Woman in Ireland denied abortion at 8 weeks forced to give birth by cesarean at 25

Immigrant saying she was suicidal was refused termination at eight weeks before court made her have the baby at 25 weeks

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Gay wedding cake for Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie refused by Northern Ireland bakery

A Northern Ireland bakery run by devout Christians could face legal action after they refused to make a gay-themed cake depicting Sesame Street couple Bert and Ernie.

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Ku Klux Klan flag erected in Northern Ireland city that has been plagued by racist attacks

Racists have erected a Ku Klux Klan flag in an area of Belfast which has been at the centre of a recent surge in racist attacks in the city.

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Geologists claim to have solved mystery of Blarney Stone's origins

As millions of Irish people at home and abroad celebrate Saint Patrick's Day by pinning shamrocks to their clothes and downing the odd pint or two, their Celtic cousins across the sea in Scotland have shattered a couple of myths about one of Ireland's most iconic tourist attractions.

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Ireland passes law allowing extremely limited rights to abortion

Bill passes which will allow for abortions only when woman's life is under threat or if she is suicidal

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Symantec: Cybercrime skyrocketed up 42 percent in 2012

Inside the tightly controlled security area of Symantec's Dublin headquarters, a screen on the wall flashes up hacking hotspots as they are detected around the world. Last year the company estimated it blocked nearly 250,000 cyber-attacks. One out of every 532 websites was infected with viruses, it said, and 1.6 million instances of malware were detected.

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Ireland to hold nationwide vote on legalizing same sex marriage

Ireland is to hold a referendum on legalising gay marriage after a special convention set up to reform the Irish constitution recommended that same-sex couples in the republic be recognised in law.

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Ireland apologizes for 'slave labor' at Catholic-run laundries

Taoiseach Enda Kenny forced into finally saying sorry for 'the hurt and trauma' caused to up to 10,000 Magdalene women

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Report: Catholic laundries enslaved women and girls in Ireland as recently as 1996

Taoiseach Enda Kenny fails to formally apologise for involvement over female enslavement causing more outrage

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Missing Irish millionaire found after eight months with 'thief' reportedly carved in forehead

Tycoon found wandering dazed in road in County Leitrim, claiming to have been thrown out of van by kidnappers

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Ireland is cool for Google as its data servers like the weather

Computer multinationals are finding that the chilly Irish climate helps with the cost of cooling their giant processor farms

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Hundreds of Irish women sought abortions in Britain in past three years

Amid pro-choice rally at Savita Halappanavar's death, activists reveal the rapes and illness forcing women to seek abortions

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Facebook vigilantes name alleged pedophiles in Northern Ireland

Online vigilantes are using Facebook to name alleged paedophiles in a County Derry town.

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Disclosure of IRA testimony held in Boston could stall search for truth

For dozens of IRA and loyalist activists death was to be the final guarantee that their firsthand stories of killings, murder plots and political intrigue would never lead them through prison gates again.

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Vatican: Irish Catholic trainee priests should attend child protection classes

Report into church's handling of child abuse scandals recommends new vetting procedures for clergy

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