June 7, 2008
Re "Some Irish have doubts on European treaty," June 1 The World Trade Organization talks last month are indeed relevant to the Lisbon Treaty: The European Commission has confirmed that Ireland's right to veto the WTO agreement (a crucial tool in the government's armory) will be abolished under Lisbon. Under Lisbon, national parliaments will have an enshrined right to complain -- nothing more. On the other hand, the new European Union would have the power to make laws in 32 new areas that would be removed from national parliaments; power would shift to the big states and away from the smaller ones; Ireland would have no say on the European Commission (which has the monopoly on making EU laws)
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.
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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 15, 2012 |
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...
March 16, 2009 |
They are the Celtic Tiger's cubs, the young men and women who grew up basking in the sunlight of the booming Irish economy. For them, the Emerald Isle was a place to stay put and seek their fortunes, unlike their ancestors who emigrated by the millions in search of relief from poverty and oppression. But last year, their luck ran out when their economy -- once the fastest-growing in Europe -- skidded off a cliff. Gone was the rapid growth that began in the 1990s.
May 27, 2011 |
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)
July 19, 2013 |
Here's a trip that lets you tool around the Emerald Isle in style and sleep in luxury digs without mortgaging your castle. With the “ Ultimate Luxury Chauffeur Ireland ” vacation, you get the use of a private chauffeur-driven vehicle for touring the countryside and transporting you from one destination to the next. You'll stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, the G Hotel in Galway, the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney and the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow. Trip highlights include Dublin's Temple Bar area and cultural sites; the imposing Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast; the 15 th century Bunratty Castle and 19 th century Bunratty Folk Park; and Blarney Castle and its renowned stone.
November 22, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
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.