Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton:  The shift in emphasis from the sunny pronouncements of July and August has been striking as the autumn political season belatedly got underway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Remember Prudence? The darling of Gordon Brown is back in vogue as the Budget nears despite news that there is apparently no longer any need for a new(...)

As president of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011, Jean-Claude Trichet played a central role in the Irish bailout. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank will discuss the question of Jean-Claude Trichet’s appearance before the Irish banking inquiry i(...)

Will he or won’t he? Michael Noonan faces calls to introduce a prudent budget. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Government politicians appear to be in conflict with a growing number of organisations with economic expertise over the shape of the upcoming budge(...)

In recent months, Eircom also ran a parallel process to seek a buyer, but was rebuffed by several private equity houses as the company has yet to return to growth. Earnings have stabilised but its revenues are still falling.

Eircom, which had been mulling a flotation of the business, has announced it will not now be proceeding with a return to the stock markets after it(...)

The Central Bank is stepping up its oversight of the sector as part of a wider international focus on so-called shadow banks

Investment funds based in Ireland will no longer have to hire Irish residents as directors under a central bank plan to improve oversight of one of t(...)

The Central Bank’s new regulatory regime – the first to be developed in the EU – allows for specialist loan funds to be created provided they operate under a strict code

The Central Bank has established a new regulatory framework to allow for the establishment of specialist loan funds.Up until now, the legislation has (...)

Maura Quinn, chief executive of Institute of Directors, said “lessons continue to be learnt in the wake of governance failings”.

Company directors patting themselves on the back is always slightly disconcerting. When the subject of their congratulation is corporate governance, i(...)

David Begg, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg is to retire. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg is to retire.Mr Begg told the executive council of Congress today that he would(...)

The Central Bank: “In some firms, financial reporting to the board and senior management did not include details of regulatory returns.”  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

On Friday the Central Bank issued a note to the effect that the regulatory returns submitted to it by many authorised investment firms, fund service p(...)

European Central Bank vice-president Vitor Constancio: “If we would have to broaden the programme to include the so-called mezzanine tranches, where there is more risk, for that we would indeed some kind of guarantee.” Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

The prospect that Irish banks could offload some of their problematic mortgage debts as part of the European Central Bank’s asset-backed security-purc(...)