Ireland looks set to back gay marriage in landmark referendum


DUBLIN - Ireland votes on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the once deeply Catholic country the first in the world to adopt the policy by popular vote.

Irish PM says country must seize opportunity to approve gay marriage

DUBLIN - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Sunday that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a referendum on the issue on Friday.

Subjects, Gay Marriage 17 May 2015

Northern Ireland's DUP secures eight seats, eyes some influence

BELFAST - Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party retained eight seats in Britain's parliament on Friday and said it could still wield some influence even if it is not the "dream" outcome of holding the balance of power.

World 08 May 2015

Apple says EU probe of Irish tax policy could be 'material'

- Apple Inc said the European Commission's investigation into Ireland's tax treatment of multinationals could have a "material" impact if it was determined that Dublin's tax policies represented unfair state aid.

Irish governing parties see poll boost as Sinn Fein falters

DUBLIN - Support for Ireland's governing parties has increased sharply since December and support for left-wing challenger Sinn Fein has fallen in the same period, a leading pollster said on Saturday.

World, 28 Mar 2015

Irish anti-water charge protesters keep pressure on government

DUBLIN - Tens of thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday in the latest mass protest against new water charges, keeping up the pressure on the government, which hopes Ireland's economic growth will quell the discontent.

World, 21 Mar 2015

Irish government expects further IAG offer for Aer Lingus: Deputy PM

DUBLIN - Ireland's government expects International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) to make a further offer to convince it to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus , Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton said on Thursday

Aerospace & Defense, 05 Mar 2015

Ireland open to idea of growth-linked bonds for Greece

LONDON - Ireland has no problem in principle with the idea of swapping Greece's official debt for growth-linked bonds but would have to see the details of any proposal, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday.

Greece, 25 Feb 2015

Ireland's Fine Gael considering coalition with Labour, independents: Noonan

CASTLEBAR, Ireland - Ireland's governing Fine Gael party would consider forming a coalition with independents and its Labour party partners after elections next year, finance minister Michael Noonan said on Saturday.

World, 21 Feb 2015

Belfast sex abuse victims bid to force MI5 to testify

BELFAST - Northern Ireland's High Court ruled on Tuesday that victims of sex abuse at a Belfast boys' home in the 1970s could try to force the British intelligence agency MI5 to answer allegations that it covered up the scandal.

World, 17 Feb 2015

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack

DUBAI - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. | Video