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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

RTÉ, Science Foundation Ireland and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics are calling on people all around Ireland to download a new app called How Are You Ireland? which is designed to assess the mood and stress levels of the nation. As part of its ongoing broadcasting partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, RTÉ is supporting the scientists behind the How Are You Ireland? app by encouraging volunteers to take part.

The app is part of a major research study being conducted by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. It was announced on The Late Late Show by asking the public to download the app and sign up to take part in this groundbreaking research project. It’s hoped that the research will give valuable insight into the wellbeing of the Irish population.

The results of the survey will then feature in an RTÉ

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Trump - One Year On

One of the most surprising things about the fact that President Trump has made it to one year in his presidency is that he has done it and the world is still turning. His many critics since he announced that he was running for president have said that he would be an unalloyed disaster and that he would be a disaster for America and hence for the world in turn. He might have got in many twitter spats with North Korea and ramped up nuclear tension in that region but it hasn't led to anything. In fact if you look at it from th President's point of view it only led to renewed talks between North and South Korea and the North's entry to the Winter Olympic Games.

That is the point with Donald Trump, he can

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

The decision by the Dail to undo the ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday can only be seen as a forward looking step towards a fuller more inclusive and pluralistic society here in Ireland. Naturally enough there will be a lot of people who will disagree with it mainly for religious reasons. But if you do disagree with it then you also retain the right not to go to a pub or purchase alcohol on that day in question. Some vintners have even disagreed with it but then again they don't have to go and open their premises on that day either.

Obviously working from a negative, i.e.having a ban on sales, is a pretty black or white position but at least if bars are open then you give people the choice over what to do on that day. And

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

State has a duty to narcolepsy sufferers

Dear Editor

Imagine knowing, that you, or your young adult child, could suddenly fall asleep at any time. Think of the implications for careers, education or something as simple as travelling on public transport.

That’s the reality of Narcolepsy. Think about how difficult everyday life would be if you were a young person with Narcolepsy in terms of work, study, exams, travel, finding accommodation and socialising.

It is a reality for approximately 100 young Irish people today because they developed Narcolepsy after they received the 2009/2010 H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine Pandemrix (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) at the behest of Irish State.

Sound (Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder) was set up by parents of children who developed Narcolepsy after receiving Pandemrix.

Sound provides support for 87 Irish families affected by the vaccine and wants the State to provide a pathway for

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Dear Editor

At lunchtime on Thursday, 1st February, Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members will protest against pay inequality outside the post-primary schools, FET Centres, colleges of further education and Institutes of Technology in which they work. Service to students will not be affected by the protest.

The purpose of the protest is to highlight the damage that pay inequality is inflicting on our schools/colleges and centres. Teachers and lecturers who entered the system since 2011 are paid at a lower rate than their colleagues for carrying out the same work. That inequality has undermined the teaching profession and corroded staff morale, leading to a crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers. This inevitably impairs the quality of service to students. Students will miss out on subject choices and/or experience a fractured service due to retention problems.

Recruitment problems are evident both

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Repealing the 8th

In a surprise move last Friday, the leader of Fianna Fáil Micháel Martin reversed his position on the repealing of the 8th Amendment and said that he will be voting in favour of repealing the amendment after long and serious contemplation. This will put Mr. Martin in direct opposition to the majority of his party colleagues who have come out and publicly said that they are in favour of retaining the 8th Amendment which will keep the ban on abortion in Ireland legal. As yet there is still no exact working for the referendum which will happen later on this year for what is expected to be one of the most bitterly fought referenda of recent years.

The special all-party Oireceachtais committee to look into the repealing of the 8th Amendment came out with a majority decision in favour

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

It seems that hardly a day goes by without some sort of 'apology' being issued from some State body or other. Usually it is in the medical field but even in the last week the Taoiseach has issued an apology to Joanne Hayes for the way the State treated her at the height of the Kerry babies scandal. It seems that despite the number of apologies issued that we very rarely learn anything from them and if there is one thing that we do learn is how loathe institutions are to give apologies when they should be forthcoming from the very start. Usually individuals have to take court cases over several years in order to get any sort of apology from State institutions and even then it seems they are grudgingly given. It is a pity that we don't learn

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Dear Editor

Like Macau, a former Portuguese Colony, and since 1999, a special economic zone within China, the Island of Ireland if designated special economic zone status by agreement between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the European Union and Great Britain would have the possibility of replicating Macau's success, a region having the fourth highest life expectancy in the world, a high human development index, ranking 18th in the world, one of the world's richest regions, its GDP per capita by purchasing power parity higher than any country in the world, deemed by the World Bank in 2014. Ireland has a wealth of resources, agricultural, 200 miles of offshore assets including fisheries and sub-terrain reserves and high educational standards.

Accommodating the various historical perspectives and in the context of a non-politicized and non-militarised Europe, Ireland should be afforded special economic zone

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Irish job-hunters looking for fairness

Dear Editor

As Ireland's unemployment rate continues on a downward trajectory one could be forgiven that the jobs market is offering meaningful and fulfilling roles providing financial and emotional ballast to a person's wellbeing. Not so.

Welcome to the Ireland's jobs phantasmagoria where fantasy drowns reality in a vat of vacuous jobs titles like 'Customer Success Guru', or, 'People Manager', vague job descriptions and a wage unlikely to give your bank account financial indigestion.

If you wish to apply for these important sounding work titles with their fantastic list of public interfacing duties, employers seek flexibility which is double speak for; 'you will be employed to do one role but you do not always end up doing this role but another equally fantastic role or 'you have to be available when we want you and however long we want,

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Celtic Bounce

That our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahead and spent it. But what situation does that leave them in when now in January all the bills are due and are set to come flooding in. The fact remains that there has been a lift in our economy but it probably isn't as

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    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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