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Sexton new Ireland captain as Farrell era begins

15 Jan 2020

DUBLIN Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton was chosen as the team's new captain on Wednesday as coach Andy Farrell named his first squad since taking over from Joe Schmidt after last year's disappointing World Cup.

Irish PM seeks to put Brexit at centre of February 8 election

15 Jan 2020

DUBLIN Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday called a parliamentary election for Feb. 8, pitting his record on Brexit and Ireland's fast growing economy against struggling services in a contest polls suggest is too close to call.

Ryanair raises profit forecast after healthy holiday season

10 Jan 2020

DUBLIN Ryanair raised its full-year profit forecast on Friday after a better-than-expected performance over Christmas and New Year, lifting shares in other airlines as analysts said the outlook boded well for the sector. | Video

Ireland ups GDP forecasts but flags corporate tax dip

09 Jan 2020

DUBLIN Greater clarity on Brexit allowed Ireland to increase economic growth forecasts for this year and next on Thursday, as it also estimated for the first time how changes to global tax rules could leave it 2 billion euros(1.70 billion pounds) worse off by 2025.

Ireland adds more multinational jobs, sees risks ahead

08 Jan 2020

DUBLIN Job announcements from Facebook and Salesforce pushed employment among multinationals in Ireland 6% higher last year but the state agency competing to win foreign business said it saw significant risks to future growth.

Ireland pulls commemoration of British police after backlash

07 Jan 2020

DUBLIN The Irish government on Tuesday cancelled plans to hold a ceremony next week to commemorate the British police force that fought against Irish independence a century ago after a backlash by opposition parties.

UK election clears way for Northern Ireland devolution, Dublin says

13 Dec 2019

DUBLIN The outcome of the British election will help a fresh drive next week to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland after a near three-year hiatus, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday.

Irish governing body's liabilities soar after accounts restated

06 Dec 2019

DUBLIN The Football Association of Ireland's (FAI) auditors were unable to guarantee the governing body can continue as a going concern after an ordered restatement of its accounts reported on Friday increased its overall liability to 55 million euros ($60.62 million).

Corporate tax boom to hand Ireland bigger budget surplus

03 Dec 2019

DUBLIN Ireland expects to run a better-than-expected budget surplus of 0.4% of gross domestic product this year following another surge in corporate tax receipts, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Tuesday.

Irish PM suffers by-election defeats ahead of national vote

30 Nov 2019

DUBLIN Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael party failed to win any of the four by-elections held to fill parliamentary vacancies on Saturday, a blow ahead of a general election he plans to hold in the next six months.

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