Ireland's parliament pushed through the third major vote underpinning its harsh 2011 budget, setting the stage for its expected approval next month and a general election shortly afterwards.
Ireland's parliament approved a multi-billion euro EU/IMF bailout package in the face of opposition threats to renegotiate the deal to force losses on some senior bondholders in Irish banks.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a 22.5 billion euros loan for Ireland and said it was open to re-negotiating parts of the bailout package with a new government provided its overall targets were adhered to.
Spain will ward off the worst of a European debt crisis without needing a rescue and there is no threat to the euro currency's existence, the head of the International Monetary Fund said.
Moody's Investors Service slashed Ireland's credit rating by five notches to Baa1 with a negative outlook from Aa2 and warned further downgrades could follow if Ireland was unable to stabilise its debt situation.
European Central Bank head Jean-Claude Trichet said euro zone countries must do more individually and collectively to combat the bloc's debt crisis, and Ireland must stick "rigorously" to its bailout plan.
An Irish parliamentary election, which is widely expected to favour the opposition, will likely be held at the end of March, the opposition's finance spokesman said.
Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Cowen bowed to pressure from members of the Fianna Fail party and resigned as its leader, but said he would serve as premier until a March 11 election.
Six people were killed and six were injured when a small passenger aircraft crashed and caught fire in heavy fog at Cork Airport in southern Ireland, police said.
The Irish artist whose poster of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara became one of the most reproduced images of the 20th century, said he has decided to copyright the image to block "crass commercial" use.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is to travel to Ireland this year in the first official visit by a British monarch since before the Irish state gained independence from Britain in 1921.
Cheering crowds and armed police greeted Prince William as he flew into Northern Ireland on Tuesday to show off his bride-to-be Kate Middleton.
US President Barack Obama said he had discussed with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny how Ireland will bounce back from economic turmoil.
England were crowned Six Nations champions for the first time in eight years but they were denied a grand slam when Ireland outplayed them comprehensively to secure a thumping 24-8 win.
Queen Elizabeth will visit some of the most symbolic memorials of Ireland's struggle for independence from Britain when she travels to the republic next month, Buckingham Palace said.
Moody's cut Ireland's sovereign rating by two notches to the verge of junk status and kept its outlook on negative, adding to renewed pressure on the euro zone's weaker countries.
Queen Elizabeth honored Irish people killed fighting for independence from Britain in a powerful gesture of reconciliation few people would have believed possible even in recent times.The queen laid a wreath at Dublin's Garden of Remembrance, Ireland's monument to its fallen heroes.
Garret FitzGerald, Ireland's most popular elder statesman who twice served as prime minister and played a crucial role in paving the way for peace in Northern Ireland, has died at the age of 85, his family said.
Iceland's volcanic eruption has died down and is no longer spewing out ash, officials said and airlines began to get back to normal after cancelling about 1,000 flights in northern Europe.
A press photographer was shot in the leg and two other people were injured when riots broke out between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast for a second successive night.
Moody's cut Portugal's credit standing to junk in the first such move by a ratings agency and warned the country may well need a second round of rescue funds before it can return to capital markets.
A government-sponsored report said today the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Ireland continued to conceal the sexual abuse of children by priests even after it introduced rules in the mid-1990s to protect minors.
Ireland will need to continue to closely adhere to its goals under an EU-IMF bailout to limit the fallout from potential contagion effects from the euro zone debt crisis, officials from the EC, the IMF and the ECB said.
England inflicted a fourth straight World Cup warm-up defeat on a bruised Ireland today and gained revenge for losing out on a Six Nations grand slam in Dublin earlier this year with a 20-9 win at the Aviva Stadium.
Global pop star Rihanna was thrown out of a corn field by an angry farmer in Northern Ireland after he spotted her posing for cameras in a skimpy top.
More than 30,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens in a protest rally that marked the first public test for a new national unity government that must impose painful spending cuts and tax rises if the country is to escape bankruptcy.
Lock forward Paul O'Connell will captain Ireland in the 2012 Six Nations Championship, the Irish rugby union said on its website today.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell and scrumhalf Conor Murray will miss Ireland's remaining two Six Nations fixtures after sustaining injuries in Sunday's 17-17 draw with France, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said.
A cruise ship retracing the Titanic's fateful voyage 100 years ago was forced to turn back towards Ireland after a passenger developed heart problems.
Relatives of poor Irish passengers who drowned when the Titanic sank 100 years ago gathered today at the liner's last port of call, while local officials sought to use the anniversary to boost the flagging local economy.
Two bombs were defused in Northern Ireland, police said today, blaming dissident Irish nationalists opposed to a 1998 peace deal that largely ended violence in the British-controlled province.
Greece, Portugal and Ireland must meet their obligations under bailout agreements reached with international lenders, the head of the International Monetary Fund said today.
Spain spoiled the Irish party in Gdansk when a rejuvenated Fernando Torres netted twice in a crushing 4-0 Group C victory that eliminated Giovanni Trapattoni's side from Euro 2012.
Traditionally Catholic Ireland has registered almost the steepest drop worldwide in people calling themselves religious in a new survey tracking international trends in faith and atheism in recent years.
Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is retiring from international football after winning a record 125 caps for his country, he said.
At least 5,000 people marched to the offices of Ireland's socially conservative prime minister to call for clearer guidelines on abortion following the death of a woman denied a termination.
Argentina have made four changes, three in the backs, to face Ireland in Dublin in the third and final test of their European tour on Saturday.
Ireland has opened a new investigation into the death of a woman denied an abortion of her dying foetus, as the government scrambled to stem criticism of its handling of an incident that polarised the overwhelmingly Catholic country.
Ireland scored seven tries in a 46-24 demolition of Argentina to ensure they will be seeded when the draw is made for the next rugby World Cup.
The United States faces a "material risk" of losing its triple-A status if there is a repeat of the wrangling seen in 2011 over raising the country's self-imposed debt ceiling, credit ratings firm Fitch said today.
Silvia María Merega has been officially accredited as Argentina’s ambassador to Ireland. Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman appointed Merega to head Argentina’s Foreign Service office (ISEN) in August 2012.
Ireland's parliament voted today to allow abortion under certain conditions for the first time, following months of polarizing debate in the Catholic country including letters to the premier written in blood.
More than 32 police officers were injured and over 20 people arrested during overnight violence around traditional Orange Day parades in Northern Ireland, authorities said.
A brother of prominent Northern Irish politician Gerry Adams was found guilty today of raping his daughter when she was a child.
In the second day of his historic visit, Irish President Michael Higgings joined Prime Minister David Cameron for lunch. Both leaders stressed the “remarkable” transformation of Anglo-Irish relations and the cooperation between the two countries
Irish deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore has said he will quit as leader of the junior government Labour party, in a move that could destabilise the coalition following a major election setback.
The Six Nations champions began life without the talismanic Brian O'Driscoll by eventually easing to victory in Resistencia.
The Irish government has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the treatment of children at Catholic church homes for unmarried mothers, including accusations of forced adoptions and unusually high mortality rates among children housed there.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican said, drawing a line under a career plagued by accusations that he kept quiet about the sexual abuse of children by clergy.