President Michael D Higgins next to UN Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi in Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has criticised the “arrogant assumption” that economic expansion can be perpetual and sustainable, and called instead for (...)

Report questions the risk assessment behind BOSI’s rapid expansion Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision to aggressively expand Bank of Scotland Ireland’s branch network from the beginning of 2006 was a “blueprint for rapid uncontrolled growt(...)

International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government decision to impose rent controls could put a brake on construction in the residential property sector, the International Monetary Fu(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said  the Government had achieved a reduction in the interest rates on the EU loans, resulting in savings of about €9 billion. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There is “limited scope” for additional interest savings on the early repayment of the remaining EU-IMF bailout loans, Minister for Finance Michael N(...)

Mr Chropra writes that several missteps were made which have tainted the ECB’s legitimacy in Ireland

The European Central Bank (ECB) pushed for a quick fire sale of Irish bank assets as Ireland entered the bail-out programme in late 2010, putting t(...)

A protester throws a fire bomb at the entrance to Greece’s central bank during a 24-hour general strike in Athens on Thursday. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Striking Greeks took to the streets on Thursday to protest against austerity measures, setting Alexis Tsipras’s government its biggest domestic challe(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at yesterday’s eurogroup meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters

Minister of Finance Michael Noonan has said he is confident the European Commission will approve Budget 2016 in the coming weeks, despite concerns fro(...)

Volkswagen cars on a delivery tower at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

The Nordic region’s largest asset manager has become the first to confirm it will sue Volkswagen over its deceit regarding emissions, which has result(...)

Patrick Honohan, outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rate of economic growth is being exaggerated and may be leading to overconfidence in planning for the future, the outgoing Central Bank governo(...)

Former  minister for transport Noel Dempsey (right) and minister for justice  Dermot Ahern speaking to reporters about the economic crisis in November 2010. Mr Dempsey said on Saturday he was not aware the country was preparing to enter a bailout at that time. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil minister Noel Dempsey said he is haunted by decisions taken by the Cabinet at the time of the economic collapse and believes Irelan(...)