Brain-Dead Irish Woman Being Kept On Life Support Because of Pregnancy

An Irish woman in her mid-to-late 20s is being kept alive on life support against her family's wishes because she is 16 weeks pregnant. The woman is reported to be clinically brain-dead after suffering severe head trauma and a subsequent blood clot in her brain. The case will likely end in court, with her family… » 12/18/14 9:50am Thursday 9:50am

N. Irish Anti-Abortion Activist Convicted of Harassing Clinic Director

Bernadette "Bernie" Smyth, one of Northern Ireland's most prominent anti-abortion activists—she has picketed the country's only abortion clinic since the day it opened—has been convicted of harassing the clinic's director. Smyth was convicted today of two counts of harassment against Dawn Purvis, who runs the Belfast… » 11/19/14 1:10pm 11/19/14 1:10pm

Game of Thrones Tourism Is Happening, Since Westeros Sounds So Fun

It's not just Ren Faire enthusiasts and Irish-American grandparents who want to vacation on the Emerald Isle anymore, and for that, you can thank Game of Thrones, which films partly outside Belfast. Suddenly the HBO drama is the hottest way to market Ireland as a destination—because doesn't Westeros seem like a darling » 4/15/14 6:30pm 4/15/14 6:30pm

Abortions Now Legal In Ireland Under Extremely Limited Circumstances

Two days ago, a law permitting abortion in extremely limited circumstances came into force in Ireland. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, as it's called, will allow for abortions when doctors believe that there is a substantial risk to the woman's life, either through physical illness, medical emergency or… » 1/03/14 12:10pm 1/03/14 12:10pm

Ireland's President Finally Signs First Legal Abortion Bill Into Law

(Some) abortion is now legal in Ireland for the first time, thanks to the country's new "Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill," which legalizes abortion in cases where the mother's life is at stake, including risk of suicide. Whoa: it's an abortion bill that associates the term "life" with living, breathing women… » 7/30/13 10:25am 7/30/13 10:25am

Ireland Passes Half-Assed Loopholes in Abortion Ban That Won't Change…

Two months after initially proposing an amendment to allow abortions under certain rare circumstances, the Irish government has officially passed the loophole in their draconian restrictions with an overwhelming vote in favor (127-31) — but not without major grumbling from the church and religious officials. » 7/14/13 2:00pm 7/14/13 2:00pm

Ireland Has Made Some (Very) Minor Improvements in Its Abortion Laws

The horrifying (and preventable) death of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old woman who was denied a life-saving abortion when doctors at Ireland’s University Hospital Galway found that she was miscarrying, has prompted lots of outrage over Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. On Wednesday, Irish lawmakers seemed to… » 5/01/13 9:15pm 5/01/13 9:15pm

Ireland Is Opening an Inquest into the Awful Death of Savita…

Ireland is set to open an inquest into the horrifying (and probably unnecessary) death of Savita Halappanavar, the Indian dentist who died from suspected complications from septacaemia after the hospital that admitted her reportedly refused to terminate her pregnancy. Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant at the time. » 4/07/13 12:30pm 4/07/13 12:30pm

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Skipped St. Paddy’s Day Visit to…

A top Irish official from Ireland (for-real Ireland and not, like, Boston) took an opportunity on his St. Patrick's weekend visit to America's Irish diaspora to chastise the venerable sexists in Savannah, Georgia for hosting their all-cock St. Paddy's dinner, no broads allowed since the 19th century. » 3/17/13 12:30pm 3/17/13 12:30pm

Stop Using Fake Holidays as an Excuse to Get Drunk

This isn't to pick on St. Patrick's Day, per se, because America has plenty of imported, quasi-holidays whose only purpose seems to be to sell as much booze to as many reluctant revelers as possible. Don't have enough self-assurance to enjoy a highball at your local rathskeller on a Friday morning without fretting… » 3/17/13 11:02am 3/17/13 11:02am

Pregnant Women Everywhere Are Being Bullied Into Having C-Sections

A pregnant woman in Ireland who is is two weeks overdue, according to her records at Waterford Regional Hospital, was taken to High Court after refusing the C-section procedure recommended by hospital staff. The woman, who insists that her due date is actually March 18th, in contradiction with the medically-determined… » 3/09/13 5:45pm 3/09/13 5:45pm

Leaked Savita Halappanavar Report Makes the Hospital Look Really,…

Savita Halappanavar died in an Irish hospital last October, a full week after the 31-year-old dentist came in with back pain and was found to be miscarrying, because doctors refused to remove the fetus until its heartbeat officially stopped. Abortions are illegal in Ireland except in cases where the mother's life… » 2/14/13 1:55pm 2/14/13 1:55pm