Area Total 70,273 sq km
Climate temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time
Natural Resources natural gas, peat, copper, lead, zinc, silver, barite, gypsum, limestone, dolomite
Imports $98.13 billion (2017 est.),UK 29%, US 18.9%, France 12.1%, Germany 9.6%, Netherlands 4.1% (2017) – data processing equipment, other machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum and petroleum products, textiles, clothing
Exports $219.7 billion (2017 est.) US 27.1%, UK 13.4%, Belgium 11%, Germany 8.1%, Switzerland 5.1%, Netherlands 4.9%, France 4.3% (2017) – machinery and equipment, computers, chemicals, medical devices, pharmaceuticals; foodstuffs, animal products
Government parliamentary republic
Capital Dublin
Population 5,068,050 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Irish 82.2%, Irish travelers 0.7%, other white 9.5%, Asian 2.1%, black 1.4%, other 1.5%, unspecified 2.6% (2016 est.)
Language English (official, the language generally used), Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official, spoken by approximately 39.8% of the population as of 2016; mainly spoken in areas along Ireland’s western coast known as gaeltachtai, which are officially recognized regions where Irish is the predominant language)

News about Ireland

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  • Possible Veronica Guerin murder weapon found in Spanish drug raid
    by Sam Jones in Madrid on October 25, 2020

    Revolver recovered during police raid on Alicante villa of Irish trafficker John GilliganSpanish and Irish police are examining a revolver found during a raid on the Alicante villa of the convicted Irish drug trafficker John Gilligan to determine whether it was the weapon used in the murder of the journalist Veronica Guerin.Gilligan, whose gang murdered the […]

  • The big picture: magical realism in everyday Dublin
    by Tim Adams on October 25, 2020

    Tony O’Shea’s bewitching image, taken on the upper deck of a city bus, finds the magic in the everydayThe Irish writer Colm Tóibín was first introduced to the photographs of Tony O’Shea when he was an editor at a magazine called In Dublin back in the late 1970s. O’Shea was in the habit of coming to the magazine’s office every other Friday with a […]

  • Facebook moderators forced to work in Dublin office despite high-tier lockdown
    by Alex Hern UK technology editor on October 23, 2020

    Exclusive: Contract staff deemed essential workers as firm’s own employees work from homeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook moderators working for one of the company’s Dublin-based contractors are being forced to go into the office, even as Ireland returns to its highest tier of Covid lockdown, after their employer […]

  • Pixie review – Olivia Cooke radiates in Ireland-set drug-heist comedy
    by Cath Clarke on October 23, 2020

    Cooke shines as the title character, a wannabe art student who plans to rob drug-dealing priest Alec Baldwin of a valuable haulPixie is her name and trouble is her game. “She won’t just break you, she’ll take a Kalashnikov to your heart,” is the warning at the start of this hectic gangster comedy from St Trinian’s director Barnaby Thompson. It […]

  • Pollutionwatch: Irish air quality to benefit from better data
    by Gary Fuller on October 22, 2020

    Bigger measurement network reveals issues such as nitrogen dioxide breach in DublinA big expansion in Ireland’s air pollution measurement network is yielding information to shape solutions. New data reveals that Dublin has breached legal limits for nitrogen dioxide for the first time in a decade.This was on a busy road near Heuston train station, but […]

  • Alcohol-free Guinness set to hit shelves in Britain and Ireland
    by Rebecca Smithers on October 22, 2020

    Diageo’s Guinness 0.0 comes amid burgeoning interest in low- and no- alcohol drinks The global drinks company Diageo is to further raise the stakes in the burgeoning low- and no-alcohol drinks sector next week by launching a booze-free version of Guinness in Britain and Ireland.Guinness 0.0 goes on sale in 4-440ml can packs in off-licences, and Waitrose […]

  • Bulgaria makes masks mandatory – as it happened
    by Jessica Murray (now); Lucy Campbell, Kevin Rawlinson, Archie Bland and Alison Rourke (earlier) on October 20, 2020

    This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.34pm BST We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: CDC finds 300,000 excess deaths in US; Spain nears 1m cases 11.34pm BST Here’s a quick recap of the latest developments: 11.05pm BST The […]

  • Global report: record Covid cases and new lockdowns across Europe
    by Jon Henley Europe correspondent on October 20, 2020

    Parts of Spain and Italy facing restrictions as Ireland set to become first EU country to reimpose national lockdownRegions in Spain and Italy have returned to lockdown and Ireland will do so from Wednesday as countries across Europe continue to report new Covid infection highs and governments struggle to contain the second wave of the pandemic.The northern […]

  • Ireland to impose 5km travel limit in strict new Covid lockdown
    by Rory Carroll in Dublin on October 19, 2020

