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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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20 Oct 2017

Pilots at Ryanair's largest base reject pay offer

DUBLIN A majority of Ryanair pilots at its largest base have rejected management's offer of improved pay and conditions, the airline said on Friday, dealing a blow to its efforts to address a recent pilot shortage.

18 Oct 2017

Ireland to seek specific border commitments from Britain, PM says

DUBLIN Ireland wants Britain to commit to a fallback option that would avoid a customs border returning to the island of Ireland should its plan of maintaining the closest possible ties with the EU fall through, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

18 Oct 2017

Ireland threatens to penalise banks over mortgage overcharging

DUBLIN Ireland will raise taxes on banks if they don't move faster to provide compensation for the "scandalous" overcharging of thousands of mortgage customers, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

17 Oct 2017

Firms must prepare for Brexit without transition, Irish central bank says

DUBLIN Its is entirely possible that Britain will leave the European Union without a transition agreement, and companies need to do more to prepare for an abrupt departure, Irish Central Bank Deputy Governor Ed Sibley said on Tuesday.

13 Oct 2017

Ryanair resists pilot call for new industrial relations approach

DUBLIN Ryanair resisted moves by pilots to unionise on Thursday, after one demanded the Irish airline adopts a new approach to industrial relations.

13 Oct 2017

Irish 'bad bank' pays off last of senior debt

DUBLIN The "bad bank" set up almost a decade ago to mop up toxic assets in Ireland's financial system marked a milestone on Friday by redeeming the final tranche of government-guaranteed senior debt three years ahead of schedule.

12 Oct 2017

Irish court gives $1 billion Apple data center green light

DUBLIN Apple may proceed to build a 850 million euro ($1 billion) data center in Ireland, the High Court ruled on Thursday, bringing relief for the government after a two-year planning delay which it feared could hurt its reputation with investors.

11 Oct 2017

Ireland eyes Northern Irish political breakthrough, warns on border

DUBLIN Ireland's foreign minister said on Wednesday he hoped that talks to restore Northern Ireland's power-sharing government could reach a successful outcome by the end of the week after some further steps by the negotiating parties.

10 Oct 2017

Ireland finds extra cash for 'modest' budget boost

DUBLIN Ireland's finance minister sought to raise over 800 million euros (714.89 million pounds) in extra revenue in a budget on Tuesday to give taxpayers a "modest" break and help tackle a housing crisis.

09 Oct 2017

Irish finance minister to get creative with budget boost

DUBLIN Ireland's finance minister will need to be creative in Tuesday's budget if he is to give taxpayers a meaningful break and fund additional spending while also balancing the state's books for the first time in a decade.

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