Tuesday’s Budget was a “missed opportunity” Moody’s has said. .Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Budget 2015 represents a “missed opportunity” for the country to further reduce its elevated debt levels and leaves the Irish economy “more vulnerable(...)

For the first time in seven years the Government’s budget has reversed the familiar formula of cutting spending and raising taxes to achieve fiscal co(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 6:13

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)

Customers look at a model of a new residential compound, at a showroom in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photograph: Reuters

Given the differing economic growth rates of recent years and the size of their populations, it was always a question of when, rather than if, China w(...)

ECB president Draghi repeated he’s ready to expand the bank’s balance sheet by as much as €1 trillion to beat back the threat of deflation.

Mario Draghi and Jens Weidmann are clashing anew over how much more stimulus the ailing euro-area economy needs from the European Central Bank. As Eur(...)

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Asian stocks stumbled to seven-month lows on Monday, while crude oil prices were pinned near a four-year trough as promising trade numbers out of Chin(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: dismissed suggestions Berlin had come under pressure to shift its economic course as “spin doctoring”.

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble put on a brave face at the end of IMF meetings in Washington this weekend, dismissing suggestions Berlin ha(...)

‘Solidarity is not a one-way street” was the stern reminder from Germany’s deputy finance minister, Steffen Kampeter, when the Bundestag approved Irel(...)

Sign of the times: Ajai Chopra of the IMF on his way to the Central Bank of Ireland in November 2010. Photogrpah: Peter Morrison/AP

When the International Monetary Fund came to Dublin in 2010, it had an interloper in its ranks. Hanging back a little, Liaquat Ahamed blended in ea(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin.

The Government will sign off on the budget today after successful negotiations involving individual Ministers as well as a crucial Economic Management(...)