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News about Ireland, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Ireland Chronology

  1. Sep. 26, 2013

    Dublin Journal; critics say that Arthur's Day in Ireland, which began in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of Guinness, is nothing but an excuse for binge drinking.MORE »

  2. Aug. 16, 2013

    United States asks Ireland to hand over Eric Marques, man who Federal Bureau of Investigation says is world’s most prolific facilitator of child pornography; Marques is accused of using encryption technology to offer an anonymous hosting service for Web sites with total of more than one million pornographic pictures.MORE »

  3. Aug. 1, 2013

    President Michael D Higgins of Ireland signs into law bill legalizing abortion, though only in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman’s life is at risk.MORE »

  4. Jul. 28, 2013

    Op-Ed article by author Tana French examines psychology behind the Irish financial crisis, in light of of tapes released by the Irish Independent newspaper of Anglo Irish bank officials discussing lying to the government; posits that many Irish bought into myths being peddled at the height of the country's economic boom, only to be utterly destroyed.MORE »

  5. Jul. 27, 2013

    Floyd Norris Off the Charts column notes that prices of homes and apartments in Ireland are increasing, especially in the Dublin region, hinting at glints of recovery after country's long downturn.MORE »

  6. Jul. 26, 2013

    Letter from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, comments on Ross Douthat's July 21 Op-Ed column on new Texas abortion law as compared to Ireland's abortion regulations.MORE »

  7. Jul. 21, 2013

    Ross Douthat Op-Ed column highlights Ireland as an example of way in which abortion restrictions like the one passed in Texas will affect women's health and position in society.MORE »

  8. Jul. 14, 2013

    Rory McIlroy has distanced himself from his roots since becoming the second Irish golfer to win multiple majors, which has many in Ireland questioning his loyalties; he has relocated to Florida and changed his equipment and his Dublin-based management team, both instrumental in his rise to No. 1 in March 2012.MORE »

  9. Jul. 12, 2013

    Lawmakers in Ireland vote 127 to 31 to back country's first bill on abortion, legalizing practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem woman’s life to be at risk from her pregnancy.MORE »

  10. Jul. 6, 2013

    Police in Ireland charge eight men with Irish Republican Army membership after officers raid a suspected meeting of the group's Dublin leadership.MORE »

  11. Jul. 5, 2013

    Floyd Norris High & Low Finance column examines revelation of audiotapes showing that Anglo Irish Bank lied to officials about its finances in order to secure bailout in 2008; holds bank's malfeasance eventually cost European Union and Irish taxpayers tens of billions of euros, setting unfortunate precedent and laying course for austerity measures that continue to hobble country's economy.MORE »

  12. Jun. 28, 2013

    Irish government reports that country slid into second recession in only three years during first quarter of 2013.MORE »

  13. Jun. 22, 2013

    Floyd Norris Off the Charts column says upturn seen in Ireland's economy, reported to have grown in 2010, may not be as positive as once thought; points to new analysis indicating statistics were misleading, result of statistical anomaly caused by British companies moving their incorporation, but not their operations, to Ireland for tax reasons.MORE »

  14. Jun. 19, 2013

    Irish Parliament is expected to legalize limited abortion before its summer break after publication of final government proposals that would allow terminations in cases when there is real and substantial risk to life of the mother, including threat of suicide.MORE »

  15. May. 23, 2013

    British prosecutors charge Irishman John Downey with 1982 IRA attack on the queen’s cavalry in Hyde Park that left four soldiers and seven horses dead.MORE »

  16. May. 22, 2013

    Ireland has come under harsh criticism for its tax laws following revelation that Apple avoided paying billions of dollars in taxes in United States and the rest of the world; Senate investigators say Apple worked out a special corporate tax rate of only 2 percent with Irish tax authorities.MORE »

  17. May. 8, 2013

    Ireland's govermnent says it will pardon nearly 5,000 men who deserted country's armed forces to fight for Britain during World War II; Ireland was neutral during war.MORE »

