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Several thousand people have gathered on Saturday in the Republic of Ireland to demand changes to the country’s abortion law, following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

The largest demonstrations took place in Dublin (photo, from dailymail.co.uk) where more than 4,000 people marched to the Irish parliament for a candle-lit vigil and held one minute silence. In Galway, where Mrs Halappanavar lived, more than 1,000 gathered for a vigil in Eyre Square, and some 60 members of the Indian community rallied outside the hospital and held two minutes of silent prayers. (more…)

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A newly revealed letter (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) shows that in 1997, a Vatican department advised Ireland’s Catholic bishops not to report priests suspected of child abuse to the police, but to handle them within church. (more…)

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The European Union’s Lisbon Treaty is back on track, with the Irish voters who approved the 27-nation bloc’s plans for reform.

On Saturday, the electoral office said that 67.1 per cent of voters had said “yes”, reversing the win last year by the “no” campaign. (photo, from aljazeera.net) (more…)

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More attacks are being launched in Northern Ireland by Irish Republican Army, than at any time in recent years. Besides, they are increasingly trying to kill police officers, said international experts in a report published Monday.

In 2005, the IRA renounced violence and disarmed, after killing nearly 1,800 people in 27 years. Between 1970 and 1997, they tried to force Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom (photo). (more…)

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The European Union reform treaty has been unanimously ratified by Italy’s parliament.

After the Senate approved the Lisbon Treaty, the lower house did the same on Thursday, to the treaty that would reshape EU institutions and powers, as well as streamline decision-making within the 27-nation bloc. (more…)

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To discuss how to proceed after the Irish rejection of the Libon Treaty, French president Nicolas Sarkozy is starting an official visit to Ireland. During the trip, expected to last less than six hours, he will meet Taoiseach (prime minister) Brian Cowen (photo, from lepost.fr). (more…)

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French president (photo) remarks that the Republic of Ireland should hold a new referendum on the Lisbon Treaty made Irish ministers react robustly. Michael Martin, Ireland foreign minister said that his country would not be bullied. (more…)

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