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Irish companies take a shine to rooftop solar
23 May 2017 - Could rooftop solar electricity generation catch on in Ireland and give commercial property owners a chance to add value to their assets while slashing energy costs? Solar energy is no longer a 'coming' technology: it already accounts for 7 per cent of power generated in Germany, a country at a similar latitude to Ireland. (more)

New export orders boost Irish manufacturing in April: PMI
2 May 2017 - Irish manufacturing activity grew more rapidly in April as new export orders came in at the fastest pace in almost two years, a survey showed on Tuesday [2 May], adding to signs the economy is weathering any early impact from Britain's Brexit vote. Ireland, the EU's fastest-growing economy, is widely seen as the member most at risk from Brexit due to its close trading links, but after the muted impact so far, Dublin last month raised its forecasts for economic growth for 2017 and 2018. (more)

Dancers from around the world show off at Irish Dancing Championships
11 April 2017 - Dancers from around the world will stomp the floorboards and leap into the air as they show off their best moves at Dublin's World Irish Dancing Championships this week. Excitement was palpable backstage on Tuesday as performers warmed up for the championships' categories including the traditional solo step dances, figure choreography team dancing, dance drama that tells a story and ceili, a kind of Celtic square dance. (more)

Ireland: Mythic creatures dance through Dublin on St. Patrick's Day
17 March 2017 - Performers dressed as colorful creatures from Irish myth and legend danced Friday down the chilly streets of Dublin as Ireland commemorated its national saint in a St. Patrick's Day parade witnessed by hundreds of thousands. The spectacle was heavy on artistic flair and worldwide connections, featuring marching bands from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Bahamas, and the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington. Firefighters from Berkeley, California, and Westchester, New York, also marched. This week, Prime Minister Enda Kenny and 27 government ministers -- virtually the entire government -- left Ireland to promote the country's business, arts, and culture at more than 100 events in 27 nations. (more)

Irish tourism reaches record year with month to spare
22 December 2015 - Ireland attracted more tourists in the first 11 months of 2015 than in any year on record, official data showed, as the European Union's fastest-growing economy reaped the benefit of a weak euro. Five years after Ireland required an international bailout, its economy could grow by as much as 7 percent this year, a recovery that has been increasingly boosted by improved consumer spending and growth in labour-intensive areas such as tourism. (more)

Irish service sector activity grows faster in September
5 October 2015 - Ireland's services sector grew at a slightly faster rate in September although it remained short of July's nine-year high, a survey showed on Monday. In a sign of growing buoyancy in the economy, the subindex monitoring prices charged by service providers climbed to 55.2 from 52.2, while input prices rose on higher wages. (more)

Ireland to raise growth forecast
1 September 2015 - Ireland will raise its economic growth forecast for 2015 when it updates figures next month, by which time a new central bank governor will have been appointed, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Tuesday, 1 September. After growing by over 5 percent in 2014, Ireland's economy is set to be the best performing in Europe again this year. (more)

Irish retail sales climb more than 9 per cent year-on-year
28 April 2015 - Irish retail sales volumes rose 9.2 per cent in March compared with the same month a year ago after climbing 1.4 per cent from February, provisional figures from the Central Statistics Office showed on Tuesday. (more)

Irish central bank nudges up 2015 GDP growth forecast to 3.8 per cent
1 April 2015 - Ireland's central bank on Wednesday nudged up its 2015 economic growth forecast on higher exports and consumer spending. Ireland's economy has rebounded strongly since it exited an EU-IMF bailout in late 2013, and gross domestic product grew by 4.8 per cent last year, the fastest expansion in the European Union. (more)

Irish economy hits post-crisis high with 4.8 per cent annual growth
12 March 2015 - Ireland's economic growth rate surged to a post-crisis high of 4.8 per cent last year, the fastest rate in the European Union, as data confirmed a stunning recovery from a devastating 2008 property crash. (more)

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Research: Transcending is an effective treatment for ADHD
29 December 2015 - The overview of the Transcendental Meditation technique featured on the official website for the TM programme in Ireland includes a review of beneficial effects of TM on ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). The section includes scientific research, discussion by experts, and reports by students with ADHD of positive changes they have experienced after learning Transcendental Meditation. (more)

The answer lies within, finds Irish journalist Barry Egan
22 December 2014 - Transcendental Meditation -- and the Ayurvedic approach to living -- helps you see more positivity in life, says Ireland's Barry Egan, who talks to two exponents -- TM teacher Noel O'Neill and Dr Donn Brennan. 'Many people, doctors included, suffer stress,' Dr Brennan told Egan, saying that he feels 'Transcendental Meditation is the best natural approach to reduce stress and has many health benefits.' Noel O'Neill added, 'Stress is the Black Plague of the 21st Century and Transcendental Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to combat stress.' (more)

Ireland: Maharishi Peace Palace inaugurated
21 July 2014 - A great step for world peace has been achieved in Ireland with the inauguration of the country's first Maharishi Peace Palace, located on the Island of World Peace, off the west coast of the country. Ireland also has the distinction of being home to the second Maharishi Peace Palace to be built in Europe. Designed according to Maharishi Vastu architecture, it will serve as a home for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's knowledge and programmes for full human development, creating an influence of coherence and peace not only for Ireland, but for Europe and the world. (more)

