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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.
December 30, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Auto Europe is offering rental cars in Ireland for daily rates that start at less than the cost of a movie ticket. Pay a base rate of $7.50 a day for a weekly rental and get unlimited mileage to tour the countryside. The deal: The lowest rate covers an economy car with manual transmission and is based on a week's rental. Car-rental pickups are arranged through local suppliers at the airport, train station and other locations. When: The offer is good from Saturday through April 20 with some blackout dates.
November 27, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Ireland is on the verge of reaching a preliminary agreement with international finance officials on a massive bailout package, a government minister said Saturday, even as thousands of angry demonstrators marched through Dublin to protest the country's latest round of painful public-spending cutbacks. Irish Communications Minister Eamon Ryan told broadcaster RTE that his colleagues and their counterparts from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union were working hard to produce an "outline agreement" in time for the opening of financial markets Monday.
March 13, 1996
Ireland never has been famous for its food, but things may be changing. Some Irish food is taking on a European flair--partly because more Irish citizens are traveling to Europe and bringing culinary influences home. Nowadays, for example, potatoes often are replaced with pasta--rarely eaten in Ireland years ago.
March 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern gave President Bush a bowl of shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day and asked the president for more "transparency" about CIA flights over Europe. The European Union is investigating charges that CIA agents interrogated Al Qaeda suspects at secret prisons in eastern Europe and secretly flew some through Europe.
December 15, 1987 | Associated Press
A North American bald eagle has landed hungry and exhausted on the southwest coast of Ireland, apparently after a flight across the Atlantic Ocean, a wildlife ranger said today. It is the first bald eagle to be captured in Europe, said ranger Pat O'Connell. The bird is thriving on a diet of venison, gaining weight, and will be sent back soon to a breeding ground in the United States, he said.
April 27, 2003
I recently returned from a 17-day tour of Ireland and spent a couple of days on the Beara Peninsula. Kenneth Rosenberg described it beautifully in "Rolling Through Ireland" (April 6), though I find there are not enough words to describe the rugged beauty and tranquillity of this special area in Ireland's southwest. As it did for Rosenberg, the local farmer's collie also escorted us to the Ogham Stone in Ballycrovane. We were privileged to spend a day with one of Ireland's great photographers, the transplanted Englishman John Eagle, who served us a spot of tea and lunch in front of a roaring bog fire in his traditional Irish stone cottage.
December 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Rosanna Davison, the 19-year-old Miss Ireland, was crowned Miss World 2003 in Communist China's first international beauty pageant, an event that would have once been branded a heretical display of Western decadence. Showing how much China has changed since the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, officials embraced the contest as a way of boosting the image of the host area, Hainan island, state-run media said. Davison is the daughter of singer Chris de Burgh, best known for his 1986 hit "Lady in Red."
August 31, 2003
In "Euro May Be Rising, but Airfares to the Continent Are Falling" [Travel Insider, Aug. 3], a Los Angeles-area traveler says of a trip to Ireland in [July] with his girlfriend, "Dinners were rather expensive -- about $25," and "You can only eat so many fish and chips." I have been planning trips for clients from the U.S., to the United Kingdom and Ireland, for almost 30 years, and I can honestly say that I have never heard such rubbish. Is he including drinks in the $25? For $25, I could point him to a good dinner, including a beer or a glass of wine, in just about any town in Ireland.
July 28, 1987
The capital of Ireland came to a virtual standstill Monday as 250,000 people welcomed home Stephen Roche, the first Irishman to win the 25-day, 2,485-mile Tour de France bicycle race. O'Connell Street, Dublin's most famous thoroughfare, was packed with crowds up to 20 deep to see the 27-year-old cyclist as he was driven in triumph through his native city. The six-mile route from Dublin's airport to the city center was lined by enthusiasts.
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