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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  • Former Irish soldier was prepared to die for Islamic State, court hears
    by Lisa O'Carroll on January 25, 2022

    Lisa Smith ‘enveloped’ herself in the ‘black flag of IS’ in Syria, prosecutor saysA former Irish soldier accused of joining Islamic State was prepared to die a martyr, a court in Dublin has heard.Lisa Smith, 39, from Dundalk, County Louth, has pleaded not guilty to being a member of the terrorist organisation between October 2015 and December 2019. […]

  • Colm Tóibín is named new Irish fiction laureate in ‘exciting time to be a reader in Ireland’
    by Alison Flood on January 24, 2022

    The award-winning writer takes over the role intended to encourage engagement with high quality fictionColm Tóibín has been named as the new laureate for Irish fiction, taking over from Sebastian Barry.The three-year role is intended to “acknowledge the contribution of fiction writers to Irish artistic and cultural life”, as well as to encourage new […]

  • Irish police rule out foul play over corpse in post office pension incident
    by Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin on January 23, 2022

    Gardaí attempting to establish at what point 66-year-old man died before alarm was raised at shop in CarlowPolice suspect that a dead man who was brought to a post office in Ireland by two men trying to claim his pension had died just hours before the incident.Gardaí have ruled out foul play, with a postmortem revealing he had died not long before the […]

  • Despite the violent past and toxic present, Britain and Ireland cannot escape the ties that bind | Fintan O’Toole
    by Fintan O’Toole on January 23, 2022

    The fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday reminds us that history and geography mean that now, as then, the fates of the two countries are entwinedAlmost 50 years ago, in the early hours of 2 February 1972, the British embassy in Dublin was gutted by fire. This was not an accident. A huge crowd had gathered in protest outside the lovely Georgian terrace in […]

  • Flight of fancy: the home inspired by an aircraft fuselage
    by Serena Fokschaner on January 23, 2022

    A designer’s fascination with aviation led him to build his own cocoon-like home in Kildare, IrelandMost creatives yearn to build their own home, experimenting with materials, styles and ideals. Type “self build” into Google and up will pop homes ranging from the singular to the outlandish. Triangular houses squeezed into tight urban spots, round […]

  • Coronavirus live: Japan and Poland report record cases; Germany seven-day rate at new high
    by Léonie Chao-Fong and Jedidajah Otte on January 23, 2022

    Concerns about new Omicron offshoot in England; France to bring in strict restrictions for unvaccinated peopleSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s seven-day incidence rate has risen to a high of 772.7 infections per 100,000 people, up from 706.3. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 135,461 new infections on Saturday, an increase of 57,439 on […]

  • Two men take corpse into Irish post office to claim dead man’s pension
    by Clea Skopeliti on January 22, 2022

    Deceased man ‘propped up’ by two men as they walked into the building in County Carlow on Friday morningGardaí have launched an investigation after two men carried a dead body into an Irish post office in an apparent attempt to claim his pension.The deceased pensioner was described in reports as being “propped up” by the men as they walked into the […]

  • Irishman faces 20 years in jail after exposing himself on flight to New York
    by Agence France-Presse on January 22, 2022

    Shane McInerney allegedly refused to wear a mask, threw a can at another passenger and mooned at a flight attendant An Irishman who refused to wear a Covid mask during a flight from Dublin to New York and exposed his rear end to a flight attendant faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of assault, the US justice department said on Friday.Shane […]

  • Irish taoiseach looks to spring after lifting one of Europe’s longest Covid clampdowns
    by Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin on January 21, 2022

    ‘Humans are social and we Irish more than most,’ Micheál Martin tells country after ending 20 months of social restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland has ended what has been one of the longest and strictest set of coronavirus restrictions in Europe, with the end of lockdown declared “a good day” by the […]

  • Irish police arrest second man in Ashling Murphy case
    by Lisa O'Carroll on January 19, 2022

    Man held in relation to potential withholding of information as police continue to question murder suspectA second man has been arrested in connection with the killing of the schoolteacher Ashling Murphy while she was out jogging in rural Ireland.The man is reportedly known to the 31-year-old man who was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of Murphy’s […]

