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May 26, 2015

Irish government says decision on Aer Lingus sale imminent

DUBLIN, May 26 (Reuters) – The Irish government expects to
make a decision later on Tuesday on the potential sale of its 25
percent stake in Aer Lingus to IAG, the owner
of British Airways and Iberia which offered to buy the Irish
carrier in January.

International Consolidated Airlines Group’s (IAG) proposed
1.36 billion-euro bid for Aer Lingus was backed by the Irish
airline’s board in January but is conditional on the support of
its two main shareholders, rival Ryanair and the Irish

May 24, 2015

Irish voters back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalized homosexuality two decades ago.

After one of the largest turnouts in a referendum there, 62 percent of voters said ‘Yes’, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

May 23, 2015

Gay Ireland hails ‘a new Republic’ as same-sex marriage approved

DUBLIN, May 23 (Reuters) – Gay couples flocked to central
Dublin to celebrate a “historic watershed” on Saturday as a
large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to
allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade
struggle for gay rights.

Waving rainbow flags, embracing and crying, two thousand
people gathered to watch the official results in the courtyard
of Dublin Castle after voters, young and old, accounted for one
of the highest turnouts in a referendum for decades.

May 23, 2015

Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers say

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland appears to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.

Final results are not expected until later in the day in a vote that would make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote, just two decades after the country decriminalised homosexuality.

May 22, 2015

Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality.

With the once mighty Catholic Church’s influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

May 21, 2015

Ireland looks set to back gay marriage in landmark referendum

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland votes on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the once deeply Catholic country the first in the world to adopt the policy by popular vote.

The reform is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it will mark a transformation in the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality just over two decades ago.

May 21, 2015

Ireland says gay marriage good for business

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Gay marriage can help attract foreign investment, the Irish government said on Thursday ahead of a referendum on the issue that has been publicly backed by global technology giants including Google (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Ebay (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Twitter (TWTR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

When Ireland began to attract U.S. firms with tax breaks in the 1960s, the government was still using the country’s traditional, Catholic image to attract Irish American visitors.

May 21, 2015

Irish unemployment falls below 10 percent for first time since 2009

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s unemployment rate dropped below 10 percent for the first time in more than six years at the end of March, a milestone that will boost the government as it gears up for an election due in 2016.

The number of people out of work fell to 9.9 percent, the central statistics office said on Thursday, well below the euro zone average of 11.3 percent.

May 20, 2015

Irish abroad mobilize to return home for gay marriage vote

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Thousands of kilometers from home, Dubliner Mark Govern watched on in Sydney as Ireland’s referendum on gay marriage dominated discussion. Three weeks ago, he made a big decision.

He cleared his bank account, forked out to take extra annual leave from work and bought a A$1,600 ($1,100) return ticket in the hope of helping Ireland do what no other country in the world has done, approve same-sex marriage in a national vote.

May 19, 2015
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Chastened Catholic Church leaders take back seat in Irish gay marriage referendum


(A restaurant displays a poster supporting the Yes vote, in the Caple Street area of Dublin in Ireland May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Its word was once law in Ireland on everything from contraception to divorce. Now, shorn of much of its influence, the Catholic Church has limited campaigning on Friday’s gay marriage referendum to sermons to its remaining flock.