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[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Irish musicians will bring songs, drawings and messages to encourage and give hope to survivors of the March 11 catastrophe — especially the children — in the Tohoku region from Dec. 6 to 8.
Musician Liam O Maonlai and the chorus group Anuna will visit towns in Tohoku along with Irish Ambassador to Japan John Neary, and hold concerts as well as cultural exchange programs at schools and concert halls. They will visit Soma and Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, and the town of Ogawara in Miyagi Prefecture.
The performances “will offer hope …

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[21 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

The International Monetary Fund has welcomed Ireland’s strong implementation of financial reforms in exchange for an international bailout of the indebted eurozone nation worth 85 billion euros ($114.8 billion).
“Program implementation continues to be strong. The authorities have completed the key initial phase of the comprehensive financial sector reforms launched in March,” the IMF said in a joint statement with the European Commission and European Central Bank on Thursday.
“The fiscal deficit limit of 10.5 per cent of GDP in 2011 is expected to be met and important structural reforms are being …

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[26 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Ireland’s economy grew by 1.6 per cent in the second quarter, after expanding 1.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, official data shows.
The latest data indicates that the Irish economy, rescued by the IMF and EU, is in the initial stages of recovery from the depths of its property and debt crisis.
Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first three months of this year was revised up from an original estimate of 1.3 per cent, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said in a statement.
The data points to a …

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[18 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

QUEEN Elizabeth II laid a wreath on Tuesday to remember the victims of Ireland’s struggle for independence from Britain in a landmark gesture on the first visit of a British monarch to the Irish Republic.
The 85-year-old began her historic four-day trip surrounded by Ireland’s biggest ever security operation as the discovery of a bomb near Dublin underscored the lingering threat from dissident republicans opposed to the peace process.
Wearing white, the queen stood in silence alongside Irish President Mary McAleese during the wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.
But …

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[17 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

QUEEN Elizabeth II arrived in Dublin on Tuesday for the first visit by a British monarch to the Irish Republic as the discovery of a bomb near the capital underscored the threat posed by republican hardliners.
The queen touched down at Casement Aerodrome – named after an Irish revolutionary executed by the British – for a landmark four-day trip surrounded by the biggest ever security operation mounted by the republic.
Wearing an emerald green coat and hat, the 85-year-old queen emerged from the royal jet followed by her husband Prince Philip to …

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[13 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

European authorities and the International Monetary Fund believe Ireland and Greece can sustain their debts while it is up to Portugal whether it joins them in seeking help, the head of Europe’s rescue fund said.
Fears that Ireland will not be able to shoulder the burden of one of the world’s most costliest bank bailouts have overshadowed the government’s pledge to recapitalise its financial system by 24 billion euros and draw a line under its woes.
Klaus Regling, head of the European Financial Stability Facility, said last week that there were risks …

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[18 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

HUNDREDS of thousands of people were expected to attend St Patrick’s Day parades throughout debt-ridden Ireland on Thursday with the traditional celebrations a welcome relief from economic austerity measures.
More than 100 cities and towns were holding parades in what is a traditional early kick-start to the tourism season with the festivities bringing in a much-needed 50-million-euro (S$90 million) spending injection for the battered economy.
The theme of the main Dublin parade comes from a story by Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle about ‘banishing the black dog of depression’ in the national …