The new legislation also sparks a sense of mourning for women who didn’t live to benefit from it.
There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.
Seamus Farrell is among the tens of thousands of young people from Ireland who came of age in the wake of the global financial crisis and left when they were unable to find work at home.
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.
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.
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).
It looks like a pact to ban current cluster bomb designs will take another step forward, with more than 100 countries slated to sign the treaty in the next couple of days. However, the U.S., Russia and China -- the largest cluster bomb manufacturers -- so far have refused to sign on.