March 23, 1986
Lord Bountiful ought to be ashamed of himself for calling Ireland a Third World country! President Reagan's request for $50 million for Ireland each year for the next five years is enough to make the blood of anti-poverty development workers and citizen activists boil. Ireland's population is 3 million. Its per capita gross national product is $5,000 (compared to India at $260 and the United States at $14,110). Its infant mortality rate is 10 compared to 110 in India and 11 in the United States.
September 1, 1994 |
In a major development that could signal an end to one of the world's oldest conflicts, the Irish Republican Army announced Wednesday a "complete cessation" of violence in its struggle to end British control over Northern Ireland. "In order to enhance the democratic peace process and underline our definitive commitment to its success, the leadership of (the IRA has) decided that as of midnight Wednesday, Aug.
July 31, 2005 |
In a once desolate downtown, where police searched shoppers for weapons during the deadly conflict known as "the Troubles," dramatic changes happened long before the Irish Republican Army announced the end of its armed struggle. As the threat of IRA bombs receded after the group's 1997 cease-fire, new glass and steel buildings went up, and shops began staying open after dark. The IRA has been expected to give up its weapons since the landmark 1998 Good Friday agreement.
July 12, 2011 |
From Sandwich, England — Tuesday was the kind of day the British dearly love when it comes to their golf. After two relatively mild days — there was actually a sunshine sighting midafternoon Monday — the air cooled, the whitecaps reappeared in the English Channel and the flags stiffened, snapped and pointed toward the White Cliffs of Dover. If you didn't have a jacket, you had pneumonia. And then the star of the show, the sudden darling of world golf fans, arrived. It wasn't Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet, but it was close.
March 22, 1996 |
On May 4, 1973, a sniper shot Constable Jim Seymour in the head as he opened the gate to a fortified police station. For more than two decades, he lay paralyzed in a coma, a painful symbol in a long line of police casualties from this land's sectarian warfare. There may never have been a more dangerous place to be a cop than the gritty streets of Belfast. Across 25 bloody years, officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary were murdered at an average of one a month.
June 6, 1999 |
Construction workers like Tom Deery once took it for granted that if they wanted to cash in on their skills, it meant casting a cold eye on Dublin and toiling instead on foreign soil. But that tradition of no-frills, often lonely labor in London or New York seems a distant memory for Deery and his dozen workmates. For Dublin today is the place to be, the eye of Ireland's "Celtic Tiger" economy, the most buoyant and confident in Europe.