do more more damage at the festive table than an airborne Covid-particle

There will be a lot of empty chairs at Christmas dinner tables this year. Photograph: iStock

Worrying about getting together on Christmas Day is both beside the point and the only point

Karen Whooley teaching sixth-class students at St Audoen’s National School in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pupils and students around Ireland, and their teachers, on learning in Covid-19’s shadow

Fiona Devine, and her daughter Aoibh (born 29 April 2020), at their home in Co Meath. “My last hospital appointments were all on my own. I remember overhearing one poor woman crying in the hallway after getting bad news. I couldn’t even go and sympathise with her,” she said, due to coronavirus restrictions.Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/The Irish Times

First year in new baby’s life can be isolating and anxious under even the best of circumstances

A person walks past the Pfizer Inc headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Even if there was universal public support for Covid-19 vaccines,managing their rollout was already going to be one of the most logistically complex public health operations in history. Photograph:  Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Convincing the public the Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective will be a daunting task

When woke culture serves as an agent to polarise debate, it does little to protect people like Elliot Page from the outpouring of hatred he experienced this week. Photograph: Warren Toda/EPA

Wokeism treats us all as though we emerged into the world with fully formed views

Leaving Cert student Aoife Devlin. Photograph: James Connolly

‘The constant narrative that it’s us that’s the problem is really really hard,’ they say

There are bizarre inferences that the breaches of guidelines surrounding GAA games are somehow less risky or more forgivable than others. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Sport is great but why must GAA get special pass from Covid-19 restrictions?

Dryrobe culture war is about aspiration, tribalism, social class and snobbery. Being “highly active” is correlated with higher socioeconomic status, according to a sports report.

Debate around pricey towel with hood is socioeconomics swimming against tide

Carrie Symonds: media outlets portrayed  her as a demanding, unstable wannabe Princess Diana. Photograph: Getty Images

Symonds became the victim of nasty headlines as Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain left No 10

The dosing of BNT162b2, the mRNA-based vaccine candidate against Covid-19, during a clinical test. Photograph: Biontech SE/EPA

‘All we have at this point is a very promising press release. But the signs are very promising’

Cathal Friel, executive chairman of Open Orphan

Initial study by Open Orphan due to begin in January in London

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team should be figuring out how to reverse the country out of the ill-conceived purgatory of Level 5 with minimal further damage.   Photograph: Getty Images

Government instruction distracts us from asking difficult questions about Level 5

Donald Trump supporters hold signs and chant as they gather in front of the Maricopa County election office in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph:  Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images

In Ireland we separate children and parents, we just don't use cages

Johnny Depp: Even if he had “won” the reputational cost was going to be colossal. As he lost, it may prove incalculable. Photograpah: EPA/Neil Hall

Analysis: Any lingering illusions of Hollywood as a place of glamour and sophistication are gone

Barnardos set up a support group for mothers whose children were adopted, three women share their stories.

Many women who gave babies up for adoption in 20th-century Ireland still feel the loss

Cars at a Border crossing. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Assuming the public will continue to be compliant is not a strategy

Martina, Seán and their son Jack before going to Anfield for the first time since the attack

Seán, back in his family home, is not defined by what he can’t do but by who he is

GP Dr Darach Brennan at Johnstown Medical Centre, Waterford.  Brennan says the threat of Covid-19 ‘became very real, very quickly’ following two high-profile cases in Waterford. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

It’s had blips, but Waterford still has the lowest cumulative incidence of Covid-19

Maybe Level 5 really is our one last best shot. But are we willing to accept it without question – without a lot of questions? Photograph:  Stephen Collins

Lockdown gloom is permeated with questions as to process that imposed it

People living alone with the support of a carer may form a support bubble with one other household. Photograph: iStock

Who is allowed to form one? Can one be for childcare? How to choose who to bubble with?

Lockdown has been a time of unprecedented danger for people in abusive relationships. Photograph: iStock

Women and one man share stories of being trapped, and breaking free

Michelle O’Hara, regional manager at South Leinster Mabs urges people not to wait until they’re deep in distress before contacting the helpline. Photograph: Maura Hickey

Mabs helpline receiving growing number of calls from workers in sectors hit by restrictions

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