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Ireland's Call to the Soul With a Nissan Qashqai for Hidden Surprises

Rita Cook | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Rita Cook

Whether you're a newbie to Ireland or going back for a second visit, the country is on most folks' top 10 list because it seems to call to some sort of the unconscious part of the soul. Indeed, it is the land of enchantment, perhaps a bit like Dorothy's Oz.

Dairy Queens

Cynthia Catania | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Cynthia Catania

Hostel living reminds me of one particular tour adventure I had. We were touring Ireland with the band, and we played a bar gig somewhere in the country where the fee included housing. Whoa. Never in my life had I stayed in such a place.

9 Reasons You Should Bring Your Toddler to Ireland

David DiGregorio | Posted 12.27.2014 | Travel
David DiGregorio

Although traveling with a toddler is totally doable, not all destinations are created equal. Here are 9 reasons why Ireland is one of our favorites.

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.

10 of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Ireland

Viator | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel

Outdoors lovers will find lots to be excited about in Ireland, with acres of wild and windswept countryside, cute-as-a-button villages and hair-raising coastal cliffs making up the country's surprisingly varied scenery.

A Very Irish Solution to Transgender Rights

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

Last week the Irish government launched draft legislation regarding gender recognition for transgender people. However, Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, launched the draft legislation with little to no consultation with LGBT organizations.

A Map Of Irish America

Jed Kolko | Posted 05.16.2013 | Travel
Jed Kolko

There are more than five times as many Americans with at least partial Irish ancestry as there are people who live in Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day Recipe For Real Irish Soda Bread

Shelley Miller | Posted 05.05.2013 | Taste
Shelley Miller

Buttermilk, I thought to myself, how will that taste in a bread recipe?

The Year That Was: LGBT Ireland In 2012

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 02.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

These last 12 months have seen their fair share of events that had a direct impact on Ireland's LGBT community, speeding up progress to a pace that was barely imaginable 10 years ago.

Suddenly in Irish Election, an Historic Outcome on the Cards

Niall O'Dowd | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Niall O'Dowd

Ireland's general election on Friday, February 25th may be about to return the kind of verdict that was so unlikely a few days ago that bookmakers were offering 25/1 on it.

Dublin expels Israeli diplomat

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Irish government has expelled an Israeli diplomat in protest at the use of forged passports in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai in...

Slovak man takes hidden explosive on Dublin flight

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Slovak man unwittingly carried hidden explosives on board a weekend flight to Dublin after a Slovakian airport-security test went awry, Irish o...

Vatican ashamed of Dublin sex abuse

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Pope's Ambassador to Ireland today said the Vatican was ashamed by the devastating findings of a damning inquiry into clerical sex abuse in D...

Colin Farrell's Brother Marries His Partner

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Colin Farrell and his son cheered on the actor's brother as Eamon Farrell and his partner Steven Mannion tied the knot in a civil ceremony in Dublin, ...

Police 'forgot' to take explosives off plane

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A baggage-handling company missed the crucial telex that was sent to warn Irish authorities that explosives were on a flight to Dublin. ...

3 Women Challenge Irish Abortion Ban In European Court of Human Rights

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — Three women filed a lawsuit in a European court against Ireland's abortion ban Wednesday, claiming the government violates the human ri...

Irish voters back Lisbon... but what does the treaty actually mean?

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Irish voters yesterday delivered a resounding endorsement of the Lisbon Treaty, causing waves of relief and celebration in Brussels and Dublin about ...

Irish vote on Lisbon treaty closes

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Voting ends to decide whether Dublin should ratify the EU's Lisbon treaty....

Ireland to double tax on stores' plastic bags

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Ireland was the first nation to tax plastic bags as a way to stop them littering the countryside. Now the Emerald Isle plans to double its levy to a punitive 44 euro cents (59 U.S. cents) per bag.

The 7-year-old policy has already generated more than euro120 million ($175 million). It also has sharply reduced Irish reliance on throwaway bags – once running at 1.2 billion per year, or more than 300 for every man, woman and child.

The Department of the Environment announced Thursday that the charge will be doubled to ensure a "sufficient deterrent" to shoppers who arrive at checkout counters with no shopping bags of their own.

The tax will be doubled from 22 euro cents as part of an environmental bill being published next month.

Ireland: Judge John Neilan Shot In Face In Courthouse

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A judge in the Republic of Ireland was accidentally shot in the face by a solicitor who was trying to demonstrate that an air pistol was harmless. J...

Ireland Child Abuse Report Leaves Country In Shock

GlobalPost | Conor O'Clery | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Conor O'Clery | GlobalPost DUBLIN -- Irish newspapers struggled on Thursday to convey the enormity of the horrors inflicted for decades by reli...

Irish Church School Victims Angry That Abusers Not Named In Report

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — Child-abuse activists warned Thursday that Ireland failed to learn the lessons from decades of unchecked brutality inside Catholic Chur...

Irish Reform Schools: Thousands Beaten, Raped

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — After a nine-year investigation, a commission published a damning report Wednesday on decades of rapes, humiliation and beatings at Cat...

Northern Ireland Strife Continues: IRA Dissidents Burn Cars, Block Roads

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — Suspected IRA dissidents and their supporters hijacked cars Monday in working-class Catholic areas of Northern Ireland in a coordinated...

Brian Cowen Naked: Guerilla Artist Hangs Nude Paintings Of Irish PM

RTÉ News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Who snuck nude paintings of Taoiseach Brian Cowen into two of Dublin's most prestigious museums?...