Today's top Irish newsstories:

Key witness in James ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial Stephen Rakes found dead in Massachusetts

The body of Stephen Rakes, a key witness in the still ongoing James ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial, was found in Lincoln, Massachusetts on Thursday July 18th. ABC News reports that local authorities are being “tight-lipped” regarding the death. "There was a body found in Lincoln,'' said Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office. "No further comment at this time."…READ MORE


Irish Americans are not ‘plastic paddies’ says Notre Dame professor

The Irish approach to their diaspora is “old fashioned and condescending” and needs updating, Notre Dame Professor Kevin Whelan told a panel at the Galway Arts Festival today…READ MORE


Drug made in Ireland shuts down the extra chromosome cause of Down Syndrome

A new drug manufactured by the Elan Corporation in Ireland that could be used to treat Down Syndrome and the medical problems that accompany it, will soon be tested by the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital…READ MORE


Richard Donohue, officer shot in marathon showdown, condemns Rolling Stone cover

The MBTA transit officer who was shot during a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has condemned Rolling Stone for placing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover…READ MORE


Irish father loses three children in Denmark car crash

An Irish father lost three children in a fatal car crash in North Denmark, in which his wife and their newborn son survived…READ MORE