Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Election Will Herald New Era in Ireland

Carsten Volkery, Der Spiegel

A Furious Ireland Heads to the Polls

Denis Murray, Daily Telegraph

How the Irish Bubble Burst

Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal

Where's the Rage in Bankrupt Ireland?

Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair

When the Irish vote in the country's general election on Friday, they will be keen to punish those politicians they see as responsible for the country's sorry state. But the hands ...(full article)

The next Irish government will be seeking changes to the conditions of the bailout. But the IMF holds the purse-strings and will respond positively only to reasonable argument, and...(full article)

They call them "ghost estates" in Ireland – housing developments that were half finished when the money ran out and the work stopped. I'm at an estate on the outskirts of...(full article)

If you want to study the economic crisis of the last few years, go to Ireland, where you will find it in its purest form. Ireland is a small country, with a population of just 4.4 ...(full article)

When I flew to Dublin in early November, the Irish government was busy helping the Irish people come to terms with their loss. It had been two years since a handful of Irish poli...(full article)

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Does Ireland's Recovery Create Room for Austerity? - Irish Times

A year ago Minister for Finance Michael Noonan based his 2014 Budget on a two per cent rate of growth in gross domestic product. Last week, and for the third time in a month, he ra...

A Humane Approach to Asylum - Irish Times

Official Ireland has always regarded immigrants and asylum seekers as problems. That is why legislation emanating from the Department of Justice has been so strict and inflexible, ...

Temper the Exuberance over Irish Economy - John O' Hagan, Irish Times

Some recent commentaries would at times lead one to believe that our public finances problem has almost been resolved. And that with renewed significant growth the severe unemploym...

Scotland Should Heed Lesson from Irish - Ruth Edwards, Telegraph

"We all relate to England – whatever England is,” David Chillingworth, Episcopalian Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, told the Irish Times this week, “b...

Why Ireland Has an Abortion Ban - Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

The most successful single issue movement in the history of the State, the Pro-Life Amendment Campaign (PLAC), was established in January 1981 by 13 organisations: the Congress of ...

Ireland's New Abortion Law: No Choice at All - The Guardian

Ireland’s abortion act promised access to abortion at least in a few cases. In practice, it seems to have made no difference at all....

Scotland Looks Forward, Ireland Looks Back - Francis Barry, Bloomberg

As Scotland is debating its future, Ireland is debating its past. Last week, as a televised political debate over independence took center stage in Scotland, a row erupted over Ir...

U.S. Trails Belgium in Global Good? - John Grgurich, The Fiscal Times

United States: 21, Ireland: 1. No, that's not the score of the latest World Cup game (soccer fans can only dream of a high-scoring game like that). This is where the United S...

800 Irish Babies in a Septic Tank? Not Exactly - Jason Walsh, New Republic

That Story About Irish Babies Buried in a Septic Tank Was Shocking. It Also Wasn't Entirely True. Today's international news cycle and old Irish tendencies created a perfect storm ...

The Delusion of the Irish - Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

Meet an egomaniac and you know you are also meeting a deeply insecure person. People who are uncertain about themselves sometimes deal with their anxiety by creating an exaggerated...

Irish America Is Unlikely to Get Aid from Dublin - Colm Quinn, Irish Times

Mr Kenny’s visit was his fourth to Washington as Taoiseach for St Patrick ’s Day. It was business as usual: he spoke about the economy, Northern Ireland and immigration. The Am...

How Irish-Themed Pubs Conquered the World - Jon Kelly, BBC News

Over the past two decades Irish pubs have proliferated around the planet. Now there are warnings their growth is being halted. How did the Gaelic-themed drinking establishment take...

Why Are the Irish Siding with the Palestinians? - Jason Walsh, TNR

Growing up in the Irish republican stronghold of west Belfast, I was well aware that the Irish have tended to side with the Palestinians in the conflict. I remember the Palestinian...

They Saved the Eurozone but Forgot Its People - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Remember the eurozone crisis? You don't hear much about it anymore, which could easily lead you to the conclusion that the problems have been solved. And to an extent they have bee...

Northern Ireland Is Still a Tinderbox - Neill Lochery, National Post

The arrest of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams over his alleged role in the disappearance and murder of a Belfast mother of 10 in 1972 has pushed the largely forgotten Northern Irish ...

A Surge of Anti-EU Populism Across Europe - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

The Irish election takes place in the context of a broader Continent-wide election which is probably more important than any in recent years in setting the EU’s direction pol...

Gerry Adams Isn't Immune from Justice - Ruth Dudley Edwards, Telegraph

You may not have heard of Pamela Atchison, but she has just become the most important woman in Northern Ireland. As Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, it will be her job...

Misguided Murder Probe May Unravel Irish Peace - Tim Lavin, Bloomberg

There's a decent chance, if Adams is charged with murder, that Sinn Fein would withdraw from the power-sharing arrangement that has kept the peace in Northern Ireland, on and off, ...

Gerry Adams: Beyond Understanding - Daily Telegraph

It is impossible to understand a politician who can acknowledge the IRA’s myriad crimes -- including the murder of Jean McConville -- yet continue to stand by them...

Why Gerry Adams Was Arrested - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

In 1972, Jean McConville was abducted in front of her children from her home in a Belfast housing project. The 37-year-old, a mother of 10, was then tortured at at least one safe h...

