ASHBOURNE, Ireland (Reuters) – Two years ago, Micheal Martin was shouted off the campaign trail. Now, in the very housing estates that suffered most when the economy crashed under his party’s watch, he is invited in for cups of tea.
Martin’s Fianna Fail will this week fight it out with Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s fellow centre-right Fine Gael in a by-election that will show the limited appetite in bailed-out Ireland for the type of populist political movements making inroads elsewhere in Europe.
DUBLIN, March 13 (Reuters) – Ireland took its biggest step
yet towards exiting its EU/IMF bailout by selling 5 billion
euros ($6.5 billion) of benchmark 10-year bonds, its first issue
of such long term debt since it was locked out of markets in
The issue was as much as double the size that many traders
had predicted, and was significantly oversubscribed with offers
of least 12 billion euros, a source close to the deal said.
DUBLIN, March 12 (Reuters) – Ireland is to issue its first
new benchmark 10-year bond since its EU/IMF bailout in the “near
future”, its debt agency said on Tuesday, a landmark on its
route to becoming the first bailed-out euro zone country return
to full market funding.
The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which began
borrowing again from capital markets last year, had earmarked a
new benchmark issue as its most significant step towards a full
market return ahead of regular bond auctions later this year.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish online betting exchange Intrade, which let customers stake cash on everything from the Papal conclave to the date of the next major terror attack, said it had ceased trading after the discovery of possible financial irregularities.
Intrade, whose users bought or sold shares representing the likelihood of an event occurring, said it had closed and credited all open bets as of the end of business on Sunday to customer accounts.
DUBLIN, March 9 (Reuters) – France coach Philippe Saint-Andre was a relieved man on Saturday after his side avoided a first championship whitewash in more than 50 years by drawing their Six Nations match with Ireland 13-13.
Narrow favourites before the tournament began, France made their worst start since 1982 with three defeats in their first three games, including an opening-day loss in which they were thoroughly outplayed by lowly Italy.
DUBLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund
will do what it can to help Ireland emerge from its EU/IMF
bailout later this year, its chief said on Friday, praising the
amount of work already done by Dublin.
As a member of Ireland’s “troika” of lenders, the IMF was
asked by European Union finance ministers this week to advise on
how to help Ireland and fellow aid recipient Portugal return
fully to international debt markets.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund will do what it can to help Ireland emerge from it EU/IMF bailout later this year, its chief said on Friday, praising the amount of work already done by Dublin.
As a member of Ireland’s “troika” of lenders, the IMF was asked by European Union finance ministers this week to advise on how to help Ireland and fellow bailed-out Portugal return fully to international debt markets.
DUBLIN, March 5 (Reuters) – Paddy Power’s
operating profits rose 14 percent last year even as the Irish
bookmaker spent big on expanding into Italy and larger rivals
challenged its online presence.
Paddy Power has been quicker than competitors William Hill
and Ladbrokes at reacting to punters moving from
shops to screens and made over three-quarters of its profit
there after online customers doubled to 1.6 million since 2010.
DUBLIN/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Irish drugmaker Elan has sweetened the terms on offer to shareholders under a $3.25 billion disposal plan to try to stave off an approach for the company from U.S. investment firm Royalty Pharma.
Elan said on Monday it would give shareholders 20 percent of future royalties from multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, in which it holds a 50 percent interest that it plans to sell to its U.S. partner Biogen Idec.
DUBLIN, March 4 (Reuters) – Bank of Ireland said
there were signs that a firmer Irish economy in the second half
of 2012 continued into this year after it posted a better than
expected 40 percent drop in underlying profit for the year as a
The only Irish lender to escape nationalisation after an
unprecedented property crash, the bank saw underlying profit dip
by two-thirds in the first half but ended the slump as job cuts
and mortgage rate rises fed through in the second half.