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Irish leader says Pope Benedict’s advice not helpful on abortion issue

The Irish Prime Minister has made clear that the recent intervention by Pope Benedict in the Irish abortion debate was not helpful.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:20 AM

Notre Dame support is a search for family and common roots for millions -- Celtic FC, the other great Irish Diaspora side, are their only equivalent

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:15 AM

Stephen Colbert attacks Bill O’Reilly’s comments on Asians - VIDEOS

It's no secret, Stephen Colbert based his wildly popular fake news pundit on America’s most popular Fox News pundit Bill 'Papa Bear' O'Reilly.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:17 AM

WWE star Sheamus tipped to sign new deal with Irish Spring soap

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 8:15 AM

Joe Biden pushes forward with gun control task force - set to met with NRA among others

Vice President Joe Biden is set to meet with the National Rifle Association, illegal gun opponents, officials from the video game industry, and experts in mental health in an effort to push forward the actions of the White House established task force on gun control.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:53 AM

Rubber bullets fired by Belfast police in worst violence of 15 years

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have fired plastic bullets and water cannons at protesters late on Monday during a fifth consecutive night of riots during flag protests in the capital Belfast.

By RACHAEL LAIRD

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:59 AM

Threats made to Irish serving in British army at Limerick commemoration ceremony

Police in Limerick have confirmed that an investigation is underway into the statements made at a commemoration ceremony in the city, in which threats were made against Irish people serving in the British army.

By RACHAEL LAIRD

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:56 AM

Governor Cuomo announces new law after Rory Staunton’s tragic death

Rory Staunton’s death will save up to 8,000 lives a year after the introduction of new hospital procedures in the state of New York.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7:32 AM

Illinois Priest forced to call 911 after incident with handcuffs and gag goes wrong

The Catholic Church in Illinois has yet to explain how a priest called 911 after getting stuck in handcuffs and a gag inside a rectory.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:41 AM

Two men acquitted after they were jailed for ‘looking gay’ when ordering Bailey’s Irish cream

A Cameroon judge has overturned the conviction of two men who were found guilty of homosexuality and sentenced for five years in prison for “looking gay” and ordering Bailey’s Irish coffee.

By RACHAEL LAIRD

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:50 AM

Rare bird swaps tropical climate for Donegal's mild temperatures

A rare bird native to Africa has been spotted in Donegal. Climate change and the unusually mild weather in Donegal this year have been offered as explanations for the bird’s unexpected trip.

By MICHELLE K. SMITH

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 8:07 AM

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