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New claims that cyber bullying contributed to suicide of Irish government minister Shane McEntee

Minister for State Shane McEntee will be buried in his native Meath on Monday – as friends and colleagues continue to claim cyber bullying and criticism aired on radio shows contributed to his suicide.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:35 AM

Irish government seek help from U.S. authorities to trace anti-abortion robocalls

American authorities have received a request from the Irish government to trace anti-abortion robocalls in the wake of the Savita Halappanavar case and the government’s move to bring forward new abortion legislation.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:25 AM

25 years after Shane MacGowan blasts out ‘Fairy Tale of New York’

What to say about Shane MacGowan? He may be 55 and had more late nights than the rest of us combined but that beautiful gravelly voice is still intact.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:42 AM

Famed atheist professor says 'being raised Catholic is worse than child abuse’

A former Oxford professor, Richard Dawkins, has said that raising a child Catholic is worse than child abuse and that the "mental torment" inflicted by Catholic teachings is worse than any sexual abuse from priests, reports the Daily Mail.

By DARA KELLY

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 8:11 AM

Cork mother and son commit suicide after child porn accusations, inquest hears

A man and his elderly Irish mother jumped off a cliff in a suspected double suicide, just days after he was arrested on suspicion of child pornography possession, an inquest has heard.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:12 AM

Irish lace firm responsible for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress create gown for Prince William’s baby

The Carrickmacross Lace Company in Co. Monaghan, which was responsible for the delicate lace of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, say they’re ready to turn their hand to making baby clothes for the Royals.

By BERNIE MALONE

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:05 AM

Irish baby boom continues - highest birth rate of 27 EU nations

Data from the Economic and Social Research Institute shows that Ireland continues to have the highest birth rate in the European Union after having 74,377 births registered last year. Despite the high number, the figure actually shows a slight decline in birth rate from the previous year. The Irish Examiner reports that the number of births accounts for

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:12 AM

Over a third of Irish births in second quarter 2012 are outside marriage or civil partnership

Data presented by the Central Statisticians Office in Ireland shows that just over a third of births in Ireland in the second quarter of 2012 were registered as being outside of a marriage or civil partnership.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:11 AM

66% of Irish have family who won’t make it home for Christmas - Flower company gets a boost

A new survey has found that two thirds of Irish people have family and friends who will not be at home for Christmas.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:05 AM

Remember and Celebrate – a look back at an exciting year at the New York Irish Center

Here follows a selection of what goes on at the New York Irish Center:

By JANE WALSH

Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:13 AM

A mystery in time for Christmas - Jim Norton in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” on Broadway

Irish actor Jim Norton is a national treasure who would probably balk at the description. Best known to the Irish for his luminous performances in the plays of Dublin playwright Conor McPherson and as Bishop Brennan in Father Ted, he’s long ago been discovered by Broadway producers as the go-to talent to carry a show.

By CAHIR O'DOHERTY

Published Saturday, December 22, 2012, 10:17 AM

Sports Digest: Charlie Mulgrew wants to meet with Manchester United

Charlie Mulgrew wants a dream Champions League date with Manchester United when Celtic go into the hat for last 16 in Switzerland on Thursday.

By CATHAL DERVAN

Published Thursday, December 20, 2012, 8:22 AM

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