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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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Most Recent Articles

Is It Valid to Compare 1916 Rebels to ISIS? - John McManus, Irish Times

The comparisons between 1916 and Islamic State are superficial and can only be pushed so far before breaking down. The most obvious flaw being that the rebels were not terrorists a...

Martyrs With Guns and the Easter Rising - L. Downes, New York Times

Ireland is marking the centenary of the Rising this year with programs and parades the island over. It does so gingerly, knowing that its path from 1916 to the present day is strew...

Ireland's Hand in Ending the British Empire - Paul Gillespie, Irish Times

The German, Russian Austro-Hungarian empires collapsed after that European war, even if the British one survived for another generation. The Irish Rebellion which gave rise to the ...

Time for Britain to Apologize to the Irish - Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph

One hundred years ago, the Irish people fought for independence from the British. But now bygones are bygones: we have too much in common to quarrel....

Canada's Role in Creating Modern Ireland - Terry Glavin, National Post

Thanks to the outsized profile of the Irish-American tribes, Canada’s part in the bigger story that situates Easter 1916 in its pivotal chapter tends to get completely overlo...

Inventing the Irish - Barry Kennerk, New York Times

DUBLIN — The Republic of Ireland is about to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. This weeklong rebellion in 1916 has become the cornerstone of the country’s...

Ireland Approaches a Housing Crisis - Irish Times

When foreign investment funds acquired large commercial property and housing portfolios at bargain prices in recent years, the development was presented in a positive light, as evi...

Irish Spring - Timothy Egan, New York Times

Between the Guinness and the leprechauns, the rivers of green and the buckets of blarney, we’re going to experience a lot of paddywhackery over the next week. Patrick’s...

A New Political Order in Ireland? - Dan O'Brien, Irish Independent

As the 32nd Dáil meets today, there is a new order - or disorder - in Irish politics. The duopoly of the two Civil War parties is over. A kaleidoscope of small parties and dozens ...

Ireland's Political Earthquake That Wasn't - Hugh Linehan, Irish Times

You would have to peer very hard to see a trend of any consequence in these numbers. For the “seismic shift” argument to have any credibility, therefore, you have to ac...

Ireland's Voters Hand Politicians Their Due - Guardian

But by routing Mr Kenny with unexpected ferocity, the voters have revealed that they do not see things this way at all – and don’t assume that they are wrong. For sever...

Tiptoe Back to Fianna Fail Became Stampede - Mary Minihan, Irish Times

A tiptoeing back to Fianna Fail by older, rural voters with the party ingrained in their DNA had been widely anticipated in this general election. But no-one was predicting a nati...

A Day to Celebrate Irish Democracy - Stephen Collins, Irish Times

For all its faults and failings, the Irish Republic is about as far from a “failed state”, the clichéd jibe bandied about during the financial crisis, as it is p...

How to Get Irish Taxpayers Smiling - Bloomberg View

Ireland's next government will inherit strong economic growth and a lopsided tax system. Its main task will be to fix the second without spoiling the first....

Voting in Ireland - Irish Times

Opinion polls suggest some form of coalition arrangement is inevitable, bringing with it compromise and revised manifesto commitments...

Ghosts of 1916 Haunt Ireland's Election - Peter Geoghegan, Politico EU

Fine Gael is banking on a late swing to the incumbent, akin to the U.K. general election last May — the party has even taken advice from Conservative Party strategists. But w...

Ireland's Governing Parties Fail to Inspire - Irish Times

Fine Gael is considered, by a considerable margin, to be best at delivering a successful economy and almost 90 per cent regard the economy as being a “very” or “f...

A Welcome Move to Restore the Heart of Dublin - Irish Times

College Green is unquestionably Dublin’s great architectural set-piece and has been celebrated as such since the 1790s, when it featured in James Malton’s famous prints...

Ireland Kicks Off an Unpredictable Campaign - Irish Times

Fine Gael and the Labour Party will not be in a position to form a government on their own if the levels of party support identified in the latest Irish Times/IpsosMRBI opinion pol...

What Would Follow Brexit? - Irish Times

During the Scottish independence referendum one of the most successful arguments against independence, one that certainly rattled more than a few voters, was about what would follo...

Ireland's Early Turn to Election Mode - Irish Times

Party promises based on tax cuts are insufficient in a volatile world...

Ireland's New Spirit of Gentle Maturity - Jan Morris, The Spectator

You can see the legacy of the Celtic Tiger years, in good roads and boarded-up shops, but something different is now abroad....

