Ireland passes IMF/EU bailout review

A woman passes graffiti lampooning Brian Lenihan and Brian Cowen, who were finance minister and prime minister in 2010, when Ireland had to be bailed out after its banking sector collapsed. Photo: Reuters

Ireland is on track to exit its bailout later this year after passing its penultimate review by lenders, even with the economy in recession and uncertainty about the country’s banking sector persisting.

Friday, 19 July, 2013, 11:59am

Ireland in recession as bailout exit approaches

Despite data showing that Ireland slid into recession last year, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan says the country is still slightly ahead of target for June. Photo: AFP

Ireland’s economy slid into recession late last year and continued to contract sharply in early this year, new and revised figures showed on Thursday, just months before it is due to exit its EU/IMF bailout programme.

28 Jun 2013 - 2:32pm

Irish central bank to investigate audio of senior bankers laughing at regulators

Public outrage is growing in Ireland over the bailout of the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank. Photo: AP

Ireland’s central bank will investigate whether tapes of senior bankers laughing at regulators contain evidence rules were broken during the 2008 rescue of failed lenders that eventually led to the country’s EU bailout.

27 Jun 2013 - 3:07pm

Ireland publishes bill on life-saving abortions

Ireland’s government has published a long-awaited bill explaining the law on when life-saving abortions can be performed in a country that officially bans the practice.

1 May 2013 - 6:56pm

Mystery Hong Kong woman gives Irish church 100,000 euros

St John's church in southwest Ireland. Photo: SMP

You could call it manna from heaven, a parish priest in Ireland got the shock of his life last week when a mystery woman from Hong Kong appeared on the doorstep of his church and handed him a €100,000 (HK$1 million) donation.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 4 comments

Irish PM sorry for suffering of 'fallen women' at church-run laundries

Maureen Sullivan is one of those who worked in a Magdalene laundry. Photo: Reuters

More than 10,000 women were sent to the Magdalene laundries between 1922 and 1996 where they worked for no pay while the religious orders ran the laundries as commercial bodies.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:17am

Ireland's home prices in November rise at fastest pace in six years

Ireland's home values rose at the fastest pace in more than six years in November as the country recovered from Europe's worst real-estate crash.

2 Jan 2013 - 6:42am

Ex-IRA man's road to ruin likely to be repeated across Ireland

The former home of Thomas McFeely, former IRA hunger striker and property developer, in the Ballsbridge area of Dublin, one of the Irish capital's most affluent areas. Photo: Bloomberg

Few people represent the extremes of Ireland's recent history more than Thomas McFeely.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:17am

Clinton fails to silence talk husband Bill craves job of envoy to Ireland

Bill Clinton and wife Hillary pose for a photo in Washington. Photo: EPA

Is Ireland big enough for Bill Clinton?

The chatter about what Mr. Clinton might do next has often tended towards the grandiose. In the past, there was talk of making an exception just this once and nominating the former United States president to serve as United Nations secretary general. (No American has ever served in that post.)

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

113 held in biggest-ever crackdown on triad drug gangs

Ireland's police force said officers arrested 113 suspected drug dealers and seized five marijuana growing facilities in the nation's biggest crackdown on triad drug-trafficking gangs, including Hong Kong's notorious Wo Shing Wo.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Abortion in Ireland returned to spotlight by death

Demonstrators hold placards and candles in memory of Indian Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused an abortion. Photo:AFP

About 10,000 people marched through Dublin and observed a minute's silence in memory of an Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Irish probe death of Indian woman refused abortion

Savita Halappanavar

Irish authorities yesterday investigated the death of a woman who was refused a termination after doctors told her it was a Catholic country, in a case that has revived debate about abortion laws.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny told lawmakers he was awaiting the results of two reviews of the death of Savita Halappanavar, who is originally from India, at University Hospital in Galway.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

Boks benefit from Meyer's half-time blast

Heyneke Meyer

Coach Heyneke Meyer said he delivered a few choice words at half-time to turn South Africa's "unacceptable" performance into a 16-12 victory in Dublin.

The Boks were fortunate not to be trailing by more than 12-3 at half-time in their opening November test match, with discipline a major issue and Ireland's Jonathan Sexton equally willing to punish any indiscretion.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Depleted Ireland and SA set for fiery clash

Heyneke Meyer

The two sides may be short of some familiar faces but Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and flyhalf Pat Lambie expect fireworks when the South Africans face Ireland at Dublin's Lansdowne Road today.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:09am

Huge march in Belfast marks historic Unionist date

Tens of thousands of Protestants marched through Belfast to mark 100 years since a landmark event in the history of Ireland's partition on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of pro-British unionists marched through Belfast on Saturday to mark 100 years since a landmark event in the history of Ireland’s partition.

An estimated 30,000 people joined the parade to commemorate the centenary of the Ulster Covenant, a landmark declaration signed by nearly half a million Protestants who vowed to defend themselves against rule from Dublin.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am