European Central Bank president Mario Draghi (left) and Finnish outgoing prime minister Jyrki Katainen at  a press conference at the euro-group finance ministers’ meeting in Milan yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

Irish taxpayers are likely to benefit in next month’s budget from predicted savings under the deal to repay International Monetary Fund (IMF) borrowi(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) arrives at Centro Congressi MIco in Milan. Photograph: .Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Ireland has won the backing of the euro group of euro zone finance ministers for its bid to repay the IMF portion of its bailout loans early. At a mee(...)

Mr Kenny said that if the EU and ECB approve and authorise Ireland’s request to rearrange IMF loans, the State could save €1.5 billion over the next five years

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said an application for recapitalisation for retroactive direct bank recapitalisation from the ESM fund is “still on the tabl(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker: said yesterday his new team “will put Europe back on the path to jobs and growth”. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

A smiling Jean-Claude Juncker greeted journalists in the press room of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building yesterday to unveil the team of c(...)

Phil Hogan: all set for his role as EU agriculture commissioner. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Jean-Claude Juncker had promised “some surprises” when he announced the allocation of commission portfolios yesterday. He did not disappoint. The appo(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission (EC), presents the list of the European Commissioners and their jobs. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Phil Hogan’s appointment as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development is a significant coup for Ireland. While it is true that mo(...)

Phil Hogan who was named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today. Photograph: Collins

Phil Hogan has been named as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, marking the second time Ireland has secured the post foll(...)

Ireland’s commissioner-designate Phil Hogan is widely expected to be named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ireland’s commissioner-designate Phil Hogan is widely expected to be named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today when Jean-Claude Juncker un(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly is expected to announce the terms of reference for the mother and baby home commission in the coming weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A delegation of Irish campaigners who are calling for a broader term of reference for the mother and baby home commission have said they may take the(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan meeting economic and monetary affairs commissioner Jyrki Katainen in Brussels yesterday.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will lobby finance ministers of the 27 other EU member states at meetings in Italy on Friday and Saturday in an(...)