Ireland

The Orange and Green State for a Protestant and Catholic People

Brian John Spencer | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a disaffected people in possession of a dysfunctional government must be in want of an alternative. A lame government is a dead government. Not in Northern Ireland. Naomi Long said ahead of the election, "The public will not forget the time squandered in delay, deadlock and division."

The Art in Politics

Gisele Scanlon | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gisele Scanlon

There hadn't been a woman elected to the NUI (Nation University of Ireland) panel in Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate or Upper House as it's called) ...

The DUP and SDLP Can't 'Wrap Their Arms Around' the Abortion Problem

Stephen Donnan | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

In a recent 2016 Assembly election debate on UTV the leaders of the five main political parties in Northern Ireland were all asked about their respons...

The Tale of 'Whacker' Reid

Sean O'Callaghan | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Sean O'Callaghan

The Easter Rising that took place in Dublin in 1916 was organised by a small group of conspirators in the Irish Republican Brotherhood; a secret revolutionary movement which was founded in Ireland and America in the mid-nineteenth century. The actual Rising was carried out by a group of the Irish Volunteers, without the knowledge of most of its leaders or members, in alliance with the small citizen army led by the revolutionary socialist James Connolly. Close to 500 people died in the Rising, mostly Irish civilians - fifteen of the leaders were executed in Dublin...

Islamic State And April Fools Do Not Mix. Here's Proof.

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK

April Fools' Day is the one day of the year we can all stretch the truth and get away with it. It's a time for good-natured japes and outlandish stori...

Fail Better

Grainne Gillis | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Grainne Gillis

So on this very special Easter weekend, my stand on the 1916 commemorations is this: Let's acknowledge the mistakes of the past, learn from them, and let them go. Let's use our failures as stepping stones to achieve the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation...

5 Killed Including 2 Children After Car Plunges From Pier

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

Five people including at least two children have been killed and a baby girl is in hospital after a car they were in slipped from a pier in Co Donegal...

Irish Man Stuns TV Presenters When Asked About St Patrick's Day

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

An Irishman has stunned a group of television hosts after being asked if he was going to the St. Patrick's Day parade. The 'Midday' presenters looked...

The Religious Backstory To St Patrick's Day Is A Long Way From Guinness And Green Rivers

HuffPost Religion Editors | James Martin | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

St Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current inc...

Prove Just How Much You Know About Ireland With Our St Patrick's Day Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

St Patrick's Day is celebrated in honour of the patron saint of Ireland every year on March 17th. The day was chosen because it is commonly held to b...

Time for Ireland to Change Its Abortion Laws

Kate Allen | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

Clearly, Irish law is massively out of step with majority opinion. So, what if the Irish government offered the chance to vote on this in the same way they did with same sex marriage? If these poll results are anything to go by, then the current Irish abortion laws would be torn up and thrown into the rubbish bin, where they belong. At the root of all of this is the basic human right to control and make decisions about one's own body. Whichever party, or coalition, governs Ireland following recent elections, one thing is clear: amending the abortion laws in that country must be the absolute first priority.

I Wrote You a Letter

Laura Lee | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Laura Lee

Today, coming out as a sex worker is akin to coming out as a homosexual in the 1970s, most notably in Ireland. I experience everything from an unease around me to fear, obvious hatred and overt violence. Whorephobia, and the stigma that goes with that can kill.

First Sexually Transmitted Case Of Zika Virus Reported

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Officials in Texas have reported a rare case of the Zika virus being spread through sexual contact rather than a mosquito bite. A patient infected ...

Mental Health Services in Ireland (or the Lack Thereof)

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

We are making huge progress as a society when it comes to talking about mental health, huge. Slowly but surely, the stigma that surrounds it is being chipped away. There are several well established national campaigns encouraging people to talk, and these are getting a bigger response year on year. It's fantastic to see.

Abortion Law Is Killing Women in Northern Ireland

Stephen Donnan | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

The fact that four completely volunteer funded and non-profit organisations are doing the job of the State in providing advice, counselling, medical care and financial assistance for women's reproductive health is nothing less than a bloody disgrace; this has to end before we have another Savita Halappanavar.

You Won't Be Able To Deal With This Giggling Grandma Playing 'Knock-A-Door Run'

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Comedy

An 82-year-old granny has sparked rapturous laughter after indulging the cheeky little girl inside of her and playing a game of 'knock-a-door run'. ...

Forty Irish Phrases That Confuse Everyone Else

Tara Povey | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Tara Povey

Sometimes in Ireland we use some strange words and phrases. These don't always translate very well outside of our little island. Here's 40 of my favourite such phrases.

Watch This Woman Boss The Floods On A Wakeboard

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK

A video has captured the moment that an adrenaline-filled woman took advantage of the severe floods in Ireland. The short clip shows the woman fly...

The Art of Moving On

Aaron Vallely | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

One can change their city. One can change their friends. One can change their job. One can change their hairstyle. What one cannot do, is change their experience.

This Donkey's Face Says It All After Being Rescued From Floods

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK

A donkey who was saved from floods in Ireland on Sunday "smiled" for his rescuers after being pulled to safety. The stranded animal - who has since...

In Ireland: English as a Foreign Language

Layli Foroudi | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Layli Foroudi

If someone says "I'm after going to the shop" it means "I just went to the shop", which I guess makes sense because you are now inhabiting a time, after going to the shop.. but when first hearing it I had no idea what was going on.

Irish Women Are Live Tweeting Their Periods To The PM In Abortion Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK

Irish women are taking to Twitter to share details of their menstrual cycles in a call for Prime Minister Enda Kenny to repeal the country's restricti...

Drugs Could Be Decriminalised In Ireland, But Abortion Is Still Illegal

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK

Heroin and cocaine are among drugs set to be decriminalised in Ireland as part of a "radical cultural shift" that will also see designated injection r...

Dublin on a Budget: Make Your Euro Go Further

Polly Allen | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Allen

Many tourists wrongly assume Dublin is beyond their budget, but I don't agree. I've just returned from a break in the 'fair city', giddy on its atmosphere but not facing the sharp shock of a hefty bill. Here's how I did it.

Aer Lingus Passenger Arrested Over Drugs Find After Man Dies

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

A female passenger travelling on board the Aer Lingus flight on which a man died after "running amok" in the cabin has been arrested on suspicion of d...