A ghost ship last seen floating off the African coast six months ago has washed up in Ireland. The 77-metre MV Alta cargo ship was spotted snagged on rocks near Ballycotton, in County Cork, by a member of the public on Sunday. The vessel, flying a Tanzanian flag, had been drifting unmanned across the Atlantic for more than a year after it was abandoned hundreds of miles from Bermuda.
Sinn Féin will try to form a government in Ireland after apparently winning more votes than any other party in Saturday’s general election – a historic result that upended the political system. Sinn Féin, once a pariah for its IRA links, won almost a quarter of first-preference votes, possibly pipping Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, two centrist rivals that have taken turns ruling Ireland for a century.
The Irish government apologized on Wednesday following an inquiry into the falsifying of birth certificates to show that adoptive parents were birth parents, a scandal that affected at least 126 children now in their 50s and above. Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar called the disclosure ‘another chapter from the very dark history of our country.’
Ireland voted decisively to end their abortion ban on Saturday, highlighting the liberal shift in the country. The ‘yes’ vote repealed the 1983 Eighth Amendment of the Constitution which gave equal rights to a fetus and woman and banned abortion under most circumstances. The referendum vote on Friday saw a record 65% turnout.
Irish voters from around the world are returning home to cast their ballot on whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment which effectively outlaws abortion by giving the mother and unborn child equal rights. Friday’s decision could be a major milestone in Ireland’s history of abortion with a global impact on the abortion debate.
An appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland’s abortion law brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) was rejected by the Supreme Court. Despite the rejection, most judges agreed the law is incompatible with human rights law, suggesting the need for reform. Analysts suggest the defeat occurred due to a technical legal point.