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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 [...]

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

That story about irish babies buried in a septic tank was shocking. It also wasn’t entirely true.

The New Republic, June 23, 2014 Today’s international news cycle and old Irish tendencies created a perfect storm of outrage. Jason Walsh Read the full story in The New Republic.

Un-writing history: The ‘right’ to be forgotten

VoxEurop, June 10, 2014 Jason Walsh Google has announced it has taken steps to comply with the EU’s freshly minted ‘right to be forgotten’. Is this a cause for celebration or are history and truth under threat?

Has Europe turned fascist, really?

VoxEurop (formerly PressEurop), May 29, 2014 Europe has voted for fascists. It’s the end of the world as we know it—except it’s not. Jason Walsh

Irish support for Palestine, opposition to Israel is on the rise

The New Republic, May 20, 2014 JASON WALSH Read the story in The New Republic magazine.

BRIEFING: N. Ireland’s tense peace

CS Monitor Weekly, May 10, 2014 (cover date May 19) Arrest of Sinn Féin leader recalls ‘the Troubles.’ Could it restart them? By Jason Walsh, Corespondent—THE ARREST OF IRISH REPUBLICAN leader Gerry Adams pushed Northern Ireland’s nearly three decades of ‘the Troubles’ back to the fore. The Sinn Féin leader was questioned about the 1972 [...]

Northern Ireland peace is here to stay. So are the awful memories.

The New Republic, May 8, 2014 Sinn Féin, the Irish republican political party, held a press conference Sunday with its leader, Gerry Adams, who had just been released from police custody after four days of questioning about a long-unsolved murder. The location of the event, Belfast’s Balmoral Hotel, dislodged a few uncomfortable memories for me [...]