A German flag flies in front of the Bundesbank headquarters in Frankfurt. Photographer: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

While Saudi Arabia lamented the passing of King Abdullah yesterday, Germany was busy burying its last illusions about the European Central Bank. Afte(...)

IDA chief Martin Shanahan: ’Ireland isnot afraid to be out front. We will play hard and we will compete hard but fair to win.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The recent public scrutiny of the tax affairs of multinationals has had no adverse effect on Ireland’s reputation as an investment location the head o(...)

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 (...)

 Athens, Greece: polls indicate a left-wing party which wants to repudiate Greek loans will take power

European leaders have held out the prospect of further restructuring of Greece’s debts as polls indicated that a left-wing party which wants to rep(...)

Some 11,222 United Kingdom citizens are claiming the dole in this State, that is some five times as many as Irish citizens claiming in Britain. And ye(...)

Head of the leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves to his supporters during a party election rally in central Athens  ahead of Greece’s general election on January 25th.

Eurosceptic parties are likely to renege on their pre-election promises if elected, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P). In a r(...)

French President Francois Hollande: The ECB’s decision “should not stop us from carrying out reforms”

France has committed itself to faster economic reforms aimed at boosting growth in the wake of the ECB decision to inject billions into the European e(...)

More milk and water

The Government’s climate change legislation is as milk-and-watery as any of its backbench TDs could have hoped for: it has pushed the prospect of nece(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  hosted a dinner with the IDA for more than 40 business executives at a Davos hotel last night. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says there will be no change to the current cap on bankers’ pay, following the resignation of David Duffy as chief executive of A(...)

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem pointed out that Greece required further assistance from the euro zone, which would always be linked to conditions

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem has indicated there is “room to manoeuvre” with Greece over its adjustment programme, but not if a new left-wing g(...)