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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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21 Sep 2017

CRH reinforces U.S. grip with $3.5 billion Ash Grove Cement deal

DUBLIN Irish building materials firm CRH is to buy U.S. cement maker Ash Grove Cement Co for $3.5 billion (2.60 billion pounds), wasting no time in using cash from a major disposal to strengthen its North American business.

19 Sep 2017

Ryanair CEO takes rap for costly cancellations 'cock up'

DUBLIN Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary admitted on Monday to a "cock up" over pilot shortages that led him to cancel flights and disrupt the plans of hundreds of thousands of travelers in his bid to improve the budget airline's punctuality. | Video

13 Sep 2017

Majority of EU goods most exposed to Britain are Irish - study

DUBLIN Eleven of the 15 European Union goods most exposed to Britain are Irish exports, an analysis by the country's finance ministry showed on Wednesday, highlighting the extreme vulnerability to Brexit of some Irish firms.

08 Sep 2017

Central Bank says Ireland should plan for possible overheating

DUBLIN Irish Central Bank Governor Philip Lane on Friday urged the government to plan for the possible overheating of the economy by considering future tax increases, putting some surplus revenues aside and paying down more debt.

07 Sep 2017

Ireland to repay last of IMF bailout loans to cut interest bill

DUBLIN Ireland is to seek early repayment of 5.5 billion euros (£5.03 billion) of loans taken under its 2010 EU-IMF bailout and hopes to save around 150 million euros by refinancing the money at cheaper rates, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Thursday.

05 Sep 2017

Sinn Fein's Adams to outline succession plan in November

DUBLIN Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said on Tuesday he would outline his succession plans in November as the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) prepares to complete a generational shift in its leadership.

28 Aug 2017

Ireland calls for realism from UK on border issue in latest Brexit talks

DUBLIN Much of the future border arrangements between Northern Ireland and Ireland can be solved before Brexit talks enter the next phase, Ireland's foreign minister said, urging Britain to be realistic in negotiating terms to leave the European Union.

28 Aug 2017

ECB fines Ireland's PTSB for breaching cash rule

FRANKFURT/DUBLIN The European Central Bank has fined bailed-out Irish bank permanent tsb (PTSB) for falling short of cash requirements, it said on Monday, the first such move since taking over banking supervision in 2014.

28 Aug 2017

Ireland calls for realism from UK on border issue in latest Brexit talks

DUBLIN Much of the future border arrangements between Northern Ireland and Ireland can be solved before Brexit talks enter the next phase, Ireland's foreign minister said, urging Britain to be realistic in negotiating terms to leave the European Union.

28 Aug 2017

Ireland calls for realism from UK on border issue in latest Brexit talks

DUBLIN, Aug 28 Much of the future border arrangements between Northern Ireland and Ireland can be solved before Brexit talks enter the next phase, Ireland's foreign minister said, urging Britain to be realistic in negotiating terms to leave the European Union.

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