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Retirees Ask to Be Arrested for Breaking Abortion Laws

'It is unforgivable how women are being treated'

(Newser) - Three senior citizens in Northern Ireland handed themselves over to police and asked to be prosecuted Monday in protest of that country's abortion laws, the Guardian reports. Abortion is largely illegal in Northern Ireland due to a 155-year-old law. That includes in instances of rape and incest, according to...

N. Ireland Woman Convicted of Self-Induced Abortion

She gets a 3-month suspended sentence

(Newser) - A woman in Northern Ireland who aborted a fetus after ordering drugs off the Internet has received a three-month suspended sentence. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, though it's legal everywhere else in the UK, notes the Guardian . The unidentified woman, now 21, pleaded guilty and told the court...

She Tried to Run Across a Sea—and Almost Made It

Lindsey Russell traveled 17 miles in an inflatable ball

(Newser) - A British TV host tried to run 20 miles across the Irish Sea. She nearly made it, too. Inside a 10-foot-wide inflatable ball attached to paddles, 25-year-old Lindsey Russell set off from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland at 6:30am on Thursday in an attempt to raise money for Sport Relief...

Abortion Law Ruled 'Incompatible With Human Rights'

Move could be groundbreaking

(Newser) - Women and girls in Northern Ireland may soon have a lot more leeway with regard to abortions, the AP reports. Northern Ireland has a near-total ban on abortion—it's only allowed when the mother's life or health is in serious danger—but a high court judge in Belfast...

College to Return Tapes That Implicated Sinn Fein

History project goes awry as police use old interviews for investigations

(Newser) - Boston College is conceding that a years-long project intended to chronicle the violence in Northern Ireland is pretty much a bust. The university says it will return the interviews of any members of the IRA or of the pro-British paramilitary group who participated in the project from 2001 to 2006,...

Sinn Fein&#39;s Adams to Go Free
 Sinn Fein's Adams to Go Free 

Sinn Fein's Adams to Go Free

Northern Ireland police say he won't be charged in 1972 murder

(Newser) - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, lately the very high-profile suspect in a 1972 murder , will go free without charge, Northern Ireland police officials tell the BBC . Adams has been questioned since Wednesday in County Antrim over allegations that he, as an IRA commander ordered the murder of a 37-year-old widow...

Cops Question Sinn Fein Leader Over Notorious 1972 Murder

Gerry Adams denies involvement in IRA kiliing of Jean McConville

(Newser) - Maybe the most high-profile murder during the dark days of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland is very much back in the headlines. Police today were questioning Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, a widowed mother of 10 who was abducted by the IRA...

Accused IRA Bomber Goes Free Over Immunity 'Blunder'

John Downey was charged in 1982 blast that killed 4

(Newser) - UK prosecutors think they know who set off the bomb that killed four British soldiers and seven horses in London's Hyde Park in 1982, but a judge today threw out the case against 62-year-old John Downey, reports the BBC . The wrench was that Downey was one of about 190...

Nuns Made Kids Eat Vomit, Wear Soiled Sheets: Hearing

Northern Ireland inquiry investigates allegations of abuse

(Newser) - Nuns beat children for bedwetting, put soiled sheets on their heads to humiliate them, and forced them to eat their own vomit when they were sick—according to accusations made today at a hearing into care homes in Northern Ireland, the Guardian reports. Senior Counsel Christine Smith also accused the...

Bus Driver Hailed as Hero for Foiling Bomb Plot

She had been ordered to deliver it to police station in Northern Ireland

(Newser) - A bus driver in Northern Ireland is winning a hero's praise for keeping cool and defying orders to drive a timed bomb to a police station, reports the Guardian and RTE . The scene unfolded last night, when either one or two men (accounts differ) boarded the bus, placed the...

56 Cops Hurt in Belfast Riot
 56 Cops Hurt in Belfast Riot 

56 Cops Hurt in Belfast Riot

Protestants, Catholics stage rival marches

(Newser) - It was like a rerun of the bad old days in Northern Ireland: Protestant militants attacked and wounded 56 police officers protecting a parade by Irish Republican Army supporters in Belfast last night. The outbreak of violence could be the first in a tense weekend involving parades by both the...

Bombs Thrown at Cops in Belfast Riots

Four nights of rioting over Protestant parade dispute

(Newser) - Protestors have been rioting for four nights on the streets of Belfast, after authorities banned Protestants from marching past a Catholic area of the city during a parade last week, reports Bloomberg . During a clash with police today, the protestors threw blast bombs and Molotov cocktails at the cops, who...

N. Ireland Cleans Up for G8—With Fake Shopfronts

Northern Ireland spends $3M putting stickers on derelict buildings

(Newser) - How do you tidy up your run-down town when a group of world leaders comes to visit? Northern Ireland has found a novel solution: Sticking fake storefronts onto derelict buildings. More than 100 properties in towns near the golf resort where G8 leaders will meet this month have been given...

Bomb Falls Off Belfast Police Car

Cops blame 'dissident republican' paramilitaries

(Newser) - Political tensions in northern Ireland almost exploded today—literally—when a bomb fell off the bottom of a police officer's car, the BBC reports. Army bomb experts were called to the scene at Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast and handled the device in a controlled explosion, but police are...

Conservatives Outraged by Ireland's 1st Abortion Clinic

Marie Stopes International braces for public battle

(Newser) - With Ireland's first-ever abortion clinic set to open next week, social conservatives are outraged and clinic officials are hoping for a little public support, the AP and Salon report. Initiated by an NGO called Marie Stopes International, the Belfast clinic will offer non-surgical procedures for women pregnant for less...

Queen, Ex-IRA Chief Shake Hands

Queen Elizabeth, Martin McGuinness meet in Northern Ireland

(Newser) - A hugely symbolic moment of reconciliation occurred across the pond today, as Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with a former Irish Republican Army commander. The New York Times describes it as "one of the most anticipated gestures in recent Irish history," and the Times and the Telegraph prop...

Priest Flashes Gay Porn During Communion Talk

He has no idea how it got on memory stick

(Newser) - A Catholic priest in Northern Ireland insists he has no idea how gay porn ended up on a memory stick he was using for a Powerpoint presentation to families before their children's First Communion. After he clicked on a folder and explicit images filled the screen, the "visibly...

Father in Northern Ireland Sues Facebook After Daughter Posts Lewd Photos of Herself
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Dad Sues Facebook After Daughter Posts Lewd Pics

The big problem: She's only 12

(Newser) - A father in Northern Ireland is suing Facebook after his 12-year-old daughter posted lewd photos of herself on the site, reports the Evening Herald . The suit claims that Facebook is too lax about enforcing its policy of allowing only those 13-and-older to join, and that has put his daughter at...

UK Man Fined After Posting Threat on Facebook

He gets suspended jail term for saying politician should be shot

(Newser) - A Northern Ireland man escaped jail but is out about $800 for making a death threat against a politician on Facebook. Darryl O'Donnell, a 31-year-old chef, posted that a particular member of parliament "should get a bullet in the head." The judge sentenced him to the fine...

Is Wills' Irish Title a Political Move?

Royal family may be reasserting control in Northern Ireland: Niall O'Dowd

(Newser) - William wore an Irish Guards uniform; Kate’s wedding dress featured lace shamrocks ; and along with his new status as Duke of Cambridge, Prince William has gained an Irish title: Baron Carrickfergus. Was it all a nod to the Irish, wonders Niall O’Ferguson at IrishCentral , or “something more...

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