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 ...

Queen hosts Irish president on first U.K. state visit

Apr 9, 2014

Queen hosts Irish president on first U.K. state visit

Amid regal pomp at Queen Elizabeth II’s Windsor Castle home, the Irish president and the British monarch have begun Ireland’s first state visit to Britain with expressions of mutual affection and respect — and a shared determination to consign national hatreds to a sorrow-tinged ...

Venezuelan youths flee to Ireland

Feb 1, 2014

Venezuelan youths flee to Ireland

Citizens of Venezuela’s socialist revolution have grown accustomed to long lines for everything from bread to buying a car. But 26-year-old Daniela Rodriguez hopes this line will be her last. Like some 50 other college students and graduates, she has been lounging for the ...

Irish poet, 'Beowulf' translator Seamus Heaney dies

Aug 31, 2013

Irish poet, 'Beowulf' translator Seamus Heaney dies

Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet whose verse captured the transcendent power, darkness and humanity of his conflicted homeland, died Friday at a hospital in Dublin. He was 74. In accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, Heaney acknowledged another Irish Nobel laureate, William ...