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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 murder of suspected British informer Jean McConville, a widowed mother of 10. He was released – but some worry any further legal action could disturb a stoic peace that has prevailed since the 1998 signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

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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 about the Northern Ireland Troubles.

JASON WALSH

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Gerry Adams arrest: jolt in Ireland

CS Monitor Daily News Briefing, May 3, 2014

Could action against Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams harm the peace process?

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

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.

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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

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’

CS Monitor Daily News Briefing, March 17, 2014

EDUCATED YOUTH ARE LEAVING FOR OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD.
By JASON WALSH CORRESPONDENT

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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

DUBLIN, IRELAND