Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath that “things are going quite well for AIB”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is not “rushing” into selling AIB but there is the possibility of a sale of some of the bank at the end of next year or in the cours(...)

Ban of Ireland’s core equity Tier 1 capital, a gauge of financial stability that fully reflects incoming Basel III banking rules, rose to 9.0 per cent in December from 8.6 per cent in June. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland is confident it has enough capital for European stress tests this year, chief executive officer Richie Boucher said. The(...)

Moody’s, one of a trio of agencies that assess countries’ and corporations’ ability to repay their debts, provoked controversy yesterday by re-affirming its long-standing rating of the Republic’s national debt at Ba1 with a negative outlook. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Ratings agency Moody’s said yesterday the Republic’s vulnerability to Europe’s continuing financial crisis was the main reason behind its decis(...)