Protesters from the Communist-affiliated trade union PAME at an anti-austerity demonstration  in Athens on Wednesday.  The parliamentary spokesman for the  Syriza party urged it  to unite behind a new funding agreement, saying the country wanted a full bailout immediately rather than a bridge loan. The placard reads,  “No to layoffs. Steady and permanent jobs for everybody”. Photograph:  REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

The dust has barely settled on the rancorous “agreement” reached some three weeks ago between the Greek government and its European creditors and the (...)

Marco Buti, director general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission, speaks before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday.

Ireland ignored advice from the European Commission to take measures to prevent the economy overheating prior to the banking collapse, according to th(...)

 Prof  John McHale, Chairman of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is at risk of repeating the budgetary errors of the past, the chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned. “Politics may again b(...)

Dublin Port. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIME

BARRY O’HALLORAN Ireland’s recent growth rates might have been artificially inflated by a sudden increase in contract manufacturing that may not be d(...)

This weekend marks the formal end of Ireland’s emergency bailout by the IMF and EU, a milestone rightly marked by much introspective analysis, includi(...)

Enda Kenny: it could be unwise to make any ’mission accomplished’ statement. Photograph: PA

Three years ago the politics of Ireland’s entry into the EU-IMF bailout was disastrously handled. The fact that the government led by Brian Cowen was (...)

The late Brian Lenihan, the then Minister for Finance, telling reporters on September 30th 2008 that the Government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Most histories are ultimately about war. Even if they are not, historians will normally stage a fight about what really happened. There is little abou(...)

Anglo Irish Bank: default was imminent and it was felt that other banks would also soon be in deep trouble.

Five years on from the bank guarantee decision of September 29th, 2008, debate continues to rage as to the role it played in Ireland’s financial and e(...)

It may prove difficult to loosen the existing legal constraints on the publication of certain Central Bank records. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The pending return of the Dáil will refocus public attention on the planned Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crisis which is expected to begin work(...)

 Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: concerned that  sensitive information 
– including the actual amount of the agreed budget announcement –
is being passed onto an unelected body while the Oireachtas
, and its Finance Committee,
 is kept in the dark
 about all details of the Budget until it is announced
. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance’s decision to provide sensitive economic forecasts to the Fiscal Advisory Council weeks in advance of the October Budget (...)