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    In a historic victory for marriage equality, Ireland has become the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage via popular vote. By a 62-to-38 margin, the people of Ireland voted a resounding "yes" for equality in a national referendum on Friday. This signals what some are calling a "social revolution" in the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Ireland’s constitution will now be amended to say...
    May 26, 2015 | Story
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    We broadcast live from The Hague, where over 1,000 female peace activists gathered from around the world 100 years ago this week to call for an end to war. The extraordinary meeting, known as the International Congress of Women, took place as World War I raged across the globe. Today, as wars rage on in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and other countries, women from around the world have gathered again in The Hague to call for peace and...
    April 27, 2015 | Story
  • Maryrobinson
    As the New York region marks the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, hurricane-strength winds are battering northern Europe today. At least a dozen people have already been killed across Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and France. Amidst an increase in extreme weather and storms, we discuss the movement to confront climate change with Mary Robinson, former Irish president and U.N. high commissioner for human rights. She now heads...
    October 29, 2013 | Story
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    Sonia Jacobs and Peter Pringle each served years on death row—Jacobs here in the United States and Pringle in Ireland. Both were exonerated after their convictions were overturned for murders that they steadfastly maintained they did not commit. They began dating shortly after meeting while both publicly campaigning against the death penalty. Their wedding earlier this month was perhaps the first of its kind: the union of two exonerated death...
    November 23, 2011 | Story
  • Ireland_button
    Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch in a century to visit Ireland. In an address to the Irish nation on Wednesday, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret at the troubled history of England’s relations with Ireland. We get reaction from retired Irish soldier and peacekeeper Col. Desmond Travers. [includes rush transcript]
    May 20, 2011 | Story
  • Free-derry
    A long-awaited British judicial inquiry into "Bloody Sunday" — when British paratroopers shot dead fourteen demonstrators in Northern Ireland — has found the killings were "unjustified" and lays heavy blame on the army. The findings were celebrated by campaigners for the victims and their families. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the findings in Parliament and apologized on behalf of the British...
    June 16, 2010 | Story
  • We remember the author Frank McCourt, who died Sunday at the age of seventy-eight. McCourt was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes. The book chronicles McCourt’s poverty-ridden childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland, a childhood he said he felt lucky to have survived. McCourt published the book after a thirty-year career as a New York City schoolteacher, which he also chronicled in a later memoir, Teacher Man. We...
    July 21, 2009 | Story
  • As we mark International Women’s Day, we speak with world-renowned human rights lawyer and advocate, Mary Robinson. She is the former president of Ireland, the first woman ever to hold the office. She is also the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Robinson speaks about the international women’s conference hosted in Liberia by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president; being chosen as one of...
    March 09, 2009 | Story
  • We speak to former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson. Robinson is president of the International Commission of Jurists, which has released a report that finds the so-called war on terror has eroded human rights worldwide. Robinson also addresses the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza and takeover of the West Bank, the need for an independent investigation of Bush administration crimes, the global...
    February 25, 2009 | Story
  • Saturday is International Women’s Day, held on March 8th every year since 1975. Origins date back to the early twentieth century. On February 28, 1909, the Socialist Party of America held the first National Women’s Day in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike here in New York. On Saturday, women are expected to lead gatherings and demonstrations worldwide. Today, we speak with Irish activist Deirdre McAliskey. [includes...
    March 07, 2008 | Story