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Ryanair to buy 175 Boeing passenger jets

Ryanair to buy 175 Boeing passenger jetsDublin, March 20 : Irish budget airline Ryanair Holdings said Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase 175 737-800 airliners for $15.6 billion (12 billion euros).

In a statement, Ryanair said the deal would allow it to expand its fleet to more than 400 airplanes by 2018, when the last of these jets are to be delivered, and boost the airline's traffic to more than 100 million passengers by March
2019.

The low-cost carrier currently has a fleet of 305 Boeing 737 passengers jets, 75 of which will be replaced by the new aircraft.


Dublin housing prices fell 1.6% in December quarter

Dublin housing prices fell 1.6% in December quarterAccording to a new report, the housing prices have fallen 1.6 per cent during the quarter from October to December, 2012.

The report by Myhome. ie shows that the annual fall in property was at 12 per cent for 2012, which is the lowest annual rate of decline in the capital city in four years. However, the data also showed that rate of decline in prices increased during the previous quarter nationally as the fall was recorded at 2.9 per cent compared to a fall of 2.2 per cent in the third quarter.


Dropbox to set up its international headquarters in Dublin

Dropbox to set up its international headquarters in DublinPopular cloud computing giant Dropbox has announced its decision to set up its international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

Dropbox, the San Francisco-based file-sharing service that allows users to access & share digital content with others around the world, has plans to establish its international headquarters in Dublin early next year.


Dropbox to set up frat overseas office n Dublin

Dropbox to set up frat overseas office n DublinUS based, Dropbox is planning to set up its first operations centre outside the United Sates, in the Irish capital, Dublin.

Dropbox will set up an international operations centre in the city that will create about 40 jobs and expand the company's presence in Europe. The company will hire people for various positions at the centre including that in multi-lingual sales teams, account management and user operations staff in order to provide seamless support to the company's users in European region.


Two more bishops resign over Irish child sex abuse

Two more bishops resign over Irish child sex abuseDublin (Ireland), Dec. 25 : Two more bishops said Friday they were offering their resignation to Pope Benedict XVI in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal in Ireland.

Auxiliary Bishops of Dublin Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field said in a statement they had informed the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on Christmas Eve of their intention to quit.


Irish snub ‘Henry vacuum cleaners’ after French striker''s cheating

Irish snub ‘Henry vacuum cleaners’ after French striker''s cheatingDublin, Nov 23 : Angry cleaners in Ireland have decided dump their ‘Henry vacuum cleaners’ after France striker Thierry Henry''s handball ended the nation''s World Cup dreams.

Though the footballer has no association with the vacuum cleaner company, workers said that they couldn’t bear to look at the smiley-faced machines following the French striker''s cheating.


Irish Justice Minister calls for Ireland-France replay

Irish Justice Minister calls for Ireland-France replayDublin, Nov 20 : Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has called on FIFA to order a replay of the controversial World Cup play-off between Ireland and France.

Ahern''s call came as Ireland is still raging at the double handball by France striker Thierry Henry, which enabled the latter to score the extra-time goal that won their play-off 2-1 on aggregate and sent them through to the finals in South Africa next summer.


Remains of 1,000 people recovered from one of Ireland’s largest medieval cemeteries

Remains of 1,000 people recovered from one of Ireland’s largest medieval cemeteriesDublin, November 2 : The skeletal remains of more than a thousand people have been recovered from what experts believe was one of Ireland’s largest medieval cemeteries.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner, the ancient bones have produced evidence of several suspected murders and one case of leprosy – an extremely rare occurrence in medieval times.


Remains of 1,000 people recovered from one of Ireland’s largest medieval cemeteries

Dublin, November 2 : The skeletal remains of more than a thousand people have been recovered from what experts believe was one of Ireland’s largest medieval cemeteries.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner, the ancient bones have produced evidence of several suspected murders and one case of leprosy – an extremely rare occurrence in medieval times.

Osteoarchaeologist Carmelita Troy, of Headland Archaeology in Cork, said yesterday she has studied the ancient remains of nearly 1,300 individuals – adult males and females along with children – who were buried at the site at Ardreigh, Athy, in Co Kildare.

It is one of the largest skeleton assemblages in the country.


Concern in Ireland over ailing priest kidnapped in the Philippines

Concern in Ireland over ailing priest kidnapped in the Philippines Dublin - Concern was mounting in Ireland Monday over the welfare of an Irish priest who was snatched by six armed men from his mission's residence in a southern Philippine city.

The Irish Ambassador to Singapore has travelled to Manila to support the efforts to release 79-year-old Father Michael Sinnott, a Columban priest from Wexford in Ireland's south-east.


Irish Greens approve coalition plans, avoid early elections

Irish Greens approve coalition plans, avoid early elections London/Dublin  - Ireland's governing platform won approval Saturday from the Green Party, keeping the country's centre-left coalition intact.

The Green Party met Saturday in Dublin to decide whether to remain in coalition with Prime Minister Brian Cowen's Fianna Fail, the senion party in the coalition.

