Shelbourne Hotel general manager  Stephen Hanley addresses a staff training workshop. The Irish Hotels Federation is urging the Government to maintain the special 9 per cent tourist industry VAT rate introduced in 2011 to aid recovery in the sector by allowing it to cut costs and compete with the rest of Europe.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Hotel room rates in Dublin will return to their 2007 peak of €109 a day next year on the back of growing demand and a lack of new supply, a report pu(...)

Tánaiste Joan Bruton speaking  at the Labour Party conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

If Labour has decided now is the time to fight back against its critics, then perhaps a message from the grassroots has filtered to the top. The confe(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan would get a budget boost from the programme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

A massive programme of government bond purchases by euro zone central banks will get under way next month, with the Central Bank of Ireland set to b(...)

Minister for the Environment and deputy leader Alan Kelly says Labour will run as an independent party at the next general election, with its own policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times 3:01

Labour is very different from Fine Gael, Minister for the Environment and deputy leader Alan Kelly has said. “I would not like to have seen a g(...)

Permanent TSB’s capital-raising plan has yet to be finalised by the board and presented to the Minister for Finance for approval. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ciarán Hancock, Finance CorrespondentPermanent TSB is considering raising about €500 million from external investors with a view to then repaying the (...)

Nick Ashmore, CEO of Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

This time it will be different. If ever there was a phrase synonymous with financial folly and pre-crash delusion, this is it. It was resurrected l(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: ‘We did it in a very different way from the Greeks . . . But we got spectacular success.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As the pre-election demands from Syriza ran into European realpolitik in recent weeks, those in the Coalition have exuded a degree of satisfaction.(...)

Tipperary TD Michael Lowry: “If I’m re-elected I’d be happy to look at it. In principle I’ve no difficulty supporting a government that produces economic policies that are good for the country.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has begun reaching out to some Independent TDs ahead of the general election as senior figures calculate the administration can return(...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis:  “The question is if we have compromised our basic principle. And the answer is a big, fat no.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Last week, in between a hectic schedule of meetings with his euro zone counterparts in Brussels and colleagues and officials on his home turf, Greece’(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)