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Leo Varadkar,

Can you please respond to the last email that I sent to you. Our correspondence to date is below (not including my first letter that I sent to you). I took a lot of time to respond to your letter and the concerns raised therein and I would appreciate if yo...

To anyone considering an abortion,

 

I found out I was pregnant when I was 18. It 6 weeks before my exams at the end of my first year in college in 1998. He was my first serious boyfriend and I had lost my virginity to him 6 months previously. I was on the pill but had b...

To the future Minister for health,

We should give our children a perfectly sited and sensibly located Children’s Hospital.

This hospital will be sited on a greenfield site, accessible from the M50, in an area without city pollution, without traffic congestion. It will be...

To Our Politicians,

Before you call to my home looking for my vote in the upcoming election campaign, I suggest you read the following situation summary and look through my current personal financials – with a view to proactive empathy (tea, sympathy and lip service wil...

I was a junior doctor when I experienced my first episode. The strange thing is, that despite my medical training (I may have bunked off a few of the relevant lectures in medical school), I didn’t recognise the symptoms.

I had lost my appetite and had lost weight.  I wa...

Mr Bruton,

 

I am an ambitious 34 year old, who graduated with a master’s degree in 2009. Out of my graduation class of 40, only 9 remained in the country. I was one of the "lucky ones" who had managed to beat thousands of applicants to land my foot on the first rung of...

Minister Ó Ríordáin,

 

I am a non-drinking, cannabis smoker, and I want to request that you revisit Irish drug laws, as it pertains to so called “recreational drug usage”. As always with hot button topics like this there are multiple pros and cons to legislation and many...

What does it mean to have a rich life? Nagui Morcos considered that he had a rich life: a life full of music, fine food and wine, chocolate and cheese, theatre, fashion, dance, motorcycles, travel, laughter, a good education and a rewarding career (including the compan...

 

To those concerned by recent events,

 

The atrocity in Tunisia, at a hotel I once stayed in, is terrifying and deeply depressing. Muslim communities feel the pain of those who have lost loved ones. This is Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, and the fact...

 

The horrifying images of Islamic State terrorists slaughtering foreign reporters are unsettling reminders that first hand reporting is no longer safe in many parts of the world. Each month, the "Journalistic no-go" areas seem to expand a bit more from centers of confl...

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