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Gas Station Explosion Kills at Least 9

Cause of blast in Irish town of Creeslough, County Donegal, is under investigation

(Newser) - The death toll from a gas station explosion that shattered a small village in northwest Ireland has risen on Saturday, as emergency workers combed through piles of rubble for people who are still missing. The AP puts the number of dead at nine (up from seven reported earlier), while other...

2K Irish Artists Now Getting Universal Basic Income

3-year pilot program could transform lives, boost sector, backers say

(Newser) - Ireland's government has begun paying $325 per week to 2,000 artists—including actors, musicians, writers, and painters—as part of a research program on the effects of universal basic income. The 707 visual artists, 584 musicians, 204 film artists, 184 writers, 173 theater artists, 32 dancers and choreographers,...

A Dad's Emotional Plea: 'We Left All Our Lego in Ukraine'

Donations pour in after Igor Sidorov's ask on Facebook for his 11-year-old son

(Newser) - While much of the coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine has focused on the destruction and carnage, there've also been some more "poignant [glimpses] of what people have lost and left behind," per Irish broadcaster RTE. Case in point: 11-year-old Andrii Sidorov, who had to abandon...

On St. Patrick's Day, COVID Tests Scuttle Meeting

Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin tests positive while in DC

(Newser) - Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin came to Washington this week expecting to resume a full schedule of events planned around St. Patrick's Day with the president and other politicians. They all were canceled last year by the COVID-19 outbreak. But the celebrations this year were disrupted, as well,...

On Bloody Sunday Anniversary, Families Again Call for Justice

British paratroopers opened fire on demonstrators in Derry, giving rise to decades of violence

(Newser) - Hundreds of people on Sunday walked the route of marchers who were killed by British paratroopers a half-century ago in Northern Ireland during a civil rights demonstration. Family members of those shot to death in Derry on what's now known as Bloody Sunday were among those at the remembrance,...

Russia Moves Naval Drills Away From Irish Fishermen

Industry had planned to protest exercises by carrying on in its usual waters

(Newser) - Update: Faced with the possibility of entanglement with a flotilla of small fishing boats off the coast of Ireland, Russia said Saturday it will move its naval exercises. A letter from Ambassador Yuriy Filatov posted on Facebook said the drills, planned for Feb. 3-8, will take place away from the...

Alleged Scheme With Dead Man Is 'Like a Hitchcock Movie'

Irish police probe claim that deceased man was taken to post office

(Newser) - Police in Ireland are investigating reports that the body of a dead man was brought to a post office in an attempt to collect his pension. The Irish Times said a 66-year-old man was dragged into the post office in the town of Carlow around 11am on Friday, propped up...

Sinead O'Connor Rails Against Ireland After Teen Son's Death

Singer posts that Shane O'Connor was on suicide watch

(Newser) - Update: In a lengthy Twitter thread Sunday, Sinead O'Connor railed against Ireland's healthcare system and its child and family agency Tusla, blaming them for the death of her teenage son, the Guardian reports. "Guess where my son learned to make the noose that hung him? He tried...

Ireland Hits Milestone Not Seen Since 1851

Population is above 5M for the first time since then

(Newser) - There are an estimated 5.01 million people living in Ireland currently, the largest population and the first time the populace has numbered more than 5 million since the country's 1851 census. Back then, the comparable population was 5.11 million, the BBC reports. But in the aftermath of...

Smugglers' Cocaine Disguise Doesn't Fool Cops

Haul was altered to look like charcoal

(Newser) - Police in the Netherlands and Ireland were very keen to talk to the owners of two containers that arrived in Rotterdam weeks ago—but they never showed up to collect them. Inside the abandoned containers, which were destined for Ireland, was a huge shipment of cocaine disguised as charcoal, CNN...

Please Say 'Person of Color' Here, Not 'Blue Person'

Previous terms in Ireland to describe people who aren't white were confusing, offensive

(Newser) - Up until now, Ireland has struggled with how to describe people who aren't white. Now, the panel that votes on adding new words and terms to the nation's official lexicon have come up with a descriptor: duine de dhath, or "person of color." That may seem...

Ransomware Attack Causes 'Critical Emergency' in Ireland

Country's health service has shut down IT systems

(Newser) - Ireland's health service shut down its IT systems on Friday after being targeted in what it called a "significant ransomware attack." The Health Service Executive said the move was a precaution, and appointments for coronavirus vaccinations were not affected. "We’ve taken a precautionary measure to...

In Ireland, a Sight Never Before Seen
In Ireland, a Sight 
Never Before Seen
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In Ireland, a Sight Never Before Seen

Walrus turns up on the southwestern coast

(Newser) - Ireland has recorded its first known sighting of a walrus, and it may be the result of a badly timed nap. A father and daughter spotted the creature over the weekend on the rocks off Valentia Island on the southwestern coast, reports the Irish Independent . The Irish Whale and Dolphin...

On St. Patrick's Day, Biden Recommits to Good Friday Agreement

He held virtual meeting with Ireland's prime minister

(Newser) - President Biden marked St. Patrick’s Day by recommitting the US to the Good Friday Agreement, which has come under increasing stress following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. Biden, the latest president of Irish descent, held a virtual meeting Wednesday with Ireland's prime minister, Taoiseach...

Stripe's New Valuation: $95B
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Most Valuable Startup

There's a New Most Valuable Startup

Funding pushes Stripe past SpaceX and Instacart

(Newser) - Stripe's new round of funding has left SpaceX and Instacart in the dust. The payments processing company announced it had added $600 million on Sunday, for a valuation of $95 billion. That shoots Stripe past SpaceX, which is valued at $74 billion, and Instacart, which is pegged at $39...

Homes for Unwed Mothers Had Death, 'Little Kindness': Ireland

Five-year inquiry finds all of society to blame for abuses

(Newser) - Ireland has assessed the harm done by its Catholic Church-run homes for unmarried mothers over most of the 20th century and attempted to fix responsibility. About 9,000 children died in the homes, twice the nation's infant mortality rate, according to a government report released Tuesday. Their mothers were...

Judge Dismisses Foul Play in Teen's High-Profile Death

Court finds no evidence Nora Quoirin, 15, was abducted from resort in Malaysia

(Newser) - Her disappearance from a Malaysian resort —and the subsequent discovery of her body in the jungle—made international headlines. Now a court in Malaysia has decided not to open a criminal inquiry into the death of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin from London, ruling that she most likely "died by...

'Renowned Huntsman' Killed by Pet Deer

Gerard Withers was feeding the animal

(Newser) - A hunter in Ireland died Tuesday after a pet deer he was feeding attacked him, the Irish Examiner reports. Gerard Withers, described as a "renowned huntsman," was gored and trampled by the stag at the Duhallow Hunt Kennels in Liscarroll, per the Irish Independent , which notes that male...

World's Oldest Solitary Dolphin Has Vanished

Residents of Ireland's Dingle Bay are searching for Fungie, a bottlenose who's lived there since 1983

(Newser) - Has anyone seen Fungie? A dolphin that has resided in Ireland's Dingle Bay for nearly four decades has up and vanished, and residents aren't just missing him for sentimental reasons (though there's that, too)—Fungie had become a vital part of the local economy. Euronews reports that...

$500M in Art Vanished. Now, 'the Viper' Has Too

A vital contact in the the Gardner Museum heist has disappeared

(Newser) - A detective trying to solve the world's biggest art heist has a problem: his key contact is gone—which puts an estimated $500 million in stolen art by the likes of Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, and Manet even further out of reach, the Guardian reports. The sleuth, Charles Hill, is...

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