Ireland

'Weather bomb' hits transport, cuts power to 56,000 homes in Ireland

At least one person died as Storm Doris brought winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour to large areas of Ireland and Britain on Thursday, disrupting transport links and causing power cuts to tens of thousands of homes.

Irish government faces vote of no confidence in whistleblower scandal

Ireland’s fragile minority government could come crashing down due to a police whistleblower scandal after the opposition Sinn Fein party tabled a no-confidence vote Monday which is threatening to topple the Fine Gael-led government.

Irish court hears challenge to Facebook's EU data transfer to US

A case that could settle whether Facebook can continue to send EU citizens' data to the United States should be referred to the European Court of Justice, argued the Irish government Tuesday as deliberations began in the High Court in Dublin.

EU commissioner: Ireland should collect tax benefits from Apple

The EU commissioner for competition called on Ireland on Tuesday to recover 13 billion euros (14 billion dollars) in tax benefits from US tech giant Apple after the company missed the payment deadline set by the EU.

May, Kenny vow to protect Northern Ireland's open border after Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Monday vowed to protect economic links and avoid the return of a "hard" border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish leaders to demand greater Brexit role

Leaders of devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to demand a greater role in Brexit negotiations during a joint meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.

Elections loom as talks fail to break Northern Ireland impasse

Snap elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly appear inevitable after talks on Thursday failed to break an impasse over the territory's power sharing agreement, the Irish and British governments said.

Brexit vote prompts surge in Irish passport applications from Britain

The number of applications for Irish passports from Britain rose by 41 per cent last year, prompted mainly by the country's vote to leave the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said on Thursday.

Report: 10-year-old girl dies in Ireland after transatlantic flight

A ten-year-old girl who fell ill during a transatlantic flight from Canada to Britain has died in hospital in Limerick in Ireland, Irish broadcaster RTE reported Sunday.

EU levels 130-page accusation at Ireland over Apple tax case

The European Commission published 130 pages of legal reasoning Monday for its demand that Ireland recover 13 billion euros (13.6 billion dollars) in tax benefits from US tech giant Apple.

LinkedIn to create 200 new jobs in the Republic of Ireland

Professional networking website LinkedIn will create 200 new jobs at its regional headquarters in Dublin, the company and the Irish government said Tuesday.

Irish, Northern Irish leaders hold talks on Brexit impact

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and senior ministers met their Northern Irish counterparts to discuss the potential impact of Britain leaving the European Union on Friday, as both sides stressed the need to preserve an open border.

EasyJet could operate EU flights from Ireland after Brexit - report

British budget airline easyJet is considering applying for a licence to operate from Ireland to ensure it retains access to routes between European Union nations after Brexit, the Irish Times said on Wednesday.

Ryanair reports 7-per-cent rise in half-year profit

Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost airline, on Monday said its profit rose 7 per cent to 1.17 billion euros (1.29 billion dollars) in the first six months of its financial year, despite a 10-per-cent fall in its average fare to 50 euros.

Open border with Northern Ireland "critical" after Brexit, Kenny says

Keeping an open border with Northern Ireland is "critical" after Britain leaves the European Union, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Wednesday.

Kerry: Breakthrough still possible in Syria talks

A breakthrough in negotiations aimed at ending conflict in Syria is still possible before US President Barack Obama leaves office in January, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.

Ryanair cuts profit forecast amid plunging pound

Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost airline, on Tuesday warned that it expects its annual net profit to fall by up to 125 million euros (138 million dollars), mainly due to a plunge in the pound since Britain's Brexit vote.

Increases in social welfare, tax cuts in Ireland's "fiver" budget

Ireland announced its 2017 budget on Tuesday with a 5-euro weekly increase in state pensions and social welfare payments and tax cuts worth 5 euros to most workers, prompting commentators to call it a "fiver" budget.

Anti-Brexit activists erect mock border posts in Ireland

Hundreds of anti-Brexit activists erected six mock border posts between Ireland and Northern Ireland on Saturday to highlight their claim that Northern Irish voters face leaving the European Union against their will.

Irish lawmakers approve appeal against EU's Apple tax ruling

Irish lawmakers late Wednesday approved the government's appeal of a European Commission ruling that said US technology giant Apple owed Ireland billion of dollars in back taxes.

Irish government to "defend integrity of tax system" in Apple appeal

The Irish government called Wednesday for parliamentary support in its appeal against the European Commission, which ruled last week that Ireland granted billions of dollars in illegal tax favours to US technology giant Apple.

Ireland plans legal action against EU over Apple tax decision

The Irish government agreed Friday to appeal a decision by the European Union which forces the country to collect billions of euros from US technology giant Apple, a spokesman said.

