Irish finance minister Paschal Donohoe elected as president of Eurogroup

DUBLIN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has been elected as President of Eurogroup, according to a government statement issued here on Thursday.

Donohoe was elected by his fellow euro area finance ministers at a video conference of the Eurogroup held earlier in the day, said the statement, adding that the other two candidates for the office were Nadia Calvino, Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation of Spain, and Pierre Gramegna, Minister for Finances of Luxembourg, according to the statement.

Ireland's Donohoe expected to join race for Eurogroup chair: source

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is expected to put his name forward later on Thursday to join Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calvino in the race to head the Eurogroup of 19 euro zone finance ministers, a government source told Reuters.

Proposals for the influential post must be submitted by the end of Thursday, a day before members of Donohoe’s Fine Gael and two other Irish parties vote on a deal struck last week to elect a new government following an inconclusive February election.

Irish parties ink deal to bring Greens into new coalition government

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s two dominant centre-right parties have agreed to form a coalition for the first time in a deal that will also put the Green Party at the centre of policymaking and end a political stalemate triggered by an inconclusive February election.

The deal, which must be ratified by members of the three parties, is expected to make Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin prime minister in the first half of the government’s five-year term before Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar returns in 2022.

Ireland: Ryanair to cut 3,000 jobs as the coronavirus crisis drags on

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair plans to cut 3,000 jobs and talk to Boeing (BA.N) about delaying plane deliveries as it does not expect European air traffic to recover fully from the coronavirus crisis until 2022, the Irish airline said on Friday,

Two weeks ago, Europe’s biggest budget airline said it could make bumper profits in 2021 and had no plans to defer jet orders.

More PPE supplies from China expected to arrive soon in Ireland

DUBLIN, April 19 (Xinhua) -- The second batch of personal protective equipment (PPE) ordered from China is expected to arrive in Ireland soon, the Irish national radio and television broadcaster RTE reported on Sunday, quoting an official.

Paul Reid, head of the Health Service Executive (HSE), a state agency responsible for public health service in Ireland, was quoted as saying at an HSE weekly briefing that the delivery of the second batch of PPE ordered by the Irish government from China had commenced on Saturday.

Irish unlikely to see packed pubs, big gatherings soon: minister

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is highly unlikely to allow large gatherings this year and the “cocooning” of people over 70 years old in their homes may persist for quite a while, Health Minister Simon Harris said on Sunday.

“What’s not going to come back quickly are scenarios in which we can’t safely socially distance,” Harris told the Sunday Independent newspaper in an interview.

“I can’t see how people can be in packed pubs again as long as this virus is still with us and we don’t have a vaccine or an effective treatment.”

Ireland considering tougher airport checks against coronavirus

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland may have to bring in more stringent checks at its airports to ensure the coronavirus remains contained whenever the country eases stay-home restrictions, Health Minister Simon Harris said on Friday.

“I would not rule out the fact that we may need to be more stringent in relation to our airports, particularly as we move out of the very, very, very serious restrictions that are in place,” Harris told the Newstalk radio station in an interview.

Irish PM says coronavirus rent freeze unlikely to be extended

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland will not need to extend a temporary residential rent freeze beyond the coronavirus crisis, Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was quoted as saying on Sunday, amid calls from some parties for more permanent rent caps.

Even before the crisis, the issue of rent control was already a major focus of attempts to form a government after an inconclusive election in February. Varadkar’s Fine Gael party is in negotiations with its historic rival, Fianna Fail, to try to form a coalition.

Ireland’s PM returns to medical practice to help in coronavirus crisis

DUBLIN, April 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar has re-registered as a medical practitioner and will work one shift a week to help out during the coronavirus crisis, his office said.

Varadkar worked as a doctor for seven years before leaving the profession to become a politician and was removed from the medical register in 2013.

Avolon cancels order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX planes

New York, Apr 3 (AFP/PTI) Irish aircraft leasing company Avolon said Friday it was canceling an order for 75 737 MAX planes due to the massive deterioration in travel because of COVID-19.

The planes being canceled had been scheduled for delivery in the 2020-2023 timeframe. Avolon also pushed back delivery of 16 other 737 MAX planes to 2024 or later and also annulled a plan to buy four Airbus A330neo aircraft.

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