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Irish Ministry Calls for Pension Overhaul
aiCIO
(June 19, 2013) — The Irish Pension Board has serious concerns over the sustainability and management of retirement assets, according to the Ministry for Social Protection. The board found that defined contribution (DC) plans must become the future 
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IMF Warns of Irish Austerity Fatigue as Bailout Exit Looms
Bloomberg
The Irish government estimates an accord in February to restructure the bailout of former Anglo IrishBank Corp. will yield 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in annual savings from next year. These shouldn’t be used to temper budget cuts as the state may 

Michelle Obama has ‘typical Irish family lunch’ with Bono

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Telegraph.co.uk
The smart Dublin commuter town is so used to famous faces it is dubbed “Paddywood” – Irish singers Van Morrison and Enya live here, as does Bono’s U2 bandmate The Edge. Formula One drivers Eddie Irvine and Damon Hill lived here, as did novelist 
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Inquiry seeks WA Irish child abuse victims
Herald Sun
NUMEROUS Irish child sex abuse victims are thought to be living in Western Australia, and a major inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland is appealing for them to come forward. The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was set 

Irish Lawmakers Expected to Approve Limited Abortion
New York Times (blog)

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DUBLIN — The Irish Parliament is expected to legalize limited abortion before its summer break after the publication of final government proposals that would allow terminations in cases when there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the 
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Threat to burn minister’s home over abortion bill
Irish Independent

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Health Minister James Reilly has received a letter threatening to burn him and his family out of their home from an opponent of the abortion bill. Also in this section. Outlook is gloomy: 10 more wet summers on cards · ‘Honest’ thief gives back bike to 
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Irish Human Rights Commission calls for comprehensive Magdalene redress 
IrishCentral
The Irish Human Rights Commission has called on the government to establish a comprehensive redress scheme for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries. The agency says the scheme should be established as the State failed to protect the human rights of 
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Kenny rules out income tax hikes in next budget


Irish Times
In a speech delivered to the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, as part of his duties under the Irish EU presidency, the Minister said Ireland must address the burden of income tax on people with average incomes to create the jobs required to …

U2’s Bono hails ‘extraordinary’ President Barack Obama after presidential win


Bono speaking at Georgetown University on Monday

The world was rooting for President Obama to earn another four years in the White House last week, and as we know that wish was emphatically granted. One global citizen who couldn’t be happier about the outcome is Bono.

“Congratulations are in order not just for turning out in record numbers – and forgetting politics for a minute – but for electing an extraordinary man as president. I think you have to say that whatever your political tradition,” Bono told an audience at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on Monday night.

Now that the election dust has settled, Bono has been in the nation’s capital these past couple of days to urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle not to cut U.S. funding for global assistance programs when “fiscal cliff” negotiations get underway in earnest. He’s had several meetings to stress that U.S. aid has done a world of good and can’t be eliminated now, and he doesn’t care who he has deal with to get that message across.

“Cuts can cost the lives of the poorest of the poor,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a hard case to make, but it is right now. In the halls of Congress, the Senate, maybe here in [Georgetown]. But I put it to you we must not let this economic recession become a moral recession. That would become a double cruelty.

“If George Bush were here right now, I’d get down and kiss him on the lips!” Bono told the mostly student audience at the Global Social Enterprise Initiative event at Georgetown. Bush and Bono collaborated together on relief programs during W’s years in the White House, and they maintained a positive relationship despite an undoubted difference of political opinion.

Bono told the attendees that Africa is vital to their futures. “People say China is the future,” he said, “but if you ask the Chinese, they’re all headed to Africa. Africa’s going to be big, and it’s going to be young. This is the era of the Afro-nerd!”

One African student asked Bono a pointed question: “What kind of advice do you have for young Africans like myself who have access to a world of knowledge and opportunities and want to be able to take that back, without being condescending?”

Bono was his usual candid self in reply. “We don’t quite have the answer. And honestly, I look forward to the day when you will be holding this speech. Because I see the absurdity of Paddy standing at the lectern because Desmond Tutu is busy.”

Laughter ensued, and Bono turned serious. “I am called to serve you,” he said. “I think we’re all called to serve each other in that way, by God. Or by a sense of common decency.”

via U2’s Bono hails ‘extraordinary’ President Barack Obama after presidential win | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral.

via U2’s Bono hails ‘extraordinary’ President Barack Obama after presidential win | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral.

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