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Nov 14, 2013

Ireland opts to exit bailout without back up credit line

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland said on Thursday it would make a clean break from its EU/IMF bailout next month, forgoing a precautionary credit line that some of its European partners had wanted it to take.

Its prime minister, Enda Kenny, said it was the right decision at the right time for his country.

Nov 5, 2013

Ryanair investors berate O’Leary but fear his leaving

DUBLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – When one Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shareholder made a stinging attack on Chief Executive Michael O’Leary at the airline’s annual meeting for scaring off customers with his “bullying” and “macho” style, there was one thing he didn’t mention.

That O’Leary’s leaving was one of his biggest fears.

As Ryanair scrambles to reinvent itself and woo customers from higher-cost rivals to fill hundreds of new planes, there are growing concerns about the cost of what O’Leary recently described as his “personal character deformities”.

Nov 4, 2013

Ryanair cuts profit forecast again as fares fall in Europe

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair’s (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) annual profit is set to fall for the first time in five years as intense competition in Europe pushes average fares down by around 10 percent over the winter months, Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers said on Monday.

Two months after issuing its first profit warning in a decade, the Irish budget carrier cut its profit forecast further for its current financial year ending in March to around 510 million euros ($688 million) from 570 million euros.

Nov 1, 2013

O’Leary says no radical overhaul of Ryanair culture

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Budget airline Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research) has no plans to radically overhaul the way it is managed and has already unveiled most of the promised customer service improvements in an effort to improve its image, Chief Executive Michael O’Leary told Reuters.

The charismatic but often outspoken O’Leary has said he wants to overhaul an “abrupt culture” at Europe’s biggest airline, famous for its no-frills service and extra charges that have annoyed many flyers.

Oct 30, 2013

Tech startups bring jobs to low-tax Ireland

DUBLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Small tech firms are set to
create up to 2,000 jobs in Ireland, following the lead of web
giants like Google and Facebook, the country’s
investment agency said on Wednesday as nine firms announced
hundreds of new positions.

The companies said they were basing their regional
headquarters in Ireland because of the quality of the workforce
rather than its low tax rate, which has led to criticism of the
country from the U.S. Senate.

Oct 25, 2013

Ryanair, softening image, cuts fees and allows extra bag

DUBLIN, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Ryanair promised on
Friday to slash its charges for extra baggage and reprinting
boarding passes, the boldest move yet by chief executive Michael
O’Leary to shake off the low-cost giant’s reputation for
bad customer service.

The measures aim to address some of the most frequent
complaints against Europe’s largest airline, which was voted the
worst of the 100 biggest brands serving the British market by
readers of consumer magazine Which?

Oct 16, 2013
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As Belfast riots, Northern Ireland’s second city tastes sectarian peace

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(The “Hands Across The Divide” peace statue by a local sculptor Maurice Harron stands in front of a backdrop of the Waterside area of Derry City, also known as Londonderry, in this October 3, 2013 picture. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton )

While cars burned on the streets of Belfast this summer in its worst year of rioting for a decade, Northern Ireland’s second city of Londonderry was filled with tourists as its once bitterly divided population celebrated a stunning rejuvenation.

Oct 16, 2013

As Belfast riots, Northern Ireland’s second city tastes peace

LONDONDERRY (Reuters) – While cars burned on the streets of Belfast this summer in its worst year of rioting for a decade, Northern Ireland’s second city of Londonderry was filled with tourists as its once bitterly divided population celebrated a stunning rejuvenation.

Some 40 years after Londonderry became the centre of the “Troubles” when British troops shot dead 13 people at a civil rights protest on what became known as Bloody Sunday, Catholics and Protestants watched calmly as some of the city’s most entrenched taboos were broken.

Oct 16, 2013

As Belfast riots, N.Ireland’s second city tastes peace

LONDONDERRY, Oct 16 (Reuters) – While cars burned on the
streets of Belfast this summer in its worst year of rioting for
a decade, Northern Ireland’s second city of Londonderry was
filled with tourists as its once bitterly divided population
celebrated a stunning rejuvenation.

Some 40 years after Londonderry became the centre of the
“Troubles” when British troops shot dead 13 people at a civil
rights protest on what became known as Bloody Sunday, Catholics
and Protestants watched calmly as some of the city’s most
entrenched taboos were broken.

Oct 15, 2013
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Colm Toibin eyes Booker Prize with dark Gospel tale “Testament of Mary”

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(Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist nominee Colm Toibin poses with his book “The Testament of Mary” during a photocall at the Southbank Centre in London, October 13, 2013. The Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 15. REUTERS/Olivia Harris )

What surprises Irish author Colm Toibin about his latest book is that it hasn’t been burned.