Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said voters would face a clear choice in the general election between a coalition led by his party or by Sinn Féin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coalition parties target Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil ahead of next election

French minister for finance Michael Sapi and  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan after their meeting at the Department of Finance in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Government adopting offensive posture as it seeks to regain initiative

French minister for finance Michael Sapi with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan,  after their meeting in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall  Ireland

French minister for finance in Dublin for talks over fiscal guidelines

 Prof John McHale, chairman, and Thomas Conefrey, chief economist of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Warnings from various quarters indicate new fiscal plan is not quite risk-free

Under EU law states can apply lower excise on fuel used by fishing vessel. Photograph: Stefan Sauer/EPA

Commission taking Ireland to Europe’s highest court for not properly applying tax

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament to present a plan on growth. Photograph: Reuters

Concern that programme would not go far enough to boost euro zone

Mario Draghi: he  said, at the European Banking Congress, that the ECB must drive inflation higher quickly, and will broaden its asset-purchase program if needed to achieve that. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Global markets hover at elevated levels as rumours of quantitative easing mount

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

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