  18. May. 4, 2013

    Roman Catholic Church in Ireland condemns bill back by government that would permit abortions in cases where threat existed to a woman's life, including from suicide.MORE »

  19. May. 4, 2013

    Roman Catholic Church in Ireland condemns bill back by government that would permit abortions in cases where threat existed to a woman's life, including from suicide.MORE »

  20. May. 2, 2013

    Irish government proposes legislation that will allow abortions in cases where threat exists to a woman's life, including from suicide.MORE »

  21. Apr. 30, 2013

    Ireland's Supreme Court rules that Marie Fleming, terminally ill woman in final stages of multiple sclerosis, does not have right to an assisted death; court rejects her argument that the decriminalization of suicide in Irish law necessarily conferred a right to die.MORE »

  22. Apr. 26, 2013

    Russian government warns Ireland’s Parliament that it may halt negotiations on agreement for cross-border adoptions if Irish parliamentary committee approves resolution critical of rights abuses in Russia.MORE »

  23. Apr. 20, 2013

    Irish jury rules that poor medical care led to death of Savita Halappanavar, Indian woman who was denied emergency abortion by hospital staff while she was having miscarriage.MORE »

  24. Apr. 13, 2013

    Euro zone finance ministers agree to give Ireland and Portugal more time to repay their bailout loans after rescue for Cyprus renewed animosity toward authorities overseeing the single currency area.MORE »

  25. Apr. 4, 2013

    Cork Journal; Dominican order of Catholic Church is thriving even as other orders close houses, and is even doing well in places like Ireland, where surveys show Catholics are deserting church pews faster than in almost any other country; Rev Gerard Dunne, recruiter at Dominican priory in Cork, attributes revival to order's focus on fundamentals.MORE »

  26. Apr. 4, 2013

    Irish government bank is working with one of Russia's largest banks to help find and seize dozen properties in Russia and Ukraine belonging to Sean Quinn, bankrupt Irish businessman who was once Ireland’s richest man.MORE »

  27. Mar. 30, 2013

    More than 143,000 home mortgages are in arrears in Ireland, but forced repossessions have been politically and legally difficult; situation could change as law is being amended to overturn a legal ruling that has been restricting banks’ right to repossess property.MORE »

  28. Mar. 25, 2013

    Kilgarvan, Ireland, draws attention after county council passes motion calling for people living in country areas to be allowed a few beers before driving home; fact that motion passed and is even widely regarded as potential vote-winner speaks much for complex hold that alcohol still has in many facets of Irish life.MORE »

  29. Mar. 24, 2013

    Andrew Goldman Talk interview with Mary Robinson, whose new memoir Everybody Matters discusses her experience serving as first female president of Ireland.MORE »

  30. Mar. 17, 2013

    Irish historian Sinead McCoole has spent last eight years exploring trove of more than 100,000 items relating to Irish history that were collected by County Mayo man Jackie Clarke.MORE »

  31. Mar. 16, 2013

    Snakes, popular pet among nouveau riche during Ireland's boom, have become increasingly common in countryside, as owners have abandoned them following downturn; encounters with wild snakes are especially surprising since Ireland is traditionally famous for its lack of indigenous serpents; National Exotic Animal Sanctuary and other animal welfare organizations are providing care for some abandoned pet snakes.MORE »

  32. Mar. 9, 2013

    Op-Ed article by Irish-American playwright John Patrick Shanley describes his first time visiting family members in Ireland, with emphasis on their eccentric, boisterous way of speaking.MORE »

  33. Feb. 20, 2013

    Irish Prime Min Enda Kenny offers unreserved state apology over Ireland’s failure to protect thousands of young women and girls consigned to virtual slavery in the so-called Magdalene Laundries between 1922 and 1996.MORE »

  34. Feb. 18, 2013

    Breezy Point, Queens, known as the Irish Riviera, remains a popular cause in Ireland more than three months after Hurricane Sandy sparked devastating residential fires there; Irish companies sent money and the country's consulate bused thousands of volunteers to the gated community, one of the most proudly Irish enclaves in America.MORE »

