Government debt fell to €203 billion at the end of last year or 107.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the Central Statistics O(...)

Bricklayers work on the external facade of an apartment building at a  brown-field regeneration residential construction site in Acton, UK 5:42

There was nothing unusual about the meeting. In the days and weeks leading up to the Budget lobbyists representing all sectors of the economy make (...)

IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld is flanked by Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti and Thomas Helbling of the IMF’s research department during a media briefing on the world economic outlook during its annual meeting in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

China’s slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the Inter(...)

Greece’s finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, said he expects to open negotiations on debt relief by the end of the year. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos will meet his euro zone counterparts next Monday for the first time since his country’s September 20th genera(...)

The Federal Reserve: the IMF urged it to wait until next year to raise rates for the first time in almost a decade

The International Monetary Fund has warned that emerging economies and bond markets need to prepare for an increase in corporate failures if and when (...)

The long-awaited Legal Services Regulation Bill is expected to be signed into law by the end of the year, after a four-year incubation period. It will(...)

Germany will hit a record surplus this year but it will no longer be the biggest in the world

Germany’s current account surplus will likely hit a new record of €250 billion euros in 2015, but it will lose the top spot to China, the Ifo think-t(...)

The odds of a US Fed rate increase hit 54 per cent in early August before plunging to 24 per cent three weeks later, following the sudden upsurge in volatility. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Will Fed hike rates? One question will dominate financial markets this week: will the Federal Reserve hike interest rates on Thursday? The odds of a r(...)

Ajai Chopra, former Deputy Director, IMF leaves the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry in Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Watching the banking inquiry has been both frustrating and fascinating. Your view of the hearings will depend on what you expected. If you were lookin(...)

Ajai Chopra, former deputy director of the IMF, leaving the Dáil after giving evidence at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Former International Monetary Fund official Ajai Chopra has said the European Central Bank’s refusal to impose losses on senior bondholders pushed Ire(...)