Ireland en Queen visits Ireland, London investigates bomb threat (UPDATES) (VIDEO) <p> Irish police have up to 4,000 people involved in security operations. It is the country&#39;s largest ever security operation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ireland World Leaders United Kingdom Tue, 17 May 2011 05:32:00 +0000 News Desk 5645275 at At Glastonbury gig, U2 faces protest over dodging Irish taxes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Art Uncut activists bring huge balloon to muddy music event, saying "U Pay Your Tax 2," but they are tackled and scuffles break out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Ireland&#39;s most-successful band U2 and its frontman Bono were accused of <a href="">dodging taxes</a> in their home country by protesters at the group&#39;s first performance at England&#39;s Glastonbury Festival, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.</p> <p> As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage at the huge, muddy outdoor <a href=";lid=ARTICLE_16017864_Glastonbury_U2_Tax_Demo_Threatened_By_Activists_Art_Uncut_Telling_Bono_To_Pay_Up">music festival</a>, activists from the direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20-foot balloon emblazoned with the message &ldquo;U Pay Your Tax 2,&quot; Sky News reported.</p> <p> As the activists tried to release the <a href="">balloon</a> over the crowd of about 50,000, security personnel wrestled them to the ground and deflated the balloon, sparking angry clashes with about 30 protesters, with several of them pinned against a fence near the stage, according to the Telegraph. There were no arrests.</p> <p> One of the Art Uncut group members said: &ldquo;That was totally over the top. He threatened to hit me.&rdquo;</p> <p> U2 was criticized in 2006 when the band reportedly shifted most of its <a href="">business affairs</a> from Ireland to the Netherlands, where royalties on music incur virtually no tax, after the Irish government cut tax breaks for income earned from &quot;works of artistic merit,&quot; CNN reported.</p> <p> Bono, guitarist The Edge, bass player Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen are among Ireland&#39;s wealthiest residents, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Forbes magazine estimated the band earned $195 million last year.</p> <p> Art Uncut says that while Bono campaigns against poverty in the developing world, his very wealthy group has run out on paying Irish taxes at a time when the country desperately needs the money. Ireland, which has received an international bailout, is dealing with difficult spending cuts, tax increases and unemployment as it tries to pull its debt-burdened economy out of danger of bankruptcy.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ireland Music United Kingdom Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle Ireland United Kingdom Weird Wide Web Sat, 25 Jun 2011 05:03:38 +0000 News Desk 5655106 at Europe: Some good economic news at the edges <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Britain and Ireland show improved trade figures </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It&#39;s not all doom and gloom:</p> <p> 1. The UK&#39;s trade deficit has unexpectedly narrowed according to <a href="">data released</a> today. Figures for August showed the deficit was down to &pound;7.8 ($12.8 billion). Economists had expected that figure to be &pound;8.8.</p> <p> The reason is partly a new method for computing the trade figures but also a rise in exports of fuel, food and drinks. (It can&#39;t be the beer that is selling so well overseas.&nbsp; Presumably Scotch is being exported in large quantities to the continent. Despite the euro zone crisis, the single currency has gained value against the pound. So a bottle of whiskey is nowhere near as expensive as it was a few years ago.&nbsp; I suppose people on the continent need a stiff drink to help them cope with the Greek situation and their overall economic slowdown.)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dominque Strauss-Kahn economic crisis Great Britain Home Ireland Irish unemployment France Europe Ireland United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:51:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5677824 at VIDEO: Violence at UK traveler site eviction <p> Angry protesters greeted police when officers arrived to evict 86 Irish traveler families from the camp where they have been living for 10 years. Residents lost their appeal for the right to stay, but say they&#39;ll take the fight to the Houses of Parliament.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gypsies Ireland United Kingdom Europe Ireland United Kingdom Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:34:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5678419 at Suspected Real IRA arms dealer jailed in Lithuania <p> Michael Campbell, a suspected member of the Real IRA terrorist group, was convicted after undercover agents filmed him buying weapons and explosives that he said he wanted to use against Brits.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ireland Northern Ireland terrorism United Kingdom Europe Ireland United Kingdom Fri, 21 Oct 2011 13:34:00 +0000 News Desk 5678803 at In Europe, migration history repeats itself Back in the days of empire have nots used to head out to the colonies. Guess what? They are doing it again - although the colonies are now prosperous, independent nations<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Angola Brazil Europe Greece Home immigration Ireland Melbourne Portugal Regions Americas Brazil Europe Ireland Italy Spain Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:30:31 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5685042 at A study in austerity: Irish property values slide further <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The price of property has now sunk in value almost 60 percent in five years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> When it comes to house prices it&#39;s as if all of Ireland has stepped into a time machine and gone backwards half a decade.