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 that … » 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 might … » 2/14/13 1:55pm 2/14/13 1:55pm

U.S. Dollars Funding Irish Pro-Life Movement

After the death of Dr. Savita Halappanavar—a 31-year-old woman who succumbed to septicaemia and E.coli ESBL after being denied access to an abortion at a hospital in Ireland despite—caused outrage that led the Irish government to finally move to officially pass a law allowing abortion when the mother's life is at risk, … » 1/09/13 3:45pm 1/09/13 3:45pm

Ireland's Leading Bishop Unsurprisingly Dedicated His Annual Christmas…

Last week, the Pope dedicated his annual Christmas address to denouncing gay marriage. Not to be outdone, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland called for a campaign against abortion in his own cheery Xmas message. » 12/26/12 2:30pm 12/26/12 2:30pm

Ireland to Officially Legalize Abortions When the Mother's Life Is at…

The Irish government will soon allow abortion in certain cases where the mother's life is at risk. In other words: they don't want international outrage directed at them after another woman like Dr. Savita Halappanavar dies because doctors won't terminate her pregnancy — even if she's miscarrying and repeatedly asks… » 12/19/12 10:25am 12/19/12 10:25am

Ireland Health Watchdog Organization To Investigate Death of Savita…

Ireland's government-funded Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) watchdog organization has announced that they're launching an investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old dentist who was denied an abortion after doctors informed her that she would miscarry but could not remove the… » 11/24/12 12:30pm 11/24/12 12:30pm

Widower Objects to Investigation of His Wife's Death After Being Denied …

When the Irish government announced its plans for an investigative probe into the death of Savita Halappanavar—the 31-year-old Galway woman who died painfully and senselessly after being denied an abortion by Catholic hospital administrators—Halappanavar's husband was less than satisfied. The original seven-member… » 11/20/12 5:50pm 11/20/12 5:50pm

Dublin Protesters Rally for Woman Who Died After Being Denied an…

In what very well may catalyze a radical change to the Republic of Ireland's particularly onerous restrictions on abortion, thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Dublin on Saturday night to pay tribute to a woman who died in October after being refused an abortion at Ireland's University Hospital… » 11/18/12 2:00pm 11/18/12 2:00pm

Irish Doctors Used to Break Women's Pelvises So They Wouldn't Miscarry

Ever heard of symphysiotomy? Probably not; my spell check doesn't even know what it is. But it's a painful surgical procedure which involves breaking a woman's pelvis during childbirth that sounds like an ancient torture method but was once an alternative to Caesareans used in maternity hospitals across Ireland in the … » 11/14/12 6:30pm 11/14/12 6:30pm