News roundup: top stories at 5pm

* ECB says rates will have "downward bias" for some time. * Noonan predicts "difficult" Budget. * "Tax the well-off more": it's getting tired, says Jim Power. * Shares rally on ECB comments.

4th July, 2013
Thursday news roundup: Mario Draghi

The top stories on Thursday:

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**European Central Bank** leaves rates unchanged and says rates will remain low for the foreseeable future. Full text(http://www.businesspost.ie/#!story/Home/News/ECB+statement+on+rates%3A+full+text/id/19410615-5218-51d5-73ed-249fa6259332) of Mario Draghi's speech.

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