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Year ends with emigration from Ireland highest since Famine times

Emigration from Ireland is now at levels not seen since the Famine according to a new report.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 5:42 AM

Hillary Clinton’s illness will raise questions about 2016 run -- Age and health her two most vulnerable areas to attack

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 7:00 AM

The five smartest and five worst political decisions of 2012

It has been quite the year with a new term for President Barack Obama and the same old outcome in Senate and House.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 5:59 AM

Dublin prepares spectacular show to launch The Gathering and attract tourists in record numbers

Tourism chiefs in Ireland want to attract the eyes of the world onto Dublin tonight when The Gathering is launched in some style.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 6:19 AM

Dissident Republican bomb intended to kill PSNI officer is defused in East Belfast

Dissident Republicans have failed in a bid to kill a policeman in a callous end of year car bomb attack in east Belfast.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 6:38 AM

Opposition spokesman welcomes move to give Irish emigrants the vote

Senator Mark Daly, the Fianna Fail spokesman for the Irish overseas and the Diaspora, has welcomed the announcement by Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar, that he favors extending the vote to Irish emigrants in general elections.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 6:27 AM

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigns as MP for Mid-Ulster

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has confirmed that he has resigned from his role as MP for Mid-Ulster. McGuinness said the move was “in line with [his] party’s commitment to end double jobbing.”

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 6:44 AM

New NYPD Cop receives same badge number as her dad, who died on 9/11

A new NYPD cop has received the badge number of her father, who died trying to rescue people from the twin towers on 9/11.

By DARA KELLY

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 7:25 AM

Record number of Irish restaurants and food shops shut down in 2012 due to health violations

A record number of Irish food businesses were shut down in 2012 due to health violations.

By DARA KELLY

Published Sunday, December 30, 2012, 9:10 AM

Gatwick Gary looks to find his Irish mum 26 years after he was abandoned at airport

A man dumped as a baby in a London airport has launched a desperate search to find his mother – whom he believes to be Irish.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, December 30, 2012, 10:20 AM

One Direction looks back on 2012, named MTV’s ‘Artist of the Year’

It’s no doubt that 2012 was the year of the boyband, with Irish-British production One Direction coming out on top.

By BUZZ BRADY

Published Monday, December 31, 2012, 6:58 AM

Giovanni Trapattoni welcomes Shay Given’s return to international football

Giovanni Trapattoni has welcomed the news that Shay Given wants to play for Ireland again – and will welcome him back.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, December 30, 2012, 9:55 AM

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