Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said: “Ireland is now rated at A grade by two of the three main rating agencies, our international reputation continues to improve and the NTMA continues to do an excellent job in securing stable and low cost funding for the State.”

Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded its view on Irish sovereign debt to A-, citing improved trends in the economy and reduced “vulnerabilities” in the (...)

Rating agency Fitch has restored an A- ratings agency to Irish sovereign debt, citing an improved trend in the economy.

Rating agency Fitch has restored an A- ratings agency to Irish sovereign debt, citing an improved trend in the economy.In a significant pre-Budget boo(...)

Brian Hayes MEP:  agitated about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at  the governing council of the ECB. Photograph: Alan Betson

Newly-minted MEP Brian Hayes became agitated at the weekend about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at the euro zone’s top interest-rate-(...)

Market boost from Aer Lingus came on the back of an upgrade from Goldman Sachs, with shares in the airline finishing 8 cent stronger at €1.35. Photograph: Frank Miller

Very tentative optimism that tensions between Russia and Ukraine could be easing lifted markets yesterday, with trade already buoyed by a positive (...)

Junior minister Seán Sherlock, Minister for  Enterprise and Jobs Richard Bruton, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, and Terence O’Rourke,  Enterprise Ireland’s chairman, and junior minister John Perry at the launch of the Enterprise Ireland annual report yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enterprise Ireland approved supports of €27.2 million for firms with which members of its board were connected last year, the agency’s annual report s(...)

Dublin was by far the busiest port in the Republic last year, handling 6,651 ship arrivals and gross tonnage of 142.4 million. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

The volume of goods handled by Irish ports declined by almost 2 per cent last year as a slight increase in imports struggled to offset a drop of al(...)

Aer Lingus shares closed 1.5 cent stronger at €1.39, while Ryanair shares added 11 cent to finish at €6.99. Photograph: Alan Betson

The mood was fairly lacklustre across stock markets today, dampened by talk from a senior Federal Reserve figure that US interest rates could incre(...)

  The period where IPO investors are prepared to buy into “blind pool” real estate investment trusts (reits), or trusts that have yet to r(...)

On a monthly basis, private rents were 0.4 per cent higher in May, while average general inflation was flat. Local authority rents were up 4.1 per cent annually in May and unchanged month on month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The cost of renting a home rose more than 20 times faster than the average level of inflation over the last year, according to new figures from the(...)

 On an overall basis, the total number of mortgages accounts in arrears fell by 3,099 to 107,967 in April. Photograph: Frank Miller /
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Some 3,633 mortgages were restructured by the six main banks during April, bringing the total number of permanently restructured loans to 65,698, or 9(...)