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Ireland has re-elected Michael Higgins as president for a second seven-year term.

Ireland re-elects 77-year old Michael Higgins as president

The 77-year old received 55.8 percent of the vote in Friday's election, winning in every constituency, news agencies reported on Saturday.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a press conference at the end of the EU Informal Summit of Heads of State or Government at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on September 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA AND AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE

Brexit: Theresa May hits back at EU over Chequers plan

Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Friday at the European Union after it roundly rejected her Brexit plan, saying its refusal to compromise was "not acceptable" and reiterating the possibility of walking away from the negotiations.
Pope Francis addresses the gathering during the Festival of Families at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin on August 25, 2018, during his visit to Ireland. - AFP PHOTO - Ben STANSALL

Pope refuses to comment on claim he personally ignored abuse

Pope Francis has declined to comment on a claim he personally ignored sexual abuse allegations against a senior clergyman, after a visit to Ireland dominated by Church scandals.
Pope Francis in Ireland on Sunday “begged for God’s forgiveness” for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church, but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy.

Pope begs for God’s forgiveness for sexual abuse scandal

Pope Francis in Ireland on Sunday “begged for God’s forgiveness” for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church, but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy.
In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London.British Prime Minister Theresa May sought Friday to finally unite her warring ministers behind a Brexit plan and unblock negotiations with the European Union, amid warnings she is running out of time to get a deal. / AFP PHOTO / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2018 / Joel ROUSE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CROWN COPYRIGHT (JOEL ROUSE)"

After cabinet Brexit deal, Theresa May must persuade MPs and Brussels

British Prime Minister Theresa May has persuaded her eurosceptic ministers to back a plan for closer ties with the EU after Brexit, but some MPs expressed alarm -- and she must still sell it to Brussels.

Irish PM: Abortion stigma is gone

Ireland on Saturday voted to erase the stigma and burden of shame from hundreds of thousands of women who secretly had abortions, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

First Irish referendum results show 66% voted to end abortion ban

The first official results declared Saturday in Ireland's historic referendum on its strict abortion laws showed 66 percent backed repealing a constitutional ban on terminations.

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Ireland looks set to "make history" by liberalising some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said as votes in the hard-fought referendum were counted Saturday.

Ireland abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest repeal landslide

Ireland has voted in a historic referendum to repeal the eighth constitutional amendment, which denies women the right to abort pregnancies except when their lives are in danger.

Ireland to hold referendum on legalising abortion

Ireland will hold a referendum on May 25 on whether to alter its constitution to legalise abortion, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy announced on Wednesday.

Ireland to hold referendum on abortion laws

Ireland will hold a referendum on its abortion laws by the end of May, says Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, on Tuesday.

The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan, frontwoman of the multi-million selling rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London on Monday, aged 46, her publicist said.

European Union toughens conditions on Brexit gesture to Theresa May

EU leaders have hardened their conditions on a goodwill Brexit gesture to Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit this week, according to a new draft of their statement on Monday.

Ireland closes schools as major storm approaches

Schools were closed Monday as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life.

Theresa May warns ‘ball in EU’s court’ as Brexit talks resume

Brexit negotiations enter a critical round on Monday with British Prime Minister Theresa May saying the ball is in the EU's court, but the bloc fearing her domestic political woes threaten the talks.

EU to propose Google, Facebook tax in 2018 – Juncker

The EU will propose a new tax on tech giants such as Google and Facebook next year despite opposition by several states that fear a blow to their economies, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.

EU warns ‘miracles’ needed for Brexit progress

The EU warned Friday that Britain needs a miracle to unlock the next phase of Brexit talks by next month as it hopes, as leaders debated the post-Brexit future at a summit in Estonia.

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