Top Ten news stories of 2010 on IrishCentral
What made the headlines during the past year
It was an amazing year in both Ireland and Irish America with massive changes, especially in Ireland. Here are our top ten news stories.
No. 1. The complete meltdown of the Irish economy -- from Europe’s poster boy to unwanted bastard child, Ireland was the focus of incredible attention from the Wall Street Journal, The New York times and every other major publication. Unfortunately the attention was all bad.
No. 2. Phoebe Prince, the young Irish girl who moved to America, to school in Massachusetts was mercilessly bullied and took her own life. The subsequent national debate over what had occurred has given huge new impetus to efforts to stop school bullying.
No. 3. The downfall of Fianna Fail. Ireland’s leading political party, which has been in power 22 of the last 24 years. Now, because of how they mishandled the economy they may well disappear as a political force for a generation in the upcoming election.
No.4. Bridie Murphy detained: 80-year-old irish woman was held for five hours by immigration authorities when she returned from Ireland after visiting her son there. Even though she had a green card and had two sons serving in the military she was still questioned and threatened with losing her status.
No. 5. Murphy Commission Report: The report into abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin was an extraordinary document, laying bare all year long the incredible cover-up of abusers by the archdiocese. Much of the material was truly sickening.
No 6. Irish ship runs Gaza blockade. The Rachel Corrie , sailing from Ireland was stopped outside Israeli territorial waters in a tense stand off just days after nine Turkish sailors were shot dead aboard a similar ship.
No. 7. End of the Kennedy era. Patrick Kennedy stepped down from his seat in Rhode Island and for the first time in 47 years there would no longer be a Kennedy in Washington.
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Top Christmas Irish ads that will be bring...
- Irish drugs mule to escape full trial and...
- Gay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
Misneac - I totally agree.A Magdalene Laundry US adoptee who holds no hatred for Irish nuns
Why would Mark Cards have any bad memories of Sean Ross Abbey, he was 3 months old when he left there unlike Michael Hess who was three years old. IfIrish drugs mule to escape full trial and benefit from early release in Peru
So it's society's fault and not bad judgment and criminal activity by these two idiots? Is that it?Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
Don - You are absolutely correct.