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Irish Politics

And Yes I Said, Yes, I'll Vote YES

Alice Carey | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Alice Carey

On Friday May 22, I am going home to vote YES to Ireland's historic Marriage Equality Referendum, giving its LGBT citizens the right to marry. As my mother used to say, "I never thought I'd live to see the day."

Head Of Major Irish Political Party Linked To Horrific Wartime Murder

The New Yorker | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

Gerry Adams has long denied being a member of the I.R.A. But his former compatriots claim that he authorized murder....

Big Lessons That Transcend the Movie: There Are Philomenas All Around Us

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Adam Pertman

The reality is that during the mid-20th century and beyond, severe religious, social and familial stigmas against unwed motherhood were the norm far beyond Ireland.

Ireland's Gay Marriage Referendum: Just a Little Further to Go?

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

Civil rights groups welcomed the Irish government's decision to call for a referendum on equal marriage for 2015. In another positive move, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny finally came out -- so to speak -- in favor of gay marriage, ending his years of ambiguity on the issue.

The Irish Presidential Race Becomes a Gripping Soap Opera

Niall O'Dowd | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Niall O'Dowd

The strangest Irish presidential election ever just got a whole Twilight Zone twist when the husband of Dana, alias Rosemary Scallon, a former gospel singer once based in America, claimed she had been the target of an assassination attempt.

In With the Old Hopes As Well As the New for the Global Irish Economic Forum

Felimy Greene | Posted 12.05.2011 | Impact
Felimy Greene

I will return to Ireland this week to attend the second Global Irish Economic Forum. 
I believe the gathering at Dublin Castle can make a difference and I hope it will embrace existing ideas as much as new ones.

Could This Man Be Ireland's First Openly Gay President?

Posted 11.28.2011 | Gay Voices

David Norris, an Irish senator and a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate, could become his nation's first openly ...

Former Irish Premier Bertie Ahern Retires Amid Economic Devastation

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rory Fitzgerald

Like a B-29 pilot gazing down at the smoking ruins of Hiroshima, Bertie Ahern, with grim satisfaction, says "my work here is done," and heads for home. His war is over.

Political Memoir

mediabistro.com | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Bloomsbury USA has acquired the North American rights for Everybody Matters, the memoirs of former Irish President Mary Robinson....

Willie O'Dea, Irish Defense Minister, Resigns After Brothel Slur

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — Ireland's defense minister resigned from his post Thursday after falsely accusing a political rival of running a brothel – and th...

Ireland Needs a New Political Party: It's a Matter of National Survival

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rory Fitzgerald

The severity of the economic crisis that Ireland is now experiencing means that there is a massive popular desire for a new type of politics.