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Feb 20, 2013

Ireland hand debuts to Jackson and Marshall

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ulster flyhalf Paddy Jackson will make his Ireland debut with provincial team mate Luke Marshall in Sunday’s Six Nations match against Scotland after coach Declan Kidney relegated Ronan O’Gara to third choice number 10.

Jackson and Marshall, both 21, replace regular flyhalf Jonathan Sexton and centre Gordon D’Arcy who were among four players to join Ireland’s long injury list during the 12-6 defeat to England last time out.

Feb 20, 2013

Rugby-Ireland hand debuts to Jackson and Marshall

DUBLIN, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Ulster flyhalf Paddy Jackson will make his Ireland debut with provincial team mate Luke Marshall in Sunday’s Six Nations match against Scotland after coach Declan Kidney relegated Ronan O’Gara to third choice number 10.

Jackson and Marshall, both 21, replace regular flyhalf Jonathan Sexton and centre Gordon D’Arcy who were among four players to join Ireland’s long injury list during the 12-6 defeat to England last time out.

Feb 19, 2013

Canada’s Great-West Lifeco buys Irish Life for $1.7 billion

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Canadian life insurer Great-West Lifeco (GWO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bought state-rescued insurer Irish Life for 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) on Tuesday in a deal that increases its presence in Ireland and lightens the Irish government’s debts.

Ireland last year paid the same amount to take over Irish Life, formerly the insurance arm of bailed-out Irish Life & Permanent, after the euro zone debt crisis forced the suspension of its sale in late 2011.

Feb 14, 2013

Irish debt deal offers little to forgotten generation

BORRIS-IN-OSSORY, Ireland, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A hard-won
bank debt deal has been hailed by the Irish government as an
historic step towards recovery, but from the
unemployment-scourged ghost estates of the midlands, the feted
rebound feels more like a mirage.

The long-awaited deal, struck with the European Central Bank
last week following talks that had preoccupied the nation for
nearly two years, sliced billions off Dublin’s funding needs and
saw its borrowing costs fall to pre-crisis lows.

Feb 12, 2013

Ireland moves to quell horsemeat fears, calls meeting

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland said on Monday it would order Irish meat processors to carry out DNA tests to reassure consumers worried by the discovery of horsemeat in some beef products and called a meeting of European ministers to discuss a wider response.

The horsemeat scandal affecting a growing number of European countries began in Ireland after its food safety authority discovered horsemeat in frozen beef burgers.

Feb 11, 2013

S&P lifts Ireland outlook as market return nears

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s joined Fitch on Monday in lifting Ireland’s sovereign debt rating outlook to stable, after Dublin struck a bank debt deal that improved its chances of exiting its bailout program by the end of 2013.

S&P raised its outlook on Ireland’s BBB-plus rating to stable from negative, leaving Moody’s as the only major rating agency with a downbeat outlook on Irish government bonds.

Feb 11, 2013

S&P lifts Ireland outlook as chances of market return grow

DUBLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s joined Fitch on
Monday in lifting Ireland’s sovereign debt rating outlook to
stable, after Dublin struck a bank debt deal that improved its
chances of exiting its bailout programme by the end of 2013.

S&P raised its outlook on Ireland’s BBB-plus rating to
stable from negative, leaving Moody’s as the only major rating
agency with a downbeat outlook on Irish government bonds.

Feb 10, 2013

English coaches in awe of young side’s maturity

DUBLIN (Reuters) – England’s renaissance under coach Stuart Lancaster continued apace on Sunday with a first Six Nations win in Ireland in a decade that left the coach and his staff almost in awe of their young side’s maturity.

It was a first trip to a damp Dublin for many of Lancaster’s new-look side and they faced an Irish team not only with more than twice as many caps, but also momentum of their own following impressive back-to-back wins over Argentina and Wales.

Feb 10, 2013

Rugby-English coaches in awe of young side’s maturity

DUBLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) – England’s renaissance under coach Stuart Lancaster continued apace on Sunday with a first Six Nations win in Ireland in a decade that left the coach and his staff almost in awe of their young side’s maturity.

It was a first trip to a damp Dublin for many of Lancaster’s new-look side and they faced an Irish team not only with more than twice as many caps, but also momentum of their own following impressive back-to-back wins over Argentina and Wales.

Feb 10, 2013

Cool Farrell puts England in Six Nations control

DUBLIN (Reuters) – England won a Six Nations match in Dublin for the first time in ten years on Sunday when Owen Farrell kicked them to a 12-6 victory to become the only team capable of winning a Grand Slam after just two rounds of matches.

Ireland, who lost flyhalf Jonathan Sexton and wing Simon Zebo to injury in a first half in which the host’s handling was simply abysmal, briefly drew level with England in the second half but Farrell’s ever-reliable boot proved the difference.