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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.
November 30, 2010 | By Kate Connolly, Los Angeles Times
Germans braced for even more turmoil in the Eurozone after a multibillion-dollar rescue package for Ireland failed Monday to satisfy financial markets alarmed at the cost of having to bail out heavily indebted partners that share the common currency. With indications that not just tiny Portugal but the large economies of Spain and even Italy may also need rescue deals, some German commentators debated whether the time had come to rethink membership in Europe's single currency. "What would really happen if the euro collapsed?"
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.
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.
July 28, 2003 | Robert W. Welkos
It was one of Ireland's darkest secrets: Over the course of the 20th century, tens of thousands of poor Catholic women were banished to a lifetime of servitude in church-run asylums because they were unwed mothers or had committed other "moral crimes." The women were forced to work unpaid for eight to 10 hours a day, seven days a week, in commercial laundries that served some of Ireland's biggest institutions.
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.
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.
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