Jean Kennedy Smith, previous U.S. ambassador to Ireland and last making it through brother or sister of JFK, is dead at 92: NYT

(Reuters) – Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of slain President John F. Kennedy, who as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s played a pivotal role in the Northern Irish peace process, died on Wednesday at age 92. Kennedy Smith died at her home in Manhattan, her daughter Kym told Reuters, declining give…

Brexit is forcing major merchants to think about taking out of Northern Ireland

Major retailers are considering pulling out of Northern Ireland due to the additional trading costs caused by planned new Brexit border checks.Industry figures tell Business Insider that one major supermarket chain is considering pulling out.Northern Irish business groups and politicians warn that the cost of new checks and processes will be felt hardest by the…

Trump Extends Travel Ban to UK and Ireland, Tests Negative for COVID-19

Trump Extends Travel Ban to UK and Ireland, Tests Negative for COVID-19

President Donald Trump, surrounded by members of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, discusses the national emergency at a Saturday press conference. Photo: Jim Watson (Getty)Now if only we could get him to stop shaking so many people’s hands.Members of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force led a press conference Saturday to discuss increased precautionary…

With lower bandwidth, Disney+ opens streaming service in UK, Ireland, 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7

With lower bandwidth, Disney+ opens streaming service in UK, Ireland, 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7

Disney+, the streaming service from the Walt Disney Company, has been rapidly ramping up in the last several weeks. But while some of that expansion has seen some hiccups, other regions are basically on track. Today, as expected, Disney announced that it is officially launching across 7 markets in Europe — but doing so using…

Coronavirus in Ireland: Leo Varadkar’s St Patrick’s Day broadcast (video, full text)

• Taoiseach addresses Ireland on St Patrick’s Day to warn of coming hardship • Today: 354 cases confirmed in Ireland • Predicted: 15,000 Covid-19 cases in Ireland within 2 weeks On what he called “A St. Patrick’s Day like no other,” Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned the nation that the expanding “crisis will last months…

What Happens Next in Ireland

Political drama in Britain and Ireland continues… but not because of Brexit (mercifully). Roughly a week after the UK officially left the EU, Ireland held elections that catapulted Sinn Fein from political periphery to possible king-maker as the one-time political arm of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) surprised everyone—including themselves—by receiving the most votes. It’s…

Ireland v Italy Six Nations games off

The postponements were confirmed following a meeting between the Irish Health Minister and the IRFUIreland’s men’s and women’s Six Nations games against Italy in Dublin on 7 and 8 March have been postponed because of coronavirus.Irish Health Minister Simon Harris said on Tuesday the men’s game should be postponed and met with the Irish Rugby…

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