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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.

Sep 15, 2012

Irish Star breaks ranks to publish topless Kate photos

DUBLIN (Reuters) – An Irish tabloid newspaper broke ranks with its British and Irish rivals to publish topless pictures of the wife of Prince William on Saturday, angering its British co-owners and risking legal action from the royal family.

The royal couple have already begun action against the French magazine Closer for publishing a dozen shots of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – the former Kate Middleton – taken as she slipped off her bikini top while sunbathing at a secluded French country house.

Sep 11, 2012

Ireland says unlikely to tap ECB bond-buying scheme

WESTPORT, Ireland (Reuters) – Ireland does not expect to tap the European Central Bank’s (ECB) new bond-buying programme before it emerges from its EU/IMF bailout at the end of next year, and after that only in case of emergency, its finance minister said on Tuesday.

Ireland is a possible early recipient of the ECB’s Outright Monetary Transaction programme as it is the only euro zone country under International Monetary Fund supervision that has some access to bond markets, two conditions of the programme.

Jul 30, 2012

Europe weakness hits Ryanair profits

DUBLIN, July 30 (Reuters) – Ryanair, Europe’s
biggest budget airline, undershot analyst forecasts with a
profit slide of 29 percent in the three months to June as it
grappled with a toxic mix of austerity, recession and stubbornly
high fuel prices.

The Dublin-based airline, which is waiting to hear whether
EU regulators will approve its takeover of Aer Lingus,
said the weak economic outlook for Europe would continue to
restrain fare growth for the rest of the year.

Jul 12, 2012

Ireland clears bailout hurdle as exports surge

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s economy shrank in the first quarter of the year but exports held up well, bolstering government hopes of meeting budget targets as international lenders praised the country’s commitment to a tough bailout programme.

While the quarterly contraction was unexpected, an upward revision of earlier numbers meant it steered clear of recession in 2011, though stubbornly low levels of consumption at home clouded its growth prospects for the coming 18 months.

Jul 12, 2012

Irish economy shrinks in Q1, but exports robust

DUBLIN, July 12 (Reuters) – Ireland’s economy shrank by 1.1
percent in the first quarter of the year but robust growth in
exports, which weathered the slowdown in the global economy,
gave the government hope of staying on top of its bailout
targets.

Growth for 2011 was revised sharply upwards to 1.4 percent
from a provisional 0.7 percent, the Central Statistics Office
(CSO) confirmed on Thursday after inadvertently releasing the
data for a short period a day ahead of schedule.

Jun 27, 2012

Britain’s queen shakes hands with ex-IRA chief

BELFAST (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth shook the hand of former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander Martin McGuinness for the first time on Wednesday, drawing a line under a conflict that cost the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians, including that of her cousin.

The meeting with McGuinness, who is now the deputy first minister of British-controlled Northern Ireland, comes 14 years after the IRA ended its war against Britain’s claim to the province, and is one of the last big milestones in a peace process whose success has been studied around the world.

Jun 26, 2012

British Queen, ex-IRA chief to seal end to conflict

BELFAST (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is to shake the hand of a once-feared commander of the Irish Republican Army on Wednesday to draw a line under one of Europe’s bitterest conflicts, which cost the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians, including her cousin.

The meeting with Martin McGuinness in a Belfast theatre, 14 years after the Irish Republican Army (IRA) ended its war against Britain’s claim to Northern Ireland, will be the final major handshake in a peace process whose success has been studied around the world.

Jun 26, 2012

Queen meets IRA victims before landmark handshake

BELFAST (Reuters) – The Queen is to shake the hand of a once-feared commander of the Irish Republican Army on Wednesday to draw a line under one of Europe’s bitterest conflicts, which cost the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians, including her cousin.

The meeting with Martin McGuinness in a Belfast theatre, 14 years after the Irish Republican Army (IRA) ended its war against Britain’s claim to Northern Ireland, will be the final major handshake in a peace process whose success has been studied around the world.

Jun 25, 2012

Irish house prices see first monthly rise since 2007

DUBLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – Irish house prices posted their
first monthly rise since 2007 in May, data showed on Monday, in
the latest sign that the market is stabilising after the
bursting of an epic property bubble devastated the economy.

A stabilisation would ease pressure on the country’s banks,
whose mortgage portfolios have been devastated by the price
collapse. One in seven Irish home loans were not being fully
repaid in the first three months of the year.