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Oct 10, 2014

Ireland’s Sinn Fein sees path to power in unequal recovery

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Six years of austerity have transformed former Irish Republican Army political wing Sinn Fein from nationalist outsiders to contenders to enter government, threatening the biggest shake-up of Irish politics in generations.

Until two decades ago Sinn Fein leaders like Gerry Adams were banned from even speaking on Irish television and much of the establishment still scoffs at the prospect of voters actually putting them into government.

Oct 6, 2014

Irish central bank governor says progress on arrears too slow

DUBLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Ireland’s lenders are taking too
long to deal with loan arrears and the delays are interfering
with government efforts to sell off bank stakes nationalised
during the financial crisis, Central Bank Governor Patrick
Honohan said on Monday.

The government sold a 35 percent stake in its largest
lender, Bank of Ireland, in 2011. But Allied Irish Banks
and permanent tsb remain in state control and
around one in five home loans in Ireland is still in distress.

Sep 13, 2014
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Ian Paisley – “Doctor No” who said Yes to peace in Northern Ireland


(File photograph shows Northern Ireland’s new first minister Ian Paisley (L) and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in at a ceremony at Stormont, Belfast May 8, 2007. ┬áREUTERS/Paul Faith)

Ian Paisley, the firebrand preacher-politician who for decades brayed “No Surrender!” across Northern Ireland’s sectarian divide, died on Friday aged 88, in the province to which he, belatedly, helped bring peace.

Sep 12, 2014

Ian Paisley: Doctor No who said Yes to peace

BELFAST (Reuters) – Ian Paisley, the firebrand preacher-politician who for decades brayed “No Surrender!” across Northern Ireland’s sectarian divide, died on Friday aged 88, in the province to which he, belatedly, helped bring peace.

Founder of his own church when, at 25, he judged mainstream Protestants too soft on fighting the devil’s work he saw in Roman Catholicism, Paisley’s Biblical fulminations against popes and Irish nationalists echoed among the bullets, bricks and bombs to form the soundtrack to 30 years of blood-letting.

Sep 11, 2014

Northern Ireland deputy leader hopes to benefit if Scots get more autonomy

TERMONFECKIN Ireland (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s deputy leader Martin McGuinness signaled on Thursday the British province would expect a greater say in social welfare spending if Scotland got more autonomy following a vote against independence in next week’s referendum.

British finance minister George Osborne on Sunday promised to set out plans to give Scotland more autonomy on tax, spending and welfare if it chose to stay in the United Kingdom in the on Sept. 18 vote.

Sep 10, 2014

Ryanair says selling more seats per flight this year

DUBLIN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Ryanair is flying at
least six more passengers per flight this year than in 2013,
thanks to improvements in customer service and the way it sells
tickets, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

The Irish airline, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier,
expects load factors to increase 3-4 percentage points to “close
to 86 percent” of available seats this year, Howard Millar told
reporters in Dublin.

Sep 9, 2014

Rehabilitation of WW1 veterans rekindles old conflicts in Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Defaced and deserted for decades, Dublin’s World War One memorial garden now marks the rehabilitation of at least 200,000 Irishmen who fought for Britain a century ago – a transformation that angers some.

The dispute has come to a head as Ireland starts to celebrate some seminal centenaries, from the call by moderate nationalists to fight in the war in September 1914 to the anti-British uprising two years later.

Sep 5, 2014

Ryanair seen close to placing new $10 billion Boeing order

PARIS/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is in advanced talks to buy around 100 of a high-density version of Boeing’s 737 MAX jetliner in a potential $10 billion deal that could be finalized within weeks, two people familiar with the matter said.

The move comes two months after Boeing said it was studying plans to offer more seating in its upcoming 737 MAX by introducing a modified version with 200 seats, 11 more than the current maximum.

Sep 2, 2014
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Kaleidoscope of flags marks Belfast’s sectarian fault lines


(The national flag of Scotland (C) flies amongst other flags in a street in East Belfast July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

In Northern Ireland, the flags of Israel and the Palestinians are potent symbols of conflict – but here they divide Catholics and Protestants rather than Jews and Muslims.

Sep 1, 2014

Ireland bucks the trend in euro zone’s stalled recovery

DUBLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Ireland is significantly bucking
the trend in the euro zone’s stalled recovery with evidence
building from companies to consumers that the economy is set to
grow faster than most on the continent this year and beyond.

It’s not back to Celtic Tiger days by any means.

The economy may match that of 2006 by the end of the year,
but will still be off the 2007 pre-crisis high. House prices are
still more than 40 percent off their peak and 2014 unemployment
is likely to 11 percent.