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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald.   By Ray O’Hanlon     The loud knocking on Ireland’s door would appear to be having some effect. The Irish government has announced proposed changes to its policy regarding retirees from outside the European Economic Area putting down new roots in the...

Elaine Gannon, now known as Catholine Butler, at the base of the Celtic Cross at Martindale Pioneer Cemetery. By Maura De Freitas   Along the banks of the Gatineau River in Western Quebec, just north of Canada’s National Capital Region, lies a small rural community with deep Irish roots. In the Township of Low, a...

Attending the unveiling of the new memorial were members of the Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County, Irish American Unity Conference, Campaign for a United Ireland, the Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco, Philip Grant, and Jim Brennan of Eugene. Seated is Russell Fowler of the office of California...

NAMA headquarters in Dublin   By Evan Short     Calls are growing for a cross-border inquiry into the sale of NAMA’s Northern Ireland portfolio which has been dogged by controversy. In 2014, U.S. investment giant Cerberus paid NAMA – the Republic’s bad bank – £1.2 billion for the loan portfolio. “Project Eagle” was the...

Some of the names surrounding one of the reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial.   By Ray O’Hanlon   At first it was frustrating. I couldn’t find the name. That’s because the names were not set in alphabetical order on the plaques atop the walls surrounding the reflecting pools. Somebody had the bright idea to jumble...

The Pieta House U.S. operation is based in the New York Irish Center in Queens   By Joan Freeman   I want you to imagine a jumbo jet filled with men, women and children crashing into the Irish coast just as it was about to land in Dublin. Can you imagine the desolation, the trauma and the outcry? We would forever mourn...

Colm Connolly home on the farm with the “Rucksnacks.”   By Evan Short Just how good is Irish beef? Well, if you really want to know ask the German government. The late Shane McEntee TD told the Irish Echo when he was junior agriculture minister the story of how a German company wanted to use Irish beef in its baby...

The Dáil chamber will be the venue Wednesday for what is expected to be a spirited debate on the government’s decision to appeal the EU Commission’s Apple tax ruling. By Evan Short   TDs have been given a Department of Finance document to study, in advance of Wednesday’s Dáil debate, the government’s decision to...

James Vincent McMorrow.   By Colleen Taylor This time, James Vincent McMorrow didn’t let fear get in the way.  Discussing his new EP, “We Move,” McMorrow said, “Making this album was about changing so many things…Every time I’ve made a record in the past, I’ve walked to the edge of where I wanted to be, I’ve gotten...

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, speaking to reporters after the special cabinet meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin earlier today. RollingNews.ie photo.   By Irish Echo Staff   Take your 13 billion and…. That was the message from the Irish...