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Feb 27, 2014

Adopted children fight Irish state secrecy to find parents

OMAGH, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Catherine Droogan turns 40 this year. That’s one of the few personal details she can be sure of.

Adopted at four weeks from a convent in eastern Ireland, Droogan doesn’t know who her parents were or where she was born. She is not even certain who actually named her Catherine.

Feb 25, 2014

Streamlined building supplies group CRH sees 2014 growth

DUBLIN, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Irish building supplies group CRH
expects the restructured business to boost margins and
return to profit growth this year after posting full-year
earnings ahead of guidance on Tuesday.

Shares in CRH climbed by more than 4 percent after new Chief
Executive Albert Maniford spelt out his vision for a leaner
group and said that 2013 should represent a trough in the
company’s profits.

Feb 5, 2014
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U.N report puts pressure on Catholic orders in Ireland over Magdalene laundries

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(Spokesman Steven O’Riordan (C) speaks as he sits with, Marina Gambold (L-R), Mary Smyth, Maureen Sullivan and Diane Croghan, at a “Magdalene Survivors Together” news conference in Dublin February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Advocacy groups for women forced to work at the Catholic Church’s notorious Magdalene laundries in Ireland backed calls from the United Nations for religious orders to pay compensation and face prosecution for decades of abuse.

Feb 5, 2014

U.N report puts pressure on Catholic orders in Ireland over laundries

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Advocacy groups for women forced to work at the Catholic Church’s notorious Magdalene laundries in Ireland backed calls from the United Nations for religious orders to pay compensation and face prosecution for decades of abuse.

In an unprecedented report on Wednesday, the U.N. demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers. It also urged the Holy See to conduct an investigation into the laundries.

Feb 2, 2014

Relieved Schmidt turns Irish attention to holders Wales

DUBLIN (Reuters) – After his first match day as a Six Nations coach began with a phone call from the doctor to say his captain was unable to play, Joe Schmidt was just happy to end it with a win for his Irish side.

Schmidt, appointed last year after Ireland’s worst Six Nations in 14 years, was awoken on Sunday with the news that Paul O’Connell had barely slept after coming down with a chest infection.

Feb 2, 2014

Rugby-Relieved Schmidt turns Irish attention to holders Wales

DUBLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) – After his first match day as a Six Nations coach began with a phone call from the doctor to say his captain was unable to play, Joe Schmidt was just happy to end it with a win for his Irish side.

Schmidt, appointed last year after Ireland’s worst Six Nations in 14 years, was awoken on Sunday with the news that Paul O’Connell had barely slept after coming down with a chest infection.

Feb 2, 2014

Ireland ease past Scotland in Six Nations

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland comfortably won their opening Six Nations championship match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, taking their time to get going before beating Scotland 28-6 as they look to put last year’s poor campaign firmly behind them.

Ireland, who last season endured their worst Six Nations in 14 years, showed signs of the rugby that brought them come so close to beating New Zealand in November with tries from Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Jamie Heaslip easing them home.

Feb 2, 2014

Rugby-Ireland ease past Scotland in Six Nations

DUBLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Ireland comfortably won their opening Six Nations championship match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, taking their time to get going before beating Scotland 28-6 as they look to put last year’s poor campaign firmly behind them.

Ireland, who last season endured their worst Six Nations in 14 years, showed signs of the rugby that brought them come so close to beating New Zealand in November with tries from Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Jamie Heaslip easing them home.

Jan 31, 2014

Rugby-Ulster trio start as O’Driscoll eyes another Irish record

DUBLIN, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ulster’s Luke Marshall, Chris Henry and Andrew Trimble will start for Ireland in Sunday’s Six Nations opener at home to Scotland as new coach Joe Schmidt looks to quickly banish last season’s tournament from memory.

The Ulster trio, who helped the province reach this season’s Heineken Cup quarter-finals as the only unbeaten team, are the only changes from the Irish side that went agonisingly close to beating New Zealand in November.

Jan 29, 2014

Ireland taps diaspora for Winter Games

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Five athletes from Birmingham to far-flung Utah have been handed the responsibility of helping Ireland make a rare mark at the Sochi Games next month.

In a country of 4.5 million people where winters often pass without snowfall, Ireland is for the first time sending a team made up exclusively from the estimated 70 million people with Irish heritage who live abroad.