Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)

Under the SBCI initiative,  banks can offer loans at discounted rates for periods of between two and 10 years

More than 1,600 Small and medium-sized businesses have availed of loans from the State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) in its f(...)

Protesters at an Anti-Water Charges Rally in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The latest twist in the Irish Water saga is a huge political embarrassment for the Coalition. To make matters worse there is nothing the parties in go(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he would be seeking a review of Eurostat’s decision at the earliest opportunity. File photograph: Dave Meehan

A heated row has broken out between the Central Statistics Office and Eurostat over the EU agency’s ruling on Irish Water. The CSO alleged there we(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: said PTSB the bank had ‘essentially adopted a steamroller approach’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Permanent TSB has been accused of “despicable behaviour” over its treatment of almost 1,400 mortgage customers whose accounts it mismanaged with th(...)

Socialist TD Joe Higgins: “This will only further emphasise the need to abolish water charges.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Minister for Finance has insisted the Eurostat decision will have no impact on budgetary decisions or the cost of water charges. Michael Noonan (...)

Dublin’s skyline in 2007. A new €500m fund hopes to bring the cranes back by lending to residential property developers.(Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times)

The State’s new sovereign investment fund is to join forces with a US private equity player to provide funding of up to €500 million to residential p(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: He said ruling by Eurostat that State funds spent on Irish Water must remain on the exchequer balance sheet would not impact on this year’s budget. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Eurostat has raised a number of concerns about Irish Water which include the Government’s considerable control of the utility company. In its assessm(...)

The enforcement investigation by the Central Bank identified “significant failures” by both PTSB and its subsidiary company Springboard Mortgages Limited connected to tracker mortgage options and rates. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

Permanent TSB (PTSB) could face a fine of as much as € 20 million following an enforcement investigation by the Central Bank into the bank’s mismanag(...)

Employers group Ibec said steps were needed to cut the higher marginal tax rate and the number of workers who pay it. It also called for an overhaul of childcare. Photograph: Getty Images

Business lobby Ibec has called on the Government to boost capital expenditure next year by €1 billion and ease the income tax burden on higher earners(...)