The NTMA made clear in advance that Thursday’s sale would be the last this year and that there would be no sale at all this quarter of short-term treasury bills. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Practically all public acts these days can be seen through the prism of the election. It’s no different for the National Treasury Management Agency (N(...)

Nama chairman Frank Daly: “One thing we did learn from this, and one change we have made, is that we now always ask for a declaration from whoever is buying any portfolio that there is no success fee or any money payable to anybody connected with Nama.” Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the more interesting points that Nama chairman Frank Daly made in response to questioning by the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts on the Proje(...)

The number of “remortgage/top-up” loans approved this summer reached the highest volume and value since the data began to be gathered in this way 2011. Photograph: Frank Miller

Remember the remortgage? As the economy noisily boomed all those years ago, so did the notion of switching your home loan to take advantage of lower (...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien: there are two broad reasons for going down the IPO route – raising funds or facilitating an exit for existing shareholders. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is no such thing as a “good” pulled IPO. In the statement announcing its decision not to proceed with its plan to float this week on the New Yor(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: The Irish Times could only get as far as a statement from the press office on her behalf on the Safe Harbour ruling. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

The news that Safe Harbour has been found to be unsuitable for the purpose it was intended will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following d(...)

Health supplementaries this year are set to reach some €742 million, on top of €680 million in 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

Budget haggling in the Coalition is into the final straight. As election talk intensifies, a parallel negotiation is under way on supplementary estima(...)

An aphorism attributed to Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg’s premier for 18 years before he took command of the European Commission, sums up the riddle(...)

Denis O’Brien: investors may still be prepared to buy in to Digicel’s IPO purely on the back of his reputation. Photograph:  Reuters

Crunch time is approaching for Digicel’s planned initial public offering (IPO) on the New York stock exchange. Denis O’Brien hopes it will raise it ab(...)

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann has his eye on six or seven sites in Dublin that he thinks might be suitable for new-build hotels, of the three- or four-star variety

It took just eight minutes for Irish hotel group Dalata to secure the necessary approval from shareholders yesterday for its next phase of empire buil(...)

Gabriel Fagan, chief economist at the Central Bank: “When you have an economy that falls very sharply, there tends to be, at some point, a sharp pick-up”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

At the launch of the Central Bank’s latest quarterly commentary, chief economist Gabriel Fagan expounded on what’s loosely known at the “elastic band (...)