Dec 12, 2013 — Ireland has made a concerted effort to grow its tech industry, through tax incentives and development programs. Officials credit the initiative with helping uplift the country's economy. But the country has also faces local and international criticism for its approach.
Jul 30, 2013 — The legislation provides women with access to abortion in cases where their lives are at risk, including cases in which suicide could be a factor.
Jun 27, 2013 — A report issued Thursday by Ireland's Central Statistics Office found that its GDP had fallen by 0.6 percent. The same report also included newly revised figures for recent quarters. As a result, the negative GDP numbers in two or more quarters satisfies the definition of a recession.
May 22, 2013 — Although scientists have known that a funguslike organism caused the potato blight that triggered the Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s, they didn't know which strain was the culprit. But they do now, thanks to the genes in some 19th century potato samples.
Apr 11, 2013 — The Irish Central Bank announced the launch of a limited-edition coin to honor the Irish writer. When the error was pointed out, the bank put it down to "artistic representation," and said it would continue with the sale of the coin.
Dec 5, 2012 — Reformers of the 19th century warned that taking a tea break would steer Irish peasant women to thoughts of revolution. The warnings largely went unheeded. Still, it gives us pause to think about our modern-day food obsessions and how they might look to others in the future.
Nov 15, 2012 — The 31-year-old Indian dentist was denied an abortion last month when she began to miscarry her 17-week-old fetus. She died three days later. The case is prompting the predominantly Catholic country to examine the conditions under which abortions can be permitted.
Apr 2, 2012 — Up to now, Ireland has been the "poster child of austerity" for the way its people have accepted some tough remedies. But thousands protested over the weekend and about half of households didn't register to pay a new tax.
Oct 14, 2011 — For first time since the 17th century, judges there can go without their traditional tops. It's part of a modernization and cost-saving effort.
May 23, 2011 — The trip to Ireland was a subtle way for the president to remind white voters that he has many people who look like them in his family. Indeed, his mother was one of them. It also allowed him to make the point that his American roots are far deeper than those of some critics who questioned his.