Today's top Irish newsstories:

Ireland passes historic abortion bill allowing it in limited circumstances

Ireland’s parliament has passed an historic abortion bill by 127 votes to 31. It will now be sent to the rubber stamp Senate where passage is assured…READ MORE


DNA links ‘Boston Strangler’ to 1964 murder of Mary Sullivan - VIDEO

The body of “The Boston Strangler” Albert DeSalvo will be exhumed following DNA tests that linked the killer to the 1964 murder of Mary Sullivan. The Irish American was the last of the 11 women whose deaths are attributed to the confessed murderer…READ MORE


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘smirks’ in court, pleads not guilty to Boston bombing

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombings suspect, sat directly across from more than two dozen survivors of the fatal attack on Wednesday as he pleaded not guilty to killing three people and wounding more than 200…READ MORE


Chicago baseball attack took away Natasha McShane’s future says grandmother

Natasha McShane’s grandmother, Bernie, has said the Armagh woman’s “future has been taken away from her” following the Bucktown, Chicago baseball bat attack three years ago…READ MORE


Irish MP apologizes for pulling female deputy onto lap during abortion debate – VIDEO

An Irish politician has apologized after he pulled a female colleague onto his lap during Wednesday night’s abortion debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill…READ MORE


A Pro-Life campaigner demonstrates outside the Irish Parliament ahead of a vote to allow limited abortion in Ireland, Dublin July 10, 2013Reuters / Cathal McNaughton