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PRESS DIGEST - Ireland - Dec 17

Source: Reuters - Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:30 AM
Author: Reuters
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These are some of the leading stories in Ireland's newspapers on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and cannot vouch for their accuracy:

THE IRISH TIMES

- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has raised concerns about the health of Irish banks, urging "decisive" action on issues revealed by a recent balance-sheet assessments before European stress tests next year.

- Dublin City Council will be left with hundreds of millions in liabilities and will lose some 2 billion euros in assets following the transfer of its services to Irish Water next month, city manager Owen Keegan has told councillors.

- Shareholders in Independent News & Media have approved the group's 43 million euro capital raising at a meeting of shareholders in Dublin, in a move described by INM chief executive Vincent Crowley as "a key step" to ensuring the group's future.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

- The creation of a new Patient Safety Agency, being described as a patient champion, will be offered as the sweetener to the 666 million euro cuts in the HSE Service Plan.

- Many of Ireland's unemployed workers are "ill-equipped" to work in the sectors most likely to experience employment growth as the economy recovers, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has warned.

- There has been a sharp fall in the number of loans being taken out by members of credit unions.

IRISH EXAMINER

- In his televised address, the opposition Fianna Fail leader said the impact of the crisis is still being felt across the country with high unemployment, falling incomes, and reduced public services.

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