Posts Tagged ‘News from Ireland’

Referendum to be Held on Abortion

For the first time ever, a referendum will be held on whether Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion, which puts women who illegally abort their pregnancies at risk of prison terms up to 14 years, will be lifted or loosened. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced in September that the referendum vote will be held between May andRead more..

Kurdish Refugee’s Croke Park Debut

History was made in Dublin’s Croke Park during the Lory Meagher Cup final in June, when the Leitrim senior hurling team took to the terrain for the first time against Warwickshire. Equally significant, however, was the presence of Iraq-born Iranian-Kurdish refugee Zemnako Moradi, who goes by Zak. It marked the first time an immigrant ofRead more..

Record-Breaking Year for Irish Tourism

For the first time since figures have been recorded, more than one million North Americans visited Ireland in 2016. The numbers were released in June by Fáilte Ireland. “While we have known for some time that 2016 was a record year for tourism, this week’s report adds more layers to our understanding of that performance,” CaemanRead more..

Bank of America, and a Dozen Others, Eye Dublin for E.U. Headquarters

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is just one of the many international institutions emigrating from London to Dublin in the wake of 2016’s Brexit vote. With the United Kingdom no longer holding E.U. membership status, 12 major firms have unveiled their intention to establish their head European offices in the Irish capital, the Irish DevelopmentRead more..

New Irish Prime Minister Willing to Work with Trump

Leo Varadkar made history in June when he was elected taoiseach, becoming the first openly gay prime minister of Ireland as well as the first prime minister of Indian heritage and the youngest ever elected. Varadkar, a member of Fine Gael and a fiscal conservative, seeks to become another centrist face of the European Union, àRead more..

Non-Verbal Autistic Teenager Given A Voice

Sixteen-year-old Fiacre Ryan’s life was transformed because of the Rapid Prompting Method, an innovative way of dealing with the effects of autism, and he now wishes to expand its use in Ireland and lower the stigma often associated with autism. Diagnosed with autism at age three, it was difficult for friends and family to fullyRead more..

108-Year-Old Irish Woman Has Been to a Doctor Exactly Once

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph shortly following her 108th birthday in July, County Antrim woman Maud Nicholl (left, with Telegraph reporter Donna Deaney) revealed that she has only been to see the doctor once since 1909. “I don’t feel my age in the slightest, in fact I have never felt my age,” sheRead more..

Superbugs Be Gone

Dublin Institute of Technology start-up company Kastus was the recent recipient of a Knowledge Transfer Ireland award, which promotes publicly-funded research in Ireland, for their new antimicrobial solution designed to kill so-called “superbugs” like MRSA, Ecoli, fungus associated with athlete’s foot, and carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae. Kastus CEO John Browne says their solution will kill what theRead more..

Record Overcrowding in Irish Hospitals

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald (below) published a comprehensive and substantive  document on Dublin’s Mater Hospital, which in June was the third most overcrowded hospital in Ireland, behind University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Galway, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization. The Mater “provides not just a local service butRead more..

Ireland’s First Satellite Is Ready to Launch

For the first time in history, the Irish are poised to make a material contribution to the night sky. In May, the European Space Agency confirmed the launch of Ireland’s first satellite, dubbed Educational Research Satellite-1, or EirSat-1. The satellite was built under the ESA education office’s Fly Your Satellite! 2017 program, and is owned and built byRead more..