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Micheal Martin elected Ireland's new PM after coalition deal

Dublin - Micheal Martin was elected Ireland's new prime minister on Saturday, after his centre-right Fianna Fail party sealed a historic coalition deal with long-time rivals Fine Gael as well as the Green Party.

Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin elected as Ireland's PM

Dublin - Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin was elected Saturday as Ireland's new prime minister, replacing Leo Varadkar as the country's Taoiseach during a special sitting of the Dail parliament.

Ireland's 'PM in waiting' finally gets his turn

Dublin - A veteran of the opposition who managed to rehabilitate his Fianna Fail party after Ireland's ruinous recession, Micheal Martin has long been considered the likely next leader of the Republic.

Ireland's old rivals forge coalition, shutting out Sinn Fein

Dublin - Ireland's two historic centre-right rivals forged an unlikely coalition with the Green Party on Friday that shuts the resurgent republicans Sinn Fein out of government.

Irish parties reach draft coalition deal with rotating PM

Dublin - Three Irish parties are set to govern in coalition with a rotating prime minister after agreeing a draft deal on Monday, shutting Sinn Fein out of office despite their surge at the polls.

Ireland and the healing power of words in a time of crisis

Dublin - Ireland has sought solace in its poetic tradition to overcome the coronavirus crisis and provide poignant words of hope to tackle grief and the hardship of lockdown.

Ireland cautiously begins to lift virus lockdown

Dublin - Ireland took the first tentative steps to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions Monday, with outdoor workers returning to their jobs, some shops reopening and sports facilities unlocking their doors.

Ireland to ease lockdown, start travel quarantine

Dublin - Ireland will begin to lift its coronavirus lockdown in the coming days while introducing a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving in the nation, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Friday.

Does virus crisis stoke case for united Ireland?

Dublin - Ireland's coronavirus crisis is often described as an "all-island" emergency, shared with the British territory of Northern Ireland -- a sign, some say, that the pandemic has bolstered the long-fraught case for unification.

The Cranberries' 'Zombie' video surpasses 1 billion YouTube views

Irish rock group The Cranberries have a digital milestone to be proud of. "Zombie" has surpassed one billion views on YouTube.

Spirited response: Irish gin distillery turns hand to sanitiser

Drogheda - The gin stills of the Listoke Distillery have been repurposed in the fight against the coronavirus, producing precious hand sanitiser currently in vanishingly short supply across Ireland.

Dublin stadium is now virus drive-thru testing site

Dublin - Ireland's largest sports stadium is now serving as a drive-thru coronavirus testing site, Ireland's health service said Wednesday.

Irish coronavirus crisis could last until summer: PM

Dublin - Ireland's coronavirus emergency could last until the summer, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned in an address to the nation on Tuesday.

Prince William and Kate kick off three-day Irish tour

Dublin - Prince William and his wife Kate began a tour of Ireland on Tuesday, in the latest high-profile trip by senior British royals since Queen Elizabeth II's landmark state visit in 2011.

New Irish parliament sits as government formation flounders

Dublin - Ireland's parliament resumes on Thursday for the first time since this month's general election, with no new government in place and the three biggest parties locked in coalition talks.

Sinn Fein urges EU to back united Ireland bid after poll surge

Dublin - Sinn Fein called on the European Union on Tuesday to back its bid for a united Ireland after a surge in support saw it become the second largest party in parliament.

Sinn Fein surges as most popular party in Irish election

Dublin - Nationalist party Sinn Fein won the popular vote in Ireland's general election, ballot counts revealed Sunday, with the one-time political wing of the IRA disrupting a duopoly of centre-right parties which have historically controlled the Republic.

Close count in Irish vote after Sinn Fein surge

Dublin - A general election surge in support for Sinn Fein, once the political wing of the IRA, on Sunday upset Ireland's traditional two-party grip on power.

Micheal Martin: boxer's son sparring to be Ireland's next PM

Cork - Micheal Martin hopes his nine-year effort to rehabilitate Fianna Fail after Ireland's ruinous recession will be enough to return the party to government after Saturday's elections and make him prime minister.

Leo Varadkar: Ireland's liberalising leader

Dublin - Mixed-race, openly gay and just 41, Leo Varadkar captures the spirit of a liberalising Ireland -- but now he faces a fight to stay on as prime minister.
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