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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

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(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.

May 18, 2015

Chastened Church leaders take back seat in Irish gay marriage vote

DUBLIN, May 18 (Reuters) – 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.

Little over two decades after it legalised homosexuality,
Ireland will become the first country to approve same-sex
marriage via a popular vote, if polls that predict a victory by
as much as two-to-one prove accurate.

May 17, 2015
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Irish PM Kenny says country must seize opportunity to approve gay marriage

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(Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny wears a shamrocks on his lapel as he meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office during a St. Patrick’s Day visit to the White House in Washington March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Sunday that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a referendum on the issue on Friday.

May 12, 2015

Villa’s Grealish still to decide on Ireland or England

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish has yet to decide whether to represent Ireland or England, according to Irish manager Martin O’Neill.

Grealish, who has burst on to the scene this season and has played a key role in Villa’s run to the FA Cup final, was born in England but has played at under-age level for Ireland, the country he qualifies for through his grandparents.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Villa’s Grealish still to decide on Ireland or England

DUBLIN, May 12 (Reuters) – Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish has yet to decide whether to represent Ireland or England, according to Irish manager Martin O’Neill.

Grealish, who has burst on to the scene this season and has played a key role in Villa’s run to the FA Cup final, was born in England but has played at under-age level for Ireland, the country he qualifies for through his grandparents.

May 1, 2015

Irish central bank bond policy unchanged, makes record profit

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s central bank said on Friday it will not change the timetable for bond sales tied to a 2013 deal to ease the state’s burden as it delivered a record profit to the state last year, mainly on the sale of such bonds.

As part of the deal struck with the European Central Bank (ECB) to stretch out the cost of liquidating the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank, Ireland pledged to slowly feed new bonds worth 25 billion euros into the market via the country’s central bank.