• Does religion play a negative role in our society? 36% of Irish people think so

    Older people are far more positive towards the role of religion in society.

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    • Assembly member loses cancer battle

      The independent unionist Northern Ireland assembly member David McClarty has died.

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      • Silent vigil for two Irish peacekeepers tortured and murdered in Lebanon

        The families and friends of Private Derek Smallhorne and Private Thomas Barrett are looking for their killer to be questioned about his past life – before he moved to the US, settled down and started working as an ice-cream man.

        TheJournal.ie
        • Ireland sees first bankers convicted of giving illegal loans

          Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer found guilty of giving loans to the Maple 10 but not guilty in relation to dealings with the Quinn family.

          TheJournal.ie
          • Builders 'rely on British work'

            Larger construction companies are heavily reliant on work outside Northern Ireland to maintain their businesses, employers claimed.

            Press Association
            • 2 ex-Anglo Irish Bank directors convicted of fraud

              DUBLIN (AP) — Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank were found guilty Thursday of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal — the first convictions to stem from a banking crisis that brought Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy.

              Associated Press
              • Ex-directors guilty of bank plot

                Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank, the rogue lender that crippled Ireland's economy, have been found guilty of hatching a multi-million euro loans-for-shares plot months before the bank's collapse.

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                • Ex-bosses convicted of bank plot

                  Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank, the rogue lender that crippled Ireland's economy, have been found guilty of hatching a multi-million euro loans-for-shares plot months before the bank's collapse.

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                  • Ex-Anglo Irish Bank directors found guilty of fraud

                    Pat Whelan, the former chief financial officer of Anglo Irish Bank, leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, Ireland on February 5, 2014

                    AFP
                    • Irish court convicts two Anglo Irish bankers of illegal lending

                      By Sarah O'Connor DUBLIN (Reuters) - A Dublin court found two former executives of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank guilty on Thursday of illegal lending and providing unlawful assistance to investors during the "Celtic Tiger" boom of the past decade. Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan were judged guilty on 10 counts of illegal loans to clients known as the "Maple Ten". They were found not guilty on six other charges of illegal loans to the family of businessman Sean Quinn, once Ireland's richest man and now bankrupt. Judge Martin Nolan said that he would consider the arguments for sentencing Whelan and McAteer on April 28 but that he was unlikely to give a decision until later.

                      Reuters
                      • Executives at centre of Anglo case

                        The two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank found guilty over a multi-million euro loans-for-shares operation were both high flyers before the bank's collapse.

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                        • Roads in Mayo get prayers and blessings in a bid to reduce road deaths

                          The ceremonies will take place at all Catholic and Church of Ireland churches in the county on Sunday.

                          TheJournal.ie
                          • Irish court convicts 2 Anglo Irish bankers of illegal lending

                            By Sarah O'Connor DUBLIN (Reuters) - A Dublin court found two former executives of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank guilty on Thursday of charges of illegal lending and providing unlawful assistance to investors. Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer were judged guilty on 10 counts of illegal loans to clients known as the "Maple Ten". They were found not guilty on six other charges of illegal loans to the family of businessman Sean Quinn. Judge Martin Nolan said that he would consider the arguments for sentencing Whelan and McAteer on April 28 but that he was unlikely to give a decision until later.

                            Reuters
                            • 2 Anglo Irish Bank executives convicted of fraud

                              DUBLIN (AP) — Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank, the reckless lender that brought Ireland to the brink of bankruptcy, have been convicted of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal.

                              Associated Press
                              • Car policies alert as company fails

                                Tens of thousands of motorists in Ireland have been warned their insurance policies may be useless after the collapse of an insurer.

                                Press Association
                                • Ex-bank chairman cleared of 'fraud'

                                  The former chairman of the defunct Anglo Irish Bank has been cleared of all fraud charges over a loans-for-shares scheme months before the bank collapsed in January 2009.

                                  Press Association
                                  • Nucifora hired as Ireland's performance director

                                    DUBLIN (AP) — Former Australia hooker David Nucifora has been hired as Ireland's new performance director, a wide-ranging role that will see him take responsibility for the country's national game at both domestic and international level.

                                    Associated Press
                                    • UK's RSA sells east European businesses to Polish insurer PZU

                                      By Simon Jessop and Adrian Krajewski LONDON/WARSAW (Reuters) - Troubled UK insurer RSA has sold the bulk of its eastern European operations to Poland's state-controlled group PZU for some 360 million euros (297 million pounds), the Polish firm's biggest ever deal and RSA's first to be done under its financial restructuring plan. Announcing the sale of three Baltic businesses and one Polish operation on Thursday, RSA said more disposals could be on the way during 2014, as it seeks to boost its capital base by up to 1.6 billion pounds after it was hit by a series of weather-related claims and an accounting scandal at its Irish unit. For PZU, central and eastern Europe's largest insurer, the deal taps just a fraction of its $3.3 billion (1.9 billion pounds) cash pile, which had stood largely intact after previous attempts to score a big deal came to nothing. Shares in RSA were up 2.1 percent at 94.6 pence by 1233 BST when PZU was up 2.6 percent at 425.25 zlotys and the STOXX Europe 600 Insurance Index was up 0.5 percent.

                                      Reuters
                                      • Putin says Russia has no interest in new "Iron Curtain"

                                        MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia would not seek to cut itself off from the outside world with a Soviet-style Iron Curtain. "The Iron Curtain is a Soviet invention," Putin said during a televised call-in with the nation. "We have no intention of closing off our country and our society from anyone." When asked whether he would be willing to remain president for life, Putin said: "No." (Reporting by Alexei Anishchu and Polina Devitt; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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