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Latest Ireland Items
Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, harshly criticizing Ireland's long inaction on the issue.
Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that the Vatican felt "offended" that Ireland failed to respect Holy See "sovereignty" by asking high-ranking churchmen to answer questions from an Irish commission probing decades of sex abuse of minors by clergy.
Ireland must endure the toughest cuts and tax increases in its history as an unavoidable price for saving the debt-burdened nation from bankruptcy, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told lawmakers as they prepared to vote on a brutal 2011 budget.
The drama of the European Union's common currency now goes into its second act, replete with a Spanish fandango as the crisis expands.
European Union nations agreed to give $89.4 billion in bailout loans to Ireland on Sunday to help it weather the cost of its massive banking crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies in an effort to restore faith in the euro currency.
A permanent mechanism to solve future debt crises in the eurozone should force losses on private investors "only on a case-by-case basis," the European Commission proposed on Sunday.
European Union nations agreed an 85 billion euro ($113 billion) bailout deal for Ireland on Sunday to help the debt-struck country with its banking crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies in an effort to restore faith in the euro currency
Bank of Ireland has raised euro1.5 million ($2 million) in a sale of its prized Irish art works, auctioneers said Thursday, but the money won't be used to shore up the troubled lender amid the country's economic gloom.
Portuguese and Spanish borrowing costs rose sharply Wednesday as investors worried that the governments' debt loads will prove unsustainable, putting them next in line for a European bailout, and as a major public sector strike hit Portugal.