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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.

Jun 2, 2015

Irish broadcaster allowed to report speech accusing billionaire

DUBLIN, June 2 (Reuters) – Ireland’s state broadcaster aired
a lawmaker’s speech accusing a billionaire of obtaining
sweetheart bank loans, after a court ruled on Tuesday that the
right to report on parliament trumped a court order to muzzle
potentially libellous allegations.

Billionaire press baron Denis O’Brien says accusations of
financial wrongdoing against him contain falsehoods. He obtained
a court order in May preventing state broadcaster RTE from
running a report about his business affairs.

Jun 2, 2015

Irish broadcaster seeks permission to report speech accusing billionaire

DUBLIN, June 2 (Reuters) – Ireland’s state broadcaster will
appeal on Tuesday for a court to let it report a lawmaker’s
speech in parliament that accused a billionaire of obtaining
sweetheart bank loans, a ruling that could determine how far
Irish courts can go to muzzle the press.

At issue is whether “absolute privilege” of lawmakers to
speak up in parliament – and news organisations to report their
remarks – trumps the wide power of Irish courts to halt
publication of stories that they rule may be libellous.

May 29, 2015

Ireland agrees to restore some public-sector pay cuts

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government has struck a deal with trade unions to restore some of the pay cuts imposed on public-sector workers after the country’s financial crisis, spending minister Brendan Howlin said on Friday.

Ireland’s economy grew faster than any other in the European Union last year as the government ended years of tax hikes and spending cuts, and promised pay rises to the country’s 290,000 public-sector workers a year out from elections.