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Oct 1, 2013

Flush with cash, Ireland delays debt sales until 2014

DUBLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Ireland, set to become the first
euro zone country to exit an international bailout this year,
has decided not to issue any more bonds this year as it has
enough cash on hand, the debt agency said on Tuesday.

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) had planned
to tap markets in the final quarter to fully demonstrate the
“regular market access” that the European Central Bank says is
necessary for its bond-buying programme.

Sep 20, 2013

Ryanair unveils new strategy: ‘be nice to customers’

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Europe’s biggest budget airline, has promised to transform its “abrupt culture” in a bid to win customers from costlier rivals, admitting for the first time that a reputation for treating its passengers badly might have become a problem.

The Irish firm, this week voted the worst of the 100 biggest brands serving the British market by readers of consumer magazine Which?, said on Friday it would become more lenient on fining customers over bag sizes and overhaul the way it communicates.

Sep 19, 2013

Ireland exits recession but little room to ease austerity

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland emerged from its second recession in five years in the second quarter but tepid growth left official forecasts for the year in doubt and may dash government hopes of easing up on austerity.

Ireland is set to become the first country to exit an EU/IMF bailout later this year after returning to debt markets but its economy still needs to start growing by more than 2 percent from next year on to help make its national debt sustainable.

Sep 13, 2013

Aer Lingus says Ryanair discounting to hit EU airlines

DUBLIN, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The profitability of European
airlines will be squeezed in coming months due to heavy
discounting by Ryanair, its Irish rival Aer Lingus
said on Friday as it cut its profit forecast for the

Ryanair, which flies more international scheduled passengers
than any other European airline, said last week it planned to
introduce “aggressive” pricing to maintain volumes amid signs of
weak demand in the autumn.

Sep 4, 2013

Ryanair warns on profit, blaming weak Europe and sterling

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research), Europe’s biggest budget airline, could miss its annual profit target for the first time in a decade, it said on Wednesday, blaming lower demand across the continent and a weaker currency in its largest market, Britain.

Shares in the Irish group, which has routinely beaten profit forecasts in recent years, dropped as much as 15 percent to a five-month low, dragging down other airline and travel stocks.

Sep 4, 2013

Ryanair warns weak bookings to drag on profits

DUBLIN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Ryanair, Europe’s biggest
budget airline, could miss its full-year profit forecast
following a dip in bookings, it said on Wednesday, blaming
growing competition and a drop in the value of the British

Shares in the Irish group, which has routinely beaten profit
forecasts in recent years, dropped as much as 15 percent to a
five-month low, dragging down other airline stocks.

Aug 28, 2013

UK orders Ryanair to cut Aer Lingus stake

DUBLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s competition watchdog on
Wednesday ordered Ryanair to cut its stake in smaller
Irish rival Aer Lingus to 5 percent from 30 percent, saying the
current arrangement had the potential to substantially reduce

Ryanair said would appeal against what it described as a
“bizarre and manifestly wrong” decision in a legal process that
could last years.

Aug 23, 2013

Irish mortgage arrears grow again as bailout exit nears

DUBLIN, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Ireland’s mortgage crisis
deepened in the second quarter as the number of households in
arrears grew, frustrating expectations that a fall in
unemployment and pressure on banks to cut deals with borrowers
might have brought relief.

Ireland’s stock of bad household debt is a major impediment
to the country’s economic recovery as it prepares to exit its
EU/IMF bailout, and could force the government to inject further
capital into its lenders.

Aug 21, 2013

Ireland appoints Frenchman as financial regulator

DUBLIN, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Ireland has appointed a French
official to take over as the country’s financial regulator, the
second foreigner to fill the role since the collapse of the
country’s banking system forced it into an EU-IMF bailout.

Cyril Roux, an insurance specialist who is currently a
senior official at the French prudential supervisory authority,
the ACPR, will replace Briton Matthew Elderfield, who is
stepping down for personal reasons.

Jul 28, 2013

Ireland on road to recovery, but many left behind

MULLINGAR, Ireland, July 28 (Reuters) – Struggling cafe
owner Julie Mangan rolls her eyes at talk of packed restaurants
and queues for house viewings in Dublin as proof that Ireland’s
battered economy is finally on the mend.

With two consecutive years of growth, falling unemployment
and the property market showing signs of life, Ireland is being
held up by European leaders as the continent’s best chance for a
bail-out success story.