Michael Noonan: Expected to intervene on the contentious issue of EU budget rules during the discussion. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to press the European Commission to extend greater budget flexibility to all EU member states at a meeting in B(...)

Photograph from 2010 showing Olli Rehn with then minister for finance Brian Lenihan, who he described today as a ‘great colleague’  who ‘was a very committed to the cause of Ireland and trying to save the Irish economy’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former European commissioner Olli Rehn has said he would “consider seriously” appearing before the forthcoming banking inquiry if he is asked to do so(...)

Ireland’s commissioner-designate Phil Hogan is widely expected to be named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ireland’s commissioner-designate Phil Hogan is widely expected to be named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today when Jean-Claude Juncker un(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with EU economic and monetary affairs  commissioner Jyrki Katainen in the EU Commission’s headquarters in Brussels yesterday.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan began his week-long European odyssey to seek support for Ireland’s plan to refinance its International Monetary(...)

Arriving in Brussels last Saturday ahead of a summit to choose the next head of the European Council, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was unequivocal about the m(...)

Former European commissioner Olli Rehn: ‘sterlingisation’ model ‘would not be compatible with EU membership’. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

An independent Scotland could not be a member of the European Union if it uses sterling without a currency union deal with the rest of the UK, former(...)

Commissionerships are still a valued commodity, as the debate over the nomination of Phil Hogan  confirms, not least due to the  salary and benefits. With commissioners commanding a monthly salary of €20,800 – rising to €23,100 for vice-presidents – plus pension, residence allowances and transitional payments.

Following the fractious battle over the nomination of José Manuel Barroso’s successor as European Commission president, EU leaders met in Brussels yes(...)

Michael Donnelly: consultancy capacity

Merrion Pharmaceuticals non-executive director Michael Donnelly will not seek re-election at the company’s AGM this week.Mr Donnelly, who co-founded M(...)

The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

EU economics and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn: praised  “strength and stamina” of the Irish people but said challenges remained for the Irish economy.  Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

The fight against aggressive tax planning by multinationals will be one of the “key issues” for the European Parliament over the next five years, E(...)