</p> <p> A house in Dublin now costs 64.2 percent less than it did five years ago,</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Home Ireland Irish economy Irish house prices Regions Sherry-Fitzgerald Business Debt Crisis Europe Global Economy Europa Wed, 04 Jan 2012 08:55:33 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5685857 at Irish businessman Sean Quinn declared bankrupt <p> Quinn&rsquo;s use of loans to make disastrous investments in Anglo Irish has left the failed state-owned bank chasing him over debts of nearly $3.7 billion and battling to gain ownership of his properties.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ireland Business Ireland Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:25:09 +0000 Luke Browne 5687531 at Brian Shivers, dissident Irish republican, convicted of murdering 2 British soldiers <p> Brian Shivers was convicted on Friday of the murders of Mark Quinesy and Patrick Azimkar outside a military barracks in Co Antrim in 2009, the first such killings for more than a decade in Northern Ireland.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> conflict zone Ireland Northern Ireland United Kingdom Conflict Zones Ireland United Kingdom Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:16:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5688258 at Davos takes on euro zone crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Old arguments about how to solve the euro zone crisis are re-hashed at World Economic Forum annual meeting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Davos. The name, the place, what it stands for is a challenge to an ideal of journalism. It seems to be one of those events that become a story not because of any intrinsic news value but because a bunch of famous people get together and allow journalists to mingle among them.</p> <p> There are many national leaders at the World Economic Forum&#39;s annual meeting in Davos but no treaties are signed, nor are there joint declarations of policy made. That would be news and worth reporting. There are titans of industry in Davos, but no products are launched or companies acquired. That, too, would be news etc.</p> <p> It can&#39;t be news because the comments about the year to come actually shape events. I came across this <a href="">article</a> from The Washington Post a couple of years ago on Google about some famously wrong predictions made by the rulers of the planet at the World Economic Forum. It&#39;s pretty amusing. (For that matter, did anyone at Davos in 1996 or 97 predict there would be something like Google (founded in 1998) and that a search engine would upend all previously known models of information aggregation and dissemination?</p> <p> Anyway, the leaders are at Davos, journalists are tweeting like fan-boys and girls about rubbing shoulders with them.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Angela Merkel austerity Britain David Cameron Davos Denmark Enda Kenny EU euro zone crisis euro zone debt crisis Europe Germany Helle Thorning Schmidt Home Ireland Regions World Economic Forum Business Debt Crisis Europe Germany Global Economy Ireland Italy United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:19:10 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5689083 at Ireland to hold referendum on European fiscal treaty <p> Ireland will hold a referendum on whether to accept the EU fiscal compact treaty which imposes strict new budgetary discipline on each state, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Debt Crisis Europe Ireland Business Debt Crisis Europe Ireland Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:56:25 +0000 Luke Browne 5694005 at Oil is discovered off the coast of Ireland <p> Ireland has struck oil off the County Cork coast in what may prove to be a multi-billion dollar discovery.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ireland Oil Business Ireland Sat, 17 Mar 2012 00:57:50 +0000 Alexander Besant 5696493 at Ireland falls back into recession <p> Thursday&rsquo;s figures overshadowed data showing that Ireland&#39;s economy grew by 0.7 percent in 2011 as a whole, bringing an end to three years of declines since the financial crisis began in the country.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Debt Crisis Europe Ireland Business Debt Crisis Europe Ireland Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:47:50 +0000 Luke Browne 5697211 at Ex-Irish PM Bertie Ahern resigns from Fianna Fáil <p> The former Dublin politician was on the verge of being expelled from Fianna F&aacute;il after a tribunal investigating corruption in Ireland&rsquo;s planning process found money from party supporters had been deposited in his bank account.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Ireland Europe Ireland Sun, 25 Mar 2012 14:52:46 +0000 Luke Browne 5697589 at Ireland sets May 31 date for EU pact referendum <p> Ireland&rsquo;s three main political parties back the fiscal compact, with the opposition Fianna F&aacute;il party indicating it will support the government and campaign for a yes vote in May.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Debt Crisis Europe Ireland Debt Crisis Europe Ireland Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:38:55 +0000 Luke Browne 5697930 at