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‘Conservative’ Ireland set to approve same-sex marriage. What changed?

CS Monitor, May 22, 2105

Ireland’s reputation as a devoutly Catholic and conservative country is being defied by the prospect of becoming the first nation to approve gay marriage by referendum. But it’s not as odd as one might think.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

DUBLIN, IRELAND — Same-sex marriage seems like a foregone conclusion in Ireland.

A referendum held today will, if passed, make Ireland the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. It will also, due to a quirk of jurisprudence, place recognition for it directly into the constitution.

Northern Ireland could play rare role in British elections: kingmaker

CS Monitor, April 29, 2015

With neither the Conservatives nor Labour likely to win a majority in the May 7 elections, a coalition is almost certainly in the cards – and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party a possible partner.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

Which country does the most good?

CS Monitor Weekly, April 25, 2015 (dated May 4, 2015)

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A statement regarding “Understanding Charlie”


On Monday April 20 an e-mail was circulated to participants at an academic symposium, “Understanding Charlie: New perspectives on contemporary citizenship after Charlie Hebdo”, due to be held at Queen’s University Belfast in early June saying the event was to be cancelled. I was among those who received the e-mail because I was due to give a paper at this event. The reasons given were that the vice chancellor considered the symposium a “security risk” and was concerned about the potential for damage to the reputation of the institution.

The tragic irony of censoring Queen’s University’s Charlie Hebdo discussion

Little Atoms, April 21, 2015

Censorship by the Vice Chancellor of Queen’s has done far more damage to the university’s reputation than an academic discussion on citizenship after Charlie Hebdo ever could.

How should a country’s ‘goodness’ be measured?

CS Monitor Daily News Briefing, April 10, 2015

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How should a country’s ‘goodness’ be measured?

CS Monitor, April 9, 2015

Simon Anholt says we should measure a country’s success through its engagement with the world, and has set up an index to that end. His No. 1? Ireland.

By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer Jason Walsh, Correspondent

BRUSSELS; AND DUBLIN, IRELAND — Economic indicators in Ireland are finally pointing in the right direction: GDP is growing, incomes are creeping back up, and unemployment is expected to fall to single figures for the first time in eight years. Even the hordes of Irish who fled the country during the height of the 2008 financial crisis and bailout are returning home. This is good news that any government would want to trumpet.

Is revolution afoot in Irish politics?

CS Monitor, March 17, 2015

The longstanding dominance of Ireland’s two main parties is under pressure amid ongoing economic woes. New party Renua has formed on the right, while interest has surged in parties on the left.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

Could Dublin tax protests break the dam of Irish politics?

CS Monitor, December 11, 2014

Tens of thousands of Dubliners took to the streets yesterday to express anger over the proposed water tax. It’s just the latest in a string of austerity moves that have put voters on edge.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

Ian Paisley, a firebrand Unionist who made peace late in life

CS Monitor, September 12, 2014

Ian Paisley in the EU parliament once shouted at Pope John Paul II, ‘I denounce you as the anti-Christ.’ But he later toned done his hatred for Catholics, even working with former members of the IRA. He died today.
By Jason Walsh, Correspondent