Top stories at Midday

* Shares rally as debt fears recede * Small Firms Association seeks more state support * German consumer confidence holding steady * Ireland's reputation slides

27th September, 2011
Top stories at Midday
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* Shares rallied for a third day across Europe as markets remained more confident about a resolution of the debt crisis in the euro zone.

Greece said it was confident it would receive the next tranche of a loan from the EMF, EU and ECB, and thus avoid bankruptcy.

* The Small Firms Association called on the government to provide more support to shore up the small enterprise sector.

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