The basic shape of the bailout was already in place by the time Patrick Honohan intervened on “Morning Ireland”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Late one night in Brussels as the Irish bailout deal was being done four years ago, Brian Lenihan was asked about the surrender of Ireland’s economic (...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: dismissed suggestions Berlin had come under pressure to shift its economic course as “spin doctoring”.

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble put on a brave face at the end of IMF meetings in Washington this weekend, dismissing suggestions Berlin ha(...)

Sign of the times: Ajai Chopra of the IMF on his way to the Central Bank of Ireland in November 2010. Photogrpah: Peter Morrison/AP

When the International Monetary Fund came to Dublin in 2010, it had an interloper in its ranks. Hanging back a little, Liaquat Ahamed blended in ea(...)

The global economy could be stuck in a weak growth rut for a long time as countries struggle to pull free from a past of high debt and unemployment, t(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble speaks during the budget debate in the Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph:Reuters

Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany would not take on new debt next year for the first time since 1969, underlining the robustness of th(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF): placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapie financial scandal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapi(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)

Christine Lagarde: “Potential growth is weaker [and] investment remains lacklustre.” Photograph: Reuters

The International Monetary Fund will present its latest World Economic Outlook this Thursday and a downward revision could be coming.IMF managing dire(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), said countries should boost growth by investing in infrastructure, education and health, provided their debt stays sustainable. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Global economic activity should strengthen in the second half of the year and accelerate in 2015, although momentum could be weaker than expected, IMF(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said ministers expressed  about the continuing high levels of unemployment and the need for growth. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s plan to seek savings of less than €2 billion in next year’s budget is likely to receive the tacit support of key EU partners, as a nu(...)