Good Irish vs. Bad Greeks? - Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

Last week, a funny thing happened on the way to the Acropolis. The bad, reckless Greeks, the mad shower who had defaulted on €100 billion of debt, went back into those markets...

Proof That Britain Lost to the IRA - Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail

So this is what it is like to live in a defeated country. Your Head of State has to consort with one of the leaders of the most successful terror gang in the world, and pretend she...

Is Scottish Independence Really a Big Deal? - Michael McGough, LA Times

Even as an independent nation, the Irish Republic is intimately interconnected with England: politically, economically and culturally. The same would be true of an independent Scot...

Will GoT Make Ireland the Next New Zealand? - Sam Shankman, Quartz

Game of Thrones has attracted a cult following over the past three seasons and Ireland, where part of the series is filmed, wants a piece of the profits. After what Tourism Irelan...

Ireland's Love/Hate Relationship with Britain - Mark Hennessy, IT

On the English side, the relationship can be marked – though usually without malice – by benign condescension. The Irish attitude contains a remembrance of history, wit...

Why Europe Needs More Believers - Gilles Finchelstein, Irish Times

Europe’s big problem is its tendency to repeat at will the idea that the problem is Ireland, or Germany, or France, or someone else. The endless search for scapegoats is a si...

Why Must We Be 'Proud' to Be Irish? - Donald Clarke, Irish Times

It’s all about identity politics these days. I’m great because I’m this or that. You’re spiffing because you’re the other. Why, for example, is everyo...

Ireland's Mortgage Default Crisis - John McManus, Irish Times

Revelation that 100,000 people with jobs can’t afford payments must inform banks’ arrears strategy....

Ireland and Child Abuse - New York Times

For years, the government of Ireland has denied liability for child sexual abuse by teachers in state-financed schools managed by the Roman Catholic Church. The European Court of H...

Why Ireland Fears Scottish Independence - Charles Moore, The Spectator

In Dublin, where I am writing this column, people are watching the Scottish referendum campaign more closely than in London. Despite the polls, they almost expect a Yes vote, but m...

Is A United Northern Ireland a Pipe Dream? - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

The inability to agree on flags and parades – fear-mongering emblems of a militarist past – highlights the impossibility of the US negotiator's task...

America's New Irish Immigrants - Aidan Lewis, BBC News

Ireland may no longer need bailout money as its economy emerges from recession, but a wave of emigration that began in 2008 is continuing. And as in the 1980s, many thousands of th...

Why Are So Many Young People Fleeing Ireland? - David Fleming, Vice

Ireland has long been a country of emigrants. For around the past 300 years, the Irish have been leaving their homes to escape whatever it is they want to escape—mostly famin...

Roma: Myth, Suspicion and Prejudice - Peter Stanford, Daily Telegraph

As Roma families are accused of abducting children in Greece and Ireland, we should beware of persecuting an ancient people....

Yes, Ireland Really Is Dying - Jim Russell, Pacific Standard

I realize a lot of Ireland boosters are pinning their hopes on robust birth rates. Demographic convergence is a bitch. Do not panic. The Irish are in the process of doing the fail,...

Clueless Irish Pundits Misrepresent Germany - Derek Scally, Irish Times

One of Ireland’s few growth areas during the recession has been in ill-informed commentary about our largest euro-area neighbour....

Last Call: Crisis Forces Irish Pubs to Close - Patrick Kremers, Der Spiegel

With high unemployment, a surge in emigration and rising beer prices, Irish pubs are getting pinched by the crisis, and some 1,500 have been forced to shut their doors. But one ent...

The Psychology of an Irish Meltdown - Tana French, New York Times

For the past month, Ireland has been outraged by tapes of Anglo Irish Bank officials, back in 2008, discussing lying to the government about how big a loan they needed, and how the...

Coming Home to Ireland, a Beautiful Ruin - Colum McCann, LA Times

Ireland is built on the wounds and the mercies of the past. But the peace process holds, and life goes on despite hardship....

Why Everyone Wants to Claim Irish Roots - Melanie McDonagh, London ES

Ireland is a foreign country in theory but it’s not really for most Brits — it’s more like Scotland. Mrs Brown’s Boys has inherited the mantle of Father Ted in reinforcing ...

Why Do Some Irish Drink So Much? - Discover Magazine

An interesting new paper asks Why Do Some Irish Drink So Much? In a survey of students attending University College Dublin, (n=3500 respondents), the authors examined self-reporte...

For Belfast, Keeping Peace Means a City of Walls - Shawn Pogatchnik, AP

When President Obama comes to Belfast, he's expected to praise a country at peace and call for walls that separate Irish Catholics and British Protestants to come tumbling down. B...

Explaining Apple's Irish Tax Dodge - Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg

The outrageous part about Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s audacious tax strategies isn’t whether they are legal. They may well be. More upsetting are the ruses and contrivances tha...

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Budget to mark end of austerity era

Dublin (AFP) - Ireland will depart from six years of deep austerity on Tuesday as Dublin delivers it...

EU tax probe spotlights Ireland'

Dublin (AFP) - An EU probe into a tax deal between Ireland and Apple is raising pressure for a tight...

Ireland likely to phase out 'Do

Ireland is set to announce legal changes next week to phase out the "Double Irish" tax arr...

Ireland to close double Irish tax l

Finance minister to sound death knell for controversial scheme that allows multinationals to slash t...

Rugby Union - Ireland star Moore to

- Leinster prop Marty Moore will miss Ireland's forthcoming Tests after being ruled out of actio...