Failure to achieve a two-thirds majority for the new governing agreement, reached Friday between Cowen and Greens leader John Gormley, would have forced new elections.


Irish begin voting in second referendum on EU Lisbon Treaty

Irish begin voting in second referendum on EU Lisbon TreatyDublin  - Polling stations across Ireland opened Friday, with a 3 million-strong electorate able to vote - for a second time - on the European Union's Lisbon treaty.

Polling began at 7 am (0600 GMT) in 43 constituencies and was to continue until 10 pm (2100 GMT).

The Lisbon Treaty was rejected by the Irish electorate in a first referendum in June 2008, with the "No" side winning 53.4 per cent of the vote.


Construction of South Africa's World Cup stadiums on track

Irish government: There will be no third referendum Dublin - Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen on Wednesday ruled out a third referendum on the Lisbon Treaty if Irish voters rejected it in the upcoming second referendum.

"There won't be a Lisbon III, I think that's for sure," Cowen said, when hypothesizing over a possible defeat of the treaty in the referendum to be held on Friday.

The Irish leader however warned that a defeat would lead the European Union into crisis.


Row over golden handshake overshadowing Lisbon polls in Ireland

Ireland-flagDublin  - A row over a pay-off to the disgraced former chief of the Irish government training and employment agency, Fas, is threatening to overshadow the final days of the Lisbon referendum campaign in Ireland.

The contradictory evidence from the Irish Premier Brian Cowen and a senior civil servant over the reasons behind a pay-off to agency chief Roddy Molloy was dominating headlines Monday, days ahead of Ireland's second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty on Friday.

A successful "No" vote defeated the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum in Ireland in June 2008.


"Yes" leads, but "No" gaining, one week before Irish Lisbon polls

Dublin - A new opinion poll shows that opposition to the Lisbon Treaty has grown in Ireland in the last fortnight, but that the "Yes" side is still leading comfortably, the Irish Times daily newspaper reported Friday.

With just one week to go before the referendum, the pro-Lisbon vote is leading by 59 per cent to 41 per cent when undecided voters are excluded, according to the poll published Friday.

The "No" side has also gained some ground, up four points to 33 per cent since the last Irish Times poll two weeks ago, while 48 per cent said they would vote yes, an increase of two points.

The percentage of those who said they did not know has fallen by six points to 19 per cent.


9,000-year-old fishing basket gives fresh perspective on early Irish life

Dublin, September 6 : Construction work during roadwork in different counties in Ireland has revealed the remains of a 9,000-year-old fishing basket, along with other ancient artifacts, which give a fresh perspective on early Irish life.

According to a report in The Irish Times, the 9,000-year-old fishing basket was found at Clowanstown in Co Meath, a monastic bell-making facility was discovered at Clonfad in Co Westmeath and an "exceptional" raised wooden trackway was found close to the Dromod-Roosky bypass.

Archaeologist Dr Farina Sternke said that an excavation at Tullahedy in Co Tipperary had uncovered the remains of a palisade encircling a natural mound, which had been altered over time via the dumping of several layers of glacial soil.


Ancient Irish skeletons could help solve mystery of rare genetic bone disease

Ancient Irish skeletons could help solve mystery of rare genetic bone diseaseDublin, August 25 : Two ancient skeletons with a rare genetic bone disease unearthed from a medieval Irish graveyard may hold key insights for medical experts in solving the mysterious ailment.

The two skeletons - one around 800-years-old and the other 1,100-years-old - dug up along with the remains of more than 1,000 men, women and children from the Ballyhanna graveyard site at Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, have attracted the attention of international medical researchers.


3,000 yr old butter discovered in Ireland

3,000 yr old butter discovered in IrelandDublin, August 20 : Two workers have discovered an oak barrel, full of butter, estimated to be roughly 3,000 years old, in Gilltown bog, between Timahoe and Staplestown, in Ireland.

According to a report in Leinster Leader, the amazing discovery of the barrel, which is being described by archaeology experts in the National Museum as a “really fine example” was found by two Bord na Mona workers.

The pair, John Fitzharris and Martin Lane, were harrowing the bog one day in late May when they noticed a distinctive white streak in the peat.


Ireland to accept two freed Guantanamo inmates

Ireland to accept two freed Guantanamo inmatesDublin  - Ireland is to take in two detainees from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, officials in Dublin said Wednesday.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern confirmed the decision in a meeting with US Ambassador Dan Rooney, according to media reports.

The two detainees are due for release alongside other Guantanamo inmates deemed to no longer pose a threat to security but unable to return to their countries of origin.


Dublin protestors throw U2 world tour plans into disarray

Dublin protestors throw U2 world tour plans into disarray Dublin - The world tour plans of Irish rock band U2 were thrown into disarray Tuesday by picketing residents in Dublin who blocked the trucks carrying their touring equipment.

Dozens of trucks that had been stationed at the city's Croke Park stadium where U2 performed the before a 240,000-strong audience the previous three nights were blocked by the picketers early Tuesday.

The residents were protesting the decision by city authorities to allow the stadium owners and concert promoters permission to dismantle the band's custom-built stage overnight Monday.


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