Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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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...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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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...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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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...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Ireland determined to keep corporation tax system

Irish government resists pressure from France and Germany to change national corporate tax rate over conditions to ease EU-IMF bailout terms.

Irish government resists pressure from France and Germany to change national corporate tax rate over conditions to ease EU-IMF bailout terms.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said his government will not raise the Irish corporation tax rate, which is used as an incentive for foreign companies to invest in Ireland.

France and Germany want Ireland to change its low corporation tax regime, something which successive Irish governments have regarded as critically important for Ireland in attracting outside investment.

Attending his first EU summit as First Minister of Ireland on 11 March 2001, Mr Kenny was asked by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to change Ireland's corporation tax system as a condition for bringing down the interest rate on Ireland's rescue loan.

On 21 November 2010 the Irish economy received a €85 billion rescue package from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to help the state cope with the state of its finances.

The Taoiseach, who asked his EU counterparts for a 1% reduction in the bailout interest rate, also held a private meeting with Mr Sarkozy and Ms Merkel.

The French President and The Taoiseach clashed on the issue of Irish corporation tax during the meeting, after which Mr Kenny told "Obviously the French President has very clear views about the corporation tax rate for quite some time, and then, so have I."

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