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  • IRA and Sinn Féin newspaper An Phoblacht to close after 47 years

    12/12/2017 8:02:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Irish Central ^ | December 10, 2017 07:49 AM | Paddy Clancy
    An Phoblacht, the monthly newspaper of the IRA and Sinn Féin and a dedicated supporter of Gerry Adams, has ceased publication after 47 years. From next March, Sinn Féin will rely on online platforms, and there will be occasional magazines with the An Phoblacht name. The decision was announced this week in the final printed edition, with the words:“Just as Sinn Féin is in a process of renewal and regeneration, so is An Phoblacht. The print and newspaper environment is changing in a fast-developing world of social media. Our newsprint edition is now only a fraction of our online readership...
  • Undocumented Irish people living in Boston subjected to crackdown from ICE

    12/12/2017 5:59:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 10, 2017 09:08 PM | Paul Farrell
    U.S. immigration and customs agents have increased arrests of undocumented Irish people by 30 percent in 2017. That’s according to statistics released by ICE in December. This comes after Donald Trump signed an executive order just days after his inauguration ordering an ICE crackdown on illegal immigration. Those figures indicate that 34 Irish citizens have been deported from America this year as compared with 26 in 2016. The Irish Times reports that the majority of Irish who have overstayed their visas were on vacation waivers. The executive director of the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, Ronnie Millar, told the...
  • Objection voiced as Ireland signs up to EU defense pact

    12/12/2017 5:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 12, 2017 02:39 PM | Even Short
    The Irish government has been accused of selling out Irish neutrality. It comes as the European Council has adopted the decision to establish a European Union defense pact, known as PESCO. Portugal and Ireland are the latest countries to join the pact. However, Sinn Féin Member of the European Parliament, Matt Carthy, said there has been “zero public debate” on the issue. “Among the most ludicrous argument proponents asserted was that we needed to sell off Irish neutrality in order to show support for the EU and its values,” Carthy said. “Since when did increasing national defense budgets, creating new...
  • Twenty-five EU states sign PESCO defense pact [EU military]

    12/12/2017 1:36:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.11.2017 | dm/ng (AFP, dpa)
    European Union member states on Monday moved ever closer toward establishing a defense union, after the European Council adopted the creation of a new European defense and security cooperation network known as PESCO. The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which was first set out in the Lisbon Treaty, will allow member states to jointly develop military capabilities, invest in shared projects and enhance their respective armed forces. […] On December 7, Portugal and Ireland announced their decision to join, taking the total number of contributing members up to 25. The countries that have chosen not to take part are Malta, Denmark...
  • Man Charged Over Rocket Launcher Snowman in Londonderry

    12/08/2017 3:53:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/4
    A 29-year-old man has been charged after a snowman holding a rocket launcher was painted on the window of a republican support group's office in Londonderry. The image included the message: "Wishing you an Explosive Christmas." It appeared at the office of the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association in Chamberlain Street. The man has been charged with two counts of permitting display of anything provocative.
  • 30,000 Irish Attend Rosary Rally

    12/03/2017 7:15:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/28/17 | David Nussman
    Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith a huge successDETROIT ( - Thirty-thousand faithful Catholics gathered in Ireland Sunday afternoon to pray the Rosary. Their intentions were for the preservation of the Faith and for the defense of the right to life. The Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith took place this past Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King (in the Ordinary Form calendar). Organizers say over 30,000 people showed up at 295 registered locations, with an unknown number joining the initiative at their homes and around the world. As the event's name indicates, most registered...
  • World ‘hurtling’ towards the alt-right, warns Graham Norton

    12/03/2017 5:42:22 PM PST · by BusterDog · 64 replies
    Graham Norton has told of his concerns at the rise of right-wing politics in the world, but admitted he fears the consequences of sharing his opinions online. The BBC chat show host, who has previously spoken about his shock that Britain voted to leave the EU, also said he struggles to imagine what life will be like post-Brexit, suggesting London could turn into “a ghost town”.
  • PETA demands Maureen O’Hara furs not be sold

