Ireland

Call to correct Ireland's Holocaust-era 'moral bankruptcy'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

The Irish Justice Minister has issued an apology for his country's treatment of thousands of soldiers who deserted the Irish army to fight against the Nazis during the Second World War.

Alan Shatter, who is Jewish, suggested on Wednesday that a pardon was on the way for soldiers who left Ireland "to fight for freedom and who were subsequently dishonourably discharged from the defence forces".

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Knesset speaker in Ireland to meet president

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin is to visit Ireland today at the invitation of his Irish counterpart.

Mr Rivlin will be meeting senior Irish politicians including President Michael D Higgins, who took office late last year, as well as members of the Ireland-Israel Friendship League.

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Performers deny 'dark art' funding

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Israeli officials have attacked boycott campaigners in Ireland, claiming dozens have benefited from government-backed Arts Council funding.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign repeatedly disrupted the country's biggest ever showcase of Israeli films last month. And more than 150 Irish creative and performing artists launched a cultural boycott campaign against Israel in 2010.

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Uproar at invitations to Gaza-twinning ceremony

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

The chairman of Northern Ireland's smallest district council has drawn national criticism for apparently inviting the Mayor of Gaza and members of Gaza City Council to take part in a "twinning ceremony" without consulting fellow councillors.

Padraig McShane, an Independent councillor and chairman of Moyle District Council in Country Antrim has spearheaded the plan to twin Moyle with Gaza and in

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BNP leader Nick Griffin given debate platform at Trinity College Dublin

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Nick Griffin has been invited to speak at a Trinity College Dublin event.

A university spokeswoman confirmed that the British National Party leader is set to appear at a Philosophical Society meeting on October 20.

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Riverdance sets off on Israel tour

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

The Irish musical sensation Riverdance arrived in Israel earlier this month despite calls for them to boycott performances for political reasons.

Pro-Palestinian activists targeted the troupe urging after the shows were announced, but their demands were resisted.

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Israel 'smeared candidate' for Irish presidency

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Israel has been accused of launching a smear campaign against Irish presidential candidate, Senator David Norris, after a blogger wrote about his relationship with an Israeli peace activist.

John Connolly, a 22-year-old Zionist blogger from Ealing, revealed last month that Senator Norris's former partner, activist Ezra Nawi, had been convicted of a series of crimes, including sleeping with an

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Jewish Minister 'has agenda to damage Church'

By Padraig Reidy and Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

A priest in County Kilkenny, Ireland, has accused Jewish Justice Minister Alan Shatter of having a "vested interest" in damaging the Church through the government's investigation into child abuse.

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Guess how many Irish people would ban Israelis from their homes

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The depth of anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling in Ireland has been revealed in a new study into pluralism in the country.

The report found that not only would one in five Irish people bar Israelis from becoming naturalised Irish citizens - but 11 per cent would stop all Jews taking up Irish citizenship.

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On this day: A Nazi comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2011

Mary McAleese made headlines round the world – for all the wrong reasons – with comments made just before she attended a Holocaust Memorial day ceremony.

The Irish president, in office since 1997, likened Protestant treatment of Catholics in Northern Ireland to the actions of the Nazis in 1930s and 1940s Germany.

She said: "They gave to their children an irrational hatred of Jews in the same way that people in Northern Ireland transmitted to their children an irrational hatred, for example, of Catholics.

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