New side of Leo Varadkar: the Fine Gael TD told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ last weekend that he’s gay. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
Who is Leo Varadkar?

Last Sunday, on the morning of his 36th birthday, Leo Varadkar posed on the steps of the RTÉ Radio Centre, a bottle of water in hand, deep, tired c(...)

PTSB’s cuts of up to 0.42 per cent in variable rates will be applied  to new customers and those on existing “managed” variable rates but not to those on the standard variable rate. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new year was less than a week old when Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB lowered some of their mortgage interest rates. In PTSB’s case, cut(...)

Patrick Honohan, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland: The average rate being charged by Irish banks is 4.51 per cent rather than the 3.47 per cent that has been stated previously in official figures. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The appearance last week of Central Bank of Ireland governor Patrick Honohan before the Oireachtas finance committee was both revealing and somewhat d(...)

European Commission President, Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker (C) talks to Members of the European Parliament as he arrives to address the European Parliament.

in Strasbourg More than 1,000 potential projects have been identified by the European Commission for inclusion in its €315 billion investment programm(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi said today that when the controversial ’Trichet’ letters were sent, the ECB was providing liquidity to the Irish banking system equivalent to 85 per cent of Irish GDP.  Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has said the ECB will not formally participate in the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, as he defended th(...)

Industry players are looking for an easing of the criteria on loan to value ratios Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Loan to value (LTV) ratios are the talk of the town at the minute thanks to the Central Bank’s decision to publish new rules for lenders around home l(...)

Brian Hayes, MEP and member of the Enonomic and Monetary Affairs Committee, speaking at the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland National Conference, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish MEP and former Government minister Brian Hayes said today the Central Bank’s plan to require borrowers to have a 20 per cent deposit to get a ho(...)

Election winner Paul Murphy, now joining Joe Higgins and Ruth Coppinger on the bench behind Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy’s middle-class background and education might seem an unlikely background to being the newly elected TD for Dublin South West, with a soc(...)

Paul Murphy, Anti-Austerity Alliance,  prepares a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy has won a sensational victory in the Dublin South West byelection.He defeated the hot favourite, Sinn Fe(...)

The winners: Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy celebrates taking the Dublin South West byelection (left) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) savours his victory in the Roscommon South-Leitrim byelection. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times and Brian Farrell.

Paul Murphy of the Anti-Austerity Alliance and Indpendent candidate Michael Fitzmaurice have recorded surprise wins in the Dublin South West and Rosco(...)