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Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in England. RollingNews.ie photo.   By Evan Short and Ray O’Hanlon In the final days running up to tomorrow’s UK referendum on European Union membership, Irish political leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan, and President Michael D. Higgins have been...

The Skull Ring that will now help the families of Bulger’s victims. Photo courtesy Gaston and Sheehan and U.S. Marshals’ Office of Public Affairs.   By Jim Smith No lucky charm this. A ring bought in England by Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has already drawn a preliminary bid of $4,400 in the days leading...

Mark Carney   By Charles Larkin 46% of the UK population appears to want to leave the EU, 39% wants to stay, and the Murdoch press has come in behind a Leave vote this Thursday, June 23. The situation is one driven by political opportunism, cynical exploitation of fears of globalization, the mishandling of the migrant...

The Dalai Lama holds hands with Speaker Paul Ryan (left) and Congressman Joe Crowley (right) Actor Richard Gere, a close friend and confidante of the Tibetan religious leader, is in the background. Photo by Phi Nguyen, official House of Representatives photographer.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Two of...

The six students who died in the balcony collapse   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com It is a year since the tragic Berkeley balcony collapse that resulted in the death of six students, five Irish and one Irish American. Remembrance gatherings have included a tree planting ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in...

Retiring to bucolic Ireland is an increasingly costly option   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com A petition urging changes in Irish law dealing with non-Irish people wanting to retire in the Republic is being circulated this week. The petition is not being aimed exclusively at U.S. citizens, but the predicament...

A pro-Brexit campaign poster in Belfast.     By Anthony Neeson A vote for “Brexit” would put Northern Ireland’s “future at risk,” this according to two former British prime ministers. On June 23 voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether the UK stays in the European Union (EU) or leaves. Opinion polls suggest the...

A 2009 photo of the pub where the killings took place.   By Anthony Neeson A damning report by Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman has said that there was collusion between police officers and loyalist gunmen in one of the North’s most notorious killings of the Troubles. Six Catholic men were gunned down in the Heights...

Frank Liddy     By Evan Short In all the efforts made to resolve the problems of post Troubles Belfast, Buddhism, and teaching the art of meditation, would be considered an outlier as far as solutions go. But meditation and mindfulness is becoming a more widely known way of coping with the daily grind and classes are...

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Ireland in 2012. RollingNews.ie photo.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com They have been cheering her on for years and now the cheering has reached a new pitch. The Irish American Democrats lobby group has hailed the triumph of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic...