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Prospects for immigration reform bill are 50-50 say the pols privately - House seen as major obstacle as Senate gets closer to a vote

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:03 AM

New reports suggest Robert F Kennedy’s wife Mary may have attempted suicide several times

A year after Mary Richardson Kennedy’s suicide, many people are still at odds as to what was the ultimate inciting factor into her decision to take her own life.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:57 AM

Ten castles to rent in Ireland for a vacation fit for a king - PHOTOS

Forget about hotels or bed and breakfasts. Treat yourself like real royalty during your next vacation to Ireland and stay at one of these historic castles.

By MICHELLE K SMITH

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:51 AM

Enda Kenny rejects Dublin Archbishop's claims that new abortion law gives less rights to unborn - VIDEO

Irish leader Enda Kenny has rejected claims made by the Archbishop of Dublin that the proposed new abortion bill for Ireland will give less rights to an unborn child especially in cases where terminations are allowed because of suicide fears for the mother.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:25 AM

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien leaves Scotland for prayer and penance at the Vatican

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned from his role of Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh in February amid allegations of sexual misconduct, will be leaving Scotland to take part in a period of spiritual renewal at the Vatican.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:17 AM

'You attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims' - Dzhokar Tsarnaev leaves note inside Watertown boat

New evidence reportedly found in the Watertown boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev was hiding has further implicated him in association with the attacks.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:17 AM

Census shows more Catholics than Protestants unemployed in Northern Ireland

The latest census figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Branch show that Catholics in Northern Ireland are more likely to be unemployed or living in overcrowded conditions with worse health than Protestants.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:47 AM

Irish cellphone providers to cut signals as security ramped up for Fermanagh G8 Summit

Security measures to protect the eight world leaders scheduled to attend the G8 summit in Northern Ireland next month may prove to be a massive headache for the locals.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:41 AM

Bill O'Reilly claims the Obama administration 'going south fast' in wake of IRS scandal - VIDEO

Bill O'Reilly is making no secret of his desire to see the back of the Obama administration, and the question of the moment appears to be how best to achieve this longed-for goal?

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:38 AM

Kilkennny Arts Festival to showcase exciting mix of music, theatre, dance and visual arts - VIDEO

August 2013 will see the 40th Kilkenny Arts Festival bring an exciting mix of Irish and International music, theatre, dance, craft, visual arts, literature and more to the medieval city located in the South-East of Ireland.

By JANE WALSH

Published Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11:42 AM

Dublin designer creates map capturing locations, landmarks, businesses from James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’

Dubin designer Rachel Kerr has come up with a unique way to celebrate this year’s Bloomsday which takes place on Sunday 4 June.

By AMANDA DRISCOLL

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:27 AM

Irish fans elated as Brian O’Driscoll signs on for one more year with Leinster rugby team

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has signed a new one-year contract with former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll to play for Leinster.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:15 AM

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