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The Most Dangerous Book

This “biography of a book” presents James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as the work that broke the crusading spirit of the U.S. government’s literary censorship during the early 20th century.

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It’s Time for Ireland to Stop Punishing Pregnant Women

For Ireland’s women, the culture of shame still lingers in the country’s archaic reproductive rights stance.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



Irish Infants in Catholic Care Homes Allegedly Vaccinated in Illegal Drug Trial

As the world was still reeling from news that a home for “unwed mothers” in County Galway, Ireland, had gotten rid of some 800 unidentified children’s bodies near a septic tank, another horrific allegation came to light.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

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Scotland Makes Gay Marriage Official

Scotland has joined the growing global ranks of countries that have made gay marriage legal.

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Three Executives Blamed for Irish Banking Crisis Go on Trial

The three- to six-month trial of three senior executives at the bank that almost bankrupted Ireland starts this week. About 350 people volunteered to serve on the jury, giving a sense of interest in the case.

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Ireland’s Troubled Embrace With the Arts

The infrastructure built to support the arts during the economic boom has been pinched by the subsequent crisis for five long years. Music director Gerry Godley acquaints outsiders with the official stumbling and staggering.

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Irish Authorities Arrest U.S. Renditions Protester

A 79-year-old grandmother with cancer was taken from her home in Galway, Ireland, for protesting the use of Shanon airport for renditions of alleged terror suspects by the United States military.

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Ireland’s Turf War Plan Is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Ireland is embroiled in a struggle between traditionalists who want to continue burning peat as fuel and conservation groups who say the practice adds significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

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See How the Irish Live

A looming social crisis in the Irish capital of Dublin has emerged out of a severe shortage of cheap rents, increased demand for housing and a dramatic slowdown in construction.

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Irish Compliance Yields Eurozone Bailout Exit

Three years after international lenders loaned Ireland $92.7 billion to recover from its part of the international economic crisis, the country is the first afflicted eurozone state to exit its rescue program.

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The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

When the indomitable Irish spirit is awakened, organized and mobilized, the country could become the poster child not for austerity, but for economic prosperity through financial sovereignty.

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Ireland Might Be Losing Its Green

Ireland—often called the Emerald Isle for its verdant appearance—faces a rather different future, according to a report by the country’s meteorological servce.

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The Irish Independent

Listen: Irish Banksters Plot to Take the Public’s Money

Tape recordings from inside the once-“doomed” Anglo Irish Bank reveal for the first time how the institution’s top executives lied to the government about the extent of their losses at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 in a scandal that drove the nation into austerity, Paul Williams reports at The Irish Independent.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


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Woman Denied Abortion Dies

Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was admitted to University Hospital in Galway, Ireland, where she was found to be miscarrying.

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Dissidents Merge to Form New Irish Republican Army

A collection of radical left-wing groups opposed to British rule of Northern Ireland and critical of the political establishment, including the nationalist-focused Sinn Fein, have merged to reclaim the banner of the Irish Republican Army and are threatening violence against police.

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Romney Veep Watch, Krugman’s Latest Prediction and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including whether or not Marco Rubio is being vetted for vice president, why Paul Krugman thinks the U.S. will be in trouble if Romney is elected and some interesting revelations about John Edwards from his ex-mistress.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE


Collapsing Eurozone

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Euro Bailouts Flag

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In Europe, Crisis-Provoked Suicide on the Rise

Tally the fatal, unhappy costs of runaway capitalism. Across Europe, businessmen unable to cope with the world made by the 2008 economic crash are taking their lives.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Ireland Is Pushed Back Into Recession

A 0.2 percent dip in GDP at the end of 2011, which followed a drastic decline in the third quarter, has thrown Ireland back into recession, alongside Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal and Greece, and begs the question of whether austerity is the answer to Europe’s economic woes.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Kostas Tsironis

All Hades Breaks Loose in Greece

On Sunday, after months of economic and political turmoil, Greek citizens fed up with paying for mistakes made by their country’s power elite took to the streets by the tens of thousands to signal their disapproval of the austerity measures the government pushed through late that night.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman: Austerity Still Doesn’t Work

Is anyone in the Obama administration listening to Paul Krugman? Maybe, says the Nobel Prize-winning economist, but only at the end of a year in which political insistence on the need to reduce short-term deficits with spending cuts slid the economy and much of the American public further into ruin.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE


Quarreling EU

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Santa Euro Crisis

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Disabled Euro

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Barack Hussein Obama Is Irish

As the so-called Birthers continue to obsess over Barack Obama’s Kenyan roots, the president is en route to Ireland, where he will visit another of his ancestral homes. The tiny village of Moneygall, which produced Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather, has been busy sprucing up the place.

