Philip Lane: hinted at provision of emergency liquidity for banks. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Another week has trundled by and still the corridors of Government buildings remain eerily quiet – but some cracks in the ice of the current impasse s(...)

 Japanese stocks tumbled and the yen surged  after the central bank dashed investors’ hopes for more stimulus, leading to declines in most other world benchmarks after the Fed left interest rates unchanged. Photograph: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

The yen surged on Thursday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets by declining to boost its stimulus, battering Japanese stocks and briefly weighi(...)

Statoil jumped 6.1 per cent after Norway’s biggest oil company unexpectedly posted a profit

Energy companies pushed European equities up for a second day running, amid better-than-estimated earnings reports and news of oil reaching $45 a barr(...)

Hobbit holes in Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand. People in Kerry are being forced to live like “hobbits” according to Maura Healy-Rae. Photograph: Jackie.Icl/Flickr/Creative Commons

People in Kerry are being forced to live like “hobbits” and to build in “hollows” because the local authority has banned one-off houses on elevated si(...)

  Michael Carey, managing director of East Coast Bakehouse: if Britain leaves the EU the Irish food industry “would, however, be energised by such a new challenge and would find ways to respond that would enhance rather than restrict its future growth potential”. Photograph: Eric Luke

When it comes to the idea of a British exit from the European Union (Brexit), there seems to be widespread fear among food industry leaders here. A re(...)

  Stan McCarthy, Chief Executive, Kerry Group

Food group Kerry saw revenues grow to a record €6.1 billion last year with favourable currency shifts and lower raw material costs offsetting a decli(...)

 Andrew Keating, chief finance officer, and Richie Boucher, chief executive of Bank of Ireland: the bank stocks rose over 5 per cent to €0.26 after it reported an underlying pre-tax profit of €1.2 billion for 2015, an increase of 30 per cent on the previous year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Global stocks rallied on Monday, boosted by a rise in oil and commodity prices, while the euro and the pound fell sharply against the dollar on fears (...)

Stock indices worldwide tumbled on Thursday on fears over the health of the global economy, with banking shares slumping on both sides of the Atlantic(...)

A row has erupted about the commemoration, led by former mayor of Kerry Cllr Toiréasa Ferris, daughter of Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris, who was jailed for his role in the smuggling. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has warned it will push to erect a monument to the IRA’s foiled Marita Ann gun-smuggling operation if Kerry County Council backs a commemora(...)

The Dún Laoghaire baths are among the projects that will benefit from a new EU fund for Irish urban regeneration projects. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Some 19 towns and cities, previously designated as “gateways” and “hubs” under the National Spatial Strategy, are to benefit from a €40 million EU fun(...)