The Irish-Scottish Health Forum Learning Fellowship

Wednesday, 23 October 2019
The governments of Ireland and Scotland have announced the launch of a Joint Learning Fellowship programme for Irish and Scottish senior policymakers or health service workers so they can learn more about what works in each system. Read More...

Last laugh: Irish man pranks family one last time at his own funeral

Tuesday, 22 October 2019
An Irish man with a wicked sense of humour gave loved ones at his funeral one hell of a surprise, playing a recording of his voice as his coffin was lowered into the ground. Read More...

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...

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...

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...

Allan Bell elected Isle of Man's Chief Minister

No major changes on the island's political landscape as independents retain majority of seats at the Manx General Election held during September 2011.

No major changes on the island's political landscape as independents retain majority of seats at the Manx General Election held during September 2011.

Traditionally, the Isle of Man's political system is not dominated by party politics since most Manx politicians stand for election as independent candidates rather than as members of political parties.

The island's largest political party, the Liberal Vannin Party, increased its share of the vote from 4% to 12.5% and won 3 seats out of 24 in the House of Keys, the island's parliament.

On 11 October, independent Member of the House of Keys (MHK) Allan Bell was formally declared Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, a job he will hold for the next five years.

His predecessor, Chief Minister Tony Brown, retired from politics after 35 years in public service.

Incoming Chief Minister Alan Bell, aged 64, was first elected to the House of Keys in 1984 and is the longest serving Member in the chamber. Over the past two decades he has held a number of ministerial roles including Minister for Economic Development from 2001 to 2010.

In his inaugural address, the new Chief Minister pledged "to rebalance the government's budget" and "make changes that will secure the future of the Isle of Man as a competitive and responsible centre for international business."

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