Ireland

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley dead at 88

 Former Northern Irish first minister Ian Paisley, a firebrand Protestant leader who struck a power-sharing deal with former foes Sinn Fein, died on Friday at the age of 88, his wife Eileen said.

Hundreds rally in Ireland after rape victim denied abortion, forced to give birth by caesarean

A Dublin rally in support of changes to abortion laws in Ireland.

Conor Humphries Hundreds of people have rallied in Dublin to call for a change to Ireland's abortion laws after a rape victim said she was refused a termination and instead gave birth by caesarean section.

Former Ireland PM Albert Reynolds dies

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds at the St Patrick's Day parade in New York in 1988.

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81.

Northern Ireland crimes should be left unsolved, urges former UK minister

Peter Hain, a former Northern Ireland Secretary and a member of Britain's opposition Labour Party.

Kylie MacLellan Peter Hain says amnesty is vital if Northern Ireland is to stop being 'stalked' by the violence in its past.

Gerry Adams arrest threatens Northern Ireland peace, warns deputy first minister

Northern Ireland authorities arrested Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams.

Padraic Flanagan, Claire Duffin, Steven Swinford and Tom Whitehead The investigation into Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams could damage the Ulster peace process, according to Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, who claimed that "dark forces" in...

Uproar over Gerry Adams' arrest in Northern Ireland reveals fragility of peace

Jean McConville and three of her children.

Griff Witte A week after his mother was dragged from his arms and murdered, 11-year-old Michael McConville was himself abducted and warned to keep quiet.

More mass child graves in Ireland possible

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Irish officials will investigate if the mass grave for almost 800 babies discovered near a home for unmarried mothers run by nuns is an isolated case, Prime Minister Enda Kenny says.

Northern Ireland leader Peter Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park bomb case

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has threatened to resign unless there is a judicial inquiry review into the collapse of the trial of a man suspected of carrying out a 1982 Irish...

Two die as storms disrupt Christmas travel in England and Ireland

Shoppers walk in wet and windy weather on Oxford Street in central London

LONDON, Dec 23 AFP - Heavy rain and high winds have lashed western parts of Britain, hitting travel plans as people head home for the Christmas holidays.

Hundreds gather in Ireland to farewell Jill Meagher

Jill Meagher

Elaine Keogh The hopes and dreams for Jill and Tom Meagher's new life in Australia were "cut short by a despicable act one Friday night that has left us all numb", mourners at a memorial mass in Ireland were told...

Northern Ireland pro-life rally over clinic

A pro-life campaigner

THE opening of Northern Ireland's first private abortion clinic in Belfast drew hundreds of noisy demonstrators, who hoisted placards with messages such as ''Keep Ireland abortion-free''.

Death of woman denied abortion puts global pressure on Ireland for law reform

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Karen Kissane in Dublin The Irish government faces worldwide pressure to reform abortion law, with demonstrations planned for Irish embassies around the globe following the death of a young woman in a Galway hospital.

Ireland legalises abortion to protect mothers

Savita Halappanavar.

Bruno Waterfield Ireland is to legalise abortions when the mother's life is at risk, including when she is suicidal, following the death of a woman who was refused the procedure while undergoing a miscarriage.

Ireland to legalise abortions that save mothers

Abortion rights protesters.

Bruno Waterfield DUBLIN: Ireland will legalise abortions when the mother's life is at risk, including when suicidal, following the death of a woman refused the procedure while undergoing a miscarriage.

Amid protest, Ireland passes abortion law

An Irish anti-abortion protester

Irish MPs have overwhelmingly voted to legalise abortion in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman's life at risk from her pregnancy.

Northern Ireland calls in help ahead of protest peak

Northern Ireland

Prompted by mounting fears over the prospect of widespread sectarian rioting this weekend, the Northern Ireland police chief has taken the unusual step of calling in hundreds of reinforcements.

Hacking linked to Northern Ireland

Patrick Wintour and Dan Sabbagh, London Detectives lead investigation into hacking of former Northern Ireland secretary's computer.

Ireland to close embassy to Vatican

Ireland

Ireland says it will close its embassy to the Vatican as part of a shake-up of its missions abroad following a row with the Holy See earlier this year over a child sex abuse scandal.

IRA chief aims to lead Ireland

Prisoners on death row have nothing to look forward to now.

Karen Kissane, London It is not often that a man who wants to be president of a Western democracy faces questions about whether he has blood on his hands.

McGuinness may have too much baggage for Ireland

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Karen Kissane IT IS NOT often that a man who wants to be president of a western democracy faces questions about whether he has blood on his hands.