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March 30, 2008
Regarding "Roads Paved in Myth, Magic" [March 16]: Driving on the left side on a narrow road can be a bit disconcerting, but it need not be the trauma that Rosemary McClure suggested. It can be a surprise to find that the gear-shift lever, the turn signals etc. are on the opposite side of the steering column. McClure's suggestion that it is worthwhile to rent an automatic transmission is valid for that reason. Keep to your side of the road and allow the other car the space to which it is entitled and there should be no problem.
November 19, 1987
Enniskillen, fare thee well. No terrible beauty here, just a pile of smoking rubble, two score Irishmen dead and wounded, and a town that will never be the same. I wonder about the people of Enniskillen now, Catholics and Protestants who have peacefully coexisted for so long, and what closed-door conversations must be taking place. Protestants seething and Catholics wondering about the inevitable reprisal. Make no mistake: in Ireland it's sure to come. At such times I am sick and ashamed to be Irish-American, to be part of a people so lost and self-deluded that they may never find their way. Sure, I know my history; I know about centuries of John Bull tyranny.
November 18, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Pressure on Ireland to accept a financial bailout intensified Wednesday as European officials prepared for urgent talks in Dublin to try to beat back the crisis of confidence engulfing the euro. At a meeting in Brussels, finance ministers from throughout the European Union reiterated their willingness to help Ireland salvage its decimated banking sector, whose losses have left Dublin stumbling under a mountain of public debt. Adding to the pressure was an unexpected offer of assistance from Britain, which does not belong to the group of 16 nations that use the euro.
November 15, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Outrage over the death of an Indian woman denied an abortion in Ireland resounded in her home country this week, as politicians and her grieving parents demanded changes in Irish laws.  "We should lodge a very strong protest with the Irish authorities as they are responsible for committing a crime which resulted in loss of a human life," politician Brinda Karat told the Press Trust of India . “They preferred to sacrifice the young...
May 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For those who want summer vacation to start soon, Terry Flynn Tours has a self-guided driving tour of Ireland starting at $430 a person for travel now through the end of June. The package includes six nights at bed-and-breakfast inns, a rental car and a customized itinerary of wherever you want to go -- but you must book by Tuesday. The deal: The Magical Ireland package comes with nice extras at a nice low price. With this package, you can pretty much keep land costs below $100 a day,  excluding auto insurance, gas (or petrol, as they say)
November 22, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
In a humiliating about-face, Ireland said Sunday that it would ask for an international bailout to stabilize its foundering banking sector and save the country from skyrocketing borrowing costs. The exact size of the rescue package is still to be worked out, but analysts say that it could be worth as much as $100 billion in loans and guarantees from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Ireland became the second country in the EU, after Greece, to seek outside help in stabilizing its finances.
June 14, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Fernando Torres scored a goal in each half Thursday to give Spain a 4-0 win over Ireland and eliminate the Irish from the European Championship. David Silva and substitute Cesc Fabregas also scored second-half goals at Gdansk, Poland, as the defending champions improved to four points in Group C, the same as co-leader Croatia. Spain dominated the tempo and scoring opportunities through its quick combinations, taking 26 shots and putting the team on course for a spot in the quarterfinals.
March 17, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
If it's St. Patrick's Day, you can expect even the White House to wear the green, wink at domestic Irish political power and greet Ireland's leader on the annual pilgrimage to the United States. President Obama, who has acknowledged his generations-back Irish roots, greeted the Taoiseach, or prime minister, Enda Kenny at the White House. Obama announced that he will visit Ireland in May, part of his trip to Britain and France for the G-8 summit. At one time, Irish immigration created the great political machines that ran urban centers such as Boston, New York and Obama's home of Chicago.
March 7, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Ireland's two longtime opposition parties agreed Sunday to rule the country together after a historic election that saw the previous government suffer a crushing defeat over the country's economic collapse. The leaders of Fine Gael and the Labor Party announced they would form a coalition to govern the Emerald Isle, whose once-dynamic economy imploded during the global financial meltdown, forcing officials to seek a humiliating international bailout. The coalition said it would follow through on the previous government's pledge to reduce Ireland's staggering budget deficit.
July 30, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Ireland's first law authorizing abortion under certain conditions was signed into law Tuesday after a bruising debate in the predominantly Roman Catholic country over whether it risked opening the doors to abortion on demand. President Michael D. Higgins' office confirmed that he had signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, despite speculation that he might send the controversial measure to the Irish Supreme Court to examine its constitutionality. Higgins' signature came 2½ weeks after a marathon session by lawmakers, who exhaustively discussed and parsed every word of the bill before approving it on a vote of 127 to 31. The lopsided tally belied the divisiveness of the debate in one of the remaining European nations to forbid the widespread practice of abortion.
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