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Ireland's first gay prime minister enters office

Dublin - Leo Varadkar promised a "republic of opportunity" Wednesday after he became Ireland's youngest prime minister and the first who is openly gay.

DUP deal with London muddies N.Ireland power-sharing talks

Dublin - Talks due to start Monday on restoring a key power-sharing deal in Northern Ireland risk becoming even more arduous as the province's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) nears an alliance with Britain's Conservative Party.

London attacker had lived in Dublin: report

Dublin - One of the three attackers shot dead in London on Saturday night was carrying an Irish residency card and had lived in Dublin, according to a report Monday by Ireland's national broadcaster RTE.

Varadkar: A historic prime minister for Ireland

Dublin - As a gay man born to an Indian father, Leo Varadkar would probably never have become Ireland's prime minister a generation ago, but a transformation of Irish society has propelled him to success.

Ireland set for first openly gay prime minister

Dublin - Ireland looked set Friday to have its first openly gay prime minister after the governing Fine Gael party elected Leo Varadkar leader, a further sign of change in the once deeply conservative country.

Tulip and narcissus bulbs carry fungal risk

Dublin - Imported tulip bulbs, exported from the Netherlands, are spreading anti-fungal resistance, according to new research from Trinity College Dublin.

De la Hoya urges boxing fans to junk Mayweather-McGregor fight

Olympic gold medalist and founder of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya is urging boxing fans not to buy the potential boxing fight between unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather and MMA artist Conor McGregor of Ireland.

Microbiologists assess ways to lower medicine contamination risks Special

Dublin - Microbiologists from a range of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies convened in Dublin to attend a conference discussing how to effectively monitor the built environment for risks in relation to drug product manufacturing.

Varadkar set to succeed Kenny as new Irish PM

Dublin - Leo Varadkar was the clear favourite to succeed Enda Kenny as Ireland's prime minister Saturday as nominations closed for the leadership of the governing centre-right Fine Gael party.

Irish prime minister Kenny says will step down

Dublin - Enda Kenny announced Wednesday he will step down as Ireland's prime minister after six years once his Fine Gael party elects a new leader.The governing centre-right party's new leader will be in place by the end of June 2, Kenny said.

Brexit sparks debate on united Ireland vote

Dublin - Britain's vote to leave the EU has sparked a debate after Irish nationalists called for a referendum on reunification less than two decades after Northern Ireland's historic peace deal.

On new EU frontier, Brexit chief tries to calm nerves

Ireland - A stream runs through the land where Kevin Black used to man a checkpoint on the border between the north and south of Ireland -- now a focus of concern as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

Brexit means changing N.Ireland peace deal: Blair

Newtownmountkennedy - Former British prime minister Tony Blair said Friday that the landmark 1998 peace agreement for Northern Ireland -- which he helped to negotiate -- would have to be changed because of Brexit.

EU's Barnier says wants Brexit talks without 'aggressivity'

Dublin - The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator sought Thursday to ease tensions between the bloc and Britain, saying a deal was possible if the talks were conducted without "aggressivity".

Op-Ed: Why proposed Mayweather-McGregor fight won't sell

It appears the proposed Mayweather-McGregor fight will soon take place in Las Vegas after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) cleared the way for MMA artist Conor McGregor to obtain a boxing license to fight in the State of Nevada.

Breakthrough in smart-printed electronics

Dublin - Progress has been made with printed electronic circuits and these pave the way for further advances with smart devices. The flat printed circuits can be embedded into flat structures, such as plastic and cardboard.

Mass baby remains found at former Catholic home in Ireland

Dublin - "Significant quantities" of baby remains have been discovered in an apparent makeshift crypt at the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers in Ireland, an official commission said Friday.

Legal action in Ireland on possibility of Brexit U-turn

Dublin - A British lawyer launched legal action in Ireland on Friday in a bid to force the European Court of Justice to rule on whether or not Britain can reverse Brexit even after starting negotiations with Brussels.

19 anti-doping agencies call for all out Russia ban

Dublin - The heads of 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) have called for 2018 World Cup hosts Russia to be banned from all sporting activity until a proper anti-doping system is in place.

New organ discovered in the human body

Part of the human digestive system has been reclassified — and, as part of the process, a new organ has been declared. This means the human body now has 79 organs.
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