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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)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Global Tax Clampdown Bad News for Ireland - Dan O'Brien, Irish Times

For Ireland and Apple to claim that the mechanisms the latter used for tax management have been in place for 30 years is beside the point. The world is changing. What was deemed ac...

A Strategy to Stop Irish Suicides - Irish Times

More people die by suicide every year than are killed in road traffic incidents. But the quality of services provided to help vulnerable people are dreadfully inadequate and succes...

Apple Taxes Put Ireland Under the Spotlight - Arthur Beesley, Irish Times

The tax inquiry by a powerful US Senate subcommittee into computer giant Apple and the financial advantages it enjoys in Ireland comes as bad news indeed for Dublin. Although the l...

Should Ireland Exit the Eurozone? - Ray Kinsella, Irish Examiner

The German finance minister, under whom the euro was launched, Oskar Lafontaine, earlier this month called for its break-up. He asserted “the current policy is leading to dis...

How Ireland Is Robbing Its Young - Eamonn Moran, Irish Times

The Irish are thought to be a compassionate people who care about human rights, but we are also capable of appalling selfishness towards our own citizens. A report this week from t...

Abortion Bill Will Make or Break Enda Kenny - Stephen Collins, Irish Times

Fate of Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill will be one of the defining features of his term as Taoiseach....

The UK's Place in Europe - Irish Times

David Cameron's European policy is becoming more and more uncertain as it encounters increasing concern about his pledge to hold a referendum on the United Kingdom’s place in the...

Countries Lobby for More in Race for U.S. Visas - Eric Lipton, NY Times

The government of South Korea hired a former C.I.A. analyst, two White House veterans and a team of ex-Congressional staff members to help secure a few paragraphs in the giant immi...

On the Verge of a Regional Mideast War - Irish Times

The uncertainty added by the Israeli raids, although sanctioned in advance by the US, complicates President Obama’s predicament by adding to growing pressures on a deeply rel...

Political Opportunism and Amnesia in Europe - Irish Times

The Bourbons, as Talleyrand once remarked, learned nothing and forgot nothing. What was true of the rulers of France some two centuries ago seems true of voters in some countries i...

Germany Should End Austerity, Not Ireland - Megan Greene, Bloomberg

If Germany and other core euro-area economies were to shift from cutting spending to providing a stimulus, then imports from Europe's weaker economies would grow and those countrie...

The Man Who Put Europe in Order - Daniel Larison, American Conservative

Challenging the caricature drawn by the likes of Byron and Shelley, Bew carefully reconstructs Castlereagh’s private and public lives through extensive investigation of his p...

The Two Irelands Need One Economy - Dan O'Brien, Irish Times

Although there will be two polities on this island for as far into the future as anyone can see (that was underscored by an opinion poll earlier this year on northerners’ prefere...

What Do Irish Teachers Have Against Israel? - Jerusalem Post

Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that “murderous hate against Jews... has not gone away, it has simply been replaced by murdero...

She Did It Her Way - The Irish Times

Like it or not this time will be known as the Thatcher Era. The least likeable of all leaders, according to consistent opinion poll findings, she nonetheless won three elections, a...

What Thatcher Did for Ireland - Stephen Collins, Irish Times

Margaret Thatcher had a huge influence on Ireland during her 11 years as British prime minister. She was loathed by republicans, disliked by nationalists and distrusted by unionist...

Thatcher's 'Resolve' Failed Northern Ireland - Timothy Lavin, Bloomberg

In Margaret Thatcher's long career, violence in Northern Ireland provided an unrelenting soundtrack. And the conflict did not bring out the best in her....

Ireland's Wrenching Debate - Christopher Caldwell, Weekly Standard

Wide-eyed, heavily lipsticked, with a delicate jeweled bindi between her eyebrows and an almost joyous expression on her face, Savita Halappanavar has been staring out from the fro...

St. Patrick's Day Cheapens Irish Culture - Donald Clarke, Irish Times

Annual feast day underlines the cheapening, reductive nature of the patriotic aesthetic....

Ireland a Poster-Child of EU Cruelty - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

Ireland has done everything demanded by the EU’s creditor powers, and seemingly survived....

A New Golden Age of Irish Whiskey - Clifford May, American Spectator

I first developed a taste for Irish whiskey back in 1978. I was a young foreign correspondent sent to Northern Ireland to cover the Troubles, the civil conflict that broke out in t...

Who Kidnapped the Irish Tycoon? - Tom Sykes, The Daily Beast

The property magnate was found last week wandering the Irish countryside with THIEF carved in his forehead. A shocked nation is closely following the investigation -- but with not ...

The Moment for Irish Unity Is Nearly Over - John Lloyd, Reuters

The latest “troubles” in Northern Ireland began 45 years ago, and though much reduced, sometimes to invisibility, they are not over yet and will not be for some time. Protests ...

Ireland Should Drop the Model-Student Act - Megan Greene, Bloomberg

Talk to practically any investors in London and they will tell you Ireland is a shining example of a successful euro-area bailout program, a narrative that the country’s inte...

Is Ireland Really a Nation? - Desmond Fennell, Irish Times

Independent nations exist amid changing internal and external circumstances. To retain their internal cohesion, their independence and their creative power, they must work continua...

Ireland Deserves a Bailout - Wall Street Journal

There are strong reasons why Ireland deserves a carve-out if the bank bailout fund doesn't end up authorized to address pre-existing problems like Ireland's. In Ireland's case, unl...

Can Belfast Stymie Sectarianism in Northern Ireland? - The Guardian

If ever there was a time for Belfast and its civic and political leaders to rise to the occasion and earn their authority, this is it....

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Ireland nudges up growth forecasts,

Ireland nudged up its growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015, reversing a trend of downgrades over recen...

Falklands papers show diplomatic pr

Margaret Thatcher pressured Ireland to abstain from resolution calling for ceasefire between Britain...

Ireland agrees new Stoke deal

The prospects of Stephen Ireland returning to the international fold would appear to have improved f...

Theresa Villiers says Northern Irel

The Northern Ireland secretary also said there would be no more amnesties for IRA members on the run...

Ireland delighted to commit future

Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland has signed a new three-year contract. After a disappointing spell a...