At the launch announcement for this year’s European Insurance Forum were Sarah Goddard of Dublin International Insurance & Management Association, Ann O’Keeffe of  Aon Risk Solutions, Minister of State Simon Harris, Regina O’Connor of XL Group and John O’Leary of PwC.

The growing global challenges facing the reinsurance industry (reducing risks associated with policies by spreading risks across alternative instituti(...)

Revellers at the St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday in Munich. Photograph: Ferdinand zur Lippe 2:08

Munich was green and glorious on Sunday afternoon for the 20th annual St Patrick’s Day parade, the largest in continental Europe. The Bavarian capital(...)

None too delighted: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Shortly before noon on Wednesday, the Department of Finance issued a routine press release from international banking minister Simon Harris. Nothing r(...)

Micheál Martin: suggested the Government give serious consideration to establishing a commission of inquiry into the allegations aired on ‘Spotlight’.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was a man on a mission.He doesn’t usually do Opposition Leaders’ Questions on a Thursday. But he was present yesterd(...)

Create 10,000 new jobs, abolish the sometimes-controversial Clearing House Group, and come up with a new name for the “IFSC” are some of the measur(...)

A major change signalled in the IFS 2020 report on the IFSC is the abolition of the Clearing House Group and its replacement with two separate bodies – one representing the private sector and the other the public – which will come together four times a year.

A new name is imminent, a new strategy has just been launched and a new model for public private partnership has been put forward. But will it be e(...)

The IFSC, Dublin: “The suggestion is that our regulation is a lot tighter, and that is true for the banks but it is not true for the IFSC,” says Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fresh from putting the squeeze on banks to behave themselves, regulators are scrutinising so-called shadow banks, alternative lenders such as investme(...)

Simon Harris told the Fine Gael national conference: “We’ve fixed the Irish car, we’ve taken it out of the ditch, we’ve put it on the road, Now we’re ready for the next part of the journey. The last thing we can afford is to give the car back to the people who crashed it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

In the past few weeks we have seen a shrewd and careful attempt by the senior Government party to frame the political context for the next election. H(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: move to limit past-pupil quota

Angry middle-class parents have been bombarding Jan O’Sullivan with letters denouncing plans to regulate admissions policies. In a two-month pe(...)

“From my perspective as Minister for Finance, the Budget is part of a much broader strategy to manage the economy for growth and job creation,” said Michael Noonan. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA 3:54

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has vowed not to increase taxes on workers and said his tax reform plan would deliver 15,000 jobs.Mr Noonan told d(...)