  35. Feb. 7, 2013

    Dublin Journal; daughters of a woman who was held in one of Ireland’s notorious Magdalene Laundries, or forced labor workhouses for girls, have been campaigning for an apology from the state for 10 years.MORE »

  36. Dec. 28, 2012

    Ireland has embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit by charging households and businesses for environmental damage they cause; over last three years, country has imposed taxes on most fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel's carbon dioxide emissions; as result, Ireland has seen emissions drop more than 15 percent since 2008.MORE »

  37. Dec. 5, 2012

    Eamon Kelly, senior figure in Ireland's criminal underworld, is shot to death in Dublin two years after surviving similar assassination bid, in latest chapter of long-running feud involving Irish Republican Army die-hards; Real IRA paramilitary group is suspected in killing.MORE »

  38. Nov. 23, 2012

    India’s ambassador to Ireland agrees to ask Prime Minister Enda Kenny for an independent inquiry into the death of Indian-born woman Dr Savita Halappanavar, who died after doctors refused to perform an abortion when she was having a miscarriage.MORE »

  39. Nov. 15, 2012

    Death of Savita Halappanavar, who was reportedly denied potentially lifesaving abortion even while she was having miscarriage, revives debate over Ireland's almost total ban on abortions; Irish Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that abortion is permissible in certain cases, but Irish government has yet to pass a law to this effect.MORE »

  40. Sep. 23, 2012

    Verlyn Klinkenborg describes the experience of learning to sail at the Baltimore Harbor, Ireland, location of Les Glenans, a venerable nonprofit sailing school founded in 1947 by a group of French Resistance fighters.MORE »

  41. Sep. 9, 2012

    Brendan Spiegel travel article on 36-hour visit to Galway, Ireland.MORE »

  42. Sep. 4, 2012

    Dublin Journal; residents of Priory Hall in Dublin, the most notorious of Ireland’s ruined ghost developments, are in legal limbo, barred from living in homes that they still have to pay the mortgage for; officials declared complex a fire hazard and forced its inhabitants to leave in October 2011; those residents are high-profile casualties of the corruption and recklessness of the Irish housing boom in the 2000s.MORE »

  43. Aug. 10, 2012

    Katie Taylor of Ireland, four times a world boxing champion in the lightweight division, five times the European champion, is also now an Olympic champion, beating Russia’s Sofya Ochigava in a nerve-racking 10-8 decision; the victory, only the ninth Olympic gold medal in Ireland’s history, comes like an inevitable cannon burst after years of drumroll.MORE »

  44. Jul. 27, 2012

    Profile of Irish gymnast Kieran Behan, who overcame a botched leg operation and a brain injury that kept him from doing even the simplest things, like sitting or eating, to compete at the 2012 Olympics.MORE »

  45. Jun. 28, 2012

    Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s head of state, shakes hands with Martin McGuinness, a onetime commander of the Irish Republican Army, who is now deputy first minister of Northen Ireland; for both figures the encounter is fraught with risks: criticism for the queen for shaking the hand of a man once labeled a terrorist, and castigation for McGuinness for betraying the cause of a united Ireland.MORE »

  46. May. 20, 2012

    Seven Irish republicans are arraigned on terrorism charges after a security sweep against militants whom authorities suspect of plotting to sabotage Northern Ireland’s peace process.MORE »

  47. Apr. 15, 2012

    Editorial supports the Irish government's plan to end the Catholic Church's monopoly of the nation's primary school system.MORE »

  48. Apr. 3, 2012

    Irish anti-austerity protesters claim victory after the government acknowledges that around 50 percent of the country's estimated 1.6 million homeowners failed to pay a new, flat-rate $133 property tax by the March 31 deadline.MORE »

  49. Mar. 18, 2012

    Ownership of apartments in the Centria luxury high-rise apartment building in New York City reflects global economic trends; apartments were once largely owned by Irish citizens, during the country's economic boom times, but in the wake of the European sovereign debt crisis, they are being bought up by wealthy investors from China and Brazil.MORE »

  50. Dec. 22, 2011

    Dublin judge rules that Sean Garland, a senior Irish Republican Army veteran wanted in the United States over links to a North Korean counterfeiting plot, should not be extradited.MORE »

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General Information on Ireland

Official Name: Ireland
Capital: Dublin (Current local time)
Government Type: Republic, parliamentary democracy
Population: 4.11 million
Area: 27,136 square miles; slightly larger than West Virginia
Languages: English (official), Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard
Year of Independence: 1921
Web site: Irlgov.ie


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Irish Emigration to America.

