Ireland

Ireland to vote on removal of blasphemy law last used in 1855

DUBLIN - Once staunchly Catholic Ireland will hold a referendum to remove the crime of blasphemy from its constitution, an offence now punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,600) (19,582 British pound) but which has probably not been prosecuted since the 19th century.

Rugby-Ireland flanker O'Brien likely to miss Six Nations again 2:52pm BST

DUBLIN, Oct 2 - Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien is likely to miss the Six Nations for the second year in a row after being ruled out of action for five to six months due to complications from shoulder surgery this year, his club Leinster said on Thursday.

Ireland to vote on removal of blasphemy law last used in 1855 2:52pm BST

DUBLIN - Once staunchly Catholic Ireland will hold a referendum to remove the crime of blasphemy from its constitution, an offense now punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,600) but which has probably not been prosecuted since the 19th century.

Ireland says no plans to sell portion of state-owned AIB in 2014 10:33am BST

DUBLIN - Ireland has no plans to sell any portion of 99-percent-state-owned Allied Irish Banks (AIB) this year, finance minister Michael Noonan said on Thursday.

Ireland says no plans to sell portion of state-owned AIB in 2014 10:28am BST

DUBLIN, Oct 2 - Ireland has no plans to sell any portion of 99-percent-state-owned Allied Irish Banks (AIB) this year, finance minister Michael Noonan said on Thursday.

Irish central bank flags possible limits on mortgage lending 01 Oct 2014

DUBLIN - Limiting how much banks can lend to home buyers should be examined as sharp price rises fuel fears that another property bubble is building up in Ireland, research from the country's central bank said on Wednesday.

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Irish unemployment rate ticks down to 11.1 percent 01 Oct 2014

DUBLIN - The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Ireland fell again in September to bring the jobless rate down to 11.1 percent from 11.2 percent in August, the central statistics office said on Wednesday.

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EU says Ireland swapped Apple tax deal for jobs 30 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. | Video

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EU says Ireland swapped Apple tax deal for jobs 30 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs.

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Irishman Roche joins Team Sky 30 Sep 2014

LONDON - Ireland's Nicolas Roche is among five new riders recruited by Sky for next season, the team said on Tuesday.

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Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict. | Video