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

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

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.

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.

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


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

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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.

Ireland set for showdown with EU over bailout


Bruno Waterfield DUBLIN: The new Irish government is headed for a confrontation with the European Union over the country's austerity program after voters rejected the previous government, which negotiated the EU...

Facebook is liking Ireland more and more

Facebookwants to double the size of its European headquarters.

Facebook wants to more than double the size of its European headquarters in Dublin.

In Ireland it's a case of out with the old, in with the old

The people are furious but today's election won't change a thing, writes Ed O'Loughlin.

Six dead as plane crashes in fog at Ireland airport


A commuter plane crashed and burst into flames, killing six people and injuring another six on Thursday, as it tried to land in heavy fog at Cork Airport in Ireland, officials said.

Six dead in plane crash at Ireland airport

A commuter plane has crashed and burst into flames as it tried to land at Cork airport in southern Ireland, killing six people and injuring another six.

Water crisis hits Northern Ireland

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Health fears as freezing weather gives way to burst pipes, leaving thousands of residents without mains water possibly into next week.

Protests in Ireland over GFC bailout

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Thousands take to the streets in Dublin in a mass protest against drastic spending cuts and the international bailout.

Fear and anger as Ireland readies huge cuts

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Paola Totaro, Dublin The European Union and financial markets react with caution to the Irish government's savage austerity plan.

Ireland admits to talks on debt crisis, but denies seeking bailout

Ireland admitted on Monday it is in contact with "international colleagues" over its debt crisis but denied seeking a bailout, as the EU warned that Dublin's woes are a concern for the whole euro...

On the cusp of financial ruin, Ireland resists EU pressure for bailout

Paola Totaro EUROPE CORRESPONDENT IRELAND is teetering on the brink of financial collapse and issuing a humiliating cry for help from the European Union or the International Monetary Fund, triggering emergency meetings of European...