Mary McAleese

Irish president to "surrender" 10 per cent of salary amid crisis

Irish president to "surrender" 10 per cent of salary amid crisis Dublin - Irish President Mary McAleese issued a statement Wednesday to say she had told the government "of her intention to surrender 10 per cent of her salary in light of the current national budgetary situation."

Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan announced Tuesday 2 billion euros (2.7 billion dollars) of savings in what he said was "a call to patriotic action," including a 10-per-cent pay cut for government ministers and top civil servants.

Irish President McAleese to sign bank bail-out bill into law

Mary McAleeseDublin - Irish President Mary McAleese eas due to sign into law Thursday afternoon a bill that would guarantee all deposits and borrowings for the six Irish-owned banks for the next two years, national broadcaster RTE reported.

Under the plans, the six banks - Allied Irish Bank, the Bank of Ireland, the Anglo Irish Bank, Irish Life & Permanent, the Irish Nationwide Building Society and the Educational Building Society - are to be provided a 400-billion-euro (560-billion-dollar) guarantee.

Protesters hurl insults at Irish president during northern visit

Mary McAleeseLondon - Irish President Mary McAleese was jeered and barracked by Protestant