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Irish Health Groups want increase in tobacco tax

Health groups in Ireland are calling on the Government to increase the tax on cigarettes at a higher rate than inflation to help cover the costs of smoking related illnesses. The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) say that smoking related illnesses cost the country around …

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Campaign to ban smacking of children

Children’s groups are putting pressure on the Irish Government to introduce a law making it illegal for parents to smack their children. Until 2001, Parents had the right to use ‘reasonable and moderate chastisement’ to discipline their children. These rights were repealed in the 2001 Children’s Act. However, while the …

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Ireland asks England to return precious manuscript

The Irish government are hoping to persuade Oxford University in England to return an ancient manuscript to their shores. The Annals of Inisfallen took 300 years to produce. They tell the history of Ireland from AD 433 to AD 1450. Monks at Inisfallen Abbey, Co Kerry, started writing the documents …

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Americans vote Ireland fourth ‘Dream Destination’

Ireland has been named as the fourth most desirable destination for a holiday of a lifetime by a travel magazine in the United States. Virtuoso Life ran its annual ‘Travel Dreams’ survey and around 8,000 readers responded. While the most popular destinations were the sun drenched paradises of New Zealand, …

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Ireland – mythical, magical, mystical

Christy Nicholas is the author of Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland. She has visited several times and has a deep love of the land and people. As I was growing up, my mother, like many mothers, told me bedtime stories. Some of these she read …

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Newgrange – Ireland’s most important monument

Newgrange

The ancient site of Newgrange has been named as the most important historical monument in Ireland in a National Heritage survey. The underground chamber, which is part of the Brú na Bóinne site in Co Meath, received 12% of the vote. It finished ahead of areas with striking scenery such …

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New book challenges traditional St Patrick story

A new book by a Church of Ireland clergyman is challenging the traditional story of St Patrick and his background. It has been a long held belief that Ireland’s patron saint had come from somewhere in Britain with Wales, Scotland and South West England the most likely places of his …

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