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Thousands protest against austerity ahead of Irish vote

Thousands of protesters marched through Dublin on Saturday to call for an end to austerity, as Ireland prepares to vote in parliamentary elections.

Irish Catholic leader says Church needs 'reality check'

Ireland`s top Catholic leader said that the Church needed a "reality check" as preliminary results on Saturday showed a referendum for gay marriage had been approved in what he called a "social revolution".

Jonathan Sexton inspires Irish to superb win over Australia

Jonathan Sexton inspires Irish to superb win over Australia

Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton scored 16 points as Ireland edged Australia 26-23 in a thrilling and pulsating test match at Lansdowne Road on Saturday to give the Six Nations champions a seventh successive victory.

Bob Geldof to fire up charity hit 30 years on to fight Ebola

Musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof, who in 1984 inspired a host of rock stars to record a charity single for Africa, will raise money to combat Ebola with a new version of the song.

Harry Styles, Kodaline pen romantic song

One Direction star Harry Styles and Irish rock band Kodaline have penned a romantic song together.

Is Bono having writers block?

Rumors are rife that Bono is having trouble writing songs for the new U2 album.

Man stabbed to death in Ireland over chess dispute

In a gruesome incident, an Irish man in Dublin was brutally beaten and stabbed to death allegedly by an Italian over a row during a chess match.

North Ireland peace priest Alex Reid dies

Irish priest Alex Reid, who played a key role in brokering peace in Northern Ireland, has died aged 82, his Catholic order said.

Scotland Yard rescues 3 women held captive for 30 years

Scotland Yard on Thursday rescued three "highly traumatised" women from a London home where they were being held as slaves for over 30 years by a couple who were arrested.

London police rescue three women held captive for 30 years

British police on Thursday rescued three women from a London home where they were believed held as slaves for at least 30 years by a couple who were arrested.

Irish child removed from Roma family: Reports

Irish authorities have removed a seven-year-old from a Roma family in Dublin following concerns they were not related, police and media said on Tuesday, in a case echoing the `blonde angel` affair in Greece.

Tom Cruise`s ancestry includes Irish `hero landlord`

Tom Cruise`s Irish ancestry has been certified in a ceremony in Dublin, following the discovery that the star has descended from a heroic potato famine landlord.

Irish nanny held for battering baby to death

A child-carer has been arrested in the US for allegedly beating a baby girl to death on her first birthday.

Colin Farrell wanted to be a footballer

Irish actor Colin Farrell says he wanted to be a football player like his father Eamon Farrell.

Israel navy intercepts flotilla ships off Gaza coast

The Irish-flagged Saoirse and the Canadian ship Tahrir were intercepted by naval commandos in international waters off the Gaza coast.

Ireland`s Green party pulls out of coalition govt

Ireland`s Green party said it was pulling out of the coalition govt.

Brian Cowen resigns as party leader, remains Irish PM

Cowen`s surprise move will create political crises hamper his coalition govt.

Irish govt in chaos after mass cabinet resignations

Irish PM Brian Cowen`s surprise plan to reshuffle his cabinet weeks before a general election risked backfiring badly with coalition partners and backbenchers fuming over the move.

Irish abortion ban violates women`s rights: Court

The European Court of Human Rights rules that Irish abortion laws violated the rights of one of three women who sought terminations in UK.

Irish bishops meet Pope Benedict XVI in summit on sex abuse

Irish prelates and Pope Benedict XVI met Monday in an extraordinary summit that one bishop called a step toward repentance for Ireland`s history of sex abuse.