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Ireland’s new challenge: ‘brain drain’

CS Monitor Daily News Briefing, March 17, 2014 EDUCATED YOUTH ARE LEAVING FOR OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD. By JASON WALSH CORRESPONDENT Click here to download PDF

Irish ask: What’s the big deal about letting gays in St. Pat’s parades?

CS Monitor, March 16, 2014 As organizers of the Boston and New York annual St. Patrick’s Day parades resist letting LGBT marchers in, many back in Ireland wonder what their problem is. By Jason Walsh, Correspondent DUBLIN, IRELAND—Irish-American communities, particularly in Boston and New York, are known for being cohesive, having a strong community spirit, [...]

A new great Irish emigration, this time of the educated

CS Monitor, March 15, 2014 Unlike its mass migrations in centuries past, Ireland is seeing its educated youth leaving the country in droves for better opportunities abroad. By Jason Walsh, Correspondent DUBLIN, IRELAND—During Ireland’s two-decade economic boom, the so-called Celtic Tiger, young people were referred to as “tiger cubs.”

Briefing: Golden Dawn: five things to know about Greece’s ‘neo-Nazi’ party

CS Monitor, October 3, 2013 The leader of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, was jailed today pending trial – the latest move in the Greek government’s crackdown against the racist political party, which has seen 21 of its members arrested, including five parliamentarians. Mr. Mihaloliakos himself faces charges of running a criminal organization. [...]

Is Ireland turning its back on Guinness?

CS Monitor, September 26, 2013 A nascent Irish movement tired of the country’s drinking culture is targeting Guinness and the annual bacchanal ‘Arthur’s Day’ celebration it sponsors. What’s going on here? By Jason Walsh, Correspondent / September 26, 2013 DUBLIN—The black stout is synonymous with Ireland, so ubiquitous that it is presented to every visiting [...]

New yet old ‘troubles’ rock Belfast

CS Monitor Daily News Briefing, July 17, 2013 Protests follow ban on parade of pro-British unionists. By Jason Walsh, Correspondent BELFAST, IRELAND—Four nights of violent disorder in Northern Ireland that were sparked after a Protestant parade was banned from marching through a Catholic part of north Belfast have injured 71 police and several bystanders.

New protests, same ‘troubles’ as riots roil Belfast

CS Monitor, July 16, 2013 A government ban on a parade organized by pro-British unionists has opened old wounds about national identity in Northern Ireland. By Jason Walsh, Correspondent DUBLIN, IRELAND—Four nights of violent disorder in Northern Ireland that were sparked after a Protestant parade was banned from marching through a Catholic part of north [...]

Ireland allows abortion for first time, but at political cost

CS Monitor, July 12, 2013 Despite broad support for the law in parliament, the debate opened up cracks within several parties. By Jason Walsh, Correspondent DUBLIN, IRELAND—After two nights of heated arguments, occasionally descending into farce, the Irish parliament voted to permit abortion in limited circumstances, marking a major change in the country’s attitude to [...]

Despite fiery all-night debate, Ireland’s abortion bill inches toward law

CS Monitor, July 11, 2013 Passage of the bill, which would legalize abortion in Ireland for the first time, looks all but assured. By Jason Walsh, Correspondent DUBLIN, IRELAND—Despite two nights of sturm und drang in the Irish parliament – including an all-night debate last night – it is all but guaranteed that Ireland will [...]

Ignoring the elephant

CS Monitor Weekly, July 1, 2013 Western leaders target tax cheats, ignore Syria By Jason Walsh, Correspondent ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND