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New child adoption scandal engulfs Ireland

Dublin - The birth certificates of 126 children adopted in Ireland between 1946 and 1969 were doctored to show their new families as their biological parents, the government admitted on Wednesday.

Ireland starts moves to change abortion law

Dublin - The Irish government gave the green light Tuesday for new abortion laws to be drawn up following a historic referendum that overturned a constitutional ban in the predominantly Catholic country.

Ireland to draft abortion law within weeks: minister

Dublin - Ireland's government is planning to draw up a new abortion law within weeks after a historic referendum overturned a constitutional ban, Health Minister Simon Harris said on Tuesday.

Brexit tangle raises prospect of Irish reunification

London - The wrangle over what will happen to the Irish border after Brexit has put the previously unthinkable possibility of reunification of the island of Ireland firmly on the political agenda.

Northern Ireland under pressure after historic abortion vote

Dublin - Pressure mounted on Sunday for British-ruled Northern Ireland to liberalise its strict abortion laws after a historic referendum in the neighbouring Republic of Ireland overturned its ban.

Abortion stigma is gone, says Irish PM after vote

London - Ireland on Saturday voted to erase the stigma and burden of shame from hundreds of thousands of women who secretly had abortions, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote

Dublin - Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Dublin - Ireland looks set to "make history" by liberalising some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said as votes in the hard-fought referendum were counted Saturday.

Ireland tipped to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Dublin - Ireland voted overwhelmingly to liberalise some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe on Friday, according to exit polls in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.

Final campaign push before bitter Irish abortion vote

Dublin - Activists made a final push for votes Thursday on the eve of a historic referendum on Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion, which has divided the staunchly Catholic nation.

EU blasts British 'fantasy' on Ireland

Apo - The EU on Thursday dismissed British "fantasy" on solving the Irish border problem after Brexit talks in Brussels this week and warned it would be hard to make progress by a key summit in June.

Campaign for Ireland abortion referendum turns testy

Dublin - Posters for and against abortion are plastered all across Ireland as the campaign ahead of a historic referendum Friday in this mainly Catholic nation turns increasingly testy in its final days.

Irish PM criticises anti-abortion campaign

Dublin - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday denounced the pro-life lobby for using images of people with Down Syndrome in the build-up to the May 25 referendum on abortion laws.

Ireland's abortion referendum campaigns ramp up

Dublin - Pro- and anti-abortion activists in Ireland are hitting the streets and social networks to mobilise a divided electorate with less than a fortnight to go until a referendum on the thorny issue.

Irish anti-abortion activists rally ahead of referendum

Dublin - Thousands gathered in Dublin on Saturday for the final major pro-life rally ahead of Ireland's referendum on whether it should liberalise its tight abortion laws.

Google to halt all ads on Irish abortion referendum

London - Google said on Wednesday it will pause all adverts related to the Irish referendum on abortion to be held later this month -- the day after Facebook announced a similar move.

Facebook bans foreign ads targeting Irish abortion referendum

Dublin - Facebook said on Tuesday it will block foreign adverts aimed at Ireland's referendum on abortion later this month.

Japan's Takeda to buy Shire in record $62.5 bn deal

Apo - Drug giant Takeda on Tuesday said it would buy Irish pharmaceuticals firm Shire in a deal worth $62.5 billion, the biggest foreign takeover ever by a Japanese firm.

Japan's Takeda announces £46 bn firm offer for Shire

Apo - Japanese drug giant Takeda on Tuesday announced a firm acquisition offer worth £46 billion ($62.5 billion) for Irish pharma firm Shire, after a series of unofficial bids were turned down.

Irish campaigners in abortion referendum vie for online impact

Dublin - Leading Irish actors have urged voters in a video posted online Sunday to legalise abortion in the country, as campaigning intensifies ahead of a referendum later this month on the issue.

Barnier warns Brexit talks at 'risk' over Ireland issue

Dundalk - The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Monday that the talks were at "risk" due to disagreements over the future of the Irish border after Britain leaves the EU.

EU's Barnier warns Brexit deal at risk over Irish border

London - European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britain Sunday that "the time has now come to resolve the contradictions" over the Northern Irish border, ahead of a visit to the island.

Apple, Ireland strike deal on 13-billion-euro tax payment

Dublin - Ireland's government on Tuesday said it was signing a deal with Apple for the US tech giant to pay 13 billion euros ($16 billion) in back taxes as ordered by the European Commission.

No Brexit deal without Ireland solution: EU's Tusk

Strasbourg - Britain must come up with a solution for the Irish border after Brexit or there will be no divorce deal or transition period, EU President Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday.

Israel protests to Ireland over Dublin mayor's W.Bank trip

Jerusalem - A senior Israeli official on Thursday formally complained to Ireland's ambassador after Dublin's mayor slipped past an entry ban to attend a Palestinian conference.

Ireland to review sexual assault trials after rugby rape case

Dublin - Ireland's Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has called for a review of how sexual assault trials are conducted, following protests after a high-profile case involving Irish rugby players, national media reported.

Ireland to hold May 25 referendum on legalising abortion

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum on May 25 on whether to alter its constitution to legalise abortion, Health Minister Simon Harris said on Wednesday.The move follows the Irish Senate voting in favour of holding the poll by a wide margin Tuesday night.

May says transition deal creates 'new dynamic' for Brexit talks

Apo - British Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders Thursday that securing a deal on the post-Brexit transition period had created a "new dynamic" to now tackle the toughest questions of trade and Ireland.

Pope Francis says to visit Ireland in August

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Wednesday he will visit Ireland in August, the first trip to the country by a pontiff since John Paul II went there in 1979.

Merkel, Irish PM say solution needed for N.Ireland border issue

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Tuesday that the Northern Ireland border issue must still be resolved, after a deal was reached on a Brexit transition phase.
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