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Jun 16, 2015

Greek debt burden can be eased if they ‘give something’: Irish minister

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Greece has scope to secure a deal to make its debt more sustainable by extending maturities and lowering interest rates but only in exchange for reforms, Ireland’s finance minister said on Tuesday.

Talks between Greece and its creditors on a cash-for-reform deal broke down on Sunday, the biggest setback in long-running negotiations aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit.

Jun 13, 2015

Scotland come from behind to grab draw against Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Scotland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday and stay two points clear of their opponents in a likely battle for a third place playoff spot in Group D.

Jonathan Walters handed Ireland a deserved first half lead but Shaun Maloney’s deflected shot off the back of John O’Shea early in the second half kept Scottish hopes of reaching a first major championship in almost 20 years very much alive.

Jun 13, 2015

Soccer-Scotland come from behind to grab draw against Ireland

DUBLIN, June 13 (Reuters) – Scotland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday and stay two points clear of their opponents in a likely battle for a third place playoff spot in Group D.

Jonathan Walters handed Ireland a deserved first half lead but Shaun Maloney’s deflected shot off the back of John O’Shea early in the second half kept Scottish hopes of reaching a first major championship in almost 20 years very much alive.

Jun 11, 2015

Competition watchdog tells Ryanair to cut Aer Lingus stake

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain’s competition watchdog has told
Ryanair in a final ruling to cut its 30 percent stake in
Aer Lingus, potentially making it easier for British
Airways-owner IAG to take over the airline.

IAG has made a 1.36 billion euro ($1.53 billion) bid for Aer
Lingus, but the deal is conditional upon winning support from
Ryanair.

Jun 10, 2015
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After gay marriage, impatient Ireland moves debate onto abortion

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(Pro-Life campaigners demonstrate outside the Irish Parliament ahead of a vote to allow limited abortion in Ireland, Dublin July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

When Gerry and Gay Edwards watched the joy sparked by Ireland’s vote to allow gay marriage last month, they did not see the same country that had forced them abroad to end a doomed pregnancy 14 years ago.

Jun 9, 2015

Rugby-On a roll, Ireland are World Cup contenders – Wood

DUBLIN, June 10 (Reuters) – Former Ireland captain Keith Wood cannot contemplate whether the 2015 Six Nations champions are the best Irish team to travel to a World Cup without wondering what might have been.

In 2003, Wood’s Ireland were a point away from beating hosts and eventual finalists Australia in a group decider that would have handed them an easier quarter-final than the thrashing that awaited them at the hands of France.

Jun 9, 2015
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After gay marriage vote, Amnesty says Ireland should move on abortion

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(A Yes campaigner pictured at the count centre in Dublin as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

The Irish government should heed the shifting of opinion demonstrated by the people’s backing of gay marriage, by easing restrictions on abortion, the head of Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Jun 9, 2015

After gay marriage vote, Ireland should move on abortion – Amnesty

DUBLIN, June 9 (Reuters) – The Irish government should heed
the shifting of opinion demonstrated by the people’s backing of
gay marriage, by easing restrictions on abortion, the head of
Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Ireland voted to allow gay marriage last month in a
referendum that signalled a major change in attitudes in what
was once a strongly Catholic and socially conservative society.

Jun 2, 2015

Ireland captain O’Connell to leave Munster

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will bring his 14-year career with Munster to an end and walk away from international rugby following September’s World Cup after the province agreed to release him early from his contract.

O’Connell, who has led Ireland to back-to-back Six Nations titles, was contracted with his home province until June 2016 but requested an early release.

Jun 2, 2015

Rugby-Ireland captain O’Connell to leave Munster

DUBLIN, June 2 (Reuters) – Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will bring his 14-year career with Munster to an end and walk away from international rugby following September’s World Cup after the province agreed to release him early from his contract.

O’Connell, who has led Ireland to back-to-back Six Nations titles, was contracted with his home province until June 2016 but requested an early release.