50 Things Ireland Needs in 2016 - Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times

As the year draws to a close, it is time to plan ahead. Here are 50 things we need in Ireland in 2016:...

Debunking Myths on Migration - Irish Times

Migrants provide more to host states in taxes and social contributions than they receive in benefits....

Brexit Will Have Massive Impact on Ireland - Denis MacShane, Irish Times

The consequences for the rest of Europe and especially Ireland will be gigantic. Those in charge in the 27 other EU capitals should start making contingency plans for Brexit now &n...

Ireland's Economy Rises From the Ashes - Economist

WHILE the euro zone limps along, growing in the third quarter by a disappointing 0.3% (an annualised rate of 1.2%), one small member of the 19-strong currency club is racing ahead....

United Ireland Not Happening Anytime Soon - Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times

If Catholicism and Protestantism were absolutely and respectively synonymous with nationalism and unionism, it could be argued a united Ireland would happen sooner rather than late...

Ireland's Radical New Plan to Treat Addicts - German Lopez, Vox

Ireland's top drug official is embracing a public health approach to drugs. On Monday, the minister in charge of national drug strategy said that Ireland's next government will l...

Would Brexit Destabilize the Irish Peace Process? - C. McCall, Guardian

The campaign for the UK to leave the EU is partly invigorated by concerns – and perhaps insecurities – relating to EU workers’ freedom of movement. A central elem...

How Ireland's Fortunes Crashed With the Euro - Irish Times

Which euro zone country lost more personal wealth as a result of the financial crisis? Ireland – losing more than €18,000 per per person – closely followed by Gree...

Ireland Needs Political Reform - Farrell, O'Malley, Suiter & Reidy, Ir. Times

The fundamental problem remains that the Dáil cannot and does not do its job properly...

A Return to Northern Ireland's Troubles - Eamonn McCann, NY Times

The collapse of the agreement need not spell disaster. Sustaining a crisis-ridden system based on separate identities has been an exercise in building and burning bridges simultane...

Ted Kennedy's Quiet Role in Irish Peace - Trina Vargo, Irish Times

Ted Kennedy was his own man. He knew when to open the door to Gerry Adams by granting him a visa and when to close it until the decommissioning of weapons occurred. While he took a...

Confronting the Inevitable on Corporate Tax in Ireland - Irish Times

The Government is set to take a major initiative in discussions on global corporate tax reform, and in next month’s budget will announce measures to ensure multinational comp...

Electoral Storms Ahead in Europe? - Andy Langenkamp, RealClearWorld

The Financial Times' Gideon Rachman recently wrote: "At some point, the desperation and hopes of the refugees are likely to collide with the fears and resentments of European voter...

What's Going on in Northern Ireland? - Ciara Dunne, New Statesman

The majority of people in Northern Ireland have been clear, both in referendum and in their actions, they want peace and stability. If the parties of Northern Ireland don’t f...

Seismic Shock Awaits Ireland's Party System - Liam Weeks, Irish Times

The roots of the current fragmentation of the party system run deeper than the recession...

Competition Returns to Irish Markets - Irish Times

Government intervention is not an ideal tool, but Minister for Finance Michael Noonan needs to keep up the pressure....

Who's Nexit? 5 EuroStates in Trouble - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

Which will be the next eurozone domino to fall? With Greece enjoying a temporary lull in its apparently permanent crisis, we can take a moment to look around its neighborhood at ot...

Make Voting Compulsory to Change Ireland - Mary Minihan, Irish Times

Imagine what kind of Ireland we would have if all those who tend not to vote came out and made their voices heard in the upcoming general election. If large numbers of people who a...

Magna Carta's Dublin Connection - Peter Crooks, Irish Times

Eight hundred years ago this week, in a meadow by the river Thames near Windsor Castle, one of the most famous documents in world history was born: Magna Carta (The Great Charter)....

A Dream Comes True in Ireland - Boston Globe

Ireland’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage last weekend — by an overwhelming margin — is a rainbow dream that was largely unimaginable just a decade ago. Prime ...

Vatican: Irish Gay Marriage a Loss for Mankind - Kirchgaessner, Guardian

A senior Vatican official has attacked the legalisation of gay marriage in Ireland. The referendum that overwhelmingly backed marriage equality last weekend was a “defeat for...

Ireland Is a Kinder, Fairer Place - Joseph O'Connor, Guardian

The referendum was a victory for the old ideas of humane citizenship and societal empathy...

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