Apple chief slams EU's tax clawback attempt as "political crap"

The head of technology giant Apple sharply criticized the European Commission for its attempt to get the company to repay billions of euros for Irish tax benefits, dismissing the findings as "political crap" in an interview published Thursday.

Turbulence on diverted United flight leaves 12 in hospital

A transatlantic United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland on Wednesday after the plane was hit by severe turbulence that left 12 people in need of hospital treatment, according to the airline and the airport.

With Apple, the EU takes on its biggest corporate tax case yet

The European Commission's decision that Apple must repay up to 13 billion euros (14.5 billion dollars) in illegal tax benefits granted by Ireland sets a new benchmark for its inquiries into corporate tax breaks provided by member states, dwarfing any previous repayment demands.

Apple accuses EU of interference in multibillion-euro tax ruling

Tech giant Apple decries a ruling by the EU's competition commissioner ordering it to repay Ireland billions in taxes, claiming that the bloc is interfering in the company's business in Europe.

Apple must repay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in illegal tax breaks

The US technology giant Apple must pay Ireland up to a record 13 billion euros (14.5 billion dollars) in illegally granted tax benefits, the European Commission ruled Tuesday, in an eagerly awaited landmark decision that Ireland now plans to appeal.

Reports: EU to rule against Apple's Irish tax arrangements

The European Commission is poised to announce that tax benefits offered to US technology giant Apple constitute illegal state aid, according to media reports late Monday.

Passports of Irish Olympic officials seized in Rio ticket probe

Brazilian police seized passports of Irish Olympic staffers Sunday to keep them in Rio de Janeiro for questioning, as authorities intensified their probe into possible ticket scalping involving Ireland's top Olympic official, Patrick Hickey.

Three former Irish bank executives sentenced for 2008 fraud scheme

Three former executives connected to the failed Anglo Irish Bank were sentenced to prison for a 7.2-billion-euro (10.1-billion-dollar) conspiracy to defraud in 2008, Irish broadcaster RTE reported on Friday.

Britain, Ireland committed to preserving open borders, pledge leaders

Britain is committed to preserving its open border with the Republic of Ireland, Prime Minister Theresa May said after meeting Tuesday with Irish counterpart Enda Kenny in the latest round of talks on how to navigate a British exit from the European Union.

Ireland to be worst affected by Brexit, Irish premier tells Merkel

The island of Ireland would likely be worst affected by the British decision to leave the European Union, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday.

Ireland records 26-per-cent leap in 2015 economic growth

Ireland's economy grew by an astonishing 26 per cent last year, the government said on Tuesday, as analysts said growth was skewed by one-off events including aviation contracts, corporate restructuring and the relocation of assets to Ireland.

Irish fear for border, currency and trade after Brexit shock

No country has closer economic and political ties to Britain than Ireland, leaving it vulnerable to fallout from London's severance from Brussels.

Kenny vows to shield Ireland from Brexit fallout, seeks border talks

Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Monday that his government will "take steps to protect economic stability in Ireland" following Britain's vote to leave the EU, adding that the fallout from the vote should not affect Ireland's budget for 2017.

Kenny seeks early discussions on Northern Ireland, border

"Early bilateral discussions" between Dublin and London on Britain's vote to leave the European Union will focus on Northern Ireland, the border and the common travel area, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told the Irish Parliament.

Griezmann double ensures France survive scare to reach Euro quarters

A second half double from Antoine Griezmann allowed France to survive a huge scare against 10-man Ireland and fight back to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 thanks to a 2-1 win in Lyon Sunday.

Fun starts now but Deschamps won't underestimate Ireland

France coach Didier Deschamps promised more excitement as Euro 2016 reached the knockout stage, and said there was no chance of underestimating Ireland.

Spike in Britain-based searches for "Irish passports" on Google

There has been a spike in people based in Britain researching the possibility of applying for an Irish passport following Britain's decision to leave the EU, figures from search engine Google showed Friday.

Brady header puts Ireland through with 1-0 win over Italy

Robbie Brady sent Ireland fans into ecstasy with an 84th minute header which clinched a 1-0 win over Group E winners Italy and sealed their progression to the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Wednesday.

Qualified Italy fully focussed against hopeful Ireland

Italy selector Antonio Conte plans to use several reserves while staying fully focussed against Ireland Wednesday in the last game of Group E after clinching early qualification to the knock-out stage of Euro 2016.

Belgium race past Ireland for first win, Italy lock up first place

Belgium finally showed their class at Euro 2016 with Romelu Lukaku scoring two of his team's three second half goals in a 3-0 victory over Ireland on Saturday.