Rev. Dr. CAHILL, the celebrated Irish Catholic, now traveling in this country, writes thus in one of his recent letters concerning Irish emigration to America:

July 30, 1860, Monday
    August 11, 1861, Sunday
    THE SUFFERING POOR OF IRELAND.; The Knights of St. Patrick at the Academy of Music. An Enthusiastic Assemblage Speeches by Gen. McClellan, Archbishop Hughes, Judge Daly, John McKeon, Richard O'Gorman, Gen. Meagher, and Others. SPEACH OF GEN. M'CLELLAN. SPEECH OF ARCHBISHOP HUGHES.

    The meeting at the Academy of Music last night in aid of the suffering poor of Ireland, was an immense success, both in point of numbers and enthusiasm. At 7 o'clock the entire edifice was filled with beauty and fashion. On the stage were the officers of the Society known as the Knights of St. Patrick; Mayor OPDYKE, who presided over the ...

    April 08, 1863, Wednesday

      The Chair laid before the Senate a communication from the Commissioner of Public Buildings, asking for the appointment of a Joint Committee to superintend the expenditure for the improvement of the Executive Mansion, as provided in the Deficiency Bill; also, a communication from the Secretary of War, transmitting the report of Gen. SHERMAN on the safety of travel on the overland route;

      March 09, 1867, Saturday
        SYMPATHY FOR IRELAND.; Mass-Meeting at Cooper Institute--Addresses by Mayor Hall, Judge Garvin, Gen O'Neil, and Others.

        Pursuant to announcement, a large meeting was held at the Cooper Institute last evening, for the purpose of urging on the Federal Government, and especially on the incoming Administration, the necessity of taking measures to secure the release of American citizens now confined in English prisons for alleged complicity in Fenian movements in this country.

        February 16, 1869, Tuesday
          Laboring Classes in Ireland and America.

          The London Times, in speaking of the Irish land tonnre, announces that "the idea of peasant proprietorship is the most genial and picturesque of socialist dreams." Is this true! Is the possibility that those who till the land may own that land, only a "dream," a phantasy of "socialism?"'' If it be, then the deepest rooted of Irish grievances is be yond remedy.

          September 12, 1869, Sunday
            Woman's Rights in Ireland.

            Woman's claim to practice the medical calling has, of late, been successfully assorted in Edinburgh; and her admission to the other learned professions may be expected to follow. In the sister Kingdom of Ireland there are signs, meanwhile, of a "progress" of a different sort.

            December 10, 1870, Saturday
              THE ALABAMA CLAIMS; English Opinion of Mr. Reverdy Johnson's Views The Contention "Premature."

              London Times on Premature Admissions

              January 01, 1871, Sunday
                THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.; Comments of the London Newspaper Press on Gen. Grant's Views.

                The London papers of the 20th reprint the full text of President GRANT'S message from the New-York journals and comment at length again upon it. The Times, in the courts of its leader, says:

                January 03, 1871, Tuesday
                  THE PENIAN CONVICTS.; Mr. Gladatonc's Letter on the Release of the Convicts.

                  The following letter has been sent by Mr. GLADSTONE to Sir WILLIAM CARROLL, late Lord Mayor of Dubliu, whose name was the first of those attached to a numerously signed petition presented to the Prime Minister by Mr. McCARTHY DOWNING, M.P.:

                  January 03, 1871, Tuesday

                    London Times on Gen. Schenck's Mission

                    January 06, 1871, Friday
                      JOHN BRIGHT.; His Resignation Comments of the London Press.

