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Historic move as Irish government drafts abortion legislation for 2013 vote

In an historic move, the Irish government has agreed to introduce new legislation allowing abortions to be carried out in Ireland within the terms of the Supreme Court ruling in the X Case.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:08 AM

The top ten Irish Christmas traditions that make the season - PHOTOS

Christmas really brings out the best in Ireland and the Irish from cheerful festivities to wild acts of machismo, happy reunions, musical celebrations in Church and partying for week.

By JANE WALSH

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:17 AM

Mark Tuohey is new front-runner for US Ambassador to Ireland

There is a new front-runner for Ambassador to Ireland, high powered Washington attorney Mark Tuohey who is very well known in Irish American circles.

By NIALL O'DOWD

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:50 AM

A blue Christmas made worse by Newtown massacre of the innocent -- Memories of my late nephew Rory Staunton amid sad scenes from Connecticut

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:16 AM

Grace McDonnell's parents on how they are coming to terms with Sandy Hook tragedy - VIDEO

A Newtown family have told Anderson Cooper on CNN how they drew their daughter’s favorite things on her coffin in an effort to come to terms with their pain.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:47 AM

Police foil Dissident IRA Facebook murder plot - plan to kill British soldier in Limerick

Irish police have foiled a plot to kill an Irish national serving in the British army. According to The Guardian, the soldier has been warned not to travel home to Ireland for Christmas because dissident republicans have threatened to kill him.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 8:11 AM

Irish Day of Action builds Santa’s toy workshop for children affected by Hurricane Sandy - VIDEO

The sun had yet to rise when a few dozen people from New York’s Irish American community huddled together on 41st Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan before we boarded a yellow school bus to the Rockaways. Over 400 volunteers made the trip last Saturday for Meitheal na Nollaig -- the second Irish Day of Action.

By MOLLY MULDOON

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:55 AM

Suicide sisters’ mum launches legal action against Donegal schools authority

The mother of suicide sisters Erin and Shannon Gallagher is to take legal action against the school authorities in Donegal.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:32 AM

Prestigious travel guide recommends Ireland as a ‘must visit’ for 2013

The Gathering festival has landed Ireland in the top 25 places to visit on a prestigious list compiled by renowned travel guide Fodors.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 8:08 AM

“Belly like a bowl full of jelly” - The average Irish male consumes 6,000 calories on Christmas Day

A new survey reveals that that Irish men take the Jolly old St. Nick image of Christmas a little too far, tucking away a whopping 6,000 calories of turkey, stuffing and chocolates on December 25th.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 7:26 AM

Irish government opposes Ryanair’s proposed Aer Lingus takeover - AUDIO

The Irish government has confirmed it will not sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus to Ryanair.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 8:15 AM

Kerry says goodbye to the GAA legend that was Paidi O Se

Ventry came to a standstill on Tuesday as Kerry said goodbye to GAA legend Paidi O Se.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 9:26 AM

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