    11/30/2017 9:36:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 28, 2017 09:30 AM | Irish Central Staff
    The British branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have called for Maureen O’Hara’s fur coasts to be withdrawn from the auction set to take place in Durrow, County Laois. The auction, hosted by Sheppard’s auctioneers, will include furniture, furs and jewelry once belonging to the late, great “Quiet Man” star, Maureen O’Hara. Ahead of Wednesday’s auction PETA has sent an urgent letter to the Irish auction house calling for the late actor’s mink and sable coats to be removed from sale and donated to its fur amnesty program instead. The collection, formerly held by Maureen O’Hara...
  • Trinity College Dublin to phase out term "freshman" for sake of gender inclusiveness

    11/30/2017 9:15:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 29, 2017 03:10 PM | Irish Central Staff
    Trinity College Dublin, one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities, has announced that it will phase out use of the term “Freshman” in favor of the more gender-neutral “Fresh.” Currently, first and second year students at Trinity are referred to as “junior freshmen” and “senior freshmen.” The school’s Vice-Provost Chris Morash and Student Union President Kevin Keane shared the news in a mass email sent on Tuesday. They noted that the change stems from a proposal from Trinity’s Equality Committee that “the title given to first and second year undergraduates students be changed from ‘Freshman’ to the gender-neutral term ‘Fresh.’” […]...
  • Israeli troops manhandle EU envoys in West Bank

    09/21/2013 1:33:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    France 24 ^ | 21/09/2013 | (AFP/News Wires)
    Israeli troops used force to halt EU diplomats accompanying aid workers to the Bedouin village of Makhul on Friday, with French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing dragged out of an aid truck that was later confiscated, diplomatic sources said. … The source, who declined to be named, said diplomats from France, Britain, Greece, Ireland, Spain and Sweden had accompanied aid workers to Makhul to help hand out tents to the Bedouins. … The UN's humanitarian coordinator James Rawley expressed “deep concern” over Friday’s incident and the demolitions that evicted Palestinians from their property. …
  • Is It Goodbye to Good Friday in Northern Ireland?

    11/24/2017 6:31:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American ^ | November 24, 2017 | Michael Curtis
    All or nothing at all -- three-quarters of a country never appealed to him, nor did the idea of a political entity called Northern Ireland that was created in 1920, comprising the six northeastern counties of Ireland in the province of Ulster. Gerry Adams is still adamant about the need for a united Ireland. As a political entity, the Republic of Ireland, first called the Irish Free State, was created in 1922. On November 18, 2017 the 69-year-old Adams, president since 1983 of Sinn Fein, the left-wing political party, announced that it was time for a change and that he...
  • Snow and ice warning issued as temperatures of –4 degrees forecast [Ireland]

    11/23/2017 9:47:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 11/23/2017 | Rachel Flaherty, Niamh Towey
    Met Éireann has issued a nationwide snow and ice warning as a “polar low” sweeps over the country over the next two days. The yellow alert comes into force on Friday at 5 am and will remain in place until midday on Saturday. Snow showers are expected across the country during the alert, but the heaviest snowfall is forecast for counties in Connacht and in Ulster. Met Éireann said this “polar low” would begin to track down the country from the North. Friday and Saturday are set be bitterly cold, with widespread frost and ice and temperatures falling as low...
  • 5,000 year old DNA reveals the surprising origins of the Irish

    11/23/2017 6:14:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 31, 2017 | Sandie Angulo Chen
    With a vial of saliva and a little cutting-edge science, AncestryDNA can tell you if you’ve got any Irish heritage in your genes. And with a lot of cutting-edge science, researchers in December 2015 published a study telling the world where that Irish heritage first originated. By studying the 5,000-year-old remains of a female farmer buried near Belfast, Ireland, and the remains of three men buried 3,000 and 4,000 years ago on Rathlin Island in County Antrim, archaeologists and geneticists now say they now know where the modern Irish people originally came from. The remains of the Stone Age female...
  • Ireland will be hit with snow in the coming weeks

