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

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(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.

Sep 18, 2014

Ireland hikes forecasts again as economy charges ahead

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government upgraded its growth forecasts for the second time in a week and said no new austerity measures would be needed in next month’s budget, after figures released on Thursday showed the economy surged ahead in the second quarter.

The economy grew 1.5 percent in the second quarter to rise a whopping 7.7 percent from a year ago, central statistics office (CSO) data showed. Ireland also sold short-term debt at a yield of zero percent For the first time ever.

Sep 11, 2014

Ireland upgrades growth forecast, says IMF deal backed

CORK Ireland/PARIS (Reuters) – Ireland’s economy is set to grow by a better-than-expected 3 percent this year and the government has won German backing to refinance some of its bailout loans, the country’s two most senior finance officials said on Thursday.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan upgraded an earlier forecast for growth of 2.1 percent and said the economy would also grow by 3 percent in 2015 after seeing unemployment fall below the euro zone average, retail sales rise and exports rebound.

Sep 8, 2014

Ireland’s Green REIT to boost investment to tap rising office rents

DUBLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Irish real estate investment
trust Green REIT is close to raising new debt for
investment in expectation of rising commercial property rents
because of a shortage of office space, its executive chairman
said on Monday.

Property prices and rents are beginning to rise again in
Ireland after their collapse in a 2008 real estate crash brought
construction to a standstill, prompting a recent warning from
the central bank over the need to tackle shortages in supply.

Sep 4, 2014

Ireland flyhalf Sexton to rejoin Leinster next season

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will rejoin Leinster from French side Racing Metro for the 2015/16 season, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said in a statement on Thursday.

Sexton won three European Cups in four seasons with the Irish province before joining the Paris-based club on a lucrative deal at the start of last season. He has signed a contract with the IRFU until November 2019, the union said.

Sep 4, 2014

Rugby-Ireland flyhalf Sexton to rejoin Leinster next season

DUBLIN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will rejoin Leinster from French side Racing Metro for the 2015/16 season, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said in a statement on Thursday.

Sexton won three European Cups in four seasons with the Irish province before joining the Paris-based club on a lucrative deal at the start of last season. He has signed a contract with the IRFU until November 2019, the union said.

Sep 4, 2014

Ireland targeting provisional one billion euro in budget cuts – source

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland is working on a budget that will deliver 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) of tax hikes and spending cuts next year and will revisit the “conservative” figure at the end of the month, a source familiar with the budget talks said on Thursday.

Ireland originally planned a 2 billion-euro adjustment in the October budget but after a string of positive economic data, finance minister Michael Noonan said this week that significantly less was now needed.

Sep 3, 2014

Irish deficit to fall to four percent of GDP this year – finance minister

DUBLIN (Reuters) – A sharp increase in the government’s tax take so far this year will cut Ireland’s budget deficit to around 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of 2014, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday.

Ireland had targeted a deficit of 4.8 percent this year and Noonan said on Tuesday that significantly fewer spending cuts and tax hikes would be needed in next month’s budget to reach the EU target of 3 percent by the end of 2015.