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The Protestant-run orphanage where children were whipped, beaten — and everyone had the same name

Children were forced to carry out manual labour, deprived of food, whipped and beaten (so badly, at least on one occasion, that the authorities had be called).

Irish council’s plan trying to ‘strip people of right to live in the countryside’

A candidate for Cork County Council has warned that the local authority’s draft county development plan is seeking to "strip people of the right to live in the countryside".

People pressure starts to pay off over Ireland's oil and gas giveaway

If ever a story shows that persistent pressure by concerned people can yield results then the Irish gas and oil story is one that has just hit the hundredth monkey.

Bodies of infants from Ireland's mother and baby homes used for university research

The remains of 474 infants – who died in mother-and-baby homes and hospitals – were used for research and doctors' training in Irish universities for a quarter of a century.

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Ireland's banking inquiry cannot investigate government cabinet meetings that led to bank guarantee

The committee has been told that Cabinet confidentiality protects any discussions leading to the ill-fated guarantee.

Irish protesters force cancellation of "distressed property" auction

A property auction was cancelled after members of the Land League organisation carried out a "peaceful protest" ahead of a sale of what they described as "mostly distressed properties".

Dublin 'could soon become Europe's homeless capital'

A Dublin homeless charity said it recorded the highest ever rough sleeper count on the streets of Dublin last night.

Vaccine 'intended for cattle' given to children in Ireland's mother-and-baby homes

The radio station Newstalk has reported that experimental drug trials were conducted on at least 290 children across 10 mother-and-baby homes in the 1960s and 70s.

“Huge traffic” between Ireland's Magdalene Laundries and mother-and-baby homes

The Irish Magdalene Laundries should be included in the government’s statutory investigation into mother-and-baby homes, Justice for Magdalenes Research has said.

Mother and baby home vaccine trials ‘were for children’s good and did not damage’

Medical professionals who oversaw vaccine trials at Irish mother and baby homes insisted the vaccines did no harm and were administered in the children’s best interests.

Bethany Home, where 222 children died, to be included in mother and baby home investigation

Ireland's Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan said today that he was conscious of the grievances felt by those connected to the Bethany Home, a Protestant-run home on Dublin’s Orwell Road.

Thousands of children in Irish care homes at centre of 'baby graves scandal' were used in secret vaccine trials in the 1930s

Scientists secretly vaccinated more than 2,000 children in religious-run homes in suspected illegal drug trials, it emerged today.

Mass 'septic tank grave' containing the skeletons of 800 babies at site of Irish home for unmarried mothers

The bodies of nearly 800 babies are believed to have been interred in a concrete tank beside a former home for unmarried mothers.

Council sends debt-collectors after 90-year old woman for €14 overdue refuse-collection charge

A 90-year-old Dublin woman was aggressively pursued by a debt collection agency acting for Dublin City Council over a €14 bin fine.

Mother was asked by the Ireland's Health Service Executive if her son ‘still had Down syndrome’

A mother of two was asked if her four-year-old son ‘still had Down syndrome’ when applying for a medical card that had previously been taken away from him.

US Airways jet with 185 passengers makes emergency landing after nine crew fall ill due to noxious fumes

A jet carrying 185 passengers had to turn-around while crossing the Atlantic ocean after nine crew reported feeling 'nauseous and dizzy' while suffering from watering eyes.

Irish hospital consultant had to use disused bathroom as office

The incoming president of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has described how he had to use a disused bathroom as an office in his hospital due to a shortage of resources.

Irish windfarm owners were paid €10m not to produce energy

Energy suppliers paid up to €10m last year to wind-farm operators to power down, freedom of information documents reveal.

Anglo Irish Bank accused could each face five years in prison for each offence

After being found guilty of 10 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to ten developers, former Anglo Irish Bank executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer will return for sentencing on 28 April.

IRA militant charged with 29 murders resulting from 1998 Omagh bombing

Northern Ireland has charged a man with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst attack in decades of violence in the province, police said on Thursday.

IMF rejects claims it sought to compromise Irish judiciary

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rejected claims by EU justice commissioner Vivian Reding that it threatened the independence of the Irish judiciary in seeking to place a regulator for the profession under the aegis of the Department of Justice.

Irish Government considered restarting printing of the Irish pound (the Punt)

Rumours swirled around the corridors of power in 2011 and 2012 amid the escalating eurozone crisis. The idea that the country was planning to print punts was one of them.

Real crisis in Irish economy may be yet to come, warns economist

Morgan Kelly, the first economist to predict the likely scale of the Irish banking collapse, has said the “real crisis” for the Irish economy has not yet happened.

Allied Irish Banks seeking to 'write off' €3.5bn of money owed back to the taxpayer

Allied Irish Banks is in talks with the Government that could see a €3.5bn portion of the bank's bailout loans effectively written off this year.

Portugal Tempted by Clean Bailout Exit After Rally

Portugal may be tempted to follow Ireland in exiting its bailout without asking European partners for a precautionary program after a bond rally let the nation already start to raise funds for 2015.

Irish academics in anti-Israel boycott

More than 120 Irish academics have boycotted Israeli academic, research and the regime’s institutions in response to Tel Aviv’s contravention of the international law.

Irish Government refuses a Freedom of Information request for material relating to Ireland's bailout exit

A Freedom of Information request to the Department of Finance for all documents held by it created since July 2013 and concerned with the Government’s decision not to seek a precautionary credit line when exiting the troika bailout, was responded to with a blanket No.

RBS's Ulster Bank faces crunch month

Workforce is bracing for the axe to fall as bank's parent company RBS gets ready to publish a review of its global operations.

Colossal consultancy spend on Irish Water nothing new

Nowadays, newly established State bodies soon become soakage pits for an army of consultants, as is clearly shown by the €50 million spent by Irish Water last year – before the new utility was even set up by legislation.

Irish (Fluoridated) Water boss says flow will be "down to a trickle" if charges not paid

Managing Director of Irish Water John Tierney has said that household water flow will be restricted "down to a trickle" if consumers refuse to pay the imposed charges.

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