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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 »

Study: Mail-Order Abortions 95% Effective

Study says that's as safe as in a clinic

(Newser) - Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study. The research tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website run... More »

Beach That Washed Away in 1984 Suddenly Returns

Dooagh beach is back 33 years after it left

(Newser) - The sea giveth, and the sea taketh away—and, it turns out, giveth again. A beach on a remote Irish island whose sand washed away in 1984 storms has formed once again. After what the Guardian calls a "freak tide" in mid-April, sand, hundreds of tons of it, was... More »

Comments on God Could Spell Trouble for Stephen Fry

Irish police are investigating Fry's 2015 interview for blasphemy

(Newser) - Funnyman Stephen Fry may be in hot water in Ireland for comments made during an interview where he candidly calls out someone not to be trifled with on the Emerald Isle: God. Irish police are investigating Fry's February 2015 interview on the RTÉ show The Meaning of Life as... More »

Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down for Super Gross Reason

Cans containing suspected human waste jammed machines

(Newser) - Police are investigating after suspected human waste was found inside cans at a Coca-Cola plant in Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Topless cans arrive at the factory to be filled by Coca-Cola products and sealed before they're sold around Northern Ireland. The cans in question—believed to have come... More »

IRA Leader Turned Peacemaker Martin McGuinness Dies

Sinn Fein leader praises 'passionate republican'

(Newser) - Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground, paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, and was Northern Ireland's deputy first minister for a decade in a power-sharing government, died Tuesday, his Sinn Fein party announced. McGuinness, 66, suffered from amyloidosis, a rare disease with a strain... More »

Where an Orphanage Once Sat, a Mass Grave of Children Found

Excavations reveal 'significant quantities of human remains' in Ireland

(Newser) - Excavations have begun at the site of a former Catholic orphanage where, it was revealed in 2014 , nearly 800 babies and children allegedly died between 1925 and 1961. It was initially alleged that their bodies were dumped in a septic tank , and authorities have now found a mass grave. The... More »

Town Flooded With Calls Meant for Sex Line

Thanks, Babestation

(Newser) - Late night calls meant for a phone sex line instead awoke residents of a western Irish town who, uh, weren't exactly turned on by the disruption. It seems the phone numbers shared by UK adult channel Babestation on Sky TV were meant for UK callers only. To reach "... More »

Growing List of Nations Tied to Trump's 'Empire'

Meaning lots of potential for conflicts of interest, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - With more than 100 companies with business interests around the world , Donald Trump has attracted the attention of ethics experts, who contend his possible conflicts of interest are "unprecedented" for a modern-day US president. Now the New York Times offers a closer look at some of these global projects... More »

Math Moves Scientists Closer to Perfect Coffee

Coffee-maker companies will likely be paying attention

(Newser) - One plus one equals … brew? Scientists out of Ireland's University of Limerick tapped into math and a computer model in their quest to come up with a cup of coffee that would satisfy even Twin Peaks' Special Agent Dale Cooper , the CBC reports. And while it was impossible... More »

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