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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.

Aug 27, 2014

Irish house price rises spread beyond Dublin

DUBLIN, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Irish house prices outside Dublin
rose at their fastest rate in seven years in the year to July,
in a sign the market recovery is starting to move beyond the
capital, data showed on Wednesday.

Prices in Dublin have surged by 23 percent in the past year,
leading the central bank to warn that a protracted delay in
addressing housing shortages could put prices on an
unsustainable path, but prices in the rest of the country have

Aug 27, 2014

Ryanair scraps bag check-in fees for business travellers

DUBLIN, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Ryanair is watering down
its austere approach to air travel by ditching charges for
checked-in bags on some fares in an attempt to attract business
travellers who have tended to shun the airline.

Europe’s largest budget carrier said on Wednesday its new
“Business Plus” tickets would also offer free flight changes,
fast-track through airport security and premium seats near the

Aug 20, 2014

Hundreds rally in Ireland after rape victim says denied abortion

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of people rallied in Dublin to call for a change to Ireland’s abortion laws on Wednesday after a rape victim said she was refused a termination and instead gave birth by Cesarean section.

The young migrant’s case has reignited a debate about Roman Catholic Ireland’s abortion laws, among the most restrictive in Europe, that sparked large protests before parliament voted to allow limited access to abortion for the first time last year.

Jul 24, 2014

Beckett link brings ‘Happy Days’ back to Northern Irish town

ENNISKILLEN Northern Ireland (Reuters) – The man who brought an opera to Britain’s biggest rock festival is using the enigmatic plays of Samuel Beckett to lure tourists back to a town better known for one of Northern Ireland’s worst ‘Troubles’.

Sean Doran, who arranged for the English National Opera to play “Ride of the Valkyries” from Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Glastonbury a decade ago, is using everything from rugby to readings in caves to try to engage the people of Enniskillen, where Beckett went to boarding school a century ago.

Jul 8, 2014

Scottish bid to break up UK prompts dread among North Irish loyalists

BELFAST (Reuters) – Horrified that Scotland might break up the United Kingdom by voting for independence this autumn, thousands of Northern Ireland loyalists are preparing to fight back using their favored 17th century battle regalia: drums, flutes, banners and orange sashes.

Loyalists, named for their allegiance to the British throne, will march in Edinburgh five days before Scotland’s Sept. 18 independence vote in a powerful expression of their concern at the threat to the union that currently underpins the troubled province’s identity, struggling economy and divided politics.

Jul 3, 2014

Irish economy bounces back, improving outlook for budget

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s economy grew by 2.7 percent in the first quarter and new European Union rules on calculating output significantly increased the size of the economy, raising the chances the government can ease its austerity measures later this year.

Employment and consumer sentiment had been improving for the past 18 months, until an unexpected drop in fourth-quarter gross domestic product set back a recovery that had been gathering strength since the completion of an EU/IMF bailout last year.

Jun 10, 2014

Ireland to investigate adoptions, baby deaths at church homes

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Irish government has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the treatment of children at Catholic church homes for unmarried mothers, including accusations of forced adoptions and unusually high mortality rates among children housed there.

Dublin has come under increasing pressure to examine practices at the institutions used to house children born out of wedlock between the 1920s and 1960s following the discovery of an unmarked grave with the remains of hundreds of babies near Galway.