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Ireland to OK Abortion to Save Mom's Life

Church attacks proposed abortion bill

(Newser) - Ireland is taking a fresh look at its abortion laws after the death of a woman denied a potentially life-saving abortion . The government has pledged to bring in a law that will allow women to have an abortion if their lives are in danger, including, controversially, from their own threats... More »

Irish Author Maeve Binchy Dead at 72

Ireland mourns 'national treasure'

(Newser) - Beloved Irish writer Maeve Binchy has died at age 72 in Dublin, following a brief illness, the Irish Times reports. Binchy's books, among them short-story collections and the novel-turned-movie Circle of Friends, have sold more than 40 million copies, and addressed the tensions of a modernizing Irish society, the... More »

Chicago Kicks Off St. Pat's by Dyeing River Green

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears at St. Patrick's Day ritual

(Newser) - The city of Chicago has dyed its river green in a much-beloved yearly St. Patrick's Day ritual that brought thousands of revelers to downtown. Cheers erupted this morning as a motor boat sped around in a circle and a man on board dumped the secret dye mixture that in... More »

Vatican Recalls Ireland Envoy Over New Sex Abuse Row

Irish investigative committee says church instructed bishops to ignore abuse

(Newser) - The Vatican recalled its Irish ambassador today amid a firestorm in Dublin over claims that the church refused to report child sex abuse to police as recently as 2009. A Vatican spokesman says Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza will return to Rome to meet with church officials, reports the New York Times ... More »

Angry Voters in Ireland Rout Ruling Party

Leaders associated with collapse, bailout are sent packing

(Newser) - Irish voters have finally had enough of Fianna Fail, the long-dominating party blamed for leading the country into economic ruin, reports the Irish Independent . It's not clear whether opposition Fine Gael will get enough seats for an outright majority or will need to form a coalition government with a smaller... More »

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