David Lynch to film students: 'Everyone is an artist'
6 November 2012 - 'Everyone has creativity,' said film director David Lynch, responding to a film student's question about how many people are truly artists. He added that through the process of transcending during Transcendental Meditation, creativity naturally increases. 'You can just get more and more and more of it. Everyone knows about catching ideas; you can just catch more. And everyone knows about stress; everyone can see that stress lifting. Everyone knows of some kind of suffering; they can see that suffering start to go or become less and less.' (more)

Ireland: Eminent psychiatrist, bestselling author Dr Norman Rosenthal speaking in Dublin today
11 October 2012 - Today, 11 October, internationally renowned psychiatrist, medical researcher and best-selling author Dr Norman Rosenthal is in Dublin. A global leader in the applications of Transcendental Meditation to overcome stress and promote health, Dr Rosenthal is speaking at the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge, about his New York Times bestselling book--recently updated and released in the UK--Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation. Before coming to Dublin, Dr Rosenthal gave a series of well-attended seminars and presentations in London for business and health professionals and the public. (more)

Ireland: Bestselling author Dr Norman Rosenthal to lecture in Dublin on Transcendence
9 July 2012 - Dr Norman Rosenthal comes to Dublin this fall. An eminent psychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, Dr Rosenthal will speak on this topic 11 October at the Clyde Court Hotel. (more)

Does Transcendental Meditation differ from other techniques? reports
4 January 2012 - Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation technique has been offered in Ireland for over 40 years. In that time, teachers say, all kinds of people have been successfully instructed: 'sceptical/enthusiastic, agitated/relaxed, old/young, male/female'. Among the most common questions people ask about the technique is whether Transcendental Meditation differs from other techniques. (more)

TM helping people in Ireland cope with the global financial crisis?
16 December 2011 - A Sunday feature story in The Independent, one of Ireland's leading newspapers, ran with the title, 'The answer to happiness lies within us.' Columnist Barry Egan writes that as times gets tougher, 'many people are searching for a more meaningful existence, and Transcendental Meditation (TM) is providing the answer for some; myself included.' (more)

Physicians in Ireland, UK praise Transcendental Meditation: 'It has enormous dignity'
6 November 2011 - Among a wealth of information and knowledge about the Transcendental Meditation Technique featured on a new website about the programme in comments from physicians in Ireland, the UK, and New Zealand about the health benefits of the practice, including its scientifically documented effects on hypertension and coronary heart disease. (more)

Ireland: The answer to happiness lies within us - on Transcendental Meditation
23 October 2011 - 'If there ever was a time that Ireland needed a little spirituality it is surely now,' writes Barry Egan. 'Many people are searching for a more meaningful existence . . . . Transcendental Meditation Ireland will try to answer the need for something deeper in a country and a people shaken by recession with the public launch of the new TM website' - (more)

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Ireland: Asbestos deaths set to hit record levels
5 January 2017 - Asbestos-related deaths are expected to hit a record high in the next few years as the legacy of decades of ignorance about the cancer- causing building material hits home. And safety experts have warned the danger will remain high for another 10 to 15 years, with asbestos finds rising 80 percent in recent years as the recovering economy sees an increase in building renovations and refurbishments. Ireland has no waste disposal facility for asbestos and the material must be shipped abroad, mainly to Germany. (more)

Ireland: Children exposed to smoking at risk of ear infections
30 June 2014 - Many people still underestimate the effects of second-hand smoke on the health of children -- despite Ireland being the first country in Europe to ban smoking in public places a decade ago -- according to new research. Researchers asked if second-hand smoke leads to an increased risk of asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, diabetes, and ear infections in children. They found there has been a significant increase in the general population's risk perception of second-hand smoke for asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, and bronchitis since the late 1990s. However, when it comes putting children in danger of ear infection due to exposure, not even half the general population knew of the risk. Cigarette smoke affects a child's risk of getting ear infections by suppressing their immune system, making if more difficult to fight infection. While serious complications of middle ear infections are much rarer now than they were in the past, very young children are still at risk of developing complications because their immune systems are still developing. (more)

Ireland: Young kids recognize unhealthy food brands more than healthy ones
6 June 2014 - For very young children, awareness of food brands increases greatly between ages three and four and is highest for unhealthy foods, according to a new study from Ireland. Food-brand knowledge predicts what kids will ask for later, said lead author Mimi Tatlow-Golden of the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. The study included 172 children in Ireland, ages three to five years old, a quarter of whom were from Northern Ireland, where marketing regulations differ from the rest of the country. At all ages, kids were better at recognizing the less healthy foods. Their knowledge of unhealthy foods was most strongly predicted by how much unhealthy food their parents ate, and was not predicted by TV time or their mother's education level, the researchers found. Fat and sugar are inherently appealing to the human palate, so even with an equal amount of exposure to both healthy and unhealthy foods, that might explain the difference in recall. 'In the states even where we've got some regulation happening, 80 per cent of foods advertised are unhealthy,' Tatlow-Golden said. 'Here it's 50 per cent, and we would say that's still way too much.' Advertising makes unhealthy foods seem like something kids should want and something that will make them happy, and parents often end up limiting those foods and positioning them as a 'treat,' which can play into kids' heightened awareness of things like McDonalds. (more)

