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Padraic Halpin

Ireland considering port checks on whole island in no-deal Brexit

12 Jul 2019

DUBLIN Ireland is exploring the idea of checking live animals and animal products from Britain as they arrive at ports on the whole island of Ireland if there is a no-deal Brexit, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.

Irish GDP makes strong start to 2019; 2018 growth revised up to 8.2%

11 Jul 2019

DUBLIN Ireland's gross domestic product grew 2.4% in the first quarter of 2019, growth for last year was revised up to 8.2%, and the finance minister said the momentum had continued through the second quarter.

Ireland flags need for no-deal Brexit checks, just not at border

09 Jul 2019

DUBLIN Ireland will not impose any restrictions along its now open border with British-run Northern Ireland if Britain quits the EU without a deal but will need to take "some action somewhere" to protect the EU single market, its foreign minister said.

Ireland to step up plans for 'significant' risk of no-deal Brexit

08 Jul 2019

DUBLIN Ireland will step up its preparations for a disorderly Brexit this week given the chances of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal have never been higher, foreign minister Simon Coveney said on Monday.

Irish tax take broadly on target as health overspend reigned in

02 Jul 2019

DUBLIN Ireland's tax take was just 0.5% behind target for 2019 at the midway point of the year, the finance department said on Tuesday, an improvement on a month ago as an underperformance in corporate tax receipts was mostly reversed.

Ireland faces backlash from farmers, opposition over Mercosur deal

02 Jul 2019

DUBLIN A draft trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur bloc of South American countries has put Ireland's government under intense pressure from farmers and opposition parties concerned over the impact on the country's beef sector.

Ireland Brexit budget plan will not upset investors - debt chief

01 Jul 2019

DUBLIN Ireland's plans to swing to a budget deficit of up to 1.5% of gross domestic product if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal will not dent investor confidence in the country, its debt chief said on Monday.

Irish economy could contract in no-deal Brexit, PM says

26 Jun 2019

DUBLIN Ireland's fast growing economy could suddenly contract if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, a prospect that has become more likely, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

Ireland to run budget deficit of up to 1.5% if no-deal Brexit

25 Jun 2019

DUBLIN Ireland presented two budget strategies for 2020 on Tuesday, a preferred option that would see its budget surplus grow if its neighbour Britain leaves the EU in an orderly way, and a no-deal Brexit scenario forecasting a deficit to absorb the shock.

IEA concerned about Middle East tensions, stands ready to act

24 Jun 2019

DUBLIN The International Energy Agency (IEA) is very concerned about the impact that tensions in the Middle East may have on global energy security and will act if there is any physical disruption to supplies, its executive director said on Monday.

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