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Q&A: Who is Obama helping?

irishtimes.com — So what actions did Obama take on immigration on Thursday? He announced executive orders allowing up to five million illegal immigrants to remain in the United States by protecting them from deportation for three years. That's about two in every five undocumented migrants, of whom there are an estimated 11.4 million in the country.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @SiCarswell: Q&A - who is Obama helping? Explainer for undocumented Irish on president's immigration executive actions http://t.co/INpeE…

Nov 23, 2014

Q&A - who is Obama helping? Explainer for undocumented Irish on president's immigration executive actions irishtimes.com/news/world/us/…

Trust dealt with homless people of 15 nationalities in one week this month

irishtimes.com — In just two days this month 54 people attended a social and health agency premises in Dublin's Liberties. Trust, a non-denominational, befriending, social and health agency working since 1975 with people labelled homeless, occupies the basement of the Iveagh House building, between St Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @IrishTimes: Trust dealt with homless people of 15 nationalities in one week this month iti.ms/1xoCdaF pic.twitter.com/DZW06ZnmsO

Irish warned about leaving United States for Christmas

irishtimes.com — Undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States have been warned not to travel back to Ireland without seeking the advice of an immigration lawyer following the executive orders issued by US president Barack Obama granting certain illegal migrants legal status.

Gardaí called to toy store as frantic parents chase ‘Frozen’ Elsa doll

irishtimes.com — It is probably not the first time gardaí have been called to intervene in fight over a doll. Yesterday morning gardaí were called after a row started among people queuing in the Airfield Retail Park in Swords, Co Dublin, where weary parents had waited overnight to buy this season's hot toy, Frozen's Snow Glow Elsa doll.
Nov 22, 2014

Gardaí called to toy store as frantic parents chase ‘Frozen’ Elsa doll irishtimes.com/news/social-af… via @IrishTimes

Turf Club disqualifies trainer Philip Fenton for three years

irishtimes.com — Trainer Philip Fenton has been disqualified from holding a trainer's licence for three years at a hearing of the Turf Club's Referrals Committee. Fenton was last month found guilty in the district court of eight charges of possessing banned animal medicines, including anabolic steroids, at his Co.

A right royal mess: why the Irish Water consumer should have been king

irishtimes.com — Irish Water was once a good idea. It was to be one efficient utility replacing 34 local authorities and spearheading a new investment programme. But the original concept has been slowly strangled. There is one key issue, largely ignored in the recent debate, that is going to hamper it for years to come.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @CliffTaylorIT: irishtimes.com/opinion/a-righ… today's column ... Why does Irish Water cost way more to run than Uk counterparts ...

Nov 22, 2014

irishtimes.com/opinion/a-righ… today's column ... Why does Irish Water cost way more to run than Uk counterparts ...

Water protests prove their power for bringing about change

irishtimes.com — The people of Ireland should pat themselves on the back this morning for putting manners on the Government like never before. They might also want to ask themselves: had they done a little bit more, a little bit sooner, could the worst ravages of the austerity age have been avoided?
Nov 22, 2014

Pat yourselves on the back peaceful protesters. You put manners on the powerful. bit.ly/1xBTu3K What's next?

Water world: meet the protesters

irishtimes.com — It's Wednesday afternoon in court 14 at the Criminal Courts of Justice, on Parkgate Street in Dublin, and a motion is being adjourned until Monday. The four respondents allegedly broke an injunction taken out by the company GMC Sierra to keep protesters at least 20ft from its workers as they installed water meters.

MasterChef’s Nick Munier: ‘The celebrity chef thing is over’

irishtimes.com — When Nick Munier talks about selling his share in the Dublin restaurant Pichet, and his plans to open a new city-centre restaurant and bar early next year, there is a mixture of sadness and excitement in his voice.

Another Life: How can we rescue our sheepwrecked uplands?

irishtimes.com — Somewhere in your travels you have read a short story called The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono - or, if not, then you should have, or will do, as I hope.
Nov 22, 2014

Michael Viney (always worth a read) on our sheepwrecked uplands. irishtimes.com/news/environme…

Glitch-prone Obamacare targets enrolling Native Americans

irishtimes.com — The next wave of enrolments to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare scheme, so despised by Republicans, began this month, but his administration is still struggling to iron out the kinks in the system.

Whistleblower raises concerns about nursing body with department

irishtimes.com — A whistleblower has raised concerns with the Department of Health about the operation of the regulatory body for nurses, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The department confirmed it had received correspondence under the protected disclosure provisions of the Government's newly introduced whistleblowing legislation.

Illustrator draws on Yeats’s love life for her new book

irishtimes.com — Annie West developed a "loathing" for the poetry of WB Yeats at school and there was an element of "getting my own back" with her book Yeats in Love. Launched last night by RTÉ's David McCullagh (above, with West) at the Yeats Memorial Building in Sligo, it's a semi-fictional account of Yeats's obsessive pursuit of Maud Gonne.

Department of Health warned of ‘another thalidomide’

irishtimes.com — Patient groups have urged the Department of Health to avoid "another thalidomide" by imposing stricter warnings on a drug commonly used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines. The European Medicines Agency has also told EU states to strengthen warnings on the use of valproate, following studies linking the drug to developmental problems in 30-40 per cent of children after exposure in the womb.

Prisoner’s conviction quashed after 42 years in solitary

irishtimes.com — When Albert Woodfox, the longest-serving solitary confinement prisoner in the US who has been in isolation almost without pause for more than 42 years, was told on Thursday his conviction had been overturned, he had difficulty reading the court ruling. Prison guards refused to unshackle him, to free his hands.
Nov 21, 2014

'Angola Three' prisoner’s conviction quashed after 42 years in solitary irishtimes.com/news/world/us/… via @IrishTimes

Irish groups welcome Obama order on undocumented

irishtimes.com — Ireland's Catholic bishops, Irish immigration centres in the United States and business interests there have welcomed President Barack Obama's executive order on Thursday changing US deportation laws. The chairman of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Council for Emigrants, Bishop John Kirby, said the bishops were "acutely aware of the human impact on families when relatives are unable to travel to Ireland to see their loved ones, and in particular to visit their ageing parents".

Irish in US: What will Obama’s announcement mean to you?

irishtimes.com — Tens of thousands of Irish people living in the US will be affected by president Barack Obama's plans for temporary immigration reform measures to assist undocumented immigrants, announced last night. The proposals include a relaxation of restrictions allowing qualifying Irish immigrants to travel between the US and Ireland.
Nov 21, 2014

Irish and undocumented in the US? What does Obama's announcement on immigration mean for you? Tell us here: irishtimes.com/life-and-style…

Woman jogger attacked and pulled into the Boyne river

irishtimes.com — Gardaí in Drogheda say a woman has been left traumatised after she was attacked by a man who pulled her into the Boyne river this morning. While struggling with her in the water, the man tried to take her clothes off, gardaí confirmed. During her ordeal the man did not speak to her once.

Obama paves way for illegal Irish immigrants to visit home

irishtimes.com — President Barack Obama has unveiled temporary measures allowing millions of illegal immigrants, including, it is estimated, thousands of Irish, to live and work in the US without the risk of being deported. The proposals include a relaxation of restrictions allowing qualifying Irish immigrants to travel between the US and Ireland, ending - for some - years of missing important family occasions.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @GenevieveCarber: Some emotional reunions on the cards. Obama paves way for illegal Irish immigrants to visit home irishtimes.com/news/world/us/… via @IrishTimes

Nov 21, 2014

Fantastic news for Irish in US. Obama paves way for illegal Irish immigrants to visit home irishtimes.com/news/world/us/… via @IrishTimes

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