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Queen Comes Close to Apology in Ireland

Speaking at a historic dinner in the castle that once headquartered Ireland’s British overseers, Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret over the two islands’ violent history: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.”

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Queen Honors Irish Freedom Fighters

The queen has landed in Ireland, where she laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance to honor those who fought against British tyranny. And if you think that’s a nice gesture, you should see the emerald green outfit her majesty wore for her arrival.

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NASA / Bill Ingalls

Queen to Visit the One That Got Away

The queen of England is headed to Ireland despite a bomb threat and other security concerns. She’ll be the first British monarch to visit the republic in 100 years, the first since the Irish—most of them, anyway—cast off British rule.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE


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Vatican Told Irish Clergy to Keep Abuse Reports From Police

According to an official letter issued by the Vatican in 1997, the Holy See issued a warning to higher-ups in the Irish Catholic Church, strongly suggesting that they keep reports of child abuse by clergy members from outside authorities or they could face “embarrassing” consequences.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Peter Morrison

Irish Take to the Streets

Tens of thousands of people took to the Irish streets Saturday to sound off against an IMF-backed austerity plan that would usher in deep spending cuts and higher taxes.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Korean Clash, Taliban Scam

What are we to make of the recent outburst of aggression between the two Koreas? And while we’re on the subject of puzzling moments in international diplomacy, what exactly is America’s goal in Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE



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No TARP in Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Grimsson, surveying the global financial mess, including the pending $112 billion bailout of Ireland’s shaky banking sector, can gloat a bit. His country, he says, is in better shape because it let private banks fail two years ago.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


Cowen Catching the “Celtic Tiger”

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AP / Peter Morrison

$50 Billion for Irish Bailout

Although it may sound like a delicious alcoholic beverage rather than a $50 billion rescue of Ireland’s capitalist apparatus, an Irish bailout by the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank is being discussed as the island country reels from debt and failed banks.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


Irish Labor Party Rep Excoriates Minister for ‘Destroying Economy’

The Irish economy is in quite a state, and according to Labor TD (that’s MP in Irish parlance) Pat Rabbitte, some specific people are to blame for Ireland’s plight. One of them just happened to be right next to him ... (continued)

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Why the Rest of Europe Isn’t Happy With France and Germany

The European Union’s leaders, Germany and France, decided Oct. 30 to try to change the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. This is a highly charged and divisive move.

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German Captains, U-Boats and Other Lies About Ireland

By chance, I arrived in Dublin this week on the day that the Saville report on Bloody Sunday was published.

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European Catholic Clergy Faces Fallout From Sex Scandal

Two more high-profile figures are paying the price for their parts, however direct or oblique, in the child abuse scandal still rippling through the ranks of the Catholic church. By Thursday, the Vatican had officially retired ...

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Pope Accepts Irish Bishop’s Resignation

Pope Benedict XVI has OK’d the resignation of Bishop John Magee, an Irish clergyman who had held prominent positions within the Catholic Church for decades and whose diocese was rocked by allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy ranging from at least the mid-1990s.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Pope to Pen a Letter Addressing Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Benedict XVI’s official investigators at the Vatican have been inundated with claims of abuse by Catholic priests and nuns, all to be handled by a small team of 10 at the Holy See’s in-house operation. To offset some of the public discontent, the pope is writing ... (continued)

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Irish Bishops Called on the Carpet

The long-running clergy sexual abuse scandal within Dublin’s Archdiocese is still the Catholic Church’s problem, and on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI met with Irish bishops for the first part of a two-day strategy and damage-control session at the Vatican.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


Irish Abortion Law Is Targeted

Human rights organizations are on the offensive as groups mobilize pressure against Ireland’s ban on abortion, accusing the government of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and exposing women to undue risk by forcing them to travel abroad for abortions.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


Mrs. Robinson Scores One for Gender Equality in a Bad Way

So the tables-turned, she-cheated-on-him political sex scandal we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, albeit across the pond.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Mrs. Robinson Edition

While the real-life Mrs. Robinson, an ultraconservative, “sanctity of marriage” homophobe from Northern Ireland, was shtupping a teenager, our feet were all getting bigger. Confused? Head on past the jump for clarification—and maybe even a little enlightenment.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Walls Never Work—in the Middle East or in Ireland

The story of the Protestant "settlements" in Ireland provides a ghostly narrative of those modern-day "settlements" in the West Bank, where the Israelis insist on fighting the world’s last colonial war with the assistance of that great anti-colonial nation known as the United States.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Report: Irish Catholic Church Kept Child Abuse Secret

According to a newly released report commissioned by the Irish government, the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic authorities in Ireland kept hundreds of complaints concerning the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy covered up ... (continued)

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