Ireland

UPDATE 1-Portugal says will repay IMF bailout loans early

LISBON, Jan 21 - Portugal will follow Ireland in repaying early its bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund after successfully selling long-dated bonds last week, the country's finance minister said on Wednesday.

Ireland reserve flyhalf Jackson out of Six Nations 20 Jan 2015

DUBLIN - Ireland reserve flyhalf Paddy Jackson will miss the Six Nations after dislocating his elbow, his province Ulster said on Tuesday, limiting the champions' options with Jonathan Sexton set to miss their opener in Italy.

REFILE-Rugby-Ireland reserve flyhalf Jackson out of Six Nations 20 Jan 2015

DUBLIN, Jan 20 - Ireland reserve flyhalf Paddy Jackson will miss the Six Nations after dislocating his elbow, his province Ulster said on Tuesday, limiting the champions' options with Jonathan Sexton set to miss their opener in Italy.

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Northern Ireland to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs: minister 20 Jan 2015

BELFAST - Northern Ireland plans to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs over four years as part of a bid to put the province's finances on a more sustainable footing, the region's finance minister said on Monday.

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Northern Ireland to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs - minister 19 Jan 2015

BELFAST - Northern Ireland plans to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs over four years as part of a bid to put the province's finances on a more sustainable footing, the region's finance minister said on Monday.

Watered-down ECB QE would be ineffective - Irish finance minister 19 Jan 2015

DUBLIN - If it falls to national central banks to implement and bear the risks of any European Central Bank (ECB) quantitative easing (QE) programme, the plan will become ineffective, Ireland's finance minister warned on Monday.

Ireland eyes debt below 100 pct of GDP by end-2016 19 Jan 2015

DUBLIN, Jan 19 - Ireland will cut its national debt to below 100 percent of annual economic output by the end of next year, crossing the threshold more than a year ahead of schedule, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Monday.

Irish central bank does not expect big changes to tougher mortgage proposals 19 Jan 2015

DUBLIN - Ireland's central bank is unlikely to water down proposals for tough new restrictions on mortgage lending despite resistance from banks and the government, its governor said on Monday.

UPDATE 1-Irish central bank does not expect big changes to tougher mortgage proposals 19 Jan 2015

* Senior govt official says proposals not "socially acceptable" (Adds central bank governor comments)

Irish Finance Minister says AIB CEO resignation won't hit share sale 19 Jan 2015

DUBLIN - Ireland's finance minister on Monday said he did not expect the resignation of Allied Irish Banks (AIB) Chief Executive David Duffy to damage the government's attempts to sell part of the bank.

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Greek leftists ally with right against bailout after huge election win

ATHENS - Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday agreed to team up with a right-wing party to form a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. | Video