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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.

Oct 14, 2013

Colm Toibin eyes Booker Prize with dark Gospel tale

DUBLIN (Reuters) – What surprises Irish author Colm Toibin about his latest book is that it hasn’t been burned.

But he hopes the lack of controversy will not hold back his dark retelling of the Gospels, “The Testament of Mary,” from winning the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday at his third attempt.

Oct 12, 2013

Ireland says may not need financing backstop to exit bailout

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland may exit its EU-IMF bailout without requesting a financing backstop from its European partners, its finance minister said on Saturday, a move that would block its access to European Central Bank bond-buying.

The comments underline Ireland’s confidence as it prepares to become the first euro zone country to leave an international bailout, a development the European Union hopes will signal worst of its debt problems are over.

Oct 8, 2013

Ireland gets green light to ease austerity as growth falters

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s international lenders have given it the green light to ease up on austerity in its 2014 budget, the government said on Tuesday, easing pressure on an economy officials admitted would grow far slower than previously thought.

Ireland has been the euro zone’s bailout success story and is on track to exit its international aid programme later this year, while other bailed-out countries struggle to hit their deficit targets.

Oct 8, 2013

Bailed-out Ireland gets green light to ease up on austerity

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s international lenders have given it significant leeway to ease up on austerity in its 2014 budget after it promised to keep hitting all its main targets under a bailout agreement, the government said on Tuesday.

Ireland has been the euro zone’s bailout success story and is on track to exit its international aid programme later this year, while other bailed-out countries struggle to hit their deficit targets.

Oct 4, 2013

IMF cuts Irish growth forecasts, sees big risks to recovery

DUBLIN, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund
cut its growth forecasts for Ireland on Friday and warned of
significant risks to the country’s recovery as it prepares to
exit its EU-IMF bailout.

Ireland remains on course to become the first euro zone
country to complete an international bailout later this year,
but stubbornly low economic growth threatens to derail hopes of
putting its national debt onto a sustainable path next year.