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Fire in Ireland Reveals Giant WWII Warning

Wildfire uncovers sign designed to alert aerial bombers they were over neutral territory

(Newser) - The US isn't the only nation battling wildfires, and one blaze in Ireland has revealed a relic of sorts from World War II. The wildfire on the eastern coast burned away vegetation that has long hidden a giant warning embedded into the earth using whitewashed stones, reports the Irish ... More »

Plastic Straws on Their Way Out at McDonald's

UK, Ireland locations will switch to paper straws; other countries like US to do test runs

(Newser) - "A move on straws" is afoot across the pond, and McDonald's is driving the push. The fast-food chain is nixing plastic straws and moving to paper in all of its Ireland and United Kingdom restaurants in what the UK's environment secretary calls a "significant contribution" to... More »

Ireland to Hold Referendum on Potty Mouth

The country is holding a referendum to determine if the blasphemy passage should be deleted from the Constitution

(Newser) - The Irish Constitution has a strict prohibition against potty mouth. “The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law,” says Article 40 of the country’s 1937 Constitution. And a 2009 Defamation Act made the act... More »

Irish PM: 126 Children Were 'Robbed of Their Identity'

Leo Varadkar apologizes for 'dark chapter' in his country's history

(Newser) - Prime Minister Leo Varadkar issued an official apology Wednesday on behalf of his country for "another dark chapter" in Ireland's history. The New York Times reports at least 126 children adopted there between 1946 and 1969 were told their adoptive parents were their birth parents, complete with altered... More »

Abortion Vote in Ireland Is a Landslide

Pro-choice side wins by two-to-one margin

(Newser) - Irish voters cleared the way for abortions to be legal in their country for the first time by repealing a constitutional ban on the procedure and authorizing legislators to reflect the popular will by giving pregnant women a choice, results from a landmark referendum showed Saturday. Voters in Friday's... More »

Exit Poll Suggests Ireland on Brink of Historic Shift

Voters look poised to lift the nation's strict ban on abortion

(Newser) - Ireland's referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country's strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years. An Irish Times exit poll released... More »

Irish Expats Fly Home for 'Once in a Generation' Vote

Near-total ban on abortion could be repealed in Friday vote

(Newser) - A big change could be in store for what's considered Europe's most restrictive nation on abortion. The Irish people are voting Friday in a referendum that could see the removal of a near-total constitutional ban on abortion, enacted by another referendum 35 years ago with support from the... More »

In Ireland, Good Friday Brings 91-Year First

Pubs can sell booze for first time since 1927

(Newser) - For the first time in 91 years, thirsty Irish folk can get a pint in a pub on Good Friday. Since 1927, a law has required bars to keep closed on the holiday, which has traditionally seen drinkers gather in homes or on booze-selling trains. In January, however, Ireland's... More »

Change May Be in Store for Europe's Strictest Nation on Abortion

Irish referendum could see abortion ban repealed

(Newser) - Irish women are having abortions regardless of a near-total constitutional ban on terminating pregnancies, the country's health minister said Tuesday in defense of a planned referendum that will ask voters whether the amendment that bars abortion in almost all cases should be repealed. Health Minister Simon Harris said on... More »

Irish Border Problem Holds Up Brexit Talks

Deal slips away after talks in Brussels

(Newser) - The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of top-level diplomacy on Monday without a deal on the terms of their divorce, as agreement on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit slipped out of the negotiators' grasp, the AP reports. British Prime Minister Theresa May went to... More »

Groom Dies on Honeymoon: 'He Just Dropped in the Water'

Gill Campion left devastated in the Maldives after Andrew Roddy died while snorkeling

(Newser) - A mystery-turned-tragedy in the Maldives, with a newly married Irish man dead and his bride plunged into a "nightmare." People reports that Andrew Roddy, 30, had been snorkeling in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday while on his honeymoon with Gill Campion, two weeks after their wedding. The two... More »

Worst Storm in 50 Years Kills 3 in Ireland

Hurricane Ophelia's remnants still dangerous

(Newser) - The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland with wind gusts of up to 80mph on Monday, killing at least three people, grounding planes, shutting schools, and causing widespread power outages. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar urged people to stay indoors until the storm passed. Tens of thousands of homes... More »

Can Microsoft Defy Feds? Supreme Court to Weigh In

Company won't turn over emails held on server overseas

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad, per the AP . The justices said Monday they'll hear the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held that the emails sought... More »

Ireland Facing Worst Storm in 50 Years

Former Hurricane Ophelia became a Category 3 farther east than any other

(Newser) - Ireland is pretty much closed for business Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia begin lashing the island. Though no longer a hurricane, Ophelia could be the most powerful storm to hit Ireland in 50 years, with heavy rain and high gusts of about 90mph, report the AP and the... More »

Lottery Mystery Grips Tiny Irish Island

Jackpot winner hasn't come forward

(Newser) - Bere Island, a small island off the coast of Ireland's County Cork, only has around 180 residents—and one of them is believed to have a big secret. A ticket winning a $600,000 jackpot in the Euromillions lottery was sold on the island, and, much like in the... More »

UK: There Must Be No Border Posts With Ireland After Brexit

UK commits to free movement for British, Irish, and EU citizens

(Newser) - The British government has said repeatedly that it will end the free movement of people from the European Union when the UK leaves the bloc in 2019. On Wednesday it acknowledged that, in practice, it won't. Britain said there must be no border posts or electronic checks between Northern... More »

Irish MP's Explanation for Road Problems: Fairies

Someone disturbed a fairy fort and this was the result, he insists

(Newser) - An Irish member of parliament has an interesting hypothesis for damage to a road in the country. Danny Healy-Rae said during an interview with the Irish Times that a dip on one of the country's roads, which was repaired but then reappeared, could be blamed on "fairy forts.... More »

Odd New Brexit Glitch: The Border With Ireland

Ireland wants the Irish Sea to be the new boundary, but Britain won't have it

(Newser) - Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom are supposed to exit the European Union in 2019, but the current round of Brexit talks is getting hung up on a geographic snag: how to create a border between Ireland and the UK. The Times of London reports that Ireland wants... More »

Irish Girl Sent to Psych Ward After Trying to Get an Abortion

She and her mom thought they were traveling to Dublin for the procedure

(Newser) - When a girl in Ireland went with her mother to try to get an abortion last year, she was instead detained against her will in a psychiatric clinic. CNN reports that the girl, who is a minor, had said her pregnancy was making her suicidal. But instead of being granted... More »

A First for Ireland: Gay Prime Minister

At age 38, Leo Varadkar will also be the country's youngest ever prime minister

(Newser) - He's the son of an Indian immigrant, he's gay, and he's about to become Ireland's next prime minister. Per the BBC and the Guardian , Leo Varadkar will become the nation's first gay taoiseach, or head of government, as well as the country's youngest ever... More »

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