                      The resignation of Mr. BRIGHT is formally announced on the 20th ult., and the papers of that date comment at length upon it.

                      January 06, 1871, Friday
                        FOREIGN AFFAIRS.; ENGLAND AND GERMANY. A Nation's Loose Observance of the Neutrality Laws and the Possible Resuite.

                        Unless the most inexplicable changes in the relative position of the belligerents should have occurried before the conclusion of peace, the German Empire will enjoy an undoubted predominance in the European system. We do not say that if her ambition were to menace the freedom of the Continent, even an united Germany night not be successfully opposed by a coalition.

                        January 06, 1871, Friday
                          AMERICA AND EUROPE.; Military Status of the United States Their Power for Self-Defense.

                          The London Times, of Dec. 23, refers, in a leader, to the report recently presented to the President by the American Secretary of War, and, also, to the recent report of Gen. SHERMAN.

                          January 07, 1871, Saturday
                            ENGLAND'S POSITION.; Herr Blind in Reply to Earl Russell's Letter Comments on the Situation.

                            Herr KARL BLIND, in a letter he has addressed to the Times, gives his approval to Earl RUSSELL'S demand that England should put herself in a position of defense, only (he says) it is not Germany we have to provide against, as the noble Earl seems to think.

                            January 07, 1871, Saturday
                              The Released Penian Prisoners.

                              List of Released

                              January 07, 1871, Saturday
                                THE BRITISH MISSION.; Statement of the Grievances of the Superseded Minister. Review of the Last Alabama Negotiations. Reply of the Secretary of State to All the Points. WAITING FOR HIS SUCCESSOR. A SURMISE AS TO CAUSE.

                                Fish, Secretary, and Minister Motley; Recall of the latter; Comments

                                January 10, 1871, Tuesday
                                  THE LATE MR. WALTER; Story of a Lamentable Accident The Death of the Eldest Son of the Proprietor of the London Times.

                                  An accident occurred on Saturday afternoon last at Bearwood, Berkshire, the seat of Mr. WALTER, M.P., which caused the loss of a very valuable life. There is a fine lake in front of the house, extending over many acres, and in parts of considerable depth.

                                  January 11, 1871, Wednesday
                                    THE ALABAMA.; An Appeal to the People of the United States.

                                    Pall Mall Gazette on, and Possible War

                                    January 11, 1871, Wednesday
                                      GENERAL EUROPEAN NEWS.; Terrific Colliery Explosion in England Twenty-Six Persons Killed and Nine Injured Chinese Ambassador to Western Powers The Eastern Question English Defenses.

                                      LONDON, Jan. 12. An explosion occurred in the Remshaw Colliery, near Sheffield, today, by which twenty-six persons were killed and nine injured.

                                      January 13, 1871, Friday
                                        THE ALABAMA DIFFICULTY.; Reflections Suggested in England by the Appointment of a New American Min- ister.

                                        Before the end of this month the new American Minister will in all probability have reached England, and by the time Parliament has fairly set to work upon the active business of the session he will doubtless have broached the substantive issues of his mission to Lord GRANVILLE.

                                        January 18, 1871, Wednesday
                                          A FAMOUS LONDON CLUB.

                                          The announcement that the freehold on W. WHITE'S Club-stands is for sale is made the subject of a gossiping article in the Daily News. Our contemporary says:

                                          January 22, 1871, Sunday
                                            ENGLAND.; The Premier and His Constituents. The Total Eclipse of the Sun at Gibraltar. The Campaign in New-Hampshire A Calm Republican Survey of the Field. Will of the Late Edward C. Delavan His Reasons for Making no Public Bequests. A Rhinoceros and the Ice. The Murder and Suicide at Baltimore Desperation of a Disappointed Lover. The Next Cotton Crop Demand for Labor at the South. Fortunate Escape of a Railroad Train Two Cars Smashed to Pieces.

