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Dec 4, 2012

Student group takes Facebook privacy gripes to court

VIENNA/DUBLIN (Reuters) – An Austrian student group plans to go to court in a bid to make Facebook Inc, the world’s biggest social network, do more to protect the privacy of its hundreds of millions of members.

Campaign group europe-v-facebook, which has been lobbying for reforms at the U.S. company for more than a year, said it would appeal against decisions by the data protection regulator in Ireland, where Facebook has its international headquarters.

Dec 4, 2012

Analysis: Scottish vote sparks soul searching in Northern Ireland

BELFAST (Reuters) – London’s decision to grant Scotland a referendum on independence after 300 years has raised an awkward question for Northern Ireland’s Catholics.

After centuries fighting for its downfall, do they really want the United Kingdom to collapse?

Nov 28, 2012

AIB raises 500 million euro as Irish market return continues

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Allied Irish Banks (ALBK.I: Quote, Profile, Research) raised 500 million euro (403.79 million pounds) through a three-year bond issue on Wednesday and intends to build on a resurgence in Irish capital markets with up to three more issues next year.

Emulating the debt market success of peer Bank of Ireland (BKIR.I: Quote, Profile, Research) and Irish utilities Bord Gais and ESB earlier this month, the state-owned lender sold the paper at mid-swaps plus 270 basis points. The issue was four-times oversubscribed.

Nov 28, 2012

AIB raises 500 mln euro as Irish mkt return continues

DUBLIN, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Allied Irish Banks
raised 500 million euro ($646.55 million) through a three-year
bond issue on Wednesday and intends to build on a resurgence in
Irish capital markets with up to three more issues next year.

Emulating the debt market success of peer Bank of Ireland
and Irish utilities Bord Gais and ESB earlier this
month, the state-owned lender sold the paper at mid-swaps plus
270 basis points. The issue was four-times oversubscribed.

Nov 27, 2012

Ireland’s financial bust delivers baby boom

DUBLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Within months of Ireland’s
property bubble bursting, estate agent Grainne Bird-Thistle got
caught up in the country’s next boom: babies.

The number of births in Ireland hit a 118-year high in 2009,
when the economy clocked up its worst year on record, and the
number of new arrivals has remained close to that peak despite
the struggle to emerge from financial crisis.

Nov 23, 2012

New probe in death of Indian woman denied abortion

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland has opened a new investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar, denied an abortion of her dying foetus, as the government scrambled to stem criticism of its handling of an incident that polarised the overwhelmingly Catholic country.

The 31-year-old dentist was admitted to hospital in severe pain on October 21 and asked for a termination after doctors said her baby would not survive, according to husband Praveen, but in a country with some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, surgeons would not remove the foetus until its heartbeat stopped days later.

Nov 23, 2012

Ireland opens new probe into death of woman denied abortion

DUBLIN, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Ireland has opened a new
investigation into the death of a woman denied an abortion of
her dying foetus, as the government scrambled to stem criticism
of its handling of an incident that polarised the overwhelmingly
Catholic country.

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year old dentist, was admitted to
hospital in severe pain on Oct. 21 and asked for a termination
after doctors said her baby would not survive, according to
husband Praveen, but in a country with some of the world’s most
restrictive abortion laws, surgeons would not remove the foetus
until its heartbeat stopped days later.

Nov 22, 2012

Ireland hopes for monthly bond issues from 2013

DUBLIN, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ireland hopes to begin regular
monthly bond auctions next year as it prepares for the end of an
EU-IMF bailout and will send a message soon on the timing of its
first syndicated offering, the head of the country’s debt agency
said.

Dublin has made a limited return to debt markets as it
prepares to exit official funding in December next year, but has
not yet issued a benchmark syndicated bond.

Nov 20, 2012

Ireland re-opens public sector pay deal

DUBLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The Irish government on Tuesday
said it is to hold talks with trade unions to overhaul a key pay
agreement that has delivered industrial peace while other
struggling euro zone countries have faced mass strikes.

The 2010 Croke Park agreement, which promised there would be
no cuts in basic pay in exchange for reform of working
practices, is due to run until the end of next year.

Nov 18, 2012

Ryanair may go to court if Aer Lingus bid blocked

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) may mount a legal challenge if its bid to buy Irish rival Aer Lingus (AERL.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is blocked by the European Union but it will not pursue further acquisitions if the merger ultimately fails, its chief executive said on Friday.

Michael O’Leary, who in 20 years has expanded Ryanair from six planes to 300, is trying for the third time to buy Ireland’s once dominant airline, but the European Union says the deal may curb competition.