Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years


BELFAST - A flashpoint Protestant parade in Northern Ireland's capital Belfast ended without violence for the first time in decades on Saturday when marchers agreed to turn around before passing a Catholic area.

Scottish bid to break up UK prompts dread among North Irish loyalists

BELFAST - Horrified that Scotland might break up the United Kingdom by voting for independence this autumn, thousands of Northern Ireland loyalists are preparing to fight back using their favored 17th century battle regalia: drums, flutes, banners and orange sashes.

World, 08 Jul 2014

Ireland's Labour Party elects Joan Burton as new leader

DUBLIN - Ireland's social protection minister, Joan Burton, was elected new leader of the Labour Party, junior partner in government, on Friday with the task of arresting a collapse in support that led to a local election hammering. Burton takes over from former deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore, who resigned in May after Labour were punished by voters for implementing an austerity programme that has put the country's finances back on track. Burton, the first woman to lead the

World, 04 Jul 2014

Irish Labour party's Burton claims victory in leadership race

DUBLIN - Ireland's social protection minister, Joan Burton, claimed victory in the leadership contest for the junior government Labour party on Friday after her opponent, junior minister Alex White, conceded defeat.

World, 04 Jul 2014

Exclusive: EU warns Ireland it could expand tax probe beyond Apple - source

BRUSSELS - The European Commission has told Ireland it may investigate more companies as part of a probe into the country's tax practices, after announcing a formal probe into Apple Inc's Irish subsidiaries, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Tech, Media, 20 Jun 2014

Irish judge asks EU court to clarify data rules after Facebook allegations

DUBLIN - Ireland's High Court on Wednesday asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify European Union data protection rules in light of allegations that Facebook shared data from EU users with the U.S. National Security Agency.

Facebook, Tech 18 Jun 2014

U.S. Senate's tax writer sees 15-month 'window' for tax reform

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate's chief tax law writer on Tuesday vowed to work on overhauling the federal tax code by August 2015, citing a move by Medtronic Inc to shift its tax home base to Ireland as a spur to congressional action.

Politics, 17 Jun 2014

Medtronic deal draws Washington scrutiny of tax relocations

WASHINGTON - The threat of U.S. tax revenue losses from Medtronic Inc's plan to buy rival Covidien Plc and move its base to Ireland is stoking concerns from lawmakers and the Obama administration about corporate tax "inversion" deals.

Deals 16 Jun 2014

Medtronic to buy Covidien for $42.9 billion, rebase in Ireland

- U.S. medical device maker Medtronic Inc said on Sunday it had agreed to buy Covidien Plc for $42.9 billion in cash and stock and move its executive base to Ireland in the latest transaction aiming for lower corporate tax rates abroad.

Deals, 16 Jun 2014

EU investigates tax rulings on Apple, Starbucks, Fiat

BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Commission raised pressure on Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg over their corporate tax practices, saying it was investigating deals the countries have cut with Apple, Starbucks and Fiat. | Video

Tech, Media 11 Jun 2014

Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry steps up diplomatic push

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Tel Aviv to push ceasefire talks. | Video