News round-up: Top stories at lunchtime

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12th December, 2011
News round-up: Top stories at lunchtime
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The main stories at lunchtime.

* Eircom shareholder ST Telemedia (STT) has submitted a balance sheet restructuring proposal to the independent directors of Eircom that will give the company an optimal chance of being competitive and viable, a statement from STT has said.

* Britain remains a “very important partner” for Germany even after it refused to join a European Union effort to save the euro, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief spokesman said.

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