These are some of the leading stories in Ireland’s newspapers on Monday. Reuters has not verified these stories and cannot vouch for their accuracy:
- The number of homeowners more than three months behind with their mortgage repayments is likely to peak this year after hitting a high in the closing months of 2013, according to the latest analysis from ratings agency Fitch.
- Markets will today give their reaction to the decision by Moody’s late on Friday to raise the rating on Ireland’s sovereign debt to investment grade.
- The Rev Ian Paisley told Tony Blair he was a “fool” when the former British prime minister told him in 2007 he was about to convert to Catholicism.
- Life-saving drugs can still cost up to 14 times more in Ireland than they do in Northern Ireland.
- Work is expected to grind to a halt on construction sites next month as electricians prepare to mount strike action after employers last week demanded a 10 percent cut in hourly rates
- Global computing and services giant Hewlett-Packard’s new Irish research and development centre will add up to 150 engineering jobs here, according to HP chief executive Martin Murphy.
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