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We have this in the article: "The rapid growth of its economy in recent years has facilitated the decline of the Catholic Church's influence in the country." I'd love it to be true - but logically, is it? Might there be other causes? Internationalization of the culture? Increased sophistication? Improved education? --Bob_M (talk) 12:46, 4 July 2007 (CDT)

The fact that the catholics and Protestants aren't blowing each other up every five minutes migth help, too. --Gulik 12:47, 4 July 2007 (CDT)


I am Irish and I am a secondary school teacher (high school for those you who don't speak real english). I am not religious and I believe the religious domination of schooling is a problem, yet I would argue strongly against the existence of supposed "indoctrination". This befits an essay rather than an article. If anyone wants to start the essay i'll gladly lend my help. I'm going to remove the passage for now. ДιЯɖі$ɧ ɥοםЄʟβЯƏакĐΩωΝ 06:04, 5 July 2007 (CDT)

child abuse scandal[edit]

this also needs statistics here and an essay perhaps on the societal impact of child sex abuse in irish religious institutions. or something. i'll help there too if wanted. ДιЯɖі$ɧ ɥοםЄʟβЯƏакĐΩωΝ 06:05, 5 July 2007 (CDT)

Ireland or Eire[edit]

Some of the material here should be in Republic of Ireland I think. yummy Toast&  honey(or marmalade) 14:09, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

Actually, the two articles should be combined. DogPMarmite Patrol 17:22, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
I agree. It doesn't seem meaningful to have two separate articles. --ConcernedresidentAsk me about your mother 17:28, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
Yes, although they are two seperate things ("Ireland" the island and "Ireland" the republic) the geographical note should simply be in the "republic" article - as geography is even further from our remit than political units. --BobSpring is sprung! 17:53, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
I think it's simpler to merge them into Ireland, since that's more likely to be typed and linked? ħumanUser talk:Human 03:37, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
I looked at RoI and it took me eleven seconds to decide to move it to fun:. Now, Northern Ireland is a crap article that isn't even written in "sentences". Let's do something with that, like redirect it here? ħumanUser talk:Human 03:43, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

Ireland on the top[edit]

Irish flag should be on top cuz why not. I put Irish flag on top. Dapperedavid (talk) 14:34, 9 January 2016 (UTC)


I don't have the time to rewrite it now, but the section on the Troubles absurdly claims that it wasn't till Bill got himself involved that peace became a prospect in Northern Ireland. This is patently untrue; there had already been attempts at creating peace such as the Anglo Irish Agreement, signed a whole ten years before George Mitchell got his new job , the UK had been involved in back-channel communications with the IRA since the 80s and the bloodiest period of the conflict was already in the past. The US acted as neutral facilitators, and even the altruism of the Clintons' work in relation to the north has come into question. This section needs a rewrite. HeadlessDenise (talk) 19:56, 10 November 2019 (UTC)