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It ain't over till Vaclav Klaus sings

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Anyone who figured the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty could cruise into force with Ireland’s “yes” vote last week must have forgotten about the eastern flank. Temporarily obscured behind the high drama of the second Irish referendum was the fact that the Polish and Czech governments have yet to formally ratify the treaty. EU leaders may have helped give an overly optimistic impression that the treaty, which is aimed at streamlining the 27-member bloc's bureaucratic processes, was good to go.

Ireland approves Lisbon Treaty second time around

DUBLIN, Ireland — Fearful of being marginalized in Europe at a time of recession, Irish voters have approved the Lisbon Treaty in a second referendum, reversing the outcome of the first poll just over a year ago.

How to raise Irish taxpayers' tempers

DUBLIN, Ireland — It is said that when a politician becomes a figure of ridicule his or her career is over. This was the case with John O’Donoghue, speaker of the lower house of the Irish Parliament, known as the Dail, who keeps members in line by shouting “Order, Order.” O’Donoghue’s lavish living at taxpayer’s expense prompted Irish Times cartoonist Martyn Turner on Tuesday to portray him shouting “Order me first class tickets,” and “Order me the finest food taxpayers’ money can buy.”

Can the Irish save Ireland?

DUBLIN, Ireland — Desperate to overcome a ruinous economic downturn, Ireland is turning to its 70 million-strong diaspora for help. Underlining the seriousness of the Irish economic crisis, the government released statistics Tuesday showing net outward migration for the first time in 14 years. In a return to the past, perhaps those emigrants can help seed the recovery back home.

G20 Pittsburgh: They meet again

LONDON, England — Why do political leaders do this: meet at the summit? Why do we write about it? Do you really care? Back in early April, the last time the G20 met, I stopped off at Canary Wharf in London's new financial district to talk to merchant bankers and speculators about the meeting that was, in theory, supposed to result in measures to save the global financial system.

Ireland's Lisbon vote looms — again

DUBLIN, Ireland — The controversial businessman who helped wreck the plans of the European establishment last year by leading a successful campaign against the Lisbon Treaty has returned to the fray. With just three weeks to go before Ireland votes a second time on the European Union's reform treaty, Declan Ganley has emerged from self-imposed obscurity to rally the struggling anti-treaty campaign.

Full Frame: Roots on an Irish farm

Full Frame features photo essays and conversations with photographers in the field. My grandfather John Joseph O’Mahony was born in a small farmhouse on a strip of farmland called Bawnea Kilbrittain in County Cork, Ireland, in 1890. I have pleasant memories of my grandfather, “Pops,” as we lovingly referred to him. I still remember the sweet smell of his weathered hands, the roughness of his whiskers, which he would playfully rub up against my face, and the ever-present pipe he smoked.

Ireland's new art gallery: the highway

TRALEE, Ireland — One day some years ago, when traveling along a road near Killarney in County Kerry, Ann Lane came across what she described as a “magnificent sight.” On top of a rocky embankment a white horse with a unicorn helmet reared up on its hind legs, as if looking out over the soft, heather-clad mountains. It was a life-size sculpture, known as the “Capall Mor,” or ‘Big Horse.”

Ireland's new favorite son? Muhammad Ali

DUBLIN — Muhammad Ali has become the latest high-profile African-American to be feted in Ireland for his Irish roots. The legendary boxer got an ecstatic reception Tuesday when he was made the first freeman of the town of Ennis, County Clare. The great-grandfather of the former world champion heavyweight, Abe Grady, emigrated from the west of Ireland town to the United States in the 1860s.

An Irish crop yields its bounty, but it's 'Gitmo' for the deer

I feel like a real Irish peasant now that I have dug up my first crop of potatoes. The choice of the Kerr’s Pink brand has paid off. They flourish well in our garden which is on a slope at 1,000 feet in the hills above Dublin. Boiled and then fried in oil they are absolutely delicious. We have also had a good crop of squash, lettuce, parsley, bean and peas.
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