                                            The following is a copy of a petition which is in course of signature by the constituency in different parts of the borough of Greenwich, calling upon the Premier to resign his seat as one of the representatives of the borough:

                                            January 23, 1871, Monday
                                              GENERAL EUROPEAN NEWS.; Spanish Treasury Bonds to be Issued British Cabinet Appointments Gazetted Disaster to an American BoundShip. Reply of Prince Henry, of Luxembourg, to Count Bismarck. The New Queen of Spain and the Young Prince to Join the King is Madrid. Meteorological Record. The Oldest Surviving Congressman.

                                              LONDON, Jan. 20 2 P.M. The Madrid Gazette contains a decree authorizing the issue of Treasury bonds to the amount of 400,000,000 reals.

                                              January 23, 1871, Monday
                                                IRELAND AND THE IRISH.; The Present and Future of Ireland Interesting Lecture by Rev. James Kennedy.

                                                Ireland, Present and Future; Lecture by Rev. James Kennedy

                                                January 27, 1871, Friday
                                                  ENGLAND AND AMERICA.; Latest Public References to the Possible Causes of International Difficulties.

                                                  Mr. GOURLEY, M.P., had delivered a lecture in Sunderland on America, in which he gave an account of a recent visit to that country. Referring to the Alabama question, he said that and other difficulties could be settled if only we could be induced to step aside from the old, worn-out, and beaten track of European diplomacy.

                                                  February 03, 1871, Friday
                                                    A BRILLIANT CEREMONY.; Marriage of the Daughter of Ex-Minister Motley Scenes in an English Country Church The Attendance.

                                                    On the l8th of January the Motley-Sheridan wedding, which has been so long talked of, took place at Frampton, in Dorsetshire, England. The London Morning Post of the 19th gives the following account of the event:

                                                    February 04, 1871, Saturday
                                                      ENGLAND'S POSITION.; Mr. Stansfeld on Foreign Relations and the Military Condition of the Nation. The Duke of Manchester on Military Organization. Earl Russell on the National Defense. England and the War A German Republican on English Republican Sympathizers.

                                                      Mr. STANSFELD addressed his constituents, at Halifax, on Jan. 20. On foreign matters he said that a persistent non-intervention, unless a positive duty compelled her intervention, was now the settled policy of England. He did not believe there existed in the country any body of men they need take into account who would desire to return to the policy of former times.

                                                      February 06, 1871, Monday
                                                        AMERICAN AND BRITISH MARINE.; Maritime Reciprocity--Relative Reciprocal Tonnage in American and British Ports During Fifteen Years--The Iron and Steam Revolution.

                                                        WASHINGTON, Feb. 7. A chart prepared by Mr. JOSEPH NIMMO, Jr., illustrating the practical workings of our relations of maritime reciprocity with Great Britain, has just been printed, and will accompany his report upon our maritime interests.

                                                        February 09, 1871, Thursday
                                                          EUROPE.; Speech of the Queen on Opening the British Parliament. Review of Foreign Relations and Domestic Affairs. Speeches of Messrs. Disraeli and Gladstone on the Address. THE ELECTIONS IN FRANCE. Regal Honors Assigned by Italy to the Pope. Latest Aspect of the Eastern Question in the Conference. GREAT BRITAIN. Opening of Parliament Text of the Queen's Speech Mediatorial Efforts with France and Germany Spain The Fisheries and Alabama Claims The Greek and Chinese Massacres Domestic Affairs Vote by Ballot Ireland. EFFORTS TO RESTORE PEACE. THE GERMAN EMPIRE. THE EASTERN QUESTION. RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES. THE NEW SPANISH SOVEREIGN. THE GREEK MASSACRE. THE TIEN-TSIN MASSACRE. FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH ALL THE WORLD. THE DOCUMENTS. THE FORTHCOMING ROYAL MARRIAGE. THE REVENUE. THE ESTIMATES. THE DEFENCES. DOMESTIC LEGISLATION. VOTE BY BALLOT. PRIMARY EDUCATION IN SCOTLAND. IRELAND. CONCLUSION.

                                                          LONDON, Feb. 9. Parliament reassembled today. The following is the Queen's speech delivered at the opening of the session:

                                                          February 10, 1871, Friday

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