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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  • Global report: Germany's Covid death toll exceeds 50,000
    by Jon Henley, Kate Connolly in Berlin, and Helena Smith in Athens on January 22, 2021

    Germany hits grim milestone, France may need third lockdown and Belgium and Ireland say it is too early to ease restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany has passed 50,000 Covid deaths, France was told it may soon need a third national lockdown and Belgium and Ireland warned that it was too early to think about easing […]

  • People-smuggling gang members jailed over Essex lorry deaths
    by Amelia Gentleman on January 22, 2021

    Two ringleaders receive sentences of 27 and 20 years after 39 Vietnamese people suffocated in containerThe two ringleaders of the people-smuggling gang responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who suffocated in a sealed refrigeration container as they were transported across the Channel from France have received prison sentences of 27 and 20 […]

  • Tell us: are you being affected by bad weather in the UK?
    by Guardian community team on January 20, 2021

    If you’ve been affected by Storm Christoph and have been flooded or had to leave your home, we would like to hear from you Storm Christoph has brought widespread flooding, strong winds and snow to parts of the UK with South Yorkshire declaring a major incident.People were ordered to evacuate homes in the East Didsbury, West Didsbury and Northenden areas […]

  • Doctors in UK and Ireland face 'ongoing distress' from Covid first wave
    by PA Media on January 18, 2021

    Survey of workers in emergency, anaesthetics and intensive care reveals psychological tollCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly half of doctors working in high-pressure conditions during the first wave of coronavirus face ongoing distress, research suggests.A study based on responses from more than 5,400 doctors in the UK and […]

  • Family fear for dying Australian man stranded in Ireland as Emirates cancels flights
    by Matilda Boseley on January 16, 2021

    John Jobber, who is suffering from end-stage renal failure, prostate cancer and dementia, had a ticket for a March flight homeFollow today’s coronavirus live blogState by state restrictions explainedCovid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or fallingIt was John Jobber’s dying wish to […]

  • ‘Internexit’ for Leave.EU as domain name temporarily suspended
    by Alex Hern on January 15, 2021

    Error message greets visitors to site registered in name of Irish businessman who claims he does not know campaign groupLeave.EU has been forced to “Internexit” after the group’s EU domain name was temporarily suspended. It comes after the Irish businessman in whose name the pro-Brexit campaign group’s domain name is registered denied having any […]

  • How Ireland's second wave of Covid got so bad, so fast | Luke O'Neill
    by Luke O’Neill on January 15, 2021

    Christmas socialising is being blamed for the country’s shocking rise in infection rates Ireland recently made the headlines all over the world – for the wrong reason. We had the highest daily number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 anywhere. The seven-day rolling average hit 1,394 cases per million – ahead of the UK on 810, and the US on 653.We had […]

  • The true horror of Ireland's machine of misogyny must never be forgotten | Elaine Feeney
    by Elaine Feeney on January 15, 2021

    The landmark mother and baby home report underlines why we need to grapple with our country’s dark past On a grey day in 2014, I met a friend at the gate of St Jarlath’s College, Tuam, where I was teaching boys of secondary-school age. We chatted under the shadow of Tuam’s cathedral, located beside a large Victorian villa known locally as the Palace, […]

  • Bad Bridgets: podcast reveals Irish emigrants' tales of poverty and prison
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on January 14, 2021

    Loneliness and poverty made female arrivals to US turn to sex work, crime and alcohol, say historiansThe millions of Irish girls and women who emigrated to North America in the 19th and early 20th centuries tend to be remembered, if at all, as domestic servants, cooks, wives and mothers.A reputation for diligence and rectitude cast them as the unsung heroes […]

  • Irish church and state apologise for callous mother and baby homes
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on January 13, 2021

    Taoiseach accepts state responsibility for historic cruelty as Catholic primate acknowledges ‘painful truths’The Irish state and Ireland’s Catholic church have made landmark apologies for running and enabling a network of religious institutions that abused and shamed unmarried mothers and their children for much of the 20th century.The taoiseach, […]

