Craig Beaumont of the IMF: “While the US and UK economies are doing well, euro area growth remains weak”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Budget 2015 ‘makes less progress than desirable’ according to European officials

European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. The EU Commission and European Central Bank have told the Government that “important challenges” remain to be overcome even as the economic recovery broadens

Government advised to have ‘additional’ fiscal measures ready in case of future risks

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy: invoked the language of fear. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Opinion: State has faced three crises since crash but this is not one of them

A source close to the European Commission said the move to suspend metered charges in favour of a flat rate had come as a surprise. Photograph: Getty

Decision to suspend metered charges was surprise to European Commission

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan welcomed Sweden’s support

Auction completed as Swedish cabinet approved IMF debt deal

Sigurjon Arnason: the banker orchestrated the 2005 buyout of stockbroker Merrion Capital. Photograph: Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images

Former Landsbanki chief Sigurjon Arnason receives a one-year sentence but nine months suspended

The then Taoiseach Brian Cowen, TD and the late Brian Lenihan TD, then Minister for Finance, outlining the bailout plan in 2010. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Next steps in repayment process could come next week

The Swedish government has backed the arrangement and so too has the finance committee of the Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament.

Country gave €600m in bilateral loans to Ireland

It is understood Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald is keen for the review to assess whether any lessons can be drawn from similar measures in Australia and Britain. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Legislation will break ban on solicitors and barristers working in same practice

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