Royal Bank of Scotland fell 1.9 per cent, hit by news the bank may need to pay $13bn to settle claims  it misled investors. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Markets were overshadowed by uncertainty over the fate of Greece and its membership of the euro ahead of a key referendum on its bailout next Sunday(...)

 US House  speaker John  Boehner: says Taoiseach Enda Kenny has harangued him, telling him how the lack of   reform has left some Irish immigrants listening to a parent’s funeral by phone. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

The speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner has told a Dublin audience of his determination to overcome Republican resistance to imm(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: In the first six months of 2015 income tax receipts reached €8.3 billion.  The €2.3 billion increase between 2007 and 2015 amounts to a heavy additional burden on a cohort of workers that is still smaller than before the crisis struck. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tax returns for the first half of the year show the Government is well on course to exceed its own revised forecasts. The spring statement in April sa(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: exchequer returns for the first half of the year showed that tax payments were some €800 million ahead of target. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the risk to the Irish economy from the uncertain situation in Greece was “second-round” in nature as direct (...)

Michael Noonan’s department said the exchequer balance had been enhanced by  a number of one-off transactions    Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Tax payments in the first half of the year were some €800 million ahead of target as the total return in the six-month period came in ahead of €20 bil(...)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressing the nation  from his office in Athens, Greece, 1st July 2015. Photograph: EPA/Andrea Bonetti/Prime minister of Greece press office

Greece is at the edge of the abyss, but mixed signals from radical left prime minister Alexis Tsipras have raised fresh doubt over the prospects for a(...)

Police stand guard as a woman withdraws money from an  in Athens on Thursday  during a demonstration supporting the No vote for the upcoming referendum on Greece’s bailout terms. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images.

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has told the Greeks public the problems they face because of closed banks “will not last long”. Mr Tsipras said he(...)

A woman watches Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras’ TV announcement in a electronics shop in central Athens. The people will vote in a referendum on the rescue plan for their country on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Greece’s international creditors will run the risk of a high-stakes referendum on a rescue plan for the country next Sunday after they bluntly rejecte(...)

A seagull flies over a Greek national flag during a demonstration in Athens. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg.

Greece has endured considerable hardship since the outburst of crisis in 2009 but worse would surely follow if it left the euro. The pain would only m(...)

Pro-Euro protesters hold a large European flag reading “Yes” in front of the parliament building in Athens on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Getty 1:41

The chairman of the Eurogroup said on Tuesday Greece is on track to default at midnight and Athens’ stance towards its creditors would have to change (...)