Tag: Ireland

European Workers Draw Paychecks. American Workers Scrounge for Food.

LONDON — In the southeast corner of Ireland, Brian Byrne’s event-planning business was confronting a calamity. It was the middle of March, and the coronavirus pandemic was nearing peak lethality. As the government barred gatherings like music festivals, his revenue disappeared, forcing him to consider laying off his four full-time workers. But a swiftly arranged […]

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Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’: Inspired Vision or Wishful Thinking?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his pro-Brexit allies have long promised that once Britain broke free of the European Union, it could play a bold new role on the world stage — one they dubbed Global Britain. For a few days this week, it looked as if they were actually making good on […]

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Micheal Martin Becomes Ireland’s Prime Minister as Rival Parties Ally

DUBLIN, Ireland — Ireland’s Parliament appointed Micheal Martin, a center-right politician, as the country’s prime minister on Saturday as the country deals with the headwinds of the coronavirus outbreak and fallout from a housing crisis. Mr. Martin replaces Leo Varadkar, a doctor who drew acclaim for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak but who has […]

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DNA of ‘Irish Pharaoh’ Sheds Light on Ancient Tomb Builders

The vast Stone Age tomb mounds in the valley of the River Boyne, about 25 miles north of Dublin, are so impressive that the area has been called the Irish Valley of the Kings. And a new analysis of ancient human DNA from Newgrange, the most famous of the mounds in Ireland, suggests that the […]

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Ireland’s 2 Main Parties to Jointly Govern for First Time

LONDON — Four months after an election that brought down its government but settled little else, Ireland’s two main parties struck an agreement Monday to govern together for the first time, opening an unpredictable chapter in Irish politics as the country faces the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders of the parties, Fianna Fail […]

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Evervault raises $16 million for ‘privacy cages’ that simplify data protection

Evervault has raised $16 million in venture capital to develop technology the Dublin-based company claims will recalibrate the traditional tradeoffs between privacy and regulation. Index Ventures led the round, which includes previous investors Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Frontline Ventures. In addition, the fundraising attracted money from a string of notable angel investors, such as Eventbrite […]

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You Can Take Virtual Tour Of An Irish Distillery For World Whiskey Day

With World Whiskey Day coming up this weekend (May 16th), there’s going to be a lot of celebrating of whiskey going around. In previous years, distilleries would fling open their doors for partying, cocktail mixing, tastings, and general merrymaking. Those days are gone (for now). So distilleries are making plans to change up the game […]

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Workvivo raises $16 million to reinvent the intranet in the age of Slack and Zoom

Workvivo has raised $16 million in venture capital as the Irish company prepares to expand its platform that aims to be a hub for all internal employee communications. Tiger Global led the round of funding, which also included participation from Frontline Ventures and Enterprise Ireland. The Cork-based company, which had become profitable before taking any […]

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Irish Return an Old Favor, Helping Native Americans Battling the Virus

DUBLIN — More than 170 years ago, the Choctaw Nation sent $170 to starving Irish families during the potato famine. A sculpture in County Cork commemorates the generosity of the tribe, itself poor. In recent decades, ties between Ireland and the Choctaws have grown. Now hundreds of Irish people are repaying that old kindness, giving […]

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In the Coronavirus Crisis, True Leaders Stand Out

Leadership may be hard to define, but in times of crisis it is easy to identify. As the pandemic has spread fear, disease and death, national leaders across the globe have been severely tested. Some have fallen short, sometimes dismally, but there are also those leaders who have risen to the moment, demonstrating resolve, courage, […]

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How Normal People Captures a Hyper-Aware Romance

In the three years since her first novel was published, the 29-year-old Irish writer Sally Rooney has been called variously “the Jane Austen of the precariat,” “Salinger for the Snapchat generation,” the author of “an Instagram status symbol.” These effusions tend to emphasize that she is young, she understands being online, and she can write […]

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‘Life Has to Go On’: How Sweden Has Faced the Virus Without a Lockdown

STOCKHOLM — She stood leaning on her cane, briefly resting among dozens of bubbly young Swedes out enjoying one of the first sunny spring days of the year. “I’m trying not to get too close to people,” said Birgit Lilja, 82, explaining that she had left her house to pick up a new identity card […]

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This Is How to Hold a Coronavirus Election

SEOUL, South Korea — The most important thing about this country’s legislative elections this week is the fact that they happened at all. They were the world’s first nationwide vote of the coronavirus era, and more than 29 million people — 66 percent of the electorate, the highest turnout in nearly three decades — cast […]

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How a Pandemic Rescued the Political Image of Ireland’s Leader

LONDON — Just two months ago, Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, was a spent force in Irish politics: a trailblazing prime minister whose failure to solve Ireland’s housing crisis frustrated voters and whose aloof style left them cold. In a three-way Parliamentary race in February, his party finished last. Last month, Dr. Varadkar, still in office […]

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D.I.Y. Coronavirus Solutions Are Gaining Steam

There are moments when Gui Cavalcanti feels like he woke up in a dystopian universe — a guy with no background in medical or disaster response, suddenly leading an international effort on Facebook to design medical equipment to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the gravest public-health threat of our time. “I have never worked so hard […]

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A Good Death Is a Rite of Irish Life. Amid Coronavirus, That Looks Different.

When Betty Ryan died at her home in rural Ireland of complications from cancer last week, her family was understandably distraught. And compounding their grief was a question that is now arising for families around the country: What would they do about her wake and funeral? Like so many rites in Irish life, death is […]

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Canceled Because of Coronavirus: A Brief List

Planners of all types of events, from the biggest international concerts and conferences to the smallest community gatherings, are facing hard questions about whether to carry on as planned. They all face the same conundrum: Is a public gathering worth the risk of spreading the new coronavirus? Here’s a brief rundown of some of the […]

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Trump Assails Pelosi as He Opts to Skip Bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump will skip the annual bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day luncheon hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill this week, White House officials said Sunday, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat snubs between the two most powerful leaders in the nation’s capital. In rejecting Ms. Pelosi’s invitation, Mr. Trump […]

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Irish Voters Cast Off Relic of Entrenched 2-Party System

DUBLIN — In a century-old political system controlled by two seemingly indistinguishable center-right parties in Ireland, Jamie Clarke did what seemed sensible to him: He never voted in a general election. Until Saturday. “Fianna Fail and Fine Gael were the people that made the decisions, and someone like me could never change it — that’s […]

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Sinn Fein on Threshold: Party With Old I.R.A. Ties Soars in Irish Election

DUBLIN — Sinn Fein, a leftist party long ostracized from Irish politics over its ties to sectarian violence, won the popular vote and seized its largest-ever share of parliamentary seats in the country’s national elections this weekend, according to results released on Sunday. The vote loosened a 90-year stranglehold on power by two center-right parties […]

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Ireland’s Independence Centenaries Threaten to Reopen Old Wounds

DUBLIN — It seemed, to some at least, a perfectly reasonable event to include in a series of centenaries planned for the Irish War of Independence from 1919 to 1921: a commemoration of Royal Irish Constabulary police officers who fought and died on the British side. But the public outcry that greeted the event’s announcement […]

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Apple CEO calls for global corporate tax system overhaul

(Reuters) — Everyone knows that the global corporate tax system needs to be overhauled, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Monday, backing changes to global rules that are currently under consideration. The growth of internet giants such as Apple has pushed international tax rules to the limit, prompting the Organization for Economic Cooperation and […]

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