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Jun 9, 2014

Child graves prompt Irish to ask why so many babies died in Church care

CASTLEPOLLARD Ireland (Reuters) – In the leafy grounds of a center for the disabled in rural central Ireland, a small tombstone hints at the building’s previous role as a “mother-and-baby home”. It reads: “In Memory of God’s Special Angels”.

No names, no dates, just an acknowledgement that buried in the garden of the Manor House in Castlepollard are children born to unwed mothers at the Church-run institutions that dotted Ireland half a century ago.

Jun 6, 2014
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Irish Catholic Church says horrified by children’s mass grave

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(The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bon Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Ireland’s Roman Catholic Church told the order of nuns who ran the former home where a mass grave of almost 800 children was found that it must co-operate with any inquiry into the discovery.

Jun 4, 2014

Ireland considers inquiry into children’s mass grave at ex-church home

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland is considering an inquiry into what the government called a “deeply disturbing” discovery of an unmarked graveyard at a former home run by the Roman Catholic Church where almost 800 children died between 1925 and 1961.

Ireland’s once powerful Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of scandals over the abuse and neglect of children, and the government is concerned that research carried out by a local historian in county Galway has revealed another dark chapter.

May 31, 2014

O’Driscoll bids farewell to rugby on bittersweet note

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Brian O’Driscoll’s rugby career ended on a bittersweet note on Saturday when he left the field injured after just nine minutes of the RaboPRO12 final which his Leinster side went on to win 34-12 against Glasgow.

O’Driscoll, the world’s most capped rugby international and regarded as one of the greatest to play the game, limped off to a standing ovation from his home fans at a packed RDS to end a glittering 15-year career.

May 31, 2014

Rugby-O’Driscoll bids farewell to rugby on bittersweet note

DUBLIN, May 31 (Reuters) – Brian O’Driscoll’s rugby career ended on a bittersweet note on Saturday when he left the field injured after just nine minutes of the RaboPRO12 final which his Leinster side went on to win 34-12 against Glasgow.

O’Driscoll, the world’s most capped rugby international and regarded as one of the greatest to play the game, limped off to a standing ovation from his home fans at a packed RDS to end a glittering 15-year career.

May 28, 2014

Strained Irish coalition needs growth more than ever

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government needs economic growth, and fast, to take the sting out of one last bout of austerity that could topple the coalition.

Economic growth has long been seen as the final piece of the jigsaw for Ireland’s recovery after it completed an EU/IMF bailout last year, resumed routine borrowing on bond markets and brought a banking system back from the brink of collapse.

May 27, 2014

Irish finance minister says limited room to sweeten budget cuts

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Irish government will not be swayed by political pressure to ease back on one last bout of austerity, which it needs to implement to hit fiscal targets mandated by Brussels, its finance minister said.

As members of the Labor party – the government’s junior coalition partner – called for a change in economic direction following an election drubbing, Michael Noonan said he would have limited leeway to sweeten planned budget cuts.

May 26, 2014

Irish deputy PM quits as party leader after poll rout

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore on Monday said he will quit as leader of the junior government Labour party, in a move that could destabilise the coalition and its austerity programme following a major election setback.

Eight members of Labour’s parliamentary party, representing almost a fifth of the grouping, had submitted a motion of no confidence in Gilmore’s leadership after its support collapsed at weekend local and European elections.

May 26, 2014

Bruised Irish government hit by lower than expected jobs growth

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s unemployment rate fell less than expected in the first quarter, data showed on Monday, dropping only slightly to 12 percent, in another blow to the government after bruising local elections at the weekend.

Unemployment eased back from 12.2 percent the previous quarter and has now fallen for eight successive quarters from a high of 15.1 percent two years ago. But support for Ireland’s coalition government fell sharply in local and European polls as voters registered their resentment over six years of relentless austerity.

May 25, 2014

Irish PM’s party slumps to second place in local polls

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish prime minister Enda Kenny’s ruling party looked set to slump to second place in local elections on Sunday, a surprise result that will complicate an austerity program to be completed this year to cut a still-high budget deficit.

In a warning to other European governments implementing the last of harsh budget cuts, support for Kenny’s Fine Gael party fell sharply since its exit from an international bailout in December, when it held a seven percentage point lead in opinion polls.