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Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way Set to Open in March

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitor numbers are up in Ireland and Tourism Ireland officials are hoping to keep it that way, luring more travelers to the west with The Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal touring route set to open in March 2014. Running 1500 miles along the west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to the southern region [read more]

Ireland: Dublin hit with Worst Flooding in Decades

Date: October 27th, 2011 | No Comments

After more than a month’s worth of rain fell in one day Oct. 24, the worst flooding in decades hit Dublin, causing public transportation and other services to grind to a halt and killing at least two people. Dublin City Council implemented its major emergency plan. The city’s largest shopping center was evacuated and damage [read more]

Ireland: Big Chill, Snowfall Add to Irish Woes

Date: December 1st, 2010 | No Comments

As if the financial crisis that caused the EU to press for a bailout to save the country’s banking system wasn’t enough stress for the Irish, Ireland has been in the throes of a deep freeze and snowfall that has made life miserable for all. Travel throughout the country has been hazardous and the weather [read more]

Ireland: Waterford Crystal Shut Down

Date: March 4th, 2009 | No Comments

One of Ireland’s top tourist draws has shut down, apparently a casualty of the worldwide economic crisis. The Waterford crystal factory, source of the famous hand-blown and hand-cut glass that bears its name, closed its doors Jan. 30 and shuttered its showroom that drew some 300,000 annual visitors. Overly reliant on U.S. customers, Waterford has [read more]

Ireland: New Law Bans Begging

Date: November 26th, 2008 | No Comments

A new law to control aggressive begging will go into effect in a few months now that the government has approved the terms of the bill. The law is the first on the issue since the British outlawed begging in 1847 during Ireland’s infamous famine caused by potato blight. That law was ruled unconstitutional in [read more]

Ireland: Aer Lingus Strike May Stop, Delay Flights

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Ireland’s national carrier Aer Lingus announced that workers may strike, potentially causing flight delays and disruptions in travel leading up to the busy Christmas holiday season. Workers at the airline cited an inability to reach an agreement about staffing at Shannon Airport as a cause for the potential strike, but officials said that the Labor [read more]

Ireland: Aer Lingus Pilots Threaten Airlines Operations

Date: June 6th, 2011 | No Comments

Pilots at Aer Lingus are warning that they will take part in an industrial action beginning June 7, a move that could cancel the airline’s entire operation. The plan of action states that pilots working out of Dublin and Cork will report to duty an hour late, and will not work on scheduled free days [read more]

Ireland: Public Workers Plan Strikes over Pay Cuts

Date: January 13th, 2010 | No Comments

Unions representing government workers are gearing up for possible national strikes to protest their second pay cut in less than a year. Public servants could walk out across all sectors, including hospitals and public offices. Such strikes generally do not affect tourism, but hospital services could be severely disrupted and protests and demonstrations are possible. [read more]

Ireland: 2008 Lowest Road Death Toll Since 1959

Date: January 8th, 2009 | No Comments

In 2008, Ireland recorded its lowest number of road deaths since authorities began compiling such records in 1959. The tally of 279 dead is about 10 percent lower than the number of road deaths in 1959, a time when the country had one-eighth the number of licensed vehicles and drivers on the roads that it [read more]

Ireland: Aer Lingus Workers May Strike as Early as Nov. 24

Date: November 13th, 2008 | No Comments

Aer Lingus workers vowed to strike as early as Nov. 24 and into the pre-holiday travel season over mass layoffs designed to save the airline millions of dollars. Management is determined to go forward with the cost-cutting plan and has set a deadline of Dec. 15 for workers to accept a severance package. If the [read more]

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