News round-up: top stories Thursday midday
AIB seeks 2,500 job cuts; more women become company directors; drive starts to bring SMEs to Ireland; fuel costs hit Irish Continental: these are today's top stories
* **AIB** to cut 2,500 jobs in drive to reduce costs; its shares rise(http://www.businesspost.ie/#!story/Home/News/AIB+shares+jump+after+job+cut+news/id/19410615-5218-4f58-8ae8-1e2d14139830) on the news.
* **Irish women directors** now number 100,000 up 20 per cent in last five years, finds report.
* **Government** launches drive to bring small to medium sized firms to Ireland.
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