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Gerry Adams arrest: Will Northern Ireland peace pay a price?

CS Monitor, May 1, 2014

Irish republican leader Gerry Adams was arrested Wednesday in connection with a 1972 murder. Could it harm the peace process in Northern Ireland, sixteen years after a pact was signed?

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent / May 1, 2014

DUBLIN, IRELAND—The arrest of Gerry Adams, the leader of Irish republican party Sinn Féin, in connection with an unsolved 1972 murder has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s peace process, just weeks away from European elections in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland renews push for offshore oil and gas

Monitor Global Outlook, March 28, 2014

Dublin | March 28, 2014


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’

CS Monitor Daily News Briefing, March 17, 2014


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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, and, despite tilting Democratic come election, for being socially conservative.

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 world power, Ireland has a more complex relationship with Britain than many realize.

How much do you know about the real Ireland?

— Jason Walsh, Correspondent

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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


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. But just who is Golden Dawn and why is the government arresting its members?

- Jason Walsh, Correspondent

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 dignitary including President Obama and even Queen Elizabeth II. But despite its international success, Guinness’ domestic reputation has taken a hit of late.