Archive for the ‘Ireland’ Category

Irish mark Saint Patrick’s Day with parades, optimism on peace

March 17, 2008

DUBLIN (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of revellers took to the streets of Ireland Monday for celebrations to mark the annual Saint Patrick’s Day national holiday.

Simon Rielly enjoys the festivities at the 184th consecutive ...
Simon Rielly enjoys the festivities at the 184th consecutive St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Montreal, Canada on Sunday, March 16, 2008.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

An estimated half a million people watched the country’s biggest event in the capital, Dublin, where a 3,000-strong parade snaked its way through the city centre.

The procession was bolstered by 16 marching bands from countries including Ireland, Japan, Italy and the United States and members of Ireland’s burgeoning immigrant population.

Other parades were held across the country while a cross-community, multi-cultural parade was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

President Mary McAleese, who reviewed the Dublin pageant, said the Belfast event was particularly poignant because it was the first since a power-sharing government was set up in Northern Ireland last May.

“This year, more than any in our recent past, is one to savour with special joy,” she said.

“The welcome return of devolved government to Northern Ireland has brought to the island of Ireland a promising era of peace, prosperity and partnership,” she added.

Saint Patrick was a fifth century Christian missionary who is the Catholic country’s patron saint.

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France is healthcare leader, US comes dead last

January 9, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) – France is tops, and the United States dead last, in providing timely and effective healthcare to its citizens, according to a survey Tuesday of preventable deaths in 19 industrialized countries.

The study by the Commonwealth Fund and published in the January/February issue of the journal Health Affairs measured developed countries’ effectiveness at providing timely and effective healthcare.

The study, entitled “Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis,” was written by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It looked at death rates….

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