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Sep 3, 2015

Ireland and Britain set Northern Irish crisis talks next week

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The British and Irish governments will start talks next week with Northern Ireland’s political parties to try to avert a crisis over a murder linked to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), the country’s prime ministers said on Thursday.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson this week asked British Prime Minister David Cameron to suspend Belfast’s Assembly for four weeks to facilitate talks to save the power-sharing executive it leads with the nationalist Sinn Fein party.

Sep 3, 2015

Bank of Ireland CEO eyes early preference share redemption

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Bank of Ireland (BKIR.I: Quote, Profile, Research) will look to repay 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion) of preference shares early next year to enable it to resume dividend payments, Chief Executive Richie Boucher said on Thursday.

Ireland’s largest lender by assets has led a sector-wide revival as the Irish economy grows faster than any other in Europe and is set to be the first among the country’s three domestically-owned banks to resume dividend payments since the 2008 financial crisis.

Sep 1, 2015

Ireland take calculated risk with covert scrumhalf Madigan

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland believe they are taking a calculated risk by bringing only two recognised scrumhalves to the World Cup as flyhalf Ian Madigan has been quietly preparing to be named as emergency cover, coach Joe Schmidt said on Tuesday.

The Six Nations champions had a virtually full strength panel to choose from and opted to use Madigan’s versatility to allow Darren Cave to travel as specialist backup at centre among a collection of backs who can cover multiple positions.

Sep 1, 2015

Rugby-Ireland take calculated risk with covert scrumhalf Madigan

DUBLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Ireland believe they are taking a calculated risk by bringing only two recognised scrumhalves to the World Cup as flyhalf Ian Madigan has been quietly preparing to be named as emergency cover, coach Joe Schmidt said on Tuesday.

The Six Nations champions had a virtually full strength panel to choose from and opted to use Madigan’s versatility to allow Darren Cave to travel as specialist backup at centre among a collection of backs who can cover multiple positions.

Sep 1, 2015

Ireland’s Eircom returns to revenue growth but no IPO plans

DUBLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Irish telecoms firm Eircom
reported an annual rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, its
first since 2008, but said it would have to see further growth
before remounting efforts at a third stock market floatation.

Eircom reported fourth-quarter earnings up 12 percent to 135
million euros on revenue up 5 percent at 325 million.

Sep 1, 2015

N.Irish parties set for month of talks over IRA crisis – Irish PM

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s government will not sit for the next four weeks to facilitate all-party talks to save the power-sharing executive threatened by a crisis over an IRA-linked murder, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Tuesday.

Northern Ireland’s first minister has said he will ask British Prime Minister David Cameron later on Tuesday to call talks after the latest crisis followed disagreements between the two sides over parades, flags and social welfare reform.

Sep 1, 2015

Northern Irish parties set for month of talks over IRA crisis – Irish PM

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s government will not sit for the next four weeks to facilitate all-party talks to save the power-sharing executive threatened by a crisis over an IRA-linked murder, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Tuesday.

Northern Ireland’s first minister has said he will ask British Prime Minister David Cameron later on Tuesday to call talks after the latest crisis followed disagreements between the two sides over parades, flags and social welfare reform.

Sep 1, 2015

Ireland include Healy, Cave in World Cup squad, Trimble out

By Padraic Halpin

DUBLIN(Reuters) – Ireland included injured prop Cian Healy in their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad on Monday while winger Andrew Trimble missed out as the Six Nations champions picked from a full strength panel loaded with depth.

The versatile Keith Earls and Luke Fitzgerald, who picked up knocks in Saturday’s loss to Wales, were named among 14 backs that include just two scrumhalves, allowing Ulster’s Darren Cave to travel as specialist cover at inside centre with flyhalf Ian Madigan set to be an emergency fall back option at number nine.

Sep 1, 2015

Rugby-Ireland include Healy, Cave in World Cup squad, Trimble out

By Padraic Halpin

DUBLIN, Sept 1(Reuters) – Ireland included injured prop Cian Healy in their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad on Monday while winger Andrew Trimble missed out as the Six Nations champions picked from a full strength panel loaded with depth.

The versatile Keith Earls and Luke Fitzgerald, who picked up knocks in Saturday’s loss to Wales, were named among 14 backs that include just two scrumhalves, allowing Ulster’s Darren Cave to travel as specialist cover at inside centre with flyhalf Ian Madigan set to be an emergency fall back option at number nine.

Aug 29, 2015

Ireland, Wales relatively unscathed after tough workout

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland and Wales emerged relatively unscathed from a bruising battle on Saturday although the home side’s Keith Earls suffered concussion and visiting centre Jamie Roberts sustained a minor rib problem.

Wales won 16-10 as both coaches fielded near full-strength teams while crossing their fingers that the added intensity did not cost them any key players ahead of next month’s World Cup.