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Irish chief Hickey freed pending ticket probe

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian court granted conditional release from jail Monday to top Irish Olympic official Patrick Hickey due to ill health while he is investigated over an alleged ticket scam.

Irish chief Hickey freed pending ticket probe

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian court granted conditional release from jail Monday to top Irish Olympic official Patrick Hickey due to ill health while he is investigated over an alleged ticket scam.

Irish chief Hickey freed pending ticket probe

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian court granted conditional release from jail Monday to top Irish Olympic official Patrick Hickey due to ill health while he is investigated over an alleged ticket scam.

Apple could be hit with its largest tax penalty ever

One of the worst-case scenarios for Apple's tax predicament might come true this week. Previous estimates have pegged Apple's liability over back taxes in Ireland at as much as $19 billion, but other estimates have it at under $1 billion.

Irish Olympic scam suspect freed pending probe

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities on Saturday provisionally released an Irish businessman held over an alleged ticket scam at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, one of his lawyers said.

Irish immigration turns positive for first time in seven years

Dublin - More people came to live in Ireland in the year to the end of April than emigrated for the first time since 2009, with thousands of Irish citizens returning to the Emerald Isle, official figures showed on Tuesday.The state agency reported a 14.

Rio police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympics office

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police seized passports from three Irish Olympic officials accused of involvement in black market ticket ring in Rio.The early morning raid at the Irish office in the Olympic Village also netted phones and computers, Irish officials said.

Irishman shot dead on Majorca holiday island

Madrid - An Irishman was shot dead on the holiday island of Majorca, police said Thursday, in what local media reported may have been a settling of scores that went badly wrong."Yesterday at 9pm (1900 GMT), a person was...

Police pull UFO over in Ireland to discover a publicity stunt

Gorey - The next time you hear talk about publicity stunts, be sure to mention this one from Ireland that's almost literally out of this world.

Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

Washington - The US government is expected to hit Facebook with a bill for between $3 billion and $5 billion in back taxes, the social network has disclosed.

France, Ireland urge UK to start Brexit process 'as soon as possible'

Dublin - Britain should begin the process of leaving the European Union "as soon as possible", France and Ireland said after talks between President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin.

Irish parliament rejects limited abortion bill

Dublin - The Irish parliament on Thursday rejected proposed legislation to allow abortion in Ireland in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

Brexit vote sparks surge in Irish passport applications

London - Britain's vote to leave the European Union has triggered a surge in applications for Irish passports, which would allow their holders to remain EU citizens, officials said Monday.

In divided Belfast, Brexit vote sows uncertainty

Belfast - The Brexit vote has sown uncertainty in the still divided communities of Belfast, where memories of the conflict that tore the province apart for three decades are all too raw.

Irish leaders dismiss call for unity vote after Brexit

Dublin - The leaders of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland dismissed a call Friday for a vote on unification after Britain's shock decision to leave the European Union.

Chicago police on lookout for Sinead O'Connor after suicidal report

Chicago - Officers were on the lookout for Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, after receiving a tip that she may be in a suicidal state, the Chicago Police Department told AFP.

U.S. vice president begins official visit to Ireland

Dublin - United States Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Dublin on Tuesday evening for a six-day official visit to Ireland that will include tours of the birthplaces of his ancestors and meetings with local leaders.

Canadian-Iranian anthropologist jailed in Iran

Montr - A Canadian-Iranian anthropologist, Homa Hoodfar, has been arrested and held in Iran since Monday, sources close to the case said Wednesday. Hoodfar, 65, is a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, and also holds Irish nationality.

Ireland abortion laws cause 'inhuman' treatment: UN experts

Dublin - A woman in Ireland carrying a dying foetus was the victim of "inhuman" treatment caused by the country's strict abortion laws, United Nations experts said Thursday.

Fresh probe ordered into UK's 1974 Birmingham pub bombings

London - A coroner on Wednesday ordered a re-examination of the deaths of 21 people in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, one of Britain's worst ever terror attacks, after claims that police failed to act on two warnings.

Peru expels British woman convicted of drug trafficking

- Authorities in Peru said they will expel a British woman in prison since 2013 after being convicted of trafficking cocaine. A court in Lima approved the expulsion of Briton Melissa Reid, granting a petition for her release filed by her attorneys.

Kenny re-elected prime minister by Irish parliament

Dublin - Ireland's parliament re-elected Enda Kenny as prime minister at the head of a minority government on Friday following a deal aimed at a slight easing of austerity after more than two months of impasse.

Ireland's Kenny set to be reappointed PM on Friday

Dublin - Ireland's parliament is expected to re-appoint Enda Kenny as prime minister on Friday, paving the way for the formation of a minority government to end months of political stalemate.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams apologises for racial slur

London - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams apologised Monday for using a racial slur on Twitter while seeking to compare the treatment of African Americans with Catholics in Northern Ireland.

Deal reached in Ireland to form minority government

Dublin - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party was on Friday poised to form a minority government after striking a deal with its longtime rival Fianna Fail, following inconclusive elections in February.

Ireland edges closer to forming new government with deal on water charges

Dublin - A deal between two rival parties to suspend controversial water charges nudged Ireland closer to the formation of a minority government on Wednesday after more than two months of tortuous negotiations.

Pope approves Albanian martyrs, Irish Jesuit for beatification

Vatican City - An Albanian bishop who died after being tortured and 37 other Catholic victims of the country's former communist regime have been recognised as martyrs, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

Drone crosses path of Aer Lingus plane over France

Paris - A drone flying at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres came close to an Aer Lingus plane as it approached Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, airport sources said on Thursday.

Irish MPs fail in latest attempt to chose PM

Dublin - Ireland's parliament failed for a third time to elect a prime minister Thursday, prolonging the apparently insoluble stalemate that has left the country without a new government for almost seven weeks.

Ireland's main opposition party rejects coalition deal

Dublin - Ireland's main opposition Fianna Fail party on Thursday rejected an offer to form a full coalition partnership with Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael following inconclusive elections in February.
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On Sunday, it was windy, cold and with a little about rain but tens of thousands of people attended the St. Patrick's Day parade in the downtown Toronto core.