‘At one point during the session, only 26 TDs were present. There was, Miriam Lord noted, a very poor attendance from male deputies.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Conversation on violence against women means nothing if system doesn't change

Former justice minister Nora Owen: ‘We also need to be sure that if women do become victims of assault, that every asset of the State is made available to their care.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Three women in their 70s speak about how violence against women has evolved over time

Executive director of the WHO health emergencies programme Dr  Mike Ryan. Photograph:   Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

Dr Ryan is appearing at the Irish Times Winter Nights festival

We’ve laid the flowers, lit the candles and asked the questions to which there are no answers.

Jennifer O'Connell: ‘Stop giving us advice on how to stay safe. Stop glamourising violent men’

 Ashling Murphy,  teacher at Scoil Naoimh Colmcille, Durrow, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jennifer O’Connell: Platitudes don’t keep women safe. We need a national strategy

According to the survey, 88 per cent of us are confident that better days lie ahead. Photograph: iStock

Latest Ipsos Global Trends survey shows we are a nation of closet optimists

Supporters of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic gather outside a government detention centre where the tennis champion is reported to be staying in Melbourne. Photograph:  Con Chronis / AFP via Getty

Two years on, we all know a Novak Djokovic and they’re increasingly hard to take

There have been reports by people who say their infection was not initially picked up with an antigen test. Photograph : Laura Hutton

Could rapid antigen tests be missing some cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19?

Marian Finucane was a trailblazer, but what followed was not so much a conquering army of other bright, opinionated women, but a slow and steady incursion. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two years after the broadcaster’s death, how much has really changed for professional women?

Protesters march to the Dublin City Council offices in protest against the proposal to build a 114 room hotel around the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A guide to surviving the inevitable rows and getting one up on your loved ones this Christmas

‘There is a universality to the traditions of the season which reminds us that, despite everything, we’re not actually that different to one another.’ Photograph: iStock

No one was worrying about what they’d get for Christmas, so long as it wasn’t Omicron

A generation ago, single-earner families could reasonably expect to be able to afford a mortgage. Now, even a couple earning two good salaries may struggle to save for a deposit

A new series on Ireland’s undersupplied rental market and the toll it’s taking on society

 Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald in at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party has mastered the non-apology but will need to confront its past

Orla: ‘It took such a toll physically and mentally.’ Photograph: Damien Eagers

A recent study found 8 per cent of 13- to 17-year-olds had received sexual messages online

In the first half of this year, four in every 10 first-time buyers were given money by their parents to help them to fund their deposit. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inter-generational wealth transfers are now only happening for the wealthy

There are clear physical risks to the profusion of unregulated cosmetic procedures. Photograph: iStock

A boom in fillers among young women worries dermatologists and surgeons

Masking children is cheap, easy to implement and should help reduce transmission, but that doesn’t mean it is entirely cost-free. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Having more diverse groups involved in decision-making isn’t just about fairness, it’s about better decisions

The unvaccinated serve as lightning rods for frustrations about a health service in danger of collapse, fears about the new variant, worries about restrictions or dismay at small children in masks all day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Misplaced fear and distrust of authority must be addressed in clear Covid messaging

Inside the Mater: Dr Sinead McArdle, emergency-medicine consultant. Photograph: Alan Betson

Doctors at Dublin’s Mater hospital say the system is on the brink and lockdown looks likely

‘If people are working from ‘many homes’, it’s often because they can’t afford one home.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Airbnb’s latest intervention fails to take account of reality facing many young people

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan at a Covid-19 media briefing at the Department of Health on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Public would respond better to clear rules than to clamour of discordant messaging

Roadtrips in Ireland are done at a very sedentary pace.

A hidden pandemic of buyer’s remorse is sweeping through Irish homes

Adam and David King  at the family home in  Cork. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

After capturing the hearts of the nation, Adam is now the inspiration for a new book

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at the virtual Facebook Connect event at which the company announced its rebranding as Meta. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Setting safety and privacy boundaries should not be up to Mark Zuckerberg

‘With no legal remedy for the affected homeowners, a political solution to the mica crisis will be found – which is only right, because this was a systems failure.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Rule number one: don’t talk about the anomalies or you might have to address them

Facebook: the company seems to be hoping that a rebrand will wipe the slate clean. Photograph: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty

Facebook knows it has an image problem. So it’s becoming a ‘metaverse’ company. A what?

What is the Facebook ’metaverse’?

