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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.

Jan 29, 2014

Olympics-Ireland taps diaspora for Winter Games

DUBLIN, Jan 29 (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.

Jan 24, 2014
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After film, real Philomena calls for changes to Irish adoption laws

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(Actor Steve Coogan from the film” Philomena”, an Oscar Best Picture nominee, arrives with Philomena Lee, whose life was featured in the film, at the 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Fred Prouser )

The 80-year-old Irish woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena” launched a campaign calling for access to adoption records on Friday, hoping her story will highlight the plight of tens of thousands.

Jan 17, 2014

Moody’s upgrades Irish debt to investment grade

DUBLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Moody’s upgraded Ireland to
investment grade on Friday, handing the government a major
post-bailout boost and opening up its already sought after debt
to investors prohibited from buying junk-rated paper.

It is the latest in a run of good news for Ireland, which
became the first euro zone country to complete a bailout, made a
storming bond market return and has an economy that is picking
up steam.