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Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-Finally fit and in form, Earls a big bonus for Ireland

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Eight year ago Keith Earls was the great hope of Irish rugby — a Heineken Cup winner at the age of 20 and a British and Irish Lion at 21, the Munster man appeared to have a long and glittering career ahead of him.

Almost a decade on, persistent hip, knee and tendon injuries have capped the versatile back’s international appearances at 43 and kept him from Ireland’s back-to-back Six Nations victories. Before August, he last played for Ireland in early 2013.

Oct 2, 2015

Ireland seek last eight spot with Parisse in the way

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland will seek to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals with a match to spare and continue their seamless progress to a group decider against France with victory over an Italy side boosted by the return of captain Sergio Parisse.

Eased into the tournament with routine victories over Canada and Romania, the Italians will present Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations champions with their first test of the competition on Sunday, regardless of the Azzuri’s own patchy form thus far.

Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-Ireland seek last eight spot with Parisse in the way

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ireland will seek to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals with a match to spare and continue their seamless progress to a group decider against France with victory over an Italy side boosted by the return of captain Sergio Parisse.

Eased into the tournament with routine victories over Canada and Romania, the Italians will present Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations champions with their first test of the competition on Sunday, regardless of the Azzuri’s own patchy form thus far.

Oct 2, 2015

Henshaw back but no Rob Kearney, Payne for Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland will be without injured backs Rob Kearney and Jared Payne for Sunday’s World Cup Pool D clash against Italy but coach Joe Schmidt named an otherwise full-strength team including fit-again centre Robbie Henshaw.

Ireland can qualify for the quarter-finals with a match to spare with a third successive victory and though Kearney trained this week following a minor injury, Schmidt is not risking players ahead of a potential group decider against France.

Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-Henshaw back but no Rob Kearney, Payne for Ireland

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ireland will be without injured backs Rob Kearney and Jared Payne for Sunday’s World Cup Pool D clash against Italy but coach Joe Schmidt named an otherwise full-strength team including fit-again centre Robbie Henshaw.

Ireland can qualify for the quarter-finals with a match to spare with a third successive victory and though Kearney trained this week following a minor injury, Schmidt is not risking players ahead of a potential group decider against France.

Oct 1, 2015

Ireland’s NAMA increases projected profit to 1.75 bln euros

DUBLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Ireland’s state-run “bad bank” has
increased the profit it expects to make by the time it winds
down to at least 1.75 billion euros ($1.95 billion) from 1
billion euros thanks to a surge in demand for Irish real estate.

Set up in 2009 to rid local banks of risky loans made before
a property market collapse, the National Asset Management Agency
(NAMA) forked out 32 billion euros for 74 billion euros worth of
loans and plans to pay back its debts by 2018.

Sep 29, 2015

Ireland to increase capital spending to keep up with recovery

DUBLIN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Ireland unveiled a six-year 27
billion-euro ($30 billion) capital investment plan on Tuesday,
gradually increasing spending and promising voters rail,
broadband and school projects in the run-up to elections.

Dublin had to sharply cut its capital budget and postpone
major projects under an austerity drive that followed its 2008
financial crisis. It plans to increase it again now that
government finances are back under control and the economy
growing faster than anywhere in Europe.

Sep 29, 2015

Ireland’s NAMA sells loans for 1.85 billion euros in biggest deal yet

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s state-run “bad bank” completed its biggest sale to date on Tuesday with the disposal of a loan portfolio to a joint venture of Hammerson Plc and Allianz Real Estate Germany GMBH for 1.85 billion euros ($2.1 billion).

The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) was set up in 2009 following Ireland’s financial crash and paid a total of 32 billion euros to purge local banks of risky loans worth 74 billion euros.

Sep 28, 2015

Ireland’s Kenny weighs up early election as recovery gains pace

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny must shortly decide whether to call an early election and capitalize on increasingly positive economic news or wait until early next year when voters might more firmly feel the recovery in their pockets.

Kenny has until March to set a date and has always said he will wait until the new year. But with opinion polls putting his Fine Gael party and coalition partners Labour within striking distance of re-election, party colleagues and strategists say a November ballot is being considered.

Sep 21, 2015

Political stakes high for Sinn Fein in North Irish crisis talks

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Sinn Fein’s hopes of becoming the latest European anti-austerity party to break into power will be tested in the coming weeks as it struggles to save Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government from collapse.

The former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has been part of Belfast’s compulsory coalition for years but is seeking a major breakthrough in elections in the larger Irish republic to the south, where its popularity surged during the country’s financial crisis.