Irish shares opened lower today after a key Republican vote on a budget plan that might have averted the US "fiscal cliff" was cancelled.
The ISEQ index was down 8.38 points at 3,388 points at 8.45 am.
The FTSE index fell 0.5 per cent, the Dax was down 0.4 per cent and the CAC dropped 0.3 per cent.
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