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ROAD deaths in Ireland are on the increase despite the introduction of penalty points and a raft of new laws to curb speeding. By August, a total of 239 people were killed on Irish roads, 18 more than at the same time last year. Significantly, almost 50 percent of fatal accident victims were aged underRead more..

Irish Government
Faces More Fallout

The Irish Government is bracing itself for more fallout from the Flood Tribunal — the statutory inquiry set up to investigate political corruption in Ireland. The Tribunal’s first report has already become a best seller. It found former Fianna Fail Minister Ray Burke to be “corrupt,” having accepted bribes from some of the country’s leadingRead more..

Ireland Votes NO on Nice

European Union foreign ministers, furious at the Irish electorate’s decision to reject the Nice Treaty on EU enlargement, have ruled out any renegotiation of the treaty. While they insist that they respect the decision of the Irish people who voted 54-46 against the treaty, they will not reopen discussions on the deal and are adamantRead more..

The Irish Arrive

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern was in New York last December to present of a sculpture to the United Nations. Entitled Arrival, the bronze piece was created by John Behan, Ireland’s foremost sculptor, and was installed on the north lawn of the UN headquarters. Situated only yards from the East River, and standing 23 feetRead more..

News from Ireland: Irish Government Curbs Inflation

As Irish inflation approaches 5.5 percent, three times the European average, the Irish government has launched a crackdown. Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has ordered government ministers to inform bodies under their supervision to postpone increases. Banks and building societies have been targeted in the effort to control price increases. Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy hasRead more..

Hibernia: Irish
U.N. Sculpture

The United Nations recently received a sculpture from the Irish government. The work, by renowned Galway artist John Behan, celebrates the Irish diaspora and their contribution to the world. Entitled Arrival, the work portrays Irish emigrants debarking from a ship. If this sounds like a typical Famine commemoration, it’s not. As the Irish Minister ofRead more..