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(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Our economy is growing; our public finances are under control. Jobs are being created.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has held the door open to a Fine Gael-Labour Coalition backed by Independents if the result of the next election i(...)

Speaking in London, Michael Noonan said the offer from IAG for Aer Lingus would “be looked on favourably” if it brings benefits, but he emphasised that an island nation’s air routes are strategically vital. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has insisted that the Government has not closed the door on selling its 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus, saying th(...)