On yer bike: the IMF’s Peter Breuer leaves the Central Bank after his last day there. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are normally escorted under armed guard to meetings in the Greek finance ministry, such is the pu(...)

Noeline Blackwell: “Many a poor employee has been forced to represent themselves in complex legal matters”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The IMF’s departing representative in Ireland, Peter Breuer, pointed out last Monday, in an address to the Institute of International and European Aff(...)

IMF’s Peter Breuer says Ireland runs greater risk of missing its targets by focusing on getting the budget deficit below 3 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

The IMF’s departing representative in Ireland has cautioned the Government against reneging on its planned €2 billion budget adjustment because of th(...)

IMF representative in Ireland Peter Breuer has kept a separate office in the headquarters of the Central Bank on Dame Street since autumn 2011. This arrangement is set to continue. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The International Monetary Fund will maintain an office in Dublin in the wake of the bailout, contrary to any expectation that its officials will l(...)

Economist Alan Ahearne says governments do not want a banking union, because their banks buy their bonds, tend to lend into their economies and sometimes give low rates to politically popular domestic projects. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Neither the governments nor the major banks in the euro zone are in favour of a banking union, the annual Dublin Economics Workshop, held in Limerick (...)

The idea that Ireland lost its economic sovereignty when it had to be bailed out by the Troika is a lot of political guff, economist  Alan Ahearne said today. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The idea that Ireland lost its economic sovereignty when it had to be bailed out by the Troika is a lot of political guff, a former adviser to the Dep(...)

Economist John FitzGerald and Dr Alan Ahearne of National University of Ireland Galway. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A leading economist and one-time advisor to the former minister of finance Brian Lenihan has proposed imposing a tax on tracker mortgages. Dr Alan A(...)