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Irish windfarm owners were paid €10m not to produce energy

Energy suppliers paid up to €10m last year to wind-farm operators to power down, freedom of information documents reveal.

Anglo Irish Bank accused could each face five years in prison for each offence

After being found guilty of 10 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to ten developers, former Anglo Irish Bank executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer will return for sentencing on 28 April.

IRA militant charged with 29 murders resulting from 1998 Omagh bombing

Northern Ireland has charged a man with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst attack in decades of violence in the province, police said on Thursday.

IMF rejects claims it sought to compromise Irish judiciary

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rejected claims by EU justice commissioner Vivian Reding that it threatened the independence of the Irish judiciary in seeking to place a regulator for the profession under the aegis of the Department of Justice.

Irish Government considered restarting printing of the Irish pound (the Punt)

Rumours swirled around the corridors of power in 2011 and 2012 amid the escalating eurozone crisis. The idea that the country was planning to print punts was one of them.

Real crisis in Irish economy may be yet to come, warns economist

Morgan Kelly, the first economist to predict the likely scale of the Irish banking collapse, has said the “real crisis” for the Irish economy has not yet happened.

Allied Irish Banks seeking to 'write off' €3.5bn of money owed back to the taxpayer

Allied Irish Banks is in talks with the Government that could see a €3.5bn portion of the bank's bailout loans effectively written off this year.

Portugal Tempted by Clean Bailout Exit After Rally

Portugal may be tempted to follow Ireland in exiting its bailout without asking European partners for a precautionary program after a bond rally let the nation already start to raise funds for 2015.

Irish academics in anti-Israel boycott

More than 120 Irish academics have boycotted Israeli academic, research and the regime’s institutions in response to Tel Aviv’s contravention of the international law.

Irish Government refuses a Freedom of Information request for material relating to Ireland's bailout exit

A Freedom of Information request to the Department of Finance for all documents held by it created since July 2013 and concerned with the Government’s decision not to seek a precautionary credit line when exiting the troika bailout, was responded to with a blanket No.

RBS's Ulster Bank faces crunch month

Workforce is bracing for the axe to fall as bank's parent company RBS gets ready to publish a review of its global operations.

Colossal consultancy spend on Irish Water nothing new

Nowadays, newly established State bodies soon become soakage pits for an army of consultants, as is clearly shown by the €50 million spent by Irish Water last year – before the new utility was even set up by legislation.

Irish (Fluoridated) Water boss says flow will be "down to a trickle" if charges not paid

Managing Director of Irish Water John Tierney has said that household water flow will be restricted "down to a trickle" if consumers refuse to pay the imposed charges.

Bailed-out AIB treats staff and spouses to four-star hotel stay

Bailed-out bank AIB paid for hundreds of staff and their spouses to stay overnight in a four-star hotel for a retirement course.

The Irish Media - Cheerleaders For Austerity

A study of Irish press coverage of austerity between 2008 and 2012 conducted at University College Dublin confirms that the media have been relentless cheerleaders for austerity. The case is so overwhelming that it may even surprise proponents of austerity.

Retailers “disappointed” as Christmas sales are down on 2012

The slump pre-Christmas means big sales from St Stephens’ Day, says a representative group.

Mortgage Madness: Irish debtors see bankruptcy as way out

The crisis may be just about over in Ireland, but for Irish homeowners it's still tough keeping the wolves from the door. Up to 20 per cent of mortgage payments are overdue with families across the country being forced out when their homes are repossessed. 

Mortgage Madness: Irish debtors see bankruptcy as way out

Austerity Isle: Emigration from Ireland skyrockets despite IMF bailout

From verging on bankruptcy a few years ago, things are looking up for Ireland. But while it recently exited its international bailout from the IMF, it's not stopping young adults exiting the country. Statistics show emigration numbers from the Emerald Isle are only rising, as people look to leave continued austerity behind.

Austerity Isle: Emigration from Ireland skyrockets despite IMF bailout

EU 'betrayed Ireland over debt'

Europe has betrayed Ireland over commitments to ease the cost of saving banks, opposition politicians in the Irish Parliament have claimed.

Irish banking world rocked as three financiers in court

A former chief executive of Irish Life & Permanent (IL&P) and two other former bankers will stand trial on charges of conspiring to mislead Anglo Irish Bank investors in the run-up to the banking crisis of September 2008.

Babies should be given 'routine' vaccine for tummy bug

An expert group has called for children to be given a routine vaccine to prevent the most common cause of gastroenteritis.

Republicans in Northern Ireland look to Taliban for weapons

Taliban-inspired technology is boosting the capacity of dissident republicans to wage war against the security services, with the discovery of advanced weaponry never seen before in Northern Ireland.

Ireland - Threat of second bailout still has not gone away

Resorting to a second bailout is a real possibility. Most of the reasons that gave rise to the belief that an on-schedule exit was impossible have not gone away. There are three major foreseeable risk factors over the next two years.

Irish politicians call for an end to fluoride in water

Independent deputy Catherine Murphy said that it was right for people to be sceptical and questioned expert opinion that fluoridation does not cause ill-health.

Debt load of PIIGS countries far heavier now than four years ago

As the euro zone's weakest members crawl out of their longest recession in modern history, their prospects of recovery are weighed down by a crushing mountain of debt far heavier than before four years of financial crisis.

People of Ireland begin criminal proceedings against leading Irish bank

An organisation which says it represents 1,000 members of the public lodged a summons with the High Court yesterday morning making a number of allegations against Bank of Ireland, including gross negligence and breach of contract.

Floored by Debt

They are architects, engineers, shop owners, taxi drivers, public sector workers, sales assistants, office workers, self-employed tradesmen and small business owners. They cover the gamut of society and they’re all struggling with arrears on mortgages, rent, ESB bills, gas bills, personal and credit union loans.

Irish students take to the streets to protest against cuts

Young people in Ireland are demonstrating against education cuts and rising student fees.

Ireland's Health Service Executive gags surgeon after cholesterol drug claims

Surgeon's research review concluded cholesterol-lowering medicines may do more harm than good

Israel’s embassy in Ireland criticised after social media controversies

The ‘provocative’, ‘offensive’ approach of the country’s Dublin mission has drawn international media attention.


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