Martin and Violet Coyne are appearing before a judge today for contempt of court
for repeatedly failing to comply with orders to vacate their house in
As had been anticipated, the airline will make the bid ahead of Friday's
deadline and is expected to be among up to 15 bidders.
Flamboyant US billionaire Donald Trump paid €8.7m for the
luxurious Doonbeg golf resort in Co Clare, filings with the Companies Office
The Government has been warned against any early unilateral move
to recast Ireland’s corporate tax regime by tax advisers to major American
Talks between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation
(IMO) on a new pay and career structure deal for new hospital consultants have
Average room rates rose by €2.77 to €77.49 in Ireland in
2013, to 79 per cent of 2007 peak prices, says a survey.
Most people emigrating from Ireland are employed workers or fresh
graduates, creating concerns of a skills shortage as the economy begins to
Euro Topics: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko met in private for the first time since the start of the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday in Minsk, and discussed the options for a ceasefire. The fact that they met at all is a success, some commentators observe, and call for Ukraine to be given a perspective between East and West.
Meeting in Minsk comes too late: If a meeting like the one in Minsk had taken place a year ago the Ukraine crisis could have been avoided, the liberal Italian business paper Il Sole 24 Ore laments: "The association agreement with the EU that Petro Poroshenko has once again marked as a priority could cost Russia over 100 billion rubles - or two billion euros. That's why Vladimir Putin has been defending his right to erect trade barriers on European products. Because they threaten to flood the Russian market by way of Ukraine at a time when import duties are set to be lifted. At the start of the meeting with the Ukrainian president and the partners of the Eurasian Customs Union - Kazakhstan and Belarus - Putin was quick to address this key topic. It's the crux - and the cause - of the crisis that broke out months ago, and which has now led to a war. If the Russians, Europeans and Ukrainians had sat down at this table and attempted to reach a friendly understanding regarding their mutual expectations, the whole crisis might well have been avoided."
Hollande's new government disappointing: The Elysée Palace on Tuesday presented the new French government on which President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have agreed. But the head of state has yet again made the wrong choices for his cabinet, the left-liberal weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur criticises. "Without doubt he once again risks not pleasing anyone. Without doubt he disappointed his prime minister by denying cabinet posts to any of the latter's entourage. Without doubt he also disappointed the liberal socialists in his camp, who were hoping for more commitment to his most recent economic decisions. … One rightly wonders why (both in his own interest and from a strategic point of view) he didn't seize the chance to confirm his social-liberal shift by naming some ministers or undersecretaries who are clearly on the right of the Socialist Party, rather than limiting the casting to such an extent."
Stalling Austria urgently needs reforms: Michael Spindelegger, Austria's finance minister and vice-chancellor and chairman of the Austrian People's Party, announced his resignation from all his posts on Tuesday. The move is a pointed response to the lack of reforms, the liberal German business paper Handelsblatt comments: "The government that has only been in office for 11 months is so weak and insipid that Austria's neighbours pity it. Instead of coming up with new ideas and serious reforms, the alliance under bland [Chancellor] Faymann has done nothing but muddle through so far. ... Austria must summon up the energy for real reforms, otherwise the economically stalling Alpine nation will see its competitiveness diminish even further. It already squeezes higher taxes and contributions out of its citizens than Sweden. Companies and banks are encumbered with special taxes. ... Even if the coalition members in Vienna are crippled by fear of the rise of the right-wing populists, failing to introduce comprehensive reforms will hurt the country. This is Spindelegger's unspoken message."
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