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Ireland's gay bull saved from slaughterhouse

2014-11-18 22:27

He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon.

Apple tax case likely to fail - minister

2014-11-09 21:00

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan says a European Commission case against Ireland over tax breaks given to Apple is likely to fail.

Irish tax changes may cost US groups billions

2014-10-14 18:52

Ireland's plan to close a "Double Irish" tax loophole could cost US companies including Apple and Google billions of dollars.

Housing prices in Dublin cause jitters

2014-10-12 14:30

Soaring house prices in Dublin have prompted fears of a property bubble in Ireland, but measures to counter the trend have stoked experts' optimism.

Irish property market raises bubble fears

2014-09-28 12:30

Ireland is mounting a spirited fightback from economic collapse but as recovery takes hold, a housing shortage has sparked talk of another dangerous property bubble.

Why world should care about Scottish independence

2014-09-09 14:15

An opinion poll showing Scottish independence campaigners have a slim lead has highlighted reasons for the wider world and investors to pay heed to the vote,

Irish house price rises go beyond Dublin

2014-08-27 15:45

Irish house prices outside Dublin have risen at their fastest rate in seven years in the year to July.

Spar in R800m Irish deal

2014-08-11 13:55

The Spar Group has entered into an agreement to buy a majority 80% stake in the BWG Group for R800m and add 1 100 stores to its retail footprint.

Mary Robinson new UN special climate envoy

2014-07-15 14:16

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has named former Irish president Mary Robinson as his special envoy for climate change, ahead of a summit.

Leaders meet British PM on N Ireland tensions

2014-07-02 19:29

Republican leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness are to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron for talks on resolving lingering tensions in Northern Ireland.

Ireland to investigate Catholic church homes

2014-06-11 05:00

The Irish government has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the treatment of children at Catholic church homes for unmarried mothers.

Irish service sector growth at 7-year high

2014-06-05 13:45

Growth in Ireland's services sector has held near a seven-year high, easing only slightly as an expansion in employment and new export business moderated.

Bomb hits North Ireland hotel

2014-05-30 12:14

A bomb has detonated in the lobby of a hotel in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, but police say a swift evacuation ensured that nobody was injured.

Bank of Ireland profitable, lending muted

2014-04-25 14:39

Bank of Ireland has been profitable so far this year, achieving higher margins on new lending, repayments continue to exceed the level of new loans handed out.

Ireland bank completes huge loan sale

2014-04-04 17:59

Ireland's so-called "bad bank" has announced its largest loan sale to date, after striking a deal to sell its entire Northern Ireland portfolio.

Grafton sees sustained Irish recovery

2014-03-05 13:38

Building supplies group Grafton says renewed activity in Irish construction appears to be sufficient to support a sustained recovery.

165 000 without power in storm-battered Ireland

2014-02-13 20:31

Over 165 000 homes are still without power across Ireland after strong winds battered the country, in what forecasters suspect is the worst storm to hit the country in 16 years.

Dozens of youths treated at N Ireland rave

2014-02-07 09:00

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has declared a major incident after treating around 60 youths for the suspected effects of drugs and alcohol outside a concert in Belfast.

Ireland puts top bankers on trial

2014-01-31 16:28

Ireland has put three former bankers on trial, its first such case since the financial crisis that forced it to accept an €85bn international bailout.

SA diplomat in 'slave' scandal

2014-01-15 17:19

A South African diplomat in Ireland has landed herself in hot water after her former domestic worker filed charges of slave labour against her, according to reports.

Ireland draws bumper demand for bonds

2014-01-08 12:04

Ireland has made a storming return to the international bond market, with bumper demand for the country's first debt sale in more than a year.

 

7 charged in N Ireland for 'terrorist offences'

2014-11-17 12:31

Seven men have been charged with “terrorist offences” in Northern Ireland and are due in court, police say following an investigation into militants opposed to peace.

Irish services sector posts strong growth again

2014-11-05 10:24

Irish services sector activity has expanded rapidly again in October, suggesting that the economy is still posting solid growth.

Ireland set for budget without tax hikes

2014-10-14 12:30

The Irish government is set to present its first budget without tax hikes or spending cuts in seven years.

Dublin residents protest over tax

2014-10-11 22:45

At least 15 000 people have rallied against new water charges in Dublin in Ireland's biggest anti-austerity protest for years.

Investec sells $877m of Irish loans

2014-09-15 10:45

Investec has sold £540m of Irish mortgages to a US private equity firm, marking its second deal this month to get rid of loans it not longer wants.

Irish services sector grows

2014-09-03 11:00

Irish services activity has grown in August at a rate just shy of the seven-year high hit in June, shows a survey.

UDG Healthcare sells stake in joint venture

2014-08-18 11:00

UDG Healthcare says it has sold its stake in a healthcare supply chain joint venture to partner Alliance Boots.

Irish manufacturing expands even more

2014-08-01 10:15

Irish manufacturing activity has expanded steadily in July as strong orders at home and from overseas help to keep the economic recovery on track.

Dublin's housing shortage to be addressed

2014-07-04 18:15

Ireland's state-run bad bank says its property holdings will allow it to meet up to half of Dublin's housing demand over the next five years.

12 sentenced for Northern Ireland mob killing

2014-07-02 07:47

A dozen Protestants have been sentenced for their roles in the mob slaying of a Catholic man outside his Northern Ireland home in 2009.

New claims of drug trials on Catholic children

2014-06-09 16:43

Fresh claims that children at Catholic "mother and baby" homes in Ireland were subjected to experimental vaccine trials have heaped further controversy on the Church-run institutions.

Ireland: Mass grave of 800 children found

2014-06-04 07:41

The Catholic Church in Ireland is under fire over records showing 796 children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for children of unwed mothers.

Allied Irish returns to operating profit

2014-05-12 17:45

Allied Irish Banks have returned to a quarterly operating profit after provisions for the first time since its 2010 bailout.

Man charged with 29 murders in Ireland bombing

2014-04-11 09:36

Northern Ireland police have charged a 43-year-old man with the murders of 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst single atrocity of the Troubles.

World's biggest banana firm formed

2014-03-10 16:29

A US fruit firm and its Irish rival have struck an all-stock merger deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier.

€100 mln needed for new Irish bank

2014-02-21 15:01

The search is on for investors willing to pump €100m into a new European bank that picked Ireland as its first market.

Irish bank scheme found 'absolutely illegal'

2014-02-07 09:42

Ireland's Anglo Irish Bank has done something "absolutely illegal" by lending money to individuals so they could buy the bank's own shares, say prosecutors.

UN demands Vatican act on child sex abuse

2014-02-05 17:03

The UN has demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented report.

Irish debt catching up to eurozone

2014-01-17 08:01

From bailout and near bankruptcy, Ireland has staged such a remarkable turnaround that its debt is catching up with countries seen as safe bets.

Pub used as courtroom to fine Ralph Lauren's niece

2014-01-08 17:41

The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been fined in Ireland for being drunk and abusive on a plane, after a hearing that had to be held in a pub because there was no court nearby.

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