    11/14/2017 9:17:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 13, 2017 02:18 PM | Irish Central Staff
    A late-November freeze is predicted for Ireland and the UK, and snow is also likely on the way in the coming weeks for the region. According to weather experts, this winter could be one of the coldest on record for Ireland. Snow showers will “engulf” Ireland and the UK in late November, according to a forecast chart on the Express. Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said: “Apart from some cold snaps, the first half of November is looking relatively average for the time of year with some milder periods. However, during the second half of the month there is a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Father Guarnizo And The Irish Referendum

    11/11/2017 7:50:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | November 10, 2017 | Restore DC Catholicism
    This past June it was announced that the new Irish prime minister would be conducting a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, to be held in 2018.  This amendment, as it currently stands, enshrines protections for unborn children in Ireland.  The general weakening of the Catholic faith in Ireland and the finger-wagging of the anti-life UN (Useless Nincompoops) are two factors. The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, along with other pro-life groups, are engaged in a battle to save not only countless Irish babies, but the vestiges of the Catholicism that at one...
  • Kathy Griffin booed by Irish crowd, passes out during “craziest ever” Dublin show

    11/11/2017 7:45:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 107 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 10, 2017 04:44 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Kathy Griffin was booed by the crowd at her Dublin performance on Wednesday, November 8 after she mistakenly included Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. She stated it was nice “being in the United Kingdom,” and seemed genuinely shocked when the friendly crowd suddenly turned to her booing and catcalling. Griffin became so startled she had difficulty continuing with her routine, The New York Times reported. Most of the Irish people at the show in Vicar Street clearly believed Griffin, an Irish American, should have known better. She has been a frequent visitor there and visited her grandmother’s hometown...
  • Anniversary of Trump’s election marked in Dublin with night of resistance

    11/06/2017 10:27:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 06, 2017 04:27 AM | Irish Central Staff
    The first anniversary of the election of President Donald Trump is to be marked this Wednesday, November 8, in Dublin, in what is being dubbed by organizers as a “night of resistance.” To be held in association with the Irish Refugee Council and their projects working with young people in Ireland’s Direct Provision system, Irish Stand is the second event of its kind to be held by the grassroots movement which supports civil rights protections for all immigrants. Last St. Patrick’s Day 2017 in New York, over 1,500 people gathered in the Riverside Church in Manhattan to take an “Irish...
  • Guarded response to Trump’s proposal to abolish green card lottery scheme [Ireland]

    11/01/2017 5:45:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 11/01/2017 | Suzanne Lynch
    Irish officials have given a cautious response to the proposal by US president Donald Trump to abolish the green card lottery scheme, as the Trump administration continues its clampdown on immigration into the United States. Revelations that the Uzbek suspect in Tuesday’s attack in New York entered the United States on the visa program prompted Mr. Trump to call for the abolition of the visa lottery system on Wednesday. The green card lottery system is offered to 50,000 people from 160 countries every year. […] However, the number of Irish who participate in the scheme is relatively low — approximately...
  • Church ‘cannot stand by’ and let religion be removed from schools [Ireland: Catholic primate]

    10/26/2017 9:46:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Irish Times ^ | 10/26/2017 | Patsy McGarry
    The Catholic primate has expressed concern at the prospect of “a generic model of primary education” being promoted in Ireland. Catholic schools “cannot stand back and allow faith and religion to be sidelined or privatized out of the realm of schools and education,” he said. Archbishop Eamon Martin told a conference in Dublin on Thursday that religion in a Catholic school was “not an added extra to be fitted in during break time or twilight hours or during registration. Everything that happens in the school community is rooted in the Gospel values,” he said. Principals and boards in Catholic schools...

    10/26/2017 4:52:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 26, 2017 | Bradley Eli
    Ireland's future, with the legalization of same-sex marriage already passed, and abortion up for a referendum next year, doesn't look bright. An inside source at Ireland's national seminary gave an update that produces more concerns than hope. On Wednesday, Church Militant spoke to an inside source at St. Patrick's College, Ireland's national seminary in Maynooth. The seminary, founded in 1795 and built to house 500 seminarians, has produced 11,000 priests. Once the largest seminary in the world, the now scandal-ridden seedbed of priests is but a shadow of its former greatness. With currently only 30 seminarians, half of them...