  • Ireland publishes report on 'appalling' abuse at mother and baby homes
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on January 12, 2021

    ‘We embraced judgmental, moral certainty and perverse religious morality,’ says taoiseach Ireland has ripped back the veil on a dark historical chapter that condemned tens of thousands of unmarried mothers and their babies to callousness and cruelty in institutions run by both the state and the Catholic church.A judicial commission of investigation […]

  • New Sally Rooney novel to be published in September
    by Sian Cain on January 12, 2021

    Beautiful World, Where Are You, set to be released on 7 September, follows four young people as they navigate love, friendship and sexSally Rooney’s third novel, and her first since the widely acclaimed Normal People, will be published on 7 September.Beautiful World, Where Are You, announced by Rooney’s UK publisher Faber on Tuesday, follows Alice and […]

  • Report to reveal scale of abuse at Ireland's mother and baby homes
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on January 12, 2021

    Results of investigation expected to tell how 9,000 children died in 18 institutions between 1922 and 1998The grim history of a network of religious institutions in Ireland that abused and shamed unmarried mothers and their children for much of the 20th century is to be laid bare.A judicial commission of investigation into Ireland’s mother and baby homes […]

  • Spain sees record rise in weekend cases – as it happened
    by Jessica Murray (now); Archie Bland, Kevin Rawlinson and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on January 11, 2021

    This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.32pm GMT We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: WHO warns no herd immunity in 2021; Moderna says vaccine immunity lasts a year 11.10pm GMT Immunity produced from Moderna’s Covid-19 […]

  • 'Reckless' Christmas easing of rules blamed for Ireland Covid surge
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on January 11, 2021

    Country has world’s highest rate of infection with critics blaming socialising over festive periodCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland emerged from a six-week lockdown in early December with the European Union’s lowest coronavirus infection rate.It eased restrictions in belief it could contain a rise in the virus over […]

  • The New Music review – Parkinson's meets punk in a feelgood fable
    by Cath Clarke on January 11, 2021

    A classical musician diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s finds respite with a student band in this warm but uneven Dublin indieThere are some moments of genuine feeling in this uneven Dublin-set indie about a classical pianist who joins the punk scene after being diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s. I wasn’t entirely sold on all the performances […]

  • Ireland has contained South African Covid variant, say health officials
    by Reuters in Dublin on January 9, 2021

    ‘No onward transmission’ from three cases found on Friday but UK variant still surgingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials in Ireland, where a more infectious variant of the coronavirus first discovered in England has been surging, said on Saturday they believe three cases of another new variant found in South […]

  • Irish film Arracht eschews Brit bashing to tackle famine taboo
    by Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent on January 9, 2021

    Foreign language Oscar entry is set in mid-19th century during failure of potato cropsBrit bashing is in vogue in Ireland. Brexit and the centenary of bloody atrocities during the war of independence have stirred historic grievances against the old colonial master.Posts on social media and rhetoric from Sinn Féin express anger about centuries of oppression […]

  • Irish politician calls for investigation into Leave.EU's Irish registration
    by Alex Hern on January 8, 2021

    Neale Richmond demands inquiry on how Brexit campaign group obtained domain name reserved for EU citizensAn Irish politician has called for an investigation into how Leave.EU was able to secure a web address that should have been reserved for European citizens, after it was revealed that the campaign group’s website was registered under the name of an […]

  • Percy Pigs in Ireland hit by Brexit red tape as M&S warns of tariffs
    by Zoe Wood on January 8, 2021

    Sweets are among retailer’s products affected by ‘rules of origin’ regulationsPercy Pig has emerged as one of the first casualties of Brexit red tape, with Marks & Spencer warning that its famous pink sweets could be hit with new import taxes in Ireland.The sweets are among the more than 2,000 products sold in M&S food halls that are affected […]

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