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Rape case thong triggers consent protests in Ireland

Dublin - Protests have flared across Ireland this week triggering a viral campaign online after a defence lawyer showed a 17-year-old girl's thong or G-string in court as alleged proof of her consent in a rape case.

Trouble brewing?: Brexit challenge for Guinness supply chain

Dublin - With its brown-black hue and cascading creamy head, Guinness is Ireland's most iconic export.

UK, Irish ministers say 'very close' to Brexit deal

Dublin - British and Irish ministers said Friday they were "very close" to agreeing how to keep open the land border between them after Brexit, which is holding up a divorce deal with the EU.

Ireland votes to lift blasphemy ban

Dublin - Ireland has voted to lift a rarely enforced constitutional ban on blasphemy in the latest secular reform for the once staunchly Catholic country, referendum results showed on Saturday.

Ireland votes to lift blasphemy ban: exit polls

Dublin - Irish voters overwhelmingly backed the lifting of a constitutional ban on blasphemy, exit polls said Saturday, the latest reform relaxing the devout nation's historic ties to the Catholic Church.

Ireland votes on historic blasphemy ban

Dublin - Irish voters were deciding Friday whether to repeal a ban on blasphemy -- the latest potential reform distancing the once-devout nation from its Catholic past.

Mass infant grave at Irish Catholic home to be excavated

Dublin - Ireland's government on Tuesday approved the full excavation of a mass grave of infant and children's remains on the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers.

Ryanair first-half profits fall 7% after widespread strikes

Dublin - Ryanair's first half to September profits fell seven percent to €1.2 billion, the low-cost airline announced Monday, after widespread strike action by pilots and cabin crew disrupted operations.

Ireland passes law putting cancer warnings on alcohol

Dublin - Alcoholic drinks in Ireland will be labelled with cancer warnings under a groundbreaking law passed Wednesday, which also sets a minimum price in a bid to tackle a "corrosive" drinking culture.

Irish MPs hold first abortion bill debate

Dublin - Legislation to allow abortion was debated in the Irish parliament for the first time on Thursday -- with indications a three day "cooling off period" will be fiercely contested.

Irish data authority probes Facebook over breach of 50 mn accounts

Dublin - Ireland's data protection authority launched an investigation into Facebook Wednesday, bringing stringent new European privacy laws to bear on the tech titan after a security breach exposed 50 million accounts.

N.Ireland's DUP rejects Brexit border compromise

Dublin - The leader of Northern Ireland's highly influential Democratic Unionist Party on Tuesday warned British Prime Minister Theresa May against any Brexit compromise with Brussels that could increase checks on trade between the province and the rest of Brit...

Date set for Irish blasphemy referendum

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum on October 26 to repeal its constitutional law forbidding blasphemy, Dublin announced on Friday.

Irish president signs historic abortion ban repeal

Dublin - Ireland's president on Tuesday signed a constitutional amendment repealing strict abortion laws in the staunchly Catholic country.

Dolores O'Riordan's death reported as 'accidental drowning'

On September 6, it was reported that the death of Cranberries front-woman, Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan, was caused by "accidental drowning."

As pope visits Ireland, protesters demand justice over clerical abuse

Dublin - As the faithful flocked to witness Pope Francis celebrate mass on Sunday, protesters gathered in central Dublin to demand recognition, reconciliation and reparations for the historic wrongs of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Pope Francis meets Irish abuse victims, expresses 'shame'

Dublin - Pope Francis on Saturday met with eight Irish abuse victims after expressing "pain and shame" over the "failure" of Catholic Church authorities to deal with the abuses, the Vatican said.

Pope Francis visits Dublin, a city split by Church sins

Dublin - Devout Catholics and firebrand protestors rubbed shoulders on the streets of Dublin on Saturday as Pope Francis visited the city, stoking fresh debate on the Church and its role in covering up decades of abuse in Ireland.

Irish sex abuse victim urges pope to remove 'every rotten apple'

Dublin - Pope Francis should rid the Catholic Church of "every rotten apple" and announce concrete measures against sexual abuse by the clergy during his visit to Ireland, a prominent Irish victim told AFP.

As pope visits, Irish PM urges action on abuse

Dublin - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Saturday urged Pope Francis to take action to ensure justice for abuse victims worldwide as the pontiff admitted a "failure" by Church authorities in dealing with the scandals during a historic visit to Ireland.
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