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Ireland renews push for offshore oil and gas

Monitor Global Outlook, March 28, 2014 Dublin | March 28, 2014 FULL BRIEFING The Irish government has granted new exploration licenses in the past two months to companies in a renewed effort to develop offshore oil and gas deposits.

Ireland’s new challenge: ‘brain drain’


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.”

St. Patrick’s Day challenge: How much do you really know about Ireland?

CS Monitor, March 14, 2014 Forty shades of green, top o’ the morning to you, begorrah — everyone knows the Irish clichés, but Ireland is a small country with a rich and complex past. Its history includes not only revolutions and wars, but also artists, writers, and scientists. And while it may not be a [...]

Is ‘secret immunity’ for IRA suspects really to blame for new N. Ireland controversy?

CS Monitor, February 28, 2014 British and unionist Northern Irish officials expressed dismay over the collapse of an IRA bombing trial in London over a letter informing the suspect he was not to be tried. By Jason Walsh, Correspondent DUBLIN, IRELAND

Briefing: Greece’s Golden Dawn

CS Monitor Weekly, October 16, 2013 What’s behind the rise of this violent, extremist nationalist party?

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.