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Irish taxpayers, who now find themselves the lender of last resort, bankers to the bankers if you will, got an inkling Tuesday when Irish finance minister Brian Lenihan announced in the D_il the first acquisition of toxic loans to be taken up by the government-created National Assets Management Agency. NAMA, as it...

That legislation was seen as an obstacle to just about every other legislative initiative but in its aftermath both President Obama and congressional Democrats appeared to draw renewed strength on other issues, not least comprehensive immigration reform. “Disengagement doesn’t help the American people,”...

The Western Development Commission, however, argues further that the region has it all. That was the message that the agency’s Lisa McAllister and Joanne Grehan brought to Philadelphia and New York recently. The West in this context means the five Connacht counties — Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo —...

A recent report on the car rental shortages stated that the number of cars on offer has fallen from 30,000 in 2006 to just over 12,000 last year, the Irish Independent reported. The manager of Dan Dooley Motors, Pat Dooley, said that the shortages will be felt by visitors over the Easter break but that the shortfall...

The initiative is in support of the envoy’s economic mission in Northern Ireland in which the AIF is an active participant and working group member, stated a release from Kelly’s office. NISP CONNECT is a non-profit collaboration between the Northern Ireland Science Park, University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast...

Coupled with this there are the widespread cases of church authorities covering up the activities of pedophile priests, this spurred by the self-imposed priority of avoiding public scandal. Scandal is scandal, whether it is seen or not and it was, to say the least, na

Noticeably absent from the 83rd annual Gloves tournament was another Dublin native, three-time women’s 106-pound champion “Ruthless” Ruth O’Sullivan, who withdrew before the preliminaries because of injury. Hardwick, who at 25 was seven years older than Newman, went one better than past finalists Alo Kelly, a...

At the moment, I am spending my days reading about the history of the Irish in New York and conducting research. I meet with people on a regular basis who are part of the Irish community in New York. Some are very connected and involved with all aspects of the Irish scene here, while others only drop into the Irish...

Tipperary-born Deirdre Scanlan, Casey’s successor as Solas’s lead vocalist, also sang conscience-pricking songs, such as Antje Duvekot’s “Black Annis” and Tom Waits’s “Georgia Lee,” each about a cruel loss of innocence by a child or adolescent preyed on or neglected by adults. Though these two songs deftly employ metaphor and...

Cahill, who was 73, died March 11 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident on Feb. 25. The Ardkill, County Cavan native was a popular figure and known to many because of his ownership of the Woodside Steak House from 1980 to 1997. Cahill was the beloved husband of Breda Cahill and the late Anne Cahill...