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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...

Scottish Transport Minister resigns over snow chaos

Stewart Stevenson steps down from ministerial post after severe winter conditions bring chaos to traffic in central Scotland.

Stewart Stevenson steps down from ministerial post after severe winter conditions bring chaos to traffic in central Scotland.

Mr Stevenson resigned on 11 December 2010 over controversy of his handling of the traffic chaos caused by extreme winter conditions.

Heavy snowfall brought much of central Scotland's road network to a standstill in early December.

Thousands of people were stuck in their cars overnight as the nation's busiest motorways; M8, M9 and A80- were badly affected by a significant accumulation of snow. Despite this, Mr Stevenson claimed that there had been “a first class response to difficult conditions." This prompted sustained criticism from the opposition parties and, after initially refusing to even offer an apology, he offered his resignation as it became clear that his position had become untenable.

December 2010 has been one of the coldest Decembers on record in Scotland with temperatures in the Highlands dropping as low as -20C.

In his resignation statement, Mr Stevenson accepted he "could have done much more to ensure that members of the public were better informed of the situation".

Mr Stevenson was replaced in the job by Keith Brown, an MSP for the Ochil constituency who had already held a ministerial position as Minister for Schools and Skills.

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