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DUBLIN (AP) — Brian O'Driscoll put on a show to remember in his last home test by spearheading Ireland to a 46-7 win over Italy at Lansdowne Road on Saturday and setting up their Six Nations closer in Paris next week as the title decider.
Ireland turned on the style to give a teary-eyed Brian O'Driscoll the perfect farewell present in his last Test on home soil with a thumping 46?7 victory over Italy at Lansdowne Road in their Six Nations clash on Saturday.
Drugs worth an estimated 2.5 million euro have been seized by gardai in Dublin.
Italy v Ireland is live on BBC One and BBC One HD from 2:30pm (GMT) on Saturday 8 March. Live commentary is on BBC Radio 5 Live. A defeat to England ended Ireland's hopes of clinching Grand Slam and Triple Crown triumphs at Twickenham two weeks ago but the Boys In Green head into the penultimate weekend of the 2014 Six Nations best placed to secure the championship with a superior points difference compared to England, Wales and France While France will be expected to shrug off the challenge of Scotland, Italy are still without a win in this series.
Owen Farrell insists the fact he will be up against several former British and Irish Lions team-mates will not distract him from the task at hand when England face Wales in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Sunday.
LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland authorities say letter bombs have been found at two postal sorting offices, weeks after similar packages were sent to army facilities in England.
A plane carrying Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from Dublin to Madrid returned to the Irish capital on Friday shortly after takeoff because a warning light came on, officials said.
Meanwhile, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the Finance Minister is dealing with the issue of “statelessness”.
Way harsh, Ireland.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has branded Ireland a tremendous success after emerging from the bailout and claimed she was positive about talks on a European banking union.
Five outstanding applications from on-the-run IRA suspects seeking letters assuring them they are not wanted by police will not be processed by the Government, the Northern Ireland Secretary has said.
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair will appeal against a British competition watchdog ruling that it must sell most of its stake in Irish rival Aer Lingus , it said on Friday. "Ryanair ... has instructed its lawyers to appeal this ruling to the UK Court of Appeal," it said in a statement. (Reporting by Sam Cage; Editing by Pravin Char)
Archaeologist Neil Jackman takes us on a guided tour of the treasures of one of Ireland’s most important historical hotspots.
Britain's competition watchdog has dismissed a Ryanair appeal against a previous ruling that it has to sell most of its stake in Irish rival Aer Lingus , it said on Friday. The Competition Commission upheld the previous decision that Ryanair's 30 percent stake in Aer Lingus could substantially reduce competition on some routes. "Ryanair's appeal dismissed," a commission spokesman said in a statement. The British watchdog has jurisdiction over the Irish airlines due to 11 routes between Ireland and Britain where Ryanair flights compete with those of Aer Lingus or partner Aer Arann.
Dublin Airport Authority says the strike planned for next week is unlawful.
By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's largest listed companies are confident over half a decade of weak earnings, gloomy outlooks and shrinking dividends are behind them and that the economic upturn under way is sustainable and sensible. That came against an improving economic backdrop following Ireland's completion of a European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout, with unemployment falling below the euro zone average, consumer sentiment hitting a near seven-year high and mortgage arrears stabilising. "We're probably more confident about the Irish economy than we have been in any time in the last six years, and the last six years have been very tough for us all, for Irish people and for Irish companies," Andrew Langford, chief executive of general insurer FBD , told Reuters. It looks like there might be a rise in consumer demand this year which follows six years where it has fallen by a total of 25 percent, an incredible figure." While the Irish market is of less significance to major international players like builder's supplier CRH and airline Ryanair than ever before, FBD is one of the few Dublin-listed companies that are 100 percent geared to recovery at home.
Meanwhile, delegates at the European People’s Party congress have selected former Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker as their nominee for the European Commission presidency.
British insurer RSA has appointed an experienced industry executive to head its Irish unit, it said on Friday, as it seeks to draw a line under an accounting scandal. Ken Norgrove will replace Philip Smith, who resigned as chief executive of the Irish business in November, saying he had become the "fall-guy" in the investigation into allegations of accounting problems. Norgrove, who most recently ran Zurich General Insurance Ireland and has more than 25 years experience in the industry in Britain and Ireland, will take over from June 1, subject to approval by the central bank. RSA's difficulties emerged last year with a series of profit warnings related to extreme weather in its Canadian and European core markets and the uncovering of the accounting irregularities in Ireland.
A letter bomb intercepted at a postal sorting office in Northern Ireland was addressed to a prison, Sky News sources understand. The device, which was found in Londonderry and described by police as "viable", is believed to have been posted to Maghaberry Prison in Lisburn. Another suspicious package found at a sorting office in Lisburn is also thought to have been addressed to Maghaberry Prison. In a joint statement, First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said they "utterly condemn" the devices.