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Ireland’s debate over changing its restrictive abortion laws has been deeply emotional and divisive. And for many Irish, that’s because it’s tied up in a long-standing paternalism toward women and women's health.
Yes, Leo Varadkar's rise sets several firsts for Ireland's top office. But the transformation of Ireland actually happened decades ago.
Brexit has stressed EU nationals living in the UK – but it has also thrown the fates of hundreds of thousands of British nationals in the EU into uncertainty.
Once in groups ranging from US white supremacists to Irish nationalists to European Islamists, these ex-extremists have formed a network to support each other as they try to help people avoid the errors they made.
The recent poll found that the Fine Gael party has received 24.8 percent of first-preference votes, while the party's age-old enemy Fianna Fail has won 21.1 percent.
Ireland's economy is showing growth, but those born on the Emerald Isle still leave in greater numbers than they return to it.
Podemos may be the best chance for the stumbling anti-austerity far left to get their message heard once again at Europe's highest levels.
Ireland's reputation as a devoutly Catholic and conservative country is being defied by the prospect of becoming the first nation to approve gay marriage by referendum. But it's not as odd as one might think.
With neither the Conservatives nor Labour likely to win a majority in the May 7 elections, a coalition is almost certainly in the cards – and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party a possible partner.
Simon Anholt says we should measure a country's success through its engagement with the world, and has set up an index to that end. His No. 1? Ireland.
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