‘The next best thing to teleportation’ will create 10,000 new jobs in EU over five years

‘We’re relying exclusively on slow and expensive lab-based PCR testing, instead of a test that costs about €6 in pharmacies [and] can be administered at home.’ Photograph: iStock

Many disagree with Nphet, among whom are the WHO and European Commission

Dr Chris Luke, the emergency physician who became known for his  media warnings on issues such as overcrowding in emergency departments, has written a memoir called A Life in Trauma. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In 2011, his clumsy warning on radio about the trolley crisis drew a devastating backlash

Quite green: Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Transport would not get far using only sustainable transport

Yantian in Shenzhen, the world’s fourth busiest port. Satellite images taken of the port over the summer showed a backlog of containers at the port so big it could be seen from space. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Irish retailers say they are struggling to secure stock ahead of the busiest season

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Aisling authors’ relationship grew stronger after McLysaght entered psychiatric care

If we’re rewarding teachers where’s the bonus for the pupils who were locked out of the classroom and away from their peers for eight months? Or for the parents who doubled jobbed as teachers?   Photograph: Getty Images

Fine Gael’s tendency to spectacularly misjudge the mood of the room remains undimmed

‘You’re not outside anyone’s house shouting ugly insults, maybe; you’re in their pocket shouting at them instead.’ Photograph: iStock

We're all victims of the corrosive assault on civility fuelled by abusive online pile-ons

Lucia Ryan with her three-year-old twins John and Matilda: She worries about the pressure facing parents and the “absolute heroes” who are the country’s childcare workers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Post-Covid flexible work patterns are clashing with rigid creche hours and set fees

Michael D Higgins’s popularity means he sometimes gets away with pushing the boundaries of the presidency. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

President’s refusal of invitation to commemorative service with queen is no act of healing

 Zwena McCullough (front) with Jeremiah Delaney and his father JJ Delaney, from Co Cork, during the under 40 horse plough class.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Despite having to plough on with small crowd, many delighted to return to Co Laois event

USI president Clare Austick says students are now looking for accommodation that ‘just isn’t there.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Covid-related shortage of housing and delayed college offers creates perfect storm

Maureen Gaffney: Her new  book’s message is that we are moving forward and developing as people right throughout our lives. Photograph: Tom Honan

The psychologist’s new book is a love letter to humanity in all its stages

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the Fianna Fáil think-in at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan. Photograph: Conor McCabe/PA Wire

Micheál Martin’s failure to stamp an identity on his party has led to a damaging vacuum

Sarah Harding: the singer was brimming with life, albeit in the end making do with a much more intimate stage. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Girls Aloud was a manufactured entity. ‘Hardcore Harding’ was anything but

Lockdown seems to have created a perfect storm. The demand for dogs went through the roof when people were at home.

Pandemic tempted many to get a dog but return to office is prompting their surrender

Why do people get so wound up by Sally Rooney? It’s an interesting question, and one that reveals more about our values as a society than it does about the novelist. Photograph:  Ellius Grace/New York Times

If criticism focused on the novelist’s work, fair enough, but much is of the how-dare-she variety

Tour operators are operating on losses equivalent to 95 per cent of 2019’s business. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Experts predict Irish tourism will be in survival phase until the end of 2022

Music fans at the Electric Picnic festival in 2017: It is clear that, as far as many in the Government are concerned, Irish culture begins and ends at Croke Park. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Arts sector has been ignored by cowardly Government afraid to make tough decisions

Revealing accounts by some holdouts published by The Irish Times this week show that while some are confirmed sceptics, many are merely wary. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Stories feed something ugly in our psyches, the idea that there are good and bad victims of the virus

Derek Leinster, founder of the Bethany Home Survivors Group, at a memorial ceremony for the children and babies who died at the home, at Mount Jerome cemetery in July 2015.   Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

‘We missed out because of our religion ... we’re still being discriminated against’

Jack Eoin Rua O’Neill: ““I knew when I got in that the swell was bigger than we thought.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Experienced swimmer Jack Eoin Rua O’Neill quickly got into trouble in swells

Gertie and Pat Ormond, owners of Kilcannon House B&B, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Jennifer O’Connell’s assumptions are shattered searching for the essence of Irish B&Bs

 Simone Biles reacts after competing in the artistic gymnastics balance beam event of the women’s qualification during the Tokyo   Games. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Elite sport has a women problem, and it isn’t confined to relentless sexualisation of athletes

‘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

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