Plastic-free July: The verdict

It's been a busy month, made busier by my attempts to try and curb the amount of waste emanating from our small (ish) household of two adults, one baby and two small dogs. One of the reasons I decided to try the plastic-free July experiement was the mountains of stuff we were throwing out every week. [...]

A massive response (from women, it seems!)

Thank you so much to each and every one of you (shout out to the one man - one!) who responded to my post in relation to kids in direct provision. Quite a few people have expressed an interest in learning more about direct provision, here is a really good link that explains what it is [...]

2018-12-01T09:53:56+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Spread some cheer this Christmas… A personal post

***updated list at midnight Wednesday - thank you for the enormous response, these are the kids who aren't covered yet but we're nearly there! If I haven't replied to you apologies, just try me again as I'm fielding a lot of very generous offers*** 2 boys under 6 months 1 girl and 1 boy aged 6-12 months [...]

Console row raises bigger questions

If you’re the kind of soft-hearted - or rigidly moral - person who has always given to charity, the Rehab and CRC revelations a few years ago will have shaken your faith in the sector, but probably not weakened your resolve to do what you felt is right. Both of those, however, could be understood under [...]

When is stealing, stealing?

Picture the scene. A girls' boarding school, circa 1996. A large number of tweens from the local primary school in costume, pacing the floor as they rehearse their speech and drama for the big exam. A locker open. A tantalising glimpse of a bag of mini Toffee Crisps, spilling over. SONY DSC Speech and [...]

Dual diagnosis: When the system fails

I took a call this morning from a woman on the brink. Her sister is 29. She has a history of anorexia, borderline personality disorder, and, crucially... addiction issues. Her sister called us because they have exhausted every single option available to them, and because, after the Caoilte O Broin case, they know the likely outcome [...]

2018-12-01T09:54:20+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Lunch al desko: Chickpea, butternut squash and chorizo stew

There's still a serious chill in the air and, while a hot lunch doesn't suit everyone, this is one of my go-to recipes for wintry weather. It's the kind of food that ages well so a day or two after making it, this will be even tastier than the day you made it! I first had [...]

2018-12-01T09:54:46+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Knowledge is power

Deirdre O’Shaughnessy has been wondering for a long time just who makes her clothes. She went to Cambodia to find out. As we approached the factory, a steady stream of young women, and some men, flowed out from a side door. Colourfully dressed, a few wearing hijabs, the workers made their way out the front gate, [...]

Lunch al desko: Chickpea, chorizo and roasted vegetable salad

I had intended to make a series of 'lunch al desko' posts, so here's a second one... hopefully of many! This serves two so you can get two days from it or get brownie points by feeding your significant other! It's packed full of protein and very tasty but does have a bit of bold chorizo [...]

2018-12-01T09:55:13+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pampering should make you feel like a baby

I hate the word pampering but I do love being pampered. This does not include often-misnamed treatments such as manicures, waxing and other forms of slow, awkward torture where you're trying to make conversation with someone who really needs to be concentrating on whatever bit of you needs work, and not asking you about the holiday [...]

2018-12-01T09:55:15+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |