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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.

Nov 9, 2013

Ireland’s Schmidt just relieved to get going

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he was just relieved to get his tenure off to a winning start against Samoa on Saturday, but warned his team they will have to be a lot more accurate with tougher tests ahead.

Tries from Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Fergus McFadden and two for debutant David Kearney, together with a solid kicking display from Paddy Jackson eased the former Leinster coach into his new job with a 40-9 win.

Nov 9, 2013

Rugby-Ireland’s Schmidt just relieved to get going

DUBLIN, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he was just relieved to get his tenure off to a winning start against Samoa on Saturday, but warned his team they will have to be a lot more accurate with tougher tests ahead.

Tries from Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Fergus McFadden and two for debutant David Kearney, together with a solid kicking display from Paddy Jackson eased the former Leinster coach into his new job with a 40-9 win.

Nov 7, 2013

Ireland gets green light to become first euro zone country to exit bailout

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Three years after going cap in hand to international lenders, Ireland is set to step out on its own again, becoming the first euro zone country to exit its bailout program.

Dublin said on Thursday that the European Union and International Monetary Fund had signed off on the last part of the 85 billion euro ($114 billion) aid deal, paving the way for Ireland to complete it by the end of the year.

Nov 5, 2013

O’Neill to be Ireland manager, Keane assistant

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill is poised to take over as Ireland manager with Roy Keane as his assistant, more than a decade after the former captain walked out on the team at the 2002 World Cup.

“Roy’s coming with me,” O’Neill told ITV television on Tuesday. “Personally speaking I think he will be great for me but more importantly it will be great for Ireland.”

Nov 5, 2013

Soccer-O’Neill to be Ireland manager, Keane assistant

DUBLIN, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill is poised to take over as Ireland manager with Roy Keane as his assistant, more than a decade after the former captain walked out on the team at the 2002 World Cup.

“Roy’s coming with me,” O’Neill told ITV television on Tuesday. “Personally speaking I think he will be great for me but more importantly it will be great for Ireland.”

Nov 5, 2013

Ireland to hold referendum on same sex marriage

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will hold a referendum on same sex marriage in 2015, just over two decades after the once stridently Catholic country legalized homosexuality, the government said on Tuesday.

The once dominant role of Catholicism has started to fade after revelations of rape and beatings by members of religious orders and the priesthood and Prime Minister Enda Kenny has even delivered a once-unthinkable rebuke to the Vatican over its handling of the scandals.