Denis O’Brien: old hand at the debt game. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

As Ireland struggled to recover from the crash, bond guru Michael Hasenstab of Franklin Templeton snapped up billions of euro worth of the State’s bon(...)

Pensioners argue with security guards at the entrance to a National Bank of Greece  bank branch as they attempt to get access inside to collect their pensions in Athens, Greece. Photo: Simon Bloomberg

July 1: Governing Council of the ECB non-monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt to discuss liquidity situation of Greek banks; About 1,000 designated Gr(...)

Michael Noonan has emerged as the best – if not only – friend of Greece’s minister for finance, Yanis Varoufakis, at the negotiating table. Photograph: Reuters

As Greece and its euro-zone partners inch towards a deal this week, Moody’s issued a report yesterday looking at what a Greek exit might mean for the (...)

Banks in  periphery countries like Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain remain vulnerable in the event of a Greek exit from the EU, ratings agency Moody’s said on Monday. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times)

Peripheral European countries, including Ireland, are vulnerable in the event that Greece fails to reach a deal with its European partners and exits (...)

  Four months have passed since Alexis Tsipras’s hard-left Syriza movement swept to power with ardent promises of a new beginning for Greece, an end to austerity and the “humiliation” of troika oversight, and a write-down of the vast national debt. Well, it never happened. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The long and increasingly dangerous standoff between Greece and its creditors is coming to a head. With its economy at a halt after years of turmoil a(...)

Permanent TSB: its rating has been raised in the wake of the bank’s securing €525 million in capital. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Standard & Poor’s has followed Moody’s by raising its rating on Permanent TSB in the wake of the bank’s securing €525 million in capital. The rati(...)

The agency upgraded PTSB’s deposit rating to B1 from B3 and its senior unsecured rating from Caa1 to B2

Moody’s has upgraded the Permanent TSB’s deposit and senior unsecured ratings two weeks after the bank raised €525 million from capital markets.The ra(...)

Ardagh was vying with a number of private equity giants to buy St Gobain’s European glass-making unit, Verallia

Irish-owned packaging group Ardagh’s decision to pull out of the race for St Gobain’s bottle and jar manufacturing division is good for its creditwort(...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arriving for a cabinet meeting at the Greek parliament in Athens on Thursday. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Negotiations between Greece and its lenders recommenced in Brussels yesterday under a new Greek negotiation team, with signs an interim deal could (...)

Greek finance minister Yianis Varoufakis  is ready for an ‘honest solution’ to Greece’s economic ills Photograph: AFP/Getty

Greece’s leftist government offered its biggest concessions so far in a race to remove roadblocks in crunch talks with lenders on a cash-for-reforms p(...)