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Oct 17, 2014

Ryanair sees plenty more growth within Europe

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair’s (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research) bid to become one of the world’s biggest airlines will focus on higher-frequency routes and more domestic flights in core European markets rather than venturing further afield, its chief commercial officer said in an interview.

Already Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, selling over 80 million tickets last year, Ryanair is targeting 50 percent growth in passengers by 2019 and has placed orders for 380 new Boeing planes.

Oct 14, 2014

Ireland calls time on austerity, ‘Double Irish’ tax dodge

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will phase out a tax loophole that multinationals use to save billions of dollars as part of sweeping changes to its corporate tax structure announced in Tuesday’s first austerity-free budget in seven years.

The ailing euro zone has pointed to Ireland’s economic resurgence as proof that its austerity policies can work. But Dublin has also faced criticism over the past 18 months from both the European Union and the United States for tax rules that have enabled firms such as Google (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to cut their overseas tax rates to single digits.

Oct 11, 2014

Largest Irish anti-austerity march in years targets water charges

DUBLIN (Reuters) – At least 15,000 people rallied against new water charges in Dublin on Saturday in Ireland’s biggest anti-austerity protest for years, as a candidate campaigning against the tax won a seat in parliament.

The show of defiance against the tax, which will cost households hundreds of euros a year, is a significant challenge to the government, days before it unveils a new budget.

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.