    Move to level 5 measures to include closing most shops and banning home visitsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to close much of its economy and society in a second Covid-19 lockdown that imposes some of the severest restrictions in Europe.Non-essential shops will close and people are asked to stay at home, with a 5km […]

  • Controversial plans to develop James Joyce house into hostel approved
    by Sian Cain on October 19, 2020

    Plans to convert the Dublin home in Joyce’s 1914 story The Dead provoked a swift backlash from writers including Sally Rooney and Colm TóibínDublin city council has greenlit a controversial plan to convert the house made famous by James Joyce’s story The Dead into a hostel, with a campaign group supported by writers including Sally Rooney, Colm […]

  • Irish hunt for Fungie the dolphin put on hold because of bad weather
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on October 19, 2020

    Wildlife celebrity missing for six days after decades of enchanting Dingle peninsula Bad weather has forced search-and-rescue teams to suspend a search for Fungie, a dolphin who has vanished off the coast of Kerry after almost 40 years of enchanting fishermen and visitors to the south-western tip of Ireland.The wildlife celebrity has not been seen for six […]

  • Covid in Europe: protests in Czech Republic, Ireland to toughen rules
    by Jon Henley Europe correspondent and Robert Tait in Prague on October 18, 2020

    Switzerland makes masks mandatory as continent struggles to contain infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePolice fought anti-mask protesters in the Czech Republic, Ireland prepared to announce tough new restrictions and Switzerland made masks mandatory indoors as European governments struggled to contain continuing record […]

  • ‘I’ve never had so much craic’: Gaelic games come to loyalist east Belfast
    by Anna Cafolla on October 18, 2020

    Founded in May, and explicitly designed to be non-sectarian, a community club has already attracted 1,000 membersIt’s 50 years since a Gaelic football team played in east Belfast, and some 400 years since the last known hurling match – St Colmcille’s football team closed as the Troubles descended on Northern Ireland, and there’s been no record of […]

  • ‘Biden gets Ireland’: why Joe in the Oval Office would thrill Joe in Mayo
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on October 18, 2020

    The would-be president is proud of his heritage. And many in Ireland see in him a chance for change on issues like BrexitIt was a telling line that almost got drowned out in the acrimony of the first US presidential debate. Donald Trump, Joe Biden said, belonged to a caste of aloof plutocrats. “They look down their nose on people like Irish Catholics and […]

  • Alec Baldwin on the set of Pixie: 'My priest will never see this movie. I’ll make sure of that'
    by Ryan Gilbey on October 16, 2020

    The Hollywood actor jumped at the chance to play a gun-running, gangster man of the cloth in the Tarantino-esque comedy-drama set in the west of Ireland. The cast and crew explain how it came to beIt is an autumn morning in pre-pandemic Belfast. Nuns stroll around a disused church brandishing shotguns while the priests are packing pistols. In front of the […]

  • Brexit: No 10 startled by EU insistence that UK accept trade terms
    by Daniel Boffey in Brussels on October 16, 2020

    Bloc’s stance apparently taken as challenge to Boris Johnson’s threat to walk out on talksDowning Street reacted in dismay as Emmanuel Macron led EU leaders in warning Boris Johnson that he must swallow the bloc’s conditions, in what appeared to be taken as a direct challenge to the British prime minister’s threat to walk out on the talks.At a […]

  • Covid in Europe: how countries are tackling second wave
    by Europe correspondents on October 15, 2020

    A roundup of the measures affecting mask-wearing, schools and more across mainland EuropeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe governments of European countries are each responding in their own way to the second wave of coronavirus. Here we summarise the main measures being implemented in 20 mainland nations. Continue reading...

  • Hilary Mantel calls for skeleton of Irish 'giant' to be repatriated
    by Darragh Peter Murphy on October 15, 2020

    Charles Byrne’s remains acquired and displayed against wishes in UK for two centuriesThe author Hilary Mantel has called for the Royal College of Surgeons to repatriate the skeleton of an Irish “giant” whose bones remain in storage in London two centuries after he asked to be buried at sea.Charles Byrne had a genetic form of gigantism that caused him […]

  • The gangster vanishes: twist in hunt for world’s largest haul of stolen art
    by Vanessa Thorpe on October 11, 2020

    Irish criminal disappears after leading BBC film crew to gang behind infamous Boston heistSome of the most precious paintings in the world, a billion-dollar haul including work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas and Manet, were stolen from a gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, in an audacious heist 30 years ago. But now, just as a British detective closes in on […]

  • Global report: Trump no longer a Covid transmission risk, says doctor; India passes 7m cases
    by Guardian staff on October 11, 2020

    White House doctor doesn’t say if president is negative; Ireland sees record daily infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe White House doctor says Donald Trump is no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus, but has not said whether the US president has tested negative for it.In a memo released by the White House, […]

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