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  1. politics
    Why Tensions in Northern Ireland Have ReignitedNorthern Ireland is seeing its worst violence in years, with anger over Brexit acting as fuel and a fight over COVID restrictions adding the spark.
  2. politics
    Brexit and Biden Rekindle Hopes for a United IrelandWith Britain leaving Europe and an Irish American president-elect, nationalists say their dream of Irish reunification may finally be within reach.
  3. international affairs
    What Sinn Féin’s Election Victory Means for IrelandThe nationalist party campaigned on domestic issues, but Brexit likely helped its cause — and Irish reunification is still on its agenda.
  4. foreign interests
    It’s a Crucial Week for Brexit (Yes, Again)Parliament withheld support for Boris Johnson’s deal on Saturday, so now Brexit’s fate will come down to how MPs amend the terms of the withdrawal.
  5. women’s rights
    Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize AbortionOne of the world’s most restrictive abortion bans is no more, following a landslide vote for repeal in Ireland.
  6. Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Still Wallops IrelandThe most powerful storm to ever form this far northeast in the Atlantic is now a post-tropical storm that’s packing powerful wind gusts.
  7. extreme weather
    This Year’s Latest Major Hurricane, Ophelia, Is Headed for IrelandThe 2017 hurricane season just keeps getting crazier.
  8. Rape Victims May Finally Be Able to Access Abortions in Northern IrelandA high-court judge ruled that Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or fatal fetal abnormalities, violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
  9. same-sex marriage
    Ireland Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriages“It really is so nice to have the full marriage, and I’m every bit as emotional.” 
  10. the national circus
    What Does Ireland’s Same-Sex-Marriage Vote Mean for the U.S.?The Irish vote recast the country’s relationship with the Catholic Church. Will America be able to do the same with the religious right?
  11. awesome things
    Ireland Votes to Legalize Same-Sex MarriageBy an overwhelming majority, Irish voters have made their country the first in history to achieve marriage equality through popular mandate.
  12. presidential firsts
    Bill Clinton Could Be President Again, Just Not in AmericaBienvenue, Monsieur le Président!
  13. mortgage mess
    If You Owe More on Your House Than It’s Worth (and Live in Ireland), You May Be in LuckGovernment there plans to pay off some mortgage debt … should we do the same?
  14. obama
    Icelandic Volcanoes Hate President ObamaThey’re changing his travel plans for the second year in a row.
  15. obama
    World’s Most Indestructible Limo Halted in Its Tracks by Driveway Ramp [Updated]President Obama had some car trouble in Ireland.
  16. obama
    Irish Village of Moneygall Welcomes Hometown Hero, Barack ObamaThe town is in a tizzy for visit by a great-great-great grandson of one of its residents.
  17. terrorble
    Bomb Discovered in Ireland in Anticipation of Queen Elizabeth’s VisitBut that didn’t stop her!
  18. fianna fail fail
    Irish Prime Minister Stepping Down As Leader of His Political PartyFollowing a $114 billion bailout.
  19. international intrigue
    Is Ireland Patient X for the Next Financial Contagion?Things don’t look good for Spain or Portugal.
  20. international intrigue
    Ireland to E.U.: Look, We Never Asked for a Massive Bailout, But If You InsistPride versus financial solvency.
  21. joetorious
    Joe Biden Killed the Irish Prime Minister’s MotherOnly for a second, though.
  22. party lines
    Conan O’Brien Will Be Drinking Diet Coke on Saint Patrick’s DayAt the American Ireland Fund’s St. Patrick Day party last night, Conan O’Brien picked up an Irish Spirit award for his work with the charity Labels Are for Jars. But as it turns out, the funnyman sadly isn’t stereotypically Irish. He didn’t even like fairies as a kid! “My only connection to Irish lore was through the breakfast cereal Lucky Charms,” said O’Brien. “And the Leprechaun horror movies. Leprechaun in the Hood!” But any self-respecting Irishman, leprechaun-loving or otherwise, should at least be able to put a few beers back every March 17, right? Not so for O’Brien. “I get very self-conscious around a lot of Italian men and African-American men pretending to be Irish,” said O’Brien. “Of course, on Saint Patrick’s Day someone like me just becomes an Irish piñata. ‘It’s Conan O’Brien — ARRRRRRR!!!’” The late-night host has had to deal with his fair share of drunken Irish fans — though the madness has calmed down with upped security budgets — and now chooses the “less obvious” holiday route. “I want to have a Diet Coke, eat some melba toast, and go to bed early. Pretty sexy, huh?” —Jocelyn Guest
  23. in other news
    When Irish Eyes Are Buying We’re used to our Dublin friend’s many sisters hitting Fifth Avenue for weekend shopping trips — “because everything’s so affordable,” they say. Now it seems the Irish regard for Manhattan as a colossal bargain bin extends to real estate. The combination of the economic miracle known as the Celtic Tiger and the weak dollar has made for an entirely new class of condo buyer: the recreational Irish investor. Unlike the Saudis or Japanese, who tend to cause nativist paranoia every time they buy a trophy skyscraper or storied hotel, the Irish are keeping a somewhat low profile, with individual buyers partial to smallish apartments in unfinished high-rises; owning a pied-à-terre in Manhattan, apparently, is becoming a kind of upper-middle-class Dublin cliché. The Irish eye for real estate is even starting to figure into developers’ plans: Esplanade Capital, reports the Times, is planning to unload an entire 43-story condo onto a Dublin company that will then handle the unit-by-unit sales locally. Hey, they built this city, they may as well own it. An Irish Taste for Real Estate in Manhattan [NYT]
  24. the morning line
    Middle-Class Housing? In New York?! • Mayor Bloomberg announced the city is buying a 24-acre parcel of land in Long Island City on which to build middle-class housing. Jerry Speyer preemptively bids to buy it in 50 years and turn it into luxury condos. [NYS] • Con Ed technicians working at the ground-zero site yesterday discovered human remains and two wallets in an underground junction box that was allegedly searched years ago. Families groups, no doubt, are thrilled. [NYDN] • Now a handwriting expert says Brooke Astor’s signature on the 2004 codicil that bequeathed millions to her son was most likely forged. As if Astor family gatherings weren’t awkward enough lately. [NYT] • A job fair intended for Irish immigrants living illegally in the United States is instead drawing mostly Americans interested in working in Ireland, presumably seeking cheaper Guinness. [NYT] • Jeanine Pirro is trailing Andrew Cuomo by 21 points in attorney-general race, new polls show. Campaign strategists now seeking a scandal that will actually win her sympathy. [NYP] • Alas poor Mets. Sigh. [NYDN, NYP]