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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

24 Jul 2017

Ireland may need to cool economy from 2019, central bank chief warns

DUBLIN Ireland may need to cool parts of its economy in a couple of year, potentially by raising taxes, if ramped up public investment coincides with full employment, its central bank chief was quoted as saying on Monday.

20 Jul 2017

Ireland must be careful not to overheat economy - finance minister

DUBLIN There are no signs at the moment of Ireland's economy overheating but the risk could develop, particularly as the government increases capital investment, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Thursday.

14 Jul 2017

Irish quarterly GDP dips, stays well up year-on-year

DUBLIN Ireland's gross domestic product fell by 2.6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of the year but still stood 6.1 percent higher than a year ago after data for the previous quarter was revised up sharply, data showed on Friday.

28 Jun 2017

Turning goodwill into EU/UK border solution 'extremely difficult' - Irish PM

DUBLIN Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday it will be practically and legally "extremely difficult" to find ways to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland after Brexit, even with the sympathy and goodwill of the European Union behind it.

27 Jun 2017

Ireland could sell more AIB shares after oversubscribed IPO

DUBLIN Ireland could sell more shares in Allied Irish Banks (AIB) after an oversubscribed initial public offering (IPO) left large funds keen to buy more, the bank's chief executive said on Tuesday.

23 Jun 2017

Ireland raises three billion euros from 'milestone' AIB sale

DUBLIN Ireland raised 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) by selling a quarter of Allied Irish Banks (AIB) on Friday in a remarkable turnaround for a company at the forefront of reckless lending during the "Celtic Tiger" boom.

20 Jun 2017

Ireland set to net three billion euros from AIB IPO as pricing narrowed

DUBLIN Ireland is set to net at least 3 billion euros (2.64 billion pounds) from its initial public offering of Allied Irish Banks (AIB) after the bookrunners said order books were covered in the upper half of a narrowed price range.

17 Jun 2017

As Brexit talks loom, May scrambles for deal to stay in power

LONDON/DUBLIN Britain is likely to enter arduous talks on its exit from the European Union without a deal to keep Prime Minister Theresa May in power as negotiations with a Northern Irish "kingmaker" party grind into a second week.

17 Jun 2017

Irish finance minister to review 'rainy day fund', backs new debt target

DUBLIN Ireland will review plans laid out last year to establish a contingency reserve by examining how much should be set aside each year and whether it should start in 2019 as planned, new Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told Reuters on Saturday.

14 Jun 2017

Leo Varadkar elected as Ireland's first gay prime minister

DUBLIN Leo Varadkar was elected Irish Prime Minister on Wednesday, making the 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant the first gay premier of the once-staunchly Catholic country and the youngest person to hold the office.

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