  • Ireland announces annual bank holiday to honour Covid victims and workers
    by Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin on January 19, 2022

    Government will also give tax-free bonus of €1,000 to frontline staff in hospitals and nursing homesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to get a bank holiday as a national commemoration of those who have lost their lives to Covid and to recognise those who worked on the frontline of the pandemic, the government has […]

  • Tony Birtill obituary
    by Greg Quiery on January 18, 2022

    My friend Tony Birtill, who has died aged 67 of cancer, was a fluent Irish speaker and teacher based in Liverpool. He was a regular contributor to Irish-language publications including Foinse, Lá, Beo and Tuairisc, and broadcasted frequently on Radio Merseyside, RTÉ News, Raidió na Gaeltachta and Radio Ulster.In 1990 he re-established the now thriving […]

  • Ashling Murphy: Irish police arrest man on suspicion of teacher’s murder
    by Lisa O'Carroll in Mountbolus on January 18, 2022

    Suspect in his 30s was detained after being treated for unexplained injuries in a Dublin hospitalIrish police investigating the death of Ashling Murphy have arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder.Murphy, a primary school teacher, was strangled on a canal path near the town of Tullamore while out jogging last Wednesday afternoon. Her funeral was […]

  • Ashling Murphy’s killing has shocked Ireland – but will it change a culture of misogyny? | Caelainn Hogan
    by Caelainn Hogan on January 18, 2022

    The attack on the 23-year-old teacher has been described as ‘random’ – but it’s forcing a collective reckoning with violence that is anything but“She should still be here.” A small homemade sign, doused in candlelight during one of the many vigils for Ashling Murphy, said what was on the minds of thousands who have stood in solidarity across the […]

  • Calls for action on gender-based violence after Ashling Murphy killing
    by Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin on January 17, 2022

    Ireland’s minister for justice promises new strategy by March and a zero-tolerance approach Campaigners have called for the end of the “scattered” approach to gender-based violence in Ireland after the murder of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy.Irish police are still hunting for the killer of the primary school teacher, who was strangled on a canal path […]

  • Irish foreign minister orders inquiry into champagne party during lockdown
    by Lisa O'Carroll on January 17, 2022

    Photo shows department officials drinking Moët & Chandon in June 2020 while strict rules were in forceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, has ordered an inquiry into a champagne celebration involving officials in his department at the height of the first Covid lockdown.A photo of the […]

  • Hundreds join vigil in London for murdered teacher Ashling Murphy
    by Emma Graham-Harrison on January 15, 2022

    Killing of the 23-year-old while out running reignites debate about violence against womenHundreds of people gathered in London on Saturday for a vigil to remember Ashling Murphy, a primary school teacher murdered while she was on an afternoon run in Ireland last week, and call for an end to violence against women.Murphy, a talented amateur musician and […]

  • ‘You may feel your cortisol levels declining’: why Siri should be an Irish man
    by Michael Sun on January 15, 2022

    No more generic American voice. Let Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender and Paul Mescal do your bidding insteadInside my iPhone is a cornucopia of Irish men.“It’s currently clear and 25 degrees,” Colin Farrell replies when I ask him the weather. Continue reading...

  • Thousands gather across UK and Ireland to remember Ashling Murphy
    by Guardian staff and agency on January 15, 2022

    Vigils held for 23-year-old teacher murdered while out running as gardaí report ‘significant progress’ in hunt for killerVigils are taking place across Ireland and the UK in memory of murdered 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy. Irish police are continuing to hunt for the killer of Murphy, who was found dead on Wednesday after going for a run on the […]

  • Ashling Murphy: thousands attend vigils across Ireland for teacher killed going for run – video
    on January 14, 2022

    Thousands have gathered in towns and cities across Ireland after the 'senseless' killing of the 23-year-old teacher, with echoes of the national reckoning that was sparked in the UK last year by the murder of Sarah Everard. Murphy was killed on Wednesday afternoon while going for a run along the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore in County […]

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