LONDON/ DUBLIN, Nov 17- After years of waiting on the sidelines, Britain's major pub chains have finally spotted an opening in Ireland, hoping tumbling property prices will give them a chance to expand into a neighbouring market they never managed to crack.
European shares extended gains to close higher on Thursday, following upbeat data from the U.S.
European shares ended mixed Tuesday amid "fiscal cliff" discussions in the U.S., but losses were limited as EU finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss details of a possible banking union.
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