Dec 27, 2014

Irish court rules on brain-dead pregnant woman

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age ...

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Nov 21, 2014

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully counts Irish rocker Bono among his pals and collectors. He wouldn’t be unhappy if some of China’s 1.4 billion people also took a shine to his art being displayed at a retrospective in Shanghai later this month. Scully, 69, ...

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused  of covering up IRA child rape

Oct 17, 2014

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused of covering up IRA child rape

Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA ...

Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years

Jul 13, 2014

Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years

A flash-point Protestant parade in Northern Ireland’s capital ended without violence for the first time in decades on Saturday when marchers agreed to turn around before passing a Catholic area of Belfast. Pro-British Protestants hold marches every July 12 in the British-ruled province to ...

Irish Labour Party names first female leader

Jul 5, 2014

Irish Labour Party names first female leader

AP Ireland’s Labour Party elected its first female leader on Friday, naming lawmaker Joan Burton to guide the country’s traditional voice for the poor. Welcoming her election, Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Burton’s appointment as deputy prime minister, a post previously held by the ...

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

May 24, 2014

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn’t stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honoring the day in 1904 when ...

Old crimes rock fragile N. Ireland peace

May 5, 2014

Old crimes rock fragile N. Ireland peace

Major cracks are appearing in the deal that brought peace to Northern Ireland, and there appears to be no easy fix. Last Wednesday, police investigating an unsolved 1972 murder arrested Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams, whose Sinn Fein party was for decades the political ...

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams urges calm after release

May 5, 2014

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams urges calm after release

Northern Ireland police released Gerry Adams from custody Sunday and the Sinn Fein leader sought to calm fears that his four-day detention could destabilize the British province by pledging his support to the peace process. Police arrested Adams on Wednesday over the 1972 murder ...