IMF managing director Christine Lagarde was perhaps a little loose with her words when talking to the ‘FAZ’. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If loose lips sink ships, what might sink Greece? That was the question hovering over the G7 finance minister meeting in Dresden where journalists, ba(...)

“Arguably the emergence of three dominant players when there used to be four or five is not a good thing”

The most recent edition of the Law Society Gazette lists out the numbers of solicitors employed by the top 20 firms. For an industry that likes to kee(...)

If “wholesale treaty changes” are needed to implement a fiscal overhaul, would any member state, including Ireland, want to hold another referendum?

The IMF’s plea for simpler fiscal rules in Europe makes sense. Dizzying in their technical complexity and fiendishly arcane by operation, the rules ar(...)

Men don’t tend to make decisions on family menus.

Who makes household purchasing decisions in Ireland? A study by the media agency Carat suggests it still falls along traditional gender lines. Since 2(...)

The Government and the retail banks lobbied the Central Bank not to impose an 80 per cent loan-to-value cap on mortgage lending.

It is perhaps too early to assess the impact of the Central Bank’s intervention in the State’s recalcitrant property market. In the three months since(...)

The Small Firms Association chief executive Patricia Callan: says Ireland’s younger population relative to its European peers means there is no need to act now on a mandatory pension

The Small Firms Association is affiliated to employers’ lobby group Ibec. On that basis, it might not seem too surprising to hear it coming out strong(...)

The model Lily Cole who spoke at last year’s Web Summit in the RDS.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tech conferences are all the rage these days, from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to IFA in Berlin. (...)

Former minister for finance  Charlie McCreevy: sought  pay moderation back when Averil Power was starting out in Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Averil Power’s exit from Fianna Fáil prompted The Irish Times to revisit her first appearance in the paper. Occasion: the Fianna Fáil ardfheis. Date: (...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)

Some of the banks are set to announce cuts in their standard variable rates while others will open up and advertise fixing rate options for those on variable rates

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan was quick to declare victory after his meeting with bank chief executives this week. You can debate how much of wh(...)