November 9, 1990 |
A lawyer who favors liberalizing strict birth control and abortion laws appeared headed for election as Ireland's first woman president, according to partial and unofficial returns. Mary Robinson, 46, trailed former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Lenihan in the preliminary count, but polls indicated that a second round today will put her over the top. "It looks like President Robinson now," said Justice Minister Ray Burke, who had supported Lenihan.
August 22, 1992 |
The outrage of Sister Claire Murphy flickered to life 25 years ago in a remote Nigerian village where she found herself teaching school as a lonely missionary. The Biafran war had just begun when the young Irish nun received an unexpected package from the church. "The Vatican had sent me a whole cupboard full" of birth control pills, Sister Claire recalled with a thin-lipped smile. "It was OK to protect the nuns against rape by the soldiers, but not the girls in our school."
November 10, 1990 |
Left-wing lawyer Mary Robinson made Irish history Friday, becoming Ireland's first female head of state after winning the presidential election against all odds. "The women of Ireland, instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system," she told cheering supporters after defeating sacked Cabinet minister Brian Lenihan in a bitterly fought campaign. "I don't know whether to dance or sing.
May 20, 1998 |
Oh, Monica McWilliams recalls with good humor and an Irish lilt, they have been called wenches, whiners and feckless, stupid, silly women. Also cows, dogs, scum. And then there are the insults that McWilliams, co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, would rather not repeat in public. "Men think we're not capable of intelligent reasoning," McWilliams says with a knowing smile.
March 5, 1989 |
If you're like most Americans, most of your knowledge of Northern Ireland has been filtered through the newswires. And because journalists hunger for hot news, we've come to see Northern Ireland as a country of guerrilla actions and government reactions. Indeed, Northern Ireland is all of that. But it's also so much more. In many ways, life in Northern Ireland is like life anywhere: Parents cuddle their babies, children clamor for ice cream and friends share tears over a cup of tea.
October 30, 1997 |
Advertiser: Kmart Corp. Agency: Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis Challenge: Introduce Big Kmart, persuading consumers that it is different from plain, old Kmart. The Ad: A star-studded spot directed by Kmart spokeswoman Penny Marshall highlights the people behind the brands sold exclusively at the discount retailer. Martha Stewart (sheets and towels), Big Bird (kids' clothes), actress Jaclyn Smith and model Kathy Ireland (women's clothing) and Roger Penske (auto centers) put in appearances.