DUBLIN, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Ireland hung on to beat France 18-11 in a tense Six Nations encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday to seal their ninth win in a row and make it two victories from two to start the defence of their championship.
Returning flyhalf Johnny Sexton outkicked opposite number Camille Lopez to give Ireland a six-point halftime advantage that they stretched in the second period before a Romain Taofifenua try meant the hosts had to survive a late onslaught.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – The chief executive of British Airways owner IAG (ICAG.L: Quote, Profile, Research) told Irish politicians on Thursday that Aer Lingus (AERL.I: Quote, Profile, Research) would struggle to survive if they do not back its bid for the former flag carrier.
Dubliner Walsh, who began his career as an Aer Lingus pilot and was the airline’s chief executive before he moved to British Airways 10 years ago, was back this week campaigning to win over skeptical MPs to IAG’s 1.36 billion-euro offer, which already has the qualified backing of Aer Lingus’s board.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – The owner of British Airways is running out of time to secure Ireland’s Aer Lingus as questions over its commitment to keep jobs and key Heathrow routes stoke opposition from politicians facing a tough election next year.
Aer Lingus’ board recommended the 1.36 billion euro ($1.5 billion) offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) last month, subject to the agreement of the Irish state to sell its 25 percent holding.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams shrugged off the possibility of arch rivals the Democratic Unionist Party propping up a Conservative-led government following upcoming British elections, saying any unionist advantage would be temporary.
As the fourth-largest party in Britain’s lower house with eight seats, the DUP is seen as a potentially key player in coalition talks likely after the UK general election on May 7 which is set to be the most open in years.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Europe and the “undemocratic” European Central Bank risk fuelling the growth of right wing parties across the continent if they ignore the will of the Greek people, Gerry Adams, leader of Ireland’s leftist Sinn Fein said on Thursday.
The new Greek government’s hopes of renegotiating its debt pile have been doused by its euro zone peers this week and the ECB pulled its funding line for Greek banks.
DUBLIN, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Ireland will set a minimum price
for alcohol and restrict its marketing to reduce a level of
drinking the health minister called a public health emergency.
The Irish drink an annual 11.6 litres of alcohol per capita,
20 percent lower than at the turn of the last decade but still
among the highest in the OECD. The new laws aim to reduce
consumption to the OECD average of 9.1 litres by 2020.
DUBLIN/LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Ryanair cautioned
on Monday that profits would only rise modestly in the year
ahead as low oil prices help rivals to cut fares, taking the
shine off its third profit upgrade in as many months for the
year ending in March.
Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, has
increased its profit forecast for the current financial year by
over 30 percent since it reported stellar half-year results
three months ago, due to improvements in its much berated
customer service that have boosted fares and passenger numbers.
DUBLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Irish building supplies group CRH
has agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros ($7.4 billion) for
assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged to
sell ahead of their planned merger.
CRH, which said on Sunday it would fund the deal with cash,
new debt and a 9.99 percent equity placing, beat a consortium
led by Blackstone, whom several people familiar with the
matter told Reuters were also in the running.
DUBLIN, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Irish building supplies group CRH
said on Sunday it had agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros
for assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged
to sell ahead of their planned merger.
CRH, which said it will fund the acquisition with cash, new
debt and a 9.99 percent equity placing, beat a consortium led by
Blackstone, whom several people familiar with the matter
told Reuters were also in the running.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Opposition to a takeover of Aer Lingus (AERL.I: Quote, Profile, Research) by the owner of British Airways is building within Irish government parties, pushing shares in the Irish airline lower for the second successive day.
Aer Lingus’s board this week recommended an improved 1.36-billion-euro ($1.5 billion) offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (ICAG.L: Quote, Profile, Research) (IAG), subject to the agreement of its two largest shareholders — budget airline Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research) and the Irish state.