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May 23, 2015

Gay Ireland hails ‘a new Republic’ as same-sex marriage approved

DUBLIN, May 23 (Reuters) – Gay couples flocked to central
Dublin to celebrate a “historic watershed” on Saturday as a
large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to
allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade
struggle for gay rights.

Waving rainbow flags, embracing and crying, two thousand
people gathered to watch the official results in the courtyard
of Dublin Castle after voters, young and old, accounted for one
of the highest turnouts in a referendum for decades.

May 23, 2015

Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers say

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland appears to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.

Final results are not expected until later in the day in a vote that would make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote, just two decades after the country decriminalised homosexuality.

May 22, 2015

Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalizing homosexuality, with a strong early turnout likely to favor the ‘Yes’ side.

With the once mighty Catholic Church’s influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

May 21, 2015

Ireland looks set to back gay marriage in landmark referendum

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland votes on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the once deeply Catholic country the first in the world to adopt the policy by popular vote.

The reform is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it will mark a transformation in the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality just over two decades ago.

May 19, 2015

Gay marriage vote marks a quiet revolution in Ireland

DUBLIN, May 18 (Reuters) – Ireland, the last country in
Western Europe to decriminalise homosexuality, now looks set
only two decades later to become the first in the world to
approve same-sex marriage in a national referendum.

Back in 1993, legalising gay sex divided a deeply Catholic
society. But a quiet revolution since then has so changed
Ireland that now all political parties strongly back the reform.
Only two of the 166 parliamentary deputies oppose it.

May 16, 2015

Poll shows Irish to vote in favour of gay marriage

DUBLIN, May 16 (Reuters) – Irish voters are set to back the
introduction of gay marriage by a margin of more than two-to-one
next week and become the first country to approve the policy in
a national plebiscite, a poll indicated on Saturday.

Long considered one of the most socially conservative
countries in Western Europe, support for gay rights has surged
in Ireland in recent decades as the power of the Catholic Church
collapsed in the wake of a series of sex scandals.

May 13, 2015

Cider maker C&C eyes UK niche, U.S. growth after profits fall

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish cider maker C&C is trying to build a profitable niche position in England and invest heavily to recoup lost market share in the United States after those markets dragged group profits down by 9 percent, management said on Wednesday.

The maker of Magners and Bulmers cider ruled out closing down or selling its business in England and Wales, where profits fell 38 percent in the year to February following an increase in competition.

Apr 14, 2015

Irish lender permanent tsb launches stock market return

DUBLIN, April 14 (Reuters) – Permanent tsb (PTSB)
launched a 400 million euro ($423 million) public share offering
on Tuesday, the first by an Irish lender since the financial
crisis, in a move that will cut the government’s stake to at
least 75 percent.

The loss-making bank will also issue a further 125 million
euros in risky additional tier one bonds to help it fill a
capital shortfall identified last year when it was the only
Irish bank to fail European stress tests.

Apr 13, 2015

Irish lender permanent tsb to make stock market return

DUBLIN, April 13 (Reuters) – Permanent tsb will
launch the first public share sale by an Irish bank since the
financial crisis on Tuesday with a 400 million euro ($423
million) offering, a source close to the matter said, in a key
test of investor appetite for the sector.

The sale by the smallest of Ireland’s three domestically
owned banks and the only one to fail European stress tests last
year is part of its plan to raise 525 million euros to help fill
a capital hole identified by the European Central Bank (ECB).

Apr 9, 2015

Unionist bid to be UK ‘kingmakers’ unsettles some in Northern Ireland

BELFAST (Reuters) – Less than two decades after a U.S.-brokered deal brought peace to Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister David Cameron may have to go cap in hand to one side of the sectarian divide if he wants to keep power after the May 7 election.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose combative British nationalism was forged in the Protestant ghettos of 1970s Belfast, is promising voters the opportunity of holding the balance of power in the United Kingdom.