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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.

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.