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Feb 2, 2014

Rugby-Ireland ease past Scotland in Six Nations

DUBLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Ireland comfortably won their opening Six Nations championship match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, taking their time to get going before beating Scotland 28-6 as they look to put last year’s poor campaign firmly behind them.

Ireland, who last season endured their worst Six Nations in 14 years, showed signs of the rugby that brought them come so close to beating New Zealand in November with tries from Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Jamie Heaslip easing them home.

Jan 31, 2014

Rugby-Ulster trio start as O’Driscoll eyes another Irish record

DUBLIN, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ulster’s Luke Marshall, Chris Henry and Andrew Trimble will start for Ireland in Sunday’s Six Nations opener at home to Scotland as new coach Joe Schmidt looks to quickly banish last season’s tournament from memory.

The Ulster trio, who helped the province reach this season’s Heineken Cup quarter-finals as the only unbeaten team, are the only changes from the Irish side that went agonisingly close to beating New Zealand in November.

Jan 29, 2014

Ireland taps diaspora for Winter Games

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Five athletes from Birmingham to far-flung Utah have been handed the responsibility of helping Ireland make a rare mark at the Sochi Games next month.

In a country of 4.5 million people where winters often pass without snowfall, Ireland is for the first time sending a team made up exclusively from the estimated 70 million people with Irish heritage who live abroad.

Jan 29, 2014

Olympics-Ireland taps diaspora for Winter Games

DUBLIN, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Five athletes from Birmingham to far-flung Utah have been handed the responsibility of helping Ireland make a rare mark at the Sochi Games next month.

In a country of 4.5 million people where winters often pass without snowfall, Ireland is for the first time sending a team made up exclusively from the estimated 70 million people with Irish heritage who live abroad.

Jan 24, 2014
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After film, real Philomena calls for changes to Irish adoption laws

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(Actor Steve Coogan from the film” Philomena”, an Oscar Best Picture nominee, arrives with Philomena Lee, whose life was featured in the film, at the 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Fred Prouser )

The 80-year-old Irish woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena” launched a campaign calling for access to adoption records on Friday, hoping her story will highlight the plight of tens of thousands.

Jan 17, 2014

Moody’s upgrades Irish debt to investment grade

DUBLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Moody’s upgraded Ireland to
investment grade on Friday, handing the government a major
post-bailout boost and opening up its already sought after debt
to investors prohibited from buying junk-rated paper.

It is the latest in a run of good news for Ireland, which
became the first euro zone country to complete a bailout, made a
storming bond market return and has an economy that is picking
up steam.

Jan 16, 2014

Irish debt catching up to euro zone mainstream

By Padraic Halpin and John Geddie

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters/IFR) – From bailout and near
bankruptcy, Ireland has staged such a remarkable turnaround that
its debt is now on a solid path towards France and Belgium -
catching up with countries seen as safe bets when it was shunned
by the market three years ago.

After a storming return to bond markets last week – meeting
almost half its funding target for 2014 – Ireland is now eyeing
an upgrade by Moody’s, possibly as soon as Friday, that would
unleash a further wave of investment.

Dec 19, 2013

Irish economy on sounder footing as bailout ends

DUBLIN, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Ireland’s economy grew more than
twice as fast as expected in the third quarter, thanks to
buoyant construction and investment, putting it on a sounder
footing as it emerges from an international bailout.

After becoming the first euro zone member to complete its
rescue programme last week, Ireland is counting on a lift in
construction and consumer spending to spur on its tentative
recovery next year.

Dec 17, 2013

Ireland lays out post-bailout blueprint to cut debt

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland laid out a fiscal blueprint for the next seven years on Tuesday to confirm its bailout exit and show that its economy can grow enough to cut its debt by a quarter by the end of the decade.

Dublin has turned down a backup credit line with enough debt-market funding to cover costs until 2015. Now it is keen to prove to investors that it will maintain its fiscal rigor, while offering hope to the austerity-weary that the worst is over.

Dec 16, 2013

Ireland eyes 10-year bond issue, easing of austerity

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland, the first euro zone member to successfully exit its bailout, will return to debt markets with an issue of 10-year paper in early 2014 and may have space to ease austerity in its next budget, its finance minister said.

Ireland completed its European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout program last week and its economic progress and debt sales will be closely monitored for pointers on how easily other bailout recipients Portugal, Greece and Cyprus may fare.