Opening Bell: EU leaders warn of tough Brexit talks, Apple's Irish concerns, Microsoft hits a new high

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in Brussels for the second part of the EU summit of 28 leaders.

It was UK Prime Minister Theresa May's first time to attend where she updated her counterparts on Britain's plans.

"As far as the practical terms are concerned, it is going to be rough going ... It will not be that easy. But what she said today is okay. It is a good foundation," German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned ahead of the meeting.

"I say very firmly if Mrs May wants a hard Brexit she will get a hard negotiation," French president François Hollande added.


Apple executives are concerned about the future of their plans to build a major data center in Co. Galway.

The Irish Times reports that the tech giant is worried that the project could face legal issues or an 18 month delay if the High Court grants a full review of An Bord Pleanála's decision to give the project the green light.

Residents have raised concerns about the environmental impact of the €850m project and argue that it is "not of strategic importance and is not supported by regional policy."


Microsoft shares have hit a record high after it delivered stronger than expected quarterly results.

It returned a €4.3bn profit in the three months to the end of September.

This was a result of a boost in demand for its cloud services as the company moves away from the declining PC business.


In the UK - most older people have apparently felt discriminated against by a prospective employer - due to their age.

A survey suggests two thirds of 55 to 64-year-olds are concerned about the issue.

The research of almost 700 people in that age group also found few believed experience was an advantage when applying for a job.