Four months have passed since Alexis Tsipras’s hard-left Syriza movement swept to power with ardent promises of a new beginning for Greece, an end to austerity and the “humiliation” of troika oversight, and a write-down of the vast national debt. Well, it never happened. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The long and increasingly dangerous standoff between Greece and its creditors is coming to a head. With its economy at a halt after years of turmoil a(...)

Richie Boucher: was one of the bankers who met with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photo: Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has reserved the right to impose a levy on banks in the October budget if mortgage rates are not cut this summer.(...)

Ireland had an unemployment rate of just 4.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2007, but that ratepeaked at 15.1 per cent in 2012. In the first quarter of 2015, it dropped to 9.9 per cent.

New data show Ireland’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 per cent in the first quarter of the year, the first time since the fateful year of 2008 that th(...)

Data from the Central Statistics Office indicates that the unemployment rate dropped to 9.9 per cent in the first quarter.

A total of 12,500 jobs were created in the first three months of the year as the official unemployment rate fell below 10 per cent for the first time (...)

Bank of Ireland finished unchanged  at the end of a day in which more than 24 million shares were traded

The euro dropped to two-week lows after a Greek official said the country may miss a debt repayment, but stock markets in the US and Europe held ne(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan relayed message on interest rates to AIB, Ulster Bank and ACC when they met  yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is believed to want some signal from the banks they will assist customers in availing of lower variable interest rates within six to ei(...)

Lars Frisell, adviser to  Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan, criticised: “Europe’s deplorable tradition” of bailing out banks and bankers at the expense of taxpayers.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The credibility of the European project is at stake in the push to end bank bailouts by taxpayers, a ranking Central Bank official has said. Lars Fris(...)

Arthur Beesley (left): ‘There are greater and more pressing inequalities that should be tackled’; and Hugh Linehan: ‘There is no logical reason for the existing age limit of 35 on candidates standing for the presidency.’  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Hugh Linehan: Perhaps we should begin by acknowledging that this has been the most absurd excuse for a referendum campaign in the history of the State(...)

The effort to confront the banks comes amid mounting pressure on Mr Noonan from backbench TDs in Fine Gael particularly, who have been demanding a deeper response from the Government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is seeking a response “within weeks” from the banks at the outset of two days of talks with the lenders on the pri(...)

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn said: “This shameless profiteering by banks can no longer be tolerated.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn will introduce draft laws this week to give the Central Bank powers to cap the interest charge on variable rate mo(...)