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Nov 15, 2012

Ireland to clarify abortion rules after woman’s death

DUBLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Ireland’s government on Thursday
pledged to clarify its abortion laws after a woman, who was
denied a termination, died from septicaemia in an Irish
hospital.

Thousands held a candle-lit vigil outside parliament on
Wednesday after news broke of the death of Savita Halappanavar,
an Indian Hindu, following a miscarriage 17 weeks into her
pregnancy.

Nov 14, 2012

Thousands rally in Ireland after woman denied abortion dies

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland’s parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital.

Savita Halappanavar, 31, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of Ireland last month, died of septicaemia a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy.

Nov 14, 2012

Ireland sticks with austerity plan, Fitch ups outlook

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland said it will not add new austerity measures despite cutting its growth forecasts for the next three years on Wednesday as Fitch rewarded it for continued fiscal and funding progress by raising its outlook.

Bailed out Ireland has made spending cuts and tax hikes worth 25 billion euros ($31 billion) since 2008 – equivalent to 15 percent of annual output – and believes the 8.6 billion program already planned for 2013 to 2015 will be enough to get it back on track.

Nov 14, 2012

Ireland sticks with austerity plan, Fitch ups outlook

DUBLIN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Ireland said it will not add new
austerity measures despite cutting its growth forecasts for the
next three years on Wednesday as Fitch rewarded it for continued
fiscal and funding progress by raising its outlook.

Bailed out Ireland has made spending cuts and tax hikes
worth 25 billion euros ($31 billion) since 2008 – equivalent to
15 percent of annual output – and believes the 8.6 billion
program already planned for 2013 to 2015 will be enough to get
it back on track.

Oct 25, 2012

Ireland seeks new support to smooth bailout exit

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland is lobbying EU/IMF lenders for additional support to smooth its return to bond markets before its bailout ends next year, its finance minister said on Thursday after Dublin passed its latest bailout review.

The country is the closest to recovery of the euro zone bailout recipients and will be hoping European leaders’ appetite for a success story will outweigh a reluctance by Germany and its allies to offer up more funds.

Oct 24, 2012

Irish monthly house price growth hits 5-year high

DUBLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Irish house prices grew at their
fastest monthly rate in five years in September, adding to signs
that the property market is stabilising after peak-to-trough
falls of 50 percent.

Economists say a stabilisation of the market is vital to
allow crisis-hit Irish banks and households to recover and
generate the economic growth needed to begin to pay off the
debts that forced the country to seek an international bailout.

Oct 23, 2012

C&C buys U.S. cider firm as core UK market weakens

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s C&C (GCC.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is to buy U.S. cider firm Vermont Hard Cider for $305 million to tap into a fast-growing market and offset weakness in its core UK business, where sales of its flagship Magners brand slumped during a wet summer.

Sales of Magners in the United States leapt 16 percent in the six months to August, compared with a 17 percent fall in the United Kingdom, where the brand faces growing competition.

Oct 19, 2012

Russia’s Yandex targets Google with expansion abroad

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Russia’s leading internet search engine, Yandex (YNDX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), will take the fight to Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in emerging markets like Turkey in a bid to offset the inroads made by the U.S. giant in its home market.

Yandex founder and chief executive Arkady Volozh told Reuters on Friday the firm was likely to use its own experts to expand into new countries, but would not rule out acquisitions or partnership deals.

Oct 16, 2012

Paul Ryan’s charms fall flat in Irish homeland

GRAIGUENAMANAGH, Ireland (Reuters) – In the land of his ancestors, Paul Ryan’s Irish charm is failing him.

Despite his name, Roman Catholic faith and immigrant-made-good family history, the Irish half of the Republican ticket is failing to win the allegiance of the old country from Barack Obama, a skilled hand at playing the Irish card.

Sep 16, 2012

UK royals ready criminal complaint against photographer

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife are to make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took topless pictures of the duchess and against the French magazine that published them, their office said on Sunday.

The pictures have rekindled memories in Britain of the media pursuit of William’s mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi.