The ECB is always calling for structural reforms. Structural reforms are always politically difficult. They are only ever implemented by politicians brave and decent enough to think beyond the next election. So we hardly ever see them. Photograph: EPA

What beliefs, if any, inform European economic policy- makers? Is there a coherent framework that drives fiscal and monetary policy? Perhaps the answe(...)

Professor John McHale. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government needs to stick to an adjustment of €2 billion in the budget as any “backtracking on planned adjustments could suggest a worrying weaken(...)

Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The shortcomings of the European Union do not warrant the “visceral criticism” heard about it so often, former minister for European affairs Lucinda C(...)

Former INBS director says the Central Bank and other State entities have joined together against him. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A former director of Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) has alleged the Central Bank and other State entities have joined together in exposing h(...)

The Central Bank paid out €20.5 million last year for work related to the banking crisis. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Central Bank of Ireland paid out almost €53 million in fees between 2008 and 2013 to seven legal and accounting firms for work related to the b(...)

The Central Bank has imposed a fine of ¤650,000 on Bank of Montreal Ireland.

The Central Bank has imposed a fine of €650,000 on Bank of Montreal Ireland for breaking a number of regulations. Under a settlement agreement with th(...)

Overall, debt has fallen by 18.3 per cent since its peak at the end of 2008.

Household debt fell by €2.4 billion to €166 billion or €36,203 per capita, during the fourth quarter of last year, the largest decrease since the fina(...)

“The Department of Finance, the Central Bank and the Fiscal Advisory Council devote an awful lot of precious public sector resources to economic forecasting. Just stop.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Freud described our ability to stage major battles over relatively minor disagreements as the “narcissism of small differences”. He would have (...)

Merrion Capital’s management is poised to buy out the stockbroking firm in a deal worth up to €15 million. The fi(...)

Authorisation from the Central Bank to become an “e-money” institution would allow Facebook to issue units of stored monetary value that represent a claim against the company. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Facebook is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval for providing financial services in the form of remittances and electronic mone(...)