Irish premier to lobby compatriots in Britain to vote to stay in EU

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny plans to visit Britain on Thursday to champion Irish communities to vote in favour of staying in the European Union in next week's referendum.

Injury concerns for Ireland and Sweden after draw

Neither Sweden nor Ireland were fully happy with their 1-1 draw at Euro 2016 on Monday, and both now have injury concerns as well.

Own goal helps Ibrahimovic's Sweden draw 1-1 with Ireland

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden needed an own goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with fighting Ireland as Group E got going at Euro 2016 on Monday.

Ireland's gay marriage vote spurs surge in openness, survey finds

Ireland's approval of same-sex marriage has spurred hundreds of young people to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) over the last year, according to survey results released on Sunday, one year after the referendum took place.

Ireland celebrates first anniversary of same-sex marriage vote

More than 400 couples have wed since a referendum succeeded in making Ireland the first nation to approve same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Charlie Parker thrillers author, John Connolly, guest at Zagreb Book Festival

Connolly is one of six foreign authors whose works will be promoted during the second edition of the Zagreb Book Festival on 16-22 May.

David Park, guest at ZBF, says writers are only obligated to their imagination

"I started to write at the height of what we call The Troubles and it seemed that this was a subject I needed to address, to try through my work to assert human values, so I often wrote about victims," Park says in an interview published by Hina on Tuesday.

Irish writer Sebastian Barry to open Zagreb Book Festival on 16 May

Barry says he thinks that the Irish "have been prisoners" of their history up to recent decades. "But we have also been the survivors of it".

Brexit worries as Northern Ireland hopes for a better future

While the rest of Britain weighs the role of the European Union, Northern Ireland voters say they have grown used to control from a distant capital. This week they head to the polls in local elections that have been overshadowed by the upcoming Brexit vote.

Ireland fears major impact if Britain votes to leave EU

Irish exporters, British-based Irish citizens and the Irish government all worry that a Brexit, or British exit from the EU, could harm their interests and jolt the country's economy.

Ireland holds remembrance ceremony for 1916 Easter Rising

Ireland marked the centenary of the Easter Rising against British rule on Saturday with a remembrance ceremony and a state reception for hundreds of relatives of people who joined the 1916 rebellion.

The 1916 rising and the road to Irish independence

Historians and politicians see the 1916 Easter Rising as a key event in the formation of modern Ireland. These are the main events surrounding the rebellion against British rule and the creation of an Irish republic:

Three children, two adults die after car plunges into sea in Ireland

Three children and two adults died after a car fell into the sea from a pier in north-western Ireland's County Donegal, while a baby girl was rescued by a bystander, police said on Monday.

Pula's dock cranes go green on St. Patrick's Day

The Croatian coastal city of Pula on Thursday joined in the Global Greening campaign on the occasion of St Patrick's Day and the Irish national day, by illuminating in green the huge cranes in the city shipyard "Uljanik".

No new Irish government in sight as hung parliament opens

The new Irish parliament opened on Thursday with no immediate prospect of a government being formed following last month's inconclusive general election.

Irish politics in "flux" after election produces no clear winner

Ireland's governing Fine Gael and opposition Fianna Fail were both claiming on Monday that they could form the next government as the count was ongoing for the final 10 seats to be filled.

Uncertainty in Ireland as no clear winner emerges in election

Uncertainty over the make-up of the next government was dominant in Ireland as the general election count continued Sunday.

"Disappointing day" for government as vote count begins in Ireland

if the exit polls are correct, it looks as if we will not have a majority," said secretary general Tom Curren, referring to his party's coalition with Labour.

Exit polls: Irish ruling parties fall well short of majority

 Ireland's governing coalition led by outgoing Prime Minister Enda Kenny has lost considerable ground in the country's general election, exit polls carried out by national broadcaster RTE said Saturday.

Exit poll: Ireland governing coalition to lose majority

Ireland's governing coalition led by outgoing Prime Minister Enda Kenny may have lost its overall majority in parliament, according to an exit poll released after voting ended in Friday's election.

No clear winner expected in Irish general elections

The Irish electorate was tipped to reject mainstream parties in an election expected to have an indecisive result.

Ireland finds two separate Zika infections in adults

Irish health authorities have confirmed two unrelated infections with the Zika virus, saying the two adults are "currently well and fully recovered."

Ireland sets election date as Kenny eyes re-election

Ireland is due to go to the polls on February 26, with falling unemployment and a rebounding economy likely to secure a win for the ruling Fine Gael party and Prime Minister Enda Kenny. What is uncertain is how the junior coalition partner, the Labour party, will fare.