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Oct 23, 2014

Big bang, not big bucks, the key for euro zone bank lending

DUBLIN/FRANKFURT, Oct 23 (Reuters) – If the European Central
Bank really wants to kick-start the euro zone economy, it should
ensure the bloc’s banks are up to the task of lending.

The International Monetary Fund has estimated that nearly
three-quarters of euro zone banks need to significantly change
their business models before they will be able to meet the
demand for credit when the economy recovers.

Oct 17, 2014

Ireland eyes 15-year bond to refinance bailout loans – sources

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s debt agency has told investors it would like to issue 15-year debt to refinance the first portion of bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Ireland is seeking to reduce the cost of its debt by repaying its more expensive IMF loans early with funds raised at cheaper market rates. Its debt office has said it may begin the process before year-end once a deal is signed off.

Oct 14, 2014

Ireland sees gains by moving first on tax loopholes: Noonan

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland decided to close a loophole that multinationals used to save billions of dollars because it was becoming a “slur”, threatening a low-tax regime that has created tens of thousands of jobs, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said.

Noonan announced the phasing out of the much-criticized “Double Irish” tax arrangement under sweeping changes to the country’s corporate tax structure in Tuesday’s budget, the first in seven years without new austerity measures.

Oct 14, 2014

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

DUBLIN, Oct 14 (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

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 and Apple
to cut their overseas tax rates to single digits.

Oct 14, 2014

Irish budget set to phase out multinationals’ favourable tax arrangement

DUBLIN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Ireland is set to announce
sweeping changes to its corporate tax structure in its budget on
Tuesday, phasing out a loophole that has allowed multinationals
to save billions of dollars in tax on their worldwide income.

The country has faced sustained criticism over the past 18
months from other European Union members and the United States
for its tax rules and Finance Minister Michael Noonan is
expected to lay out plans to end an arrangement that has enabled
firms such as Google and Apple to cut their
overseas tax rates to single digits.

Oct 10, 2014

Ireland likely to phase out ‘Double Irish’ tax regime: sources

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland is set to announce legal changes next week to phase out the “Double Irish” tax arrangement that has let firms such as Google (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) save billions of dollars, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Ireland has come under sustained attack from Europe and the United States over the past 18 months for its tax rules that allow multinational companies such as Google and Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to cut their overseas tax rates to single digits.

Oct 7, 2014

Irish central bank proposes mortgage lending restrictions

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s central bank proposed restrictions on how much banks can lend to home buyers on Tuesday in a bid to reduce the risk of a new property bubble forming as prices recover rapidly from a crash.

A combination of reckless lending and lax regulation during Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” era helped fuel a property bubble that dragged the country into an international bailout after it burst and left the surviving banks in need of expensive state rescues.

Oct 3, 2014
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Ireland to vote on removal of blasphemy law last used in 1855


(Chamber of the Dail, the Irish parliament, 28 June 2008/AnCatDubh)

Once staunchly Catholic Ireland will hold a referendum to remove the crime of blasphemy from its constitution, an offense now punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,600) but which has probably not been prosecuted since the 19th century.

The Roman Catholic Church’s public influence has been on the wane in Ireland since the 1980s, particularly after a string of child sex abuse scandals.

Sep 19, 2014

Nationalists push for Irish unity vote after ‘inspiring’ Scottish referendum

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said Scotland’s “inspiring” referendum on independence would accelerate a vote to unite Ireland, a prospect quickly dismissed by Unionists who share power in Northern Ireland.

Scotland spurned independence in a historic vote that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart but an electrifying campaign has emboldened separatist movements across Europe from Catalonia to Flanders.

Sep 18, 2014

Irish economy charges ahead in the second quarter

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s economy grew 1.5 percent in the second quarter to rise a whopping 7.7 percent from a year ago, levels that economists said may allow the government to raise again growth forecasts it just upgraded last week.

Less than 12 months out of a three-year EU/IMF bailout, Ireland is bucking the trend in the euro zone’s stalled recovery. Employment is growing strongly, exports are rebounding and consumers are beginning to spend again.