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Sep 11, 2015

Britain, Ireland call for talks to calm Northern Ireland crisis

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain and Ireland sought to calm Northern Ireland’s political crisis on Friday by calling on Protestant unionists and Catholic nationalists to preserve a power-sharing government that ended decades of sectarian violence.

The British province’s devolved administration is on the brink of collapse after a murder linked to former members of the paramilitary Irish Republican Army prompted its First Minister Peter Robinson to step aside.

Sep 10, 2015

Northern Ireland spirals towards worst crisis since 1998 peace deal

BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s power-sharing administration was on the brink of collapse on Thursday after a murder linked to the IRA plunged the province towards the gravest crisis since a 1998 peace deal ended years of sectarian violence.

In a day of high drama in Northern Ireland, First Minister Peter Robinson stepped aside with all but one of his unionist party allies, a step that leaves the power sharing agreement between Catholic Irish nationalists and their Protestant rivals hanging by a thread.

Sep 10, 2015

Northern Irish First Minister resigns amid political crisis

BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s first minister resigned on Thursday and asked the British government to suspend the province’s parliament, in a protest over a murder that police said was linked to the disbanded Irish Republican Army.

First Minister Peter Robinson’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had said on Wednesday its ministers would resign if its call for an adjournment was not backed or London did not agree to suspend parliament.

Sep 10, 2015

Irish economy to grow by around 6 percent in 2015 after strong second quarter

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government expects the economy to grow by around 6 percent this year, far more than originally forecast after data on Thursday showed that it grew by 1.9 percent quarter-on-quarter from April to June.

After growing by more than 5 percent in 2014, Ireland’s fast recovering economy was already set to be the best performing in Europe for the second successive year when the government forecast in April that it would grow by 4 percent this year.

Sep 5, 2015

In-form Ireland desperate to finally make their mark

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Having made flattering to deceive an art form in recent Rugby World Cups, Ireland can justifiably say this time they really are different when they make the short trip across the Irish sea as genuine contenders.

Winners of successive Six Nations titles, Ireland are loaded with experience, possess world class operators such as Paul O’Connell, Jonathan Sexton and Jamie Heaslip and, in Joe Schmidt, are coached by one of the sharpest minds in the game.

Sep 5, 2015

Imposing Henderson forces his way into Irish reckoning

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The profile picture on Iain Henderson’s Twitter page shows the big Ulsterman being tackled to the ground by two defenders while flicking an audacious one-handed pass to a team mate.

It neatly sums up a young man who could easily be the standout player at the Rugby World Cup.

Sep 5, 2015

Sexton indispensable for Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) – If Ireland finally manage to fulfil their World Cup potential this year, the likelihood is that Jonathan Sexton will have enjoyed an injury-free tournament.

Ireland have an undeniably talented starting XV, from inspirational captain Paul O’Connell to the gifted Robbie Henshaw in midfield and an outstanding back row. The loss of any one of those would be a blow, but none would be as sorely missed as Sexton, a three-time European Cup winner, twice Six Nations champion, outgoing British and Irish Lions No.10 and arguably the best flyhalf in the world.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Imposing Henderson forces his way into Irish reckoning

DUBLIN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The profile picture on Iain Henderson’s Twitter page shows the big Ulsterman being tackled to the ground by two defenders while flicking an audacious one-handed pass to a team mate.

It neatly sums up a young man who could easily be the standout player at the Rugby World Cup.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Sexton indispensable for Ireland

DUBLIN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – If Ireland finally manage to fulfil their World Cup potential this year, the likelihood is that Jonathan Sexton will have enjoyed an injury-free tournament.

Ireland have an undeniably talented starting XV, from inspirational captain Paul O’Connell to the gifted Robbie Henshaw in midfield and an outstanding back row. The loss of any one of those would be a blow, but none would be as sorely missed as Sexton, a three-time European Cup winner, twice Six Nations champion, outgoing British and Irish Lions No.10 and arguably the best flyhalf in the world.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-In-form Ireland desperate to finally make their mark

DUBLIN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Having made flattering to deceive an art form in recent Rugby World Cups, Ireland can justifiably say this time they really are different when they make the short trip across the Irish sea as genuine contenders.

Winners of successive Six Nations titles, Ireland are loaded with experience, possess world class operators such as Paul O’Connell, Jonathan Sexton and Jamie Heaslip and, in Joe Schmidt, are coached by one of the sharpest minds in the game.