Petrol bombs, bricks thrown in third night of Northern Irish violence
15 July 2013 - Rioters threw petrol bombs, bricks, bottles, and fireworks at police in a third night of violence in Northern Ireland around traditional Protestant marches, wounding one officer early on Monday. Protesters built a burning barricade across one road and burned out one car during the clashes that first flared on Friday following a dispute over a marching route. Thousands of pro-British Protestants march every summer, a regular flashpoint for sectarian violence as Catholics, many of whom favour unification with Ireland, see the parades as a provocation. Police said they had brought hundreds of reinforcements from Britain to cope with any more violence. Forty-four police officers have been wounded over the weekend and 49 people arrested, including one aged 10. (more)

Ireland: Irish potatoes to be genetically modified
27 July 2012 - Ireland's environmental protection agency has approved the first trial of a genetically modified potato crop. John Spink is head of crop research at Teagasc, the Irish food development authority that has applied for the licence. Campaigners believe that the trial is risking Ireland's reputation as a green, clean food-producing island. The Organic Trust in Dublin says that this approval has 'grave ramifications for Irish food and farming'. The Trust's Gavin Lynch says that this will be the first GM trial since 1996 when a previous attempt at growing GM sugar beets was discontinued. 'Ireland's status as a GM-free country is being risked here,' Mr Lynch told BBC News. 'It's only a two-hectare trial, but that's like saying you're only a little bit pregnant, there are no grey areas with GM.' (more)

Greens quit Irish government, seek faster election
23 January 2011 - Ireland's Green Party withdrew Sunday from the Irish government, raising pressure for Prime Minister Brian Cowen to resign from office and for Ireland to hold a national election sooner than 11 March as planned. Green leader John Gormley said his small party -- critical for the survival of Cowen's coalition government -- would immediately join the opposition side of the parliament. Ireland's coalition government has been heading for collapse since November, when Cowen was forced to negotiate a euro67.5 billion ($91 billion) loan agreement with the European Union and International Monetary Fund to prevent national bankruptcy. (more)

Ireland's crisis flares as investors dump bonds
10 November 2010 - Ireland's financial troubles loomed large Wednesday as investors -- betting that the country soon could join Greece in seeking a bailout from the European Union -- dumped Irish bonds and drove the interest rate on the country's borrowing to a new high. The yield, or interest rate, on 10-year bonds surged above 8 per cent for the first time since the launch of the euro, the European Union's common currency, 11 years ago. The cost of funding Irish debt has risen steadily since September, when the government admitted its bailout of five banks would cost at least euro45 billion, equivalent to euro10,000 for every man, woman and child in Ireland. That gargantuan bill, in turn, has made the projected 2010 deficit rise to 32 per cent of GDP, the highest in post-war Europe. (more)

Irish think worst yet to come for battered economy
2 October 2010 - Most Irish people think the worst is yet to come for their economy and only a minority think a change of government could improve the situation, a poll showed on Saturday. The poll showed 70 per cent of people think the worst is yet to come for Ireland, which has been transformed from the EU's once fastest-growing economy to a problem child by a disastrous property bubble, a banking crisis, and a mountain of public debt. The survey was carried out on Monday and Tuesday, two days before Cowen revealed the total cost of cleaning up years of reckless lending by the country's banks could top 50 billion euros (44 billion pounds) and meant years of austerity measures. Some 45 per cent of respondents in the Irish Times poll said a new government would have no impact on the economic situation, and 6 per cent said it would make things worse. (more)

Ireland faces 'horrendous' bank bill
30 September 2010 - Ireland disclosed a mammoth 'final' price tag of nearly 40 billion euros (34 billion pounds) on Thursday for bailing out its distressed banks and said it would have to make more drastic budget savings. As markets contemplated Dublin's ever growing fiscal hole, ratings agency Moody's cut Spain's AAA top-notch credit rating to Aa1, citing the budget impact of slower economic growth. Portugal -- the other euro zone nation in the markets' cross hairs -- announced late on Wednesday new austerity measures for 2011 designed to reassure bond markets that have driven its borrowing costs to near record levels. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said the bill for Ireland's banking crisis was 'horrendous', though it brought to a close the public's response to the disaster. (more)

Ireland's economy ends long winning run
11 October 2008 - Tens of thousands of Irish face a financial white-knuckle ride because Europe's longest-running winning streak -- the vaunted Celtic Tiger economy -- has come to an inglorious end. Last month, Ireland became the first country in the 15-nation euro zone to fall into recession, and economists predict that a familiar era of closing factories and net emigration could return. The speed of the reversal has stunned Ireland top to bottom. And denial is giving way to desperation. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan estimates that Ireland will have to borrow more than $16 billion this year to balance the books, or 5.5 per cent of GDP, the worst deficit since the mid-1980s. Economists say the country's lower credit ratings will add around $85 million to annual interest costs on national debt. (more)


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