Most talked about Irish Times stories

Three judges to decide case of pregnant woman on life support — A three judge High Court will sit tomorrow to determine the fate of a young pregnant woman who has been deemed clinically dead but remains on life support.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @NichollsJill: Court to sit TOMORROW to decide case of pregnant woman on life support in Ireland… … via @RuadhanIT

Dec 22, 2014

RT @RuadhanIT: Report: Three judge court to decide case of pregnant woman on life support… via @IrishTimes

Medics called for guidelines after two previous cases — Two incidents in which Irish hospitals kept brain dead pregnant women on life support in the past 15 years have prompted calls for guidelines to help medics facing similar cases. In two known cases since 2001, staff at hospitals in Waterford and Galway kept pregnant women on life support as a result of uncertainty over the hospitals' obligation to the foetus.

The Nazi cold warriors of postwar America — Book Title: The Nazis Next Door ISBN-13: 978-0547669199 Author: Eric Lichtblau Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Guideline Price: £17.24 In 1955 a native of the Circassian region of the USSR migrated to the United States. Tscherim Soobzokov settled in Paterson, New Jersey, where he became a US citizen in 1961.

This shaggy dog story is just about taking the biscuit — A dog at a London dogs & cats home has been rejected by potential owners almost 5,000 times. Biscuit has spent nearly 700 days at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, after arriving as a stray at the charity's Old Windsor centre in February 2013.
Dec 22, 2014

Awwww… > Looks like a Staffie cross, I hope he finds a good home!

Dec 22, 2014

Poor Biscuit! This shaggy dog story is just about taking the biscuit… via @IrishTimes

Joyful homecomings aplenty at Dublin airport — With Christmas just around the corner, we speak to arrivals in Dubln airport's Terminal 2. DAA expects over three quarters of a million people to pass through the airport over the holiday season. Video: Kathleen Harris
Dec 22, 2014

It's def Christmas when you see this kinda thing (complete with talk of a place called "Shi-cargo")… @KathleenCHarris

Muiris Houston: Eat chocolate, drink wine and don’t fret over your festive diet — It is almost upon us. The annual Christmas break is synonymous with eating, drinking and merriment. Whether you have diabetes or have been prescribed a calorie- controlled diet, some loosening of a regimen that rules the other 51 weeks of the year is in order.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @pammarrone: Muiris Houston: Eat chocolate, drink wine and don’t fret over your festive diet… via @IrishTimes

Bin lorry hits group of pedestrians in central Glasgow — Local media are reporting fatalities after a "serious incident" in Glasgow involving a bin lorry which is understood to have crashed into a group of pedestrians. The incident occurred at George Square near Queen Street Station in the city centre this afternoon. Scores of emergency service personnel are at the scene.

‘Canadian Philomenas’ continue to fight for justice — Jennifer Hough, in Toronto When Valerie Andrews heard an interview last year on the CBC, Canada's state broadcaster, with Irish adoption campaigner Philomena Lee, she thought "great, but why don't you give us some airtime?" "We are here, we are the Canadian Philomenas," says Andrews, who has been fighting for years to have the story of Canada's mother-and-baby homes unearthed and acknowledged.

Jennifer O’Connell: celebrities line up to peddle the fantasy of the perfect Christmas — By now you'll have the presents all neatly stacked under the tree, wrapped in neatly ironed Fair Trade paper that you ordered last June and had personalised with amusing photos of your family pulling turkey faces.
Dec 22, 2014

Have yourself a very Instagram Christmas - my column on celebrities, social media and collapsing Christmas trees…

How digital disruption is affecting music and news industries — To get a deeper understanding of how disruption works in the real world, it's always a valuable exercise to assess the contrasting fortunes of various industries undergoing what appear to be similar forms of disruption. In the era of digital disruption, two of the classic case studies are music and news media, both of which have been turned upside down in the past 15 years.

Cameron response to Stormont finance request ‘generous’ — British prime minister David Cameron's response to the request for a £2 billion financial package to seal a Stormont deal is "positive and generous", Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers said today.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @IrishTimes: NI Secretary says David Cameron’s response to a £2bn package requested to seal a Stormont deal is “generous”

Plans for Royal Canal cycling route open to consultation — Revised plans for the Royal Canal cycle and pedestrian route from Newcomen Bridge to Sherriff Street are now open to consultation. The Newcomen Bridge cycle project will provide improved facilities for cycling and walking along the North Strand Road by providing a pedestrian bridge adjacent to the existing Newcomen Bridge and North Strand Road Bridge.

Bush assured Irish State Shannon not used for rendition flights — The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was not used as a refuelling stop on so-called CIA rendition missions, a former minister has said.

Fascism thoughts as Burton held in car at water protest — Tánaiste Joan Burton has said being held in a car at a water protest in Jobstown last month worried her "about the parallels with fascism".
Dec 22, 2014

Tánaiste Joan Burton - referral of #HoodedMen case “one of the most important decisions the Government made"…

Woman on life support: medics feared legal position — Neurosurgeons who treated the pregnant woman at the centre of current High Court proceedings recommended her life support be switched off after determining that she was clinically dead. However, lawyers for the Health Service Executive became involved after another member of the medical team treating the woman expressed concern about possible legal issues arising in the case, The Irish Times understands.
Dec 22, 2014

When doctors have to interpret law and lawyers interpret medicine.…

Senator Mark Daly expelled from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party for defying whip on water Bill — Harry McGee Political Correspondent Kerry Senator Mark Daly has been expelled from the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party after defying the party whip in a vote on the Water Services Bill early on Saturday morning. Fianna Fáil had decided it would back a procedural motion by the Government to adjourn the debate on the controversial bill at 3am on Saturday and resume consideration at Noon tomorrow.
Dec 21, 2014

Senator Mark Daly expelled from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party for defying whip on water Bill…

Why Ireland must protect privacy of Irish emails and internet usage from surveillance — It's now over a year since Edward Snowden went public with evidence of mass surveillance and extensive abuses by the NSA, GCHQ and other intelligence agencies. In other countries these revelations prompted parliamentary inquiries, diplomatic representations and legislation.
Dec 22, 2014

From @tjmcintyre: Why Ireland must protect privacy of Irish emails and internet usage from surveillance…

Dec 21, 2014

Yes! -- Why Ireland must protect privacy of Irish emails and internet usage from surveillance… via @IrishTimes

Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris departs after final edition — Anne Harris, the editor of The Sunday Independent, received a "knock down" from her staff on Saturday night as she ended her career leading the country's best-selling newspaper. A "knock down," is when journalists bang the tables in a newspaper tradition which dates back to when printers serenaded departing editors by hitting their metal benches with their hammers.
Dec 21, 2014

My article on Anne Harris' final day as editor of The Sunday Independent…

Dear Aoife, Please read this, because this story is about you . . . — Dear Aoife, You were in Scotland this week, Aoife, you and three of your pals. You were in Edinburgh. I don't know why, but from what I do know, you had a good time. And on Tuesday night, when you and your friends were trying to get back to your hostel, you got a bit lost.