Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform sharing a joke with Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance yesterday at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Contact with Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and between Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and his counterparts in the Ger(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “The option of not having a programme is still a strong option.”

Ireland may choose to exit its bailout programme without the support of a precautionary credit line, the Minister for Finance said yesterday following(...)

Michael Noonan: also scheduled to meet US treasury secretary Jack Lew. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will argue his case today with International Monetary Fund (IMF) leaders for minimum policy conditions in any post(...)

Fresh divisions have surfaced this week in Dublin as inspectors from the International Monetary Fund, the EU Commission and the European Central Bank carry out their second-last review of Ireland’s bailout programme

The Government and the troika have clashed over the looming 2014 budget as the Coalition pushes to ease off next year on spending cutbacks and tax hik(...)

The Tánaiste made the remarks on the second day of his visit to Washington.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that the stoicism of the Irish public in the face of economic hardship should not be mistaken for any lack of anger or dis(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD: to meet members of the US congress to lobby for their support for new immigration legislation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore lands in Washington DC today to meet members of the US congress to lobby for their support for(...)

The International Monetary Fund has said Ireland was on track with the conditions of its bailout programme. Photo Bloomberg

The International Monetary Fund has said Ireland is on track with the conditions of its bailout programme.The IMF, one of a trio of lenders overseeing(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at a press conference  at Government Buildings earlier this month. The  fund has approved the disbursement of ¤970 million in the latest tranche of financial support on the successful conclusion of its ninth review of the Government’s performance in delivering on its commitments under the bailout programme.   Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Ireland must accelerate resolution of its mortgage debt problem and deliver on the commitments in Budget 2013, most particularly on health spen(...)