Two-thirds of the way through the financial year the performance of the Irish economy has surpassed expectations – both of the Government and of econo(...)

 Bank of England governor Mark Carney who has claimed China’s economic problems are “unlikely” to derail plans to raise interest rates in the UK. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

It’s less than a week after Mark Carney said early 2016 remains a possibility for raising interest rates, and yet the pound is suffering its longest s(...)

Brian Hayes: had suggested to Marco Buti that the ECB could use its asset-backed securities programme as a vehicle to take tracker loans from the Irish banks onto its books

Squeezing mortgage interest rates through “political pressure” could undermine the progress made by Ireland towards “healing the domestic financial sy(...)

Annual inflation in the euro zone was the same in August as in July, defying economists’ expectations of a slowdown. Photo: Bloomberg

Annual inflation in the euro zone was the same in August as in July, defying economists’ expectations of a slowdown, as rising prices of unprocessed f(...)

A customer enters a Piraeus Bank SA bank branch while another uses an automated teller machine (ATM) as banks reopen in Athens, Greece, on Monday, July 20th, 2015. However economists are still warning that there’s still a danger that Greece will be forced out of the euro region by the end of 2016. (Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

Don’t pack away the currency presses just yet, Greece’s euro exit may be back on the table next year. There’s still a danger that Greece will be force(...)

Minister of Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

The Minister for Finance’s distinct lack of enthusiasm for sending Nama officials north to answer questions about Project Eagle is in marked contrast (...)

Alexis Tsipras speaks to media in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg.

Suppose you consider Tsipras an incompetent twerp. Suppose you dearly want to see Syriza out of power. Suppose, even, that you welcome the prospect of(...)

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at Sunday’s meeting  of finance ministers. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Over to you, Athens. That was the message after another working weekend in Brussels with a heated meeting of euro zone finance ministers and the seco(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said to have attempted to keep discussions going at fraught times during Saturday evening’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers. File Photograph: EPA

The Irish Government is not aligned with a camp of countries which are open to the option of a Greek exit from the Euro nor a cluster of states advoca(...)

Minister for Finance Michael  Noonan struck a hopeful note that agreement in Europe over  Greece can be reached and said he was entering Saturday’s meeting in Brussels “on the basis that it will be possible to put a sustainable medium term programme in place”. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The Greek government should move swiftly to implement the austerity measures contained in its bailout plan to prove it is serious and increase trust w(...)