July 4, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland appeared on course to legalize abortion in limited circumstances as lawmakers voted Tuesday to support a bill that would permit a pregnancy to be terminated when deemed necessary to save a woman's life. Catholic leaders warned that the proposed law, which faces potential amendments this week and a final vote next week, was a "Trojan horse" designed to permit widespread abortion access in Ireland. Prime Minister Enda Kenny insisted Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion would remain unaffected, and his government's bill won overwhelming backing in a 138-24 vote.
June 27, 2013 |
DUBLIN - Ireland will pay hundreds of former residents of Catholic-run Magdalene laundries at least $45 million for their years of unpaid labor and public shame, the government announced Wednesday, following a decade-long campaign by former residents of the workhouses. Justice Minister Alan Shatter apologized to the women - an estimated 770 survivors out of more than 10,000 who lived in the dozen facilities from 1922 to 1996 - that it had taken so long for them to receive compensation.
May 19, 2013 |
Over the centuries, the Irish have dispersed like clover in the wind, alighting in lands far from their native soil. This year, the Emerald Isle is calling them back to their roots. The Gathering, launched last year by government officials, is an extended family reunion of Ireland's diaspora. (Quick migration lesson: 70 million people worldwide claim Irish lineage, including 40 million in the United States.) More than 3,000 activities, held throughout the year in all 32 counties, including a few in Northern Ireland, salute the pillars of Irish culture: art, music, literature, food, drink, sports, community, and camaraderie.
April 13, 2013 |
DUBLIN - European Union finance ministers agreed Friday to grant Ireland and Portugal seven more years to pay their bailout loans, easing the burden on their economies and paving the way for a quicker return to sustainable growth. In their attempts to stabilize the economy of the 17 nations sharing the euro currency, the ministers also approved a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) loan package to stop Cyprus from sliding into bankruptcy. But the rescue comes at a heavy price for the Mediterranean island country.
March 18, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - A chilly, damp Dublin celebrated St. Patrick's Day with artistic flair Sunday as the focal point for a weekend of Irish celebrations worldwide. More than 250,000 revelers braved the occasionally snowy, sleety skies to line the streets for the traditional holiday parade, a two-mile jaunt through the city's heart involving performers from 46 countries. Unusually, 8,000 tourists in town for the festivities led the procession in a "people's parade. " Many donned leprechaun costumes or deployed banners and flags of their home nations or U.S. states, with the Texans making the biggest impression, sporting "Happy St. Paddy's Day, Y'All!"
March 15, 2013 |
Irish celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna has fond memories of celebrating St. Patrick's Day while she was growing up in County Cork. "We would be looking forward to it for weeks," she said in a phone interview from Dublin. "In school, we would be studying the history of Ireland, making Irish flags, then on the day before, we would make brooches with fresh shamrocks, blessed by the priest, and tied with a white ribbon," she said. On St. Patrick's Day, she and her sisters would put on their best dresses for Mass with the family.
January 25, 2013
Egyptian rallies mark uprising CAIRO - Egyptian security forces fired tear gas, and protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails in a daylong demonstration Thursday, raising fears of a violent anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak. Youth activists and opposition groups have called for large rallies on the anniversary Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in front of the presidential palace in the upscale suburb, Heliopolis. The protests, which left dozens injured, began before dawn in central Cairo when protesters tried to tear down a concrete wall built to prevent them from reaching the parliament and the cabinet building.
December 19, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements. The language in question had appeared in updated policies announced Monday and scheduled to take effect Jan. 16. After an outcry on social-media and privacy- rights blogs, the company clarified that it has no plans to put users' photos in ads. What had riled users and privacy advocates was Instagram's assertion that it may now receive payments from businesses to use its members' photos, user name and other data "in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation" to them.
December 7, 2012 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - Northern Ireland leaders appealed for calm Thursday after Protestant militants attacked offices and a home connected to the most compromise-minded political party over its support for reducing the display of British flags on government buildings. The overnight violence in two Belfast suburbs came on the eve of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's planned visit Friday to the capital of the British territory. It underscored how divided Northern Ireland remains despite the broad success of a peace process that has stopped paramilitary violence but done little to bring down barriers between rival British Protestant and Irish Catholic communities.
November 30, 2012 |
SEAN O'NEILL JR. has gotten into a lifetime's worth of legal trouble in his 23 years, and now authorities confirm that he's skipped probation and fled to the Emerald Isle to join his dear deported dad. The younger O'Neill first made headlines in 2006, when he killed his friend while drunkenly playing with a gun at age 17. Then his father, a Northern Ireland native, was found guilty of citizenship, firearms and tax crimes, and deported to...