Jeremy Masding: still numerous legacy issues to be tidied up. One  is the funding drag caused by its €12.9 billion tracker mortgage book in Ireland. 2:32

In keeping with the other Irish banks, Permanent TSB’s half-year results yesterday showed improving trends on a number of fronts. Income was up, payro(...)

It can cost an Irish consumer more than €1 to write a cheque - but still some 26 million will be written this year. Photographer: Bryn Colton/Bloomberg News

Irish people will write more than 60 million cheques this year despite plans to consign them to the history books. While usage of the old-fashioned pa(...)

Figures supplied by the Revenue Commissioners  show the domicile levy is not having the desired effect. The number of wealthy tax exiles who have paid the levy is small – in the three years for which figures are available, an average of nine people paid each year.

The majority of people who have paid the Government’s high-profile levy to make wealthy tax exiles contribute their fair share are Irish residents, l(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said: “Ireland is now rated at A grade by two of the three main rating agencies, our international reputation continues to improve and the NTMA continues to do an excellent job in securing stable and low cost funding for the State.”

Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded its view on Irish sovereign debt to A-, citing improved trends in the economy and reduced “vulnerabilities” in the (...)

The recent data will undoubtedly give Minister for Finance Michael Noonan more room to manoeuvre in October’s budget than he might ever have expected. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As the markets waited yesterday for the latest pronouncement from ratings agency Fitch on its view of Irish sovereign debt, the yield on those borrowi(...)

The High Court will a seek preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice on a challenge by Permanent TSB shareholders to the constitutionality(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has suggested that the Government will begin talks with trade unions next year on restoring pay and pensions for public sector workers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The State’s largest public service trade union Impact has welcomed comments from Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin indiciating that the G(...)

The European Central Bank  in Frankfurt Main, Germany – weak and disappointing European growth has become one of life’s constants: one that leaves the euro area extremely vulnerable to shocks, even small ones. EPA/Boris Roessler

Hints of economic recovery are turning into solid evidence. For a while now, various short-term indicators have been suggestive of something of a pick(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey: worried about food coming onto the market. Photograph: David Sleator

Farm groups and the food and drink industry have expressed concern about the Russian ban on food imports from Europe and said they were worried it co(...)

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: has pledged to help hard-pressed middle-income earners in October’s budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Republic’s economy will expand by 3.4 per cent this year on the back of a strong export performance and a resurgence in domestic demand, making it(...)