Pencils, not pixels: Ireland scuttles electronic voting machines

Pencils, not pixels: Ireland scuttles electronic voting machines

For sale: 7,500 electronic voting machines. Never used. Will need retrofit for security. Cost: $67 million, but all offers considered. Contact Irish government. Bought in…

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Northern Ireland’s full-court press for peace.

Northern Ireland’s full-court press for peace.

The Roman Catholic students were nervous as they walked toward the Protestant school for the first practice with their new teammates. They huddled together and…

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U2 rattled by claims of tax dodging

U2 rattled by claims of tax dodging

The band that loves to rail against global corporate malfeasance is being criticized at home over allegations of tax dodging. U2, whose new album, “No…

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Across Irish Sea: two bold tactics against music piracy

Across Irish Sea: two bold tactics against music piracy

Birch lashes used to be how the Isle of Man punished misdemeanors, but 16 years after the island repealed its “birching” law, it is dealing with the…

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Irish pork recovering slowly after feed scare

Irish pork recovering slowly after feed scare

Hams returned to racks and shelves in time for the traditional Christmas dinner following a recall of all pork products, announced by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on…

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Law targets unruly beggars in Ireland

Law targets unruly beggars in Ireland

New restrictions on begging are being instituted here for the first time since the potato famine of the 1840s. Although merchants say changes are needed…

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Ireland’s bailout proposal boosts confidence

Ireland’s bailout proposal boosts confidence

In response to money markets freezing due to the global banking crisis, the Irish government has drafted emergency legislation to help Irish banks access funds…

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Irish revote likely on EU treaty

Irish revote likely on EU treaty

Irish voters appear likely to vote again on the Lisbon Treaty in a bid to sustain progress toward a more streamlined and powerful European Union. Meeting in Brussels, European…

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All eyes on Irish in key E.U. vote

All eyes on Irish in key E.U. vote

On Thursday, Ireland will be – for a day, at least – the most influential country in Europe, as its citizens vote on a treaty designed to streamline…

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Global cluster-bomb ban draws moral line in the sand

Global cluster-bomb ban draws moral line in the sand

Co-written with Scott Peterson Diplomats from 111 countries will unveil a treaty on Friday to ban cluster bombs that have left war zones around the…

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With 10 years of peace, Northern Ireland strives for more

With 10 years of peace, Northern Ireland strives for more

Ten years after Northern Ireland sealed the historic Good Friday peace deal, its power-sharing government is thriving under two former adversaries. In fact, Martin McGuinness and the Rev. Ian Paisley have such a…

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Ireland’s Ahern to resign, but peacemaker legacy likely to endure

Ireland’s Ahern to resign, but peacemaker legacy likely to endure

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Northern Ireland’s historic Good Friday agreement, one of the leaders who cemented the deal announced his resignation amid growing…

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