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Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...
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Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...
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Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...
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Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...
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The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Irish Prime Minister wins confidence vote

The Taoiseach received the backing of the majority of Parliament following a confidence motion tabled by opposition party Fine Gael.

The Taoiseach received the backing of the majority of Parliament following a confidence motion tabled by opposition party Fine Gael.

The Fianna Fáil and Green Party coalition government won the vote by 82-77.

The motion, which was debated in Parliament on 15 June, questioned Taoiseach Brian Cowen's ability to manage the country’s economy.

Mr Cowen accepted responsibility for failing to foresee Ireland's economic crisis in 2008, but accused the opposition parties of hypocrisy as they also failed to see the crisis coming.

The confidence vote was overshadowed by an unexpected leadership crisis in the Fine Gael party, as latest polls showed a sharp decline in support for the opposition party leader Enda Kenny.

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