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Nov 18, 2013

Rugby-Ireland plans ambitious bid for 2023 World Cup

DUBLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Ireland will consider launching a bid for the 2023 rugby World Cup this week, the country’s sports minister said on Monday, hoping a politically-symbolic proposal will win it the right to host the event for the first time.

The ambitious effort would see games played on both sides of the Irish border as unlike soccer, the national team is an all-Ireland selection, and would represent another major step since a 1998 peace agreement mostly ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

Nov 17, 2013

Long wary, UK pub chains take chance at last on Ireland

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – After years of waiting on the sidelines, Britain’s major pub chains have finally spotted an opening in Ireland, hoping tumbling property prices will give them a chance to expand into a neighboring market they never managed to crack.

At the height of a property boom in 2007 one in six Dublin pubs that changed hands was sold for at least 14 million euros, with almost half sold for over 6 million – far too pricey for big players in need of as many as 12 sites to make a market work.

Nov 16, 2013

Australian attack outclass Irish in 32-15 win

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Australia handed new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt his first defeat as they outclassed and outscored the hosts by four tries to none in an easy 32-15 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Two tries from flanker Michael Hooper and one each for Nick Cummins and Quade Cooper, who added 12 points from his boot, saw Ewen McKenzie’s side follow up last week’s demolition of Italy after defeat against England earlier this month.

Nov 16, 2013

Rugby-Australian attack outclass Irish in 32-15 win

DUBLIN, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Australia handed new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt his first defeat as they outclassed and outscored the hosts by four tries to none in an easy 32-15 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Two tries from flanker Michael Hooper and one each for Nick Cummins and Quade Cooper, who added 12 points from his boot, saw Ewen McKenzie’s side follow up last week’s demolition of Italy after defeat against England earlier this month.

Nov 15, 2013

Soccer-O’Neill and Keane restore the buzz as Ireland win

DUBLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s task of bringing back the good times started encouragingly on Friday with a 3-0 friendly win for Ireland against Latvia that capped a whirlwind 10 days since the pair took charge.

The arrival of new manager O’Neill and his assistant has dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers with former Ireland captain Keane’s first news conference this week packed with foreign journalists and broadcast live on three TV channels.

Nov 15, 2013

O’Neill and Keane restore the buzz as Ireland triumph

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s task of bringing the good times back to Ireland football started with a 3-0 friendly win over Latvia on Friday to cap a whirlwind 10 days since the pair took over as the management team.

The arrival of new manager O’Neill and his assistant has dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers with former Ireland captain Keane’s first news conference this week packed with foreign journalists and broadcast live on three TV channels.

Nov 15, 2013

Soccer-O’Neill and Keane restore the buzz as Ireland triumph

DUBLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s task of bringing the good times back to Ireland football started with a 3-0 friendly win over Latvia on Friday to cap a whirlwind 10 days since the pair took over as the management team.

The arrival of new manager O’Neill and his assistant has dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers with former Ireland captain Keane’s first news conference this week packed with foreign journalists and broadcast live on three TV channels.

Nov 15, 2013

Ireland out to prove discipline won’t leave with troika

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland has put itself at the mercy of the markets by shunning a backup credit line. Now it has to prove its discipline won’t take flight along with its bailout lenders.

Dublin opted on Thursday to make a clean break from its 85 billion euro ($114 billion) aid program and Finance Minister Michael Noonan warned he did not want to see brass bands marching down the streets when the so-called “troika” of lenders leave, wary of the challenges ahead.

Nov 14, 2013

Ireland expected to announce clean break from bailout

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s cabinet met on Thursday to discuss its exit from an EU/IMF bailout and is expected to announce that it will not opt to take a precautionary credit line, sources told Reuters.

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan briefed cabinet before departing for a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels. Prime Minister Enda Kenny will address parliament at 1130 GMT, the government’s chief whip told the lower house.

Nov 12, 2013

CRH to review businesses as sales improve

DUBLIN, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Irish building supplies group CRH
will undertake a review of its businesses to identify
further disposals as it reiterated its guidance for the year
after sales rose two percent in the third quarter.

CRH has reacted to the five-year construction downturn by
cutting costs more aggressively and earlier than many of its
peers, but like most of its rivals was stymied by the long
winter and cut its full-year earnings outlook in August.