Northern Ireland's first minister to step down before elections


BELFAST Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson is to stand down from the role and as leader of the Democratic Unionists (DUP), the party said on Thursday, two days after securing a deal to save the province's power-sharing administration.

Pfizer-Allergan talks accelerate amid new inversion clamp-down

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Pfizer Inc's talks to acquire Allergan Plc in a $150 billion deal that would see the U.S. drug giant redomicile in Ireland accelerated on Wednesday, as the U.S. Treasury prepared to clamp down further on such tax inversions.

Northern Ireland parties agree deal to salvage power-sharing government

BELFAST The leaders of Northern Ireland's Irish nationalist and British unionist communities clinched a deal to prevent its power-sharing administration from collapsing, the British and Irish governments said on Tuesday.

World, 17 Nov 2015

Ex-soldier arrested over Northern Ireland 1972 killings released on bail

BELFAST The 66-year-old former British soldier arrested in relation to the killing of 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland over 40 years ago has been released on bail pending further inquiries, police said on Wednesday.

World, 11 Nov 2015

Apple announces 1,000 new jobs in Ireland as EU tax ruling nears

DUBLIN Apple's chief executive said a looming European Union tax ruling on its dealings with Ireland would not affect its presence in the country where it declares much of its overseas profit and where it added 1,000 new jobs on Wednesday.

Apple CEO says committed to Ireland regardless of EU ruling: RTE

DUBLIN Apple is committed to staying in Ireland even if European Union regulators rule against the country's tax deal with the iPhone maker, Chief Executive Tim Cook was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Ireland says EU tax decision on Apple probably after Christmas

DUBLIN Ireland does not expect European Union regulators to issue a decision on the country's tax deal with Apple until after Christmas, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

Ex-soldier arrested in Northern Ireland over 'Bloody Sunday' killings

BELFAST A 66-year-old former soldier was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the killing by British soldiers of 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland over 40 years ago, Northern Irish police said on Tuesday.

World, 10 Nov 2015

Pfizer-Allergan deal would set up U.S. company for a split

A Pfizer Inc merger with Ireland-based Allergan , in addition to providing tax benefits, would bolster the U.S. drugmaker's growth prospects should it decide to sell or spin off its portfolio of products that have gone off patent.

Deals, 06 Nov 2015

Crashed Russian jet deemed airworthy by Irish regulators in May

DUBLIN The Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday received a certificate of airworthiness earlier this year, regulators in Ireland, where it was registered, said on Monday.


Turkish foreign ministry advises against all non-urgent travel to Russia

ANKARA Turkey's foreign ministry on Saturday advised people to postpone all non-urgent travel to Russia, the latest move in an escalating row between Moscow and Ankara over a Russian jet downed by Turkey on Tuesday.