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Ireland news and analysis from The Nation
June 16, 2017
Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Fortunate Son
He’s the country’s first openly gay prime minister and first of South Asian heritage—but he offers little relief from the harsh austerity budgets that have done so much harm.
March 23, 2016
How a Syrian Family Fares in Ireland
Local aid stands in stark contrast to international callousness.
March 21, 2016
A Terrible Beauty: Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion
Ireland was a laboratory for every manner of colonial repression by the British; 100 years after the Easter Rising, it is once again—this time by banks.
October 20, 2015
These Irish Antiwar Protesters Are Sick of Having the US Military in Their Country
The influx of Syrian refugees into Europe has reinvigorated Ireland’s debate on its involvement with the war on terror.
May 27, 2015
How the Irish Became the World’s Leading Gay Activists
Defying conventional wisdom, the huge win by the Yes Equality campaign involved young and old, rural and urban, Catholic and non-Catholic voters.
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April 2, 2015
Ireland’s Abortion Law Reveals a Complete Contempt for Women
New “exceptions” to the country’s total ban on abortion are worthless in practice.
September 4, 2013
Remembering Seamus Heaney
The contrarian poet refused to toe any party line.