Ireland

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Faith News
The ghost turnip, with its pinched angry face, was made for Halloween.
Faith News
Bishops in Ireland have created detailed guidelines to address the plight of children born to Catholic priests and the women who bear them.
An 'Orange walk' in Belfast in 2011. (Wikimedia Commons from user Ardfern)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJuly 12, 2017
When it proved necessary to negotiate with the D.U.P to secure their support in the House of Commons, the money tree was found and shaken and over £1 billion of public spending promised to the Six Counties of Northern Ireland.
Flushing, NY. Source: Raman Patel
Arts & Culture Books
Paul MosesMay 22, 2017
Paul Moses reviews "City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens" and "Irish-American Autobiography: The Divided Hearts of Athletes, Priests, Pilgrims, and More."
Demonstrators take part in a protest on Sept. 24, 2016, in Dublin to urge the Irish government to repeal the eighth amendment to the constitution, which enforces strict limitations to a woman's right to an abortion. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne 
Politics & Society News
Abortion in Ireland is only legal if the pregnant woman’s life is at risk, including risk of suicide, but public opinion has long been evolving.
The current National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street Hospital in Dublin
Politics & Society Dispatches
Rhona TarrantMay 02, 2017
The fact that the government handed ownership of a new $330 million state hospital to a religious order has led to a national debate over the continued involvement of the Catholic Church in Ireland’s health care system.