Ireland warns Britain against opting out of EU arrest laws


DUBLIN/LONDON - Ireland has urged Britain not to bow to domestic pressure to ditch European Union laws that allow suspected criminals to be arrested in other member states, saying such a move could undermine bilateral efforts to tackle terrorism and crime.

ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review

FRANKFURT - After putting the euro zone's top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region's lenders are safe?

ECB tests find 800-850 million euro shortfall at PTSB: source

DUBLIN - European bank stress tests have found that Ireland's permanent tsb (PTSB) had a capital shortfall of 800 million to 850 million euros at the end of 2013, a source familiar with the process said on Friday.

24 Oct 2014

Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal.

Politics, 21 Oct 2014

Irish tax changes may cost U.S. groups billions

LONDON - Ireland's plan to close a "Double Irish" tax loophole could cost U.S. companies including Apple and Google billions of dollars, although a new break and pressure to tackle tax avoidance elsewhere means they are unlikely to decamp.

Tech, Media, 14 Oct 2014

Sudanese U.N. medic dies of Ebola in German hospital

BERLIN - A Sudanese U.N. medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia has died in a German hospital where he was being treated, the clinic in Leipzig said on Tuesday.

World, Health, 14 Oct 2014

Largest Irish anti-austerity march in years targets water charges

DUBLIN - Tens of thousands of people rallied against new water bills in Dublin on Saturday in Ireland's biggest anti-austerity protest for years as a candidate calling for a boycott of the charges was elected to parliament in a by-election.

World, 11 Oct 2014

Sinn Fein level with Irish PM's party ahead of by-election

DUBLIN - Sinn Fein, once the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, has drawn level with Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael as Ireland's most popular party ahead of two by-elections where it is looking to cement recent gains, a poll showed on Thursday.

World, 09 Oct 2014

EU says Ireland swapped Apple tax deal for jobs

BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. | Video

Tech, Media 30 Sep 2014

EU watchdog to give detail on Apple and Fiat tax investigations

BRUSSELS - European Union regulators will provide more details on Tuesday of their reasons for launching in-depth inquiries into tax arrangements reached by Ireland with Apple and by Luxembourg with a Fiat subsidiary.


Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. | Video