“We are now trying to rebuild. We need to have robust lending patterns,” Mr Howlin said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The final decision on whether or not home buyers should be required to save a deposit of 20 per cent towards their property purchase is up to the Cent(...)

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan accepts there is a lot of opposition to plans to require  homebuyers have one fifth of the  purchase price on deposit. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Central Bank will announce new mortgage rules this week that will include a final decision on whether or not homebuyers will be required to have a(...)

The Information Commissioner has refused a Freedom of Information appeal by The Irish Times for official records on the liquidation of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the former Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Information Commissioner has refused a Freedom of Information appeal by The Irish Times for official records on the liquidation of Irish Bank Re(...)

Irish Water says the  changes announced last November “have had no net impact Irish Water’s total income”.   Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

The Government and Irish Water have both expressed strong confidence that the new water utility will pass the “market test” in April that upholds its (...)

Enda Kenny declined to say if the Government would now relax the wage cap. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Government-imposed banker pay caps are a “constraint,” as the chief executive of state-owned AIB prepares to leave for a (...)

Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo: would be a welcome guest when Enda Kenny hosts a dinner with the IDA in Davos. Photograph: EPA

Quantitative easing will dominate the news emanating from the World Economic Forum in Davos today; German chancellor Angela Merkel is due to take the (...)

Proposals to severely restrict the awarding of discretionary medical cards by the HSE were put forward for consideration by ministers as early as the (...)

 IMF managing director Christine Lagarde: “As a principle, collective endeavours are welcome but at the same time a debt is a debt and it is a contract.”  Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo. 3:13

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has given a cool response to the idea of a European conference to ease the debt bur(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has rejected the idea that the Government’s forthcoming spring economic statement will include a five-year tax reform plan. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has rejected the idea of a five-year tax reform plan being included in the Government’s spring economic statement, while a Fine G(...)

Patrick Honohan,   Governor of the Central Bank, arriving at the Dail for the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry – has estimated   that the banking crisis will end up costing us around €40 billion. – Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Patrick Honohan, the Central Bank governor, calculates that the banking crisis will end up costing us around €40 billion. Michael Noonan, the Minister(...)