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  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc Chief Executive Omar Ishrak defended his company's plan to acquire Dublin- based Covidien Plc in a so-called inversion deal, saying the medical device maker will be able to create more U.S. jobs while still paying substantial taxes once the transaction closes.

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Europe's banks have done the heavy-lifting in the toughest ever test of their financial strength, but an intensive quality assurance process and decisions still to be taken by supervisors means they can't work out how they've fared.

  • Dubai creates new fund class to lure asset managers Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    *Aims to compete with Luxembourg, Dublin and Cayman Islands. DUBAI, Aug 19- Dubai is changing its financial rules in an effort to attract more asset managers- particularly those serving the richest and most risk-tolerant investors, such as hedge funds and private equity funds- to base themselves in the emirate.

  • Irish bonds yields hit record low after upgrade Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    DUBLIN— Yields on Ireland's government bonds have fallen to record lows following a ratings upgrade, a stunning turnaround for a country that faced bankruptcy in 2010.. The agency now places an A- grade on Ireland's bonds, just like Standard& Poor's, which upgraded Ireland in June.

  • *Copper prices to fall to $6,600 in months ahead- Goldman. LONDON, Aug 14- Copper fell to its lowest level since late June on Thursday on concerns about demand for the industrial metal after data showing Europe's biggest economy shrank in the second quarter and the Chinese property sector cooled.

  • European farmers feel Russian sanctions bite Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 8- European dairy firms halted production of cheese and butter destined for Russia and Norwegian salmon prices fell, as a wide array of small fresh food producers felt the first impact from Moscow's tit for tat ban on their goods.

  • Aug 5- Generic drug maker Actavis Plc's full-year profit forecast missed analysts' estimates, sending its shares down about 3 percent in premarket trading. Actavis said it expects profit of $13.02- $13.32 per share for the year ending x, below Wall Street estimates of $13.73 per share. Excluding items, Actavis earned $3.42 per share in the second quarter.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails and other account information stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a judge ruled on Thursday, in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies.

  • July 31- Specialty healthcare company Endo International Plc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a 60 percent surge in U.S. generic sales, and raised its full-year forecast for the second time this year.

  • DUBLIN, July 30- Ireland is in the firing line from Washington again for luring U.S. companies to its shores for tax benefits, but despite contrite noises coming from Dublin, it has too much to lose to discourage U.S. firms bent on shifting their tax domiciles.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Awas, the aircraft leasing company owned by British private equity firm Terra Firma, is working on a break-up that could value the Dublin- based lessor at roughly $13 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Pfizer Inc's vulnerability to cheaper generics and its weak roster of experimental medicines will be on display Tuesday when the company reports quarterly earnings, reviving interest in its pursuit of AstraZeneca Plc or other deals to fortify its pipeline.

  • July 25- AbbVie Inc, which last week announced plans to buy Dublin- based drugmaker Shire Plc for $55 billion, reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on surging sales of its Humira treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Excluding special items, AbbVie earned 82 cents per share.

  • *Rioforte owes Banco Espirito Santo 220 million euros. The announcement from Rioforte came less than an hour after Banco Espirito Santo, which the family founded, said that two heavyweight U.S. investors had taken a combined stake of almost 5 percent in BES.

  • *Rioforte owes Banco Espirito Santo 220 million euros. The announcement from Rioforte came less than an hour after Banco Espirito Santo, which the family founded, said that two heavyweight U.S. investors had taken a combined stake of almost 5 percent in BES.

  • *Credit Suisse CEO says "potential abuses" in the system. *CEO Dougan says Credit Suisse is working with regulators. ZURICH, July 22- Credit Suisse, one of the biggest players in "dark pools", is working with regulators to stamp out potential abuses in the alternative trading venue, the boss of the Swiss bank said on Tuesday.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • *NAMA tasked with developing " Canary Wharf of Dublin". DUBLIN, July 16- Ireland said on Wednesday its state-run "bad bank" would repay at least 80 percent of its senior debt two years earlier than forecast in 2016 and unveiled plans for a new business district to rival London's Canary Wharf.