US president Barack Obama arriving in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday for the G20 summit. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The G20 summit in Brisbane has ended with world leaders committing to open up their economies to generate extra growth of more than 2 per cent by (...)

Chairman of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry Committee, Deputy Ciarán Lynch, is writing to the Republic’s financial institutions indicating that they may have to give evidence to it.

Chairman of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry Committee, Deputy Ciarán Lynch, is writing to the Republic’s financial institutions and other relevant bodi(...)

If there’s a word that makes you “cringe” (yep, that’s on the list) please cast your votes below and we’ll announce our banned word of 2015 next Wednesday, November 19th.

They’re the words that stick in your throat. The ones that leave you feeling a little dirty. The ones you’re definitely too old to use. The uncool. Th(...)

Barack Obama holds up a hoagie sandwich at Taylor Gourmet after a discussion with small business owners at the restaurant in Washington DC in 2012. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Think of food and Washington DC, and it conjures the image of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian politician in the Netflix drama House of Cards, de(...)

The European commission has said it sees Portugal’s economy growing 1.3 per cent next year, slightly less than the government’s 1.5 per cent forecast

Portugal will cut its budget deficit to below the EU’s 3 percent of GDP threshold next year, its finance minister said on Tuesday, dismissing a higher(...)

Ireland is fully pre-funded through to the end of 2016 after resuming regular bond auctions this year

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) received over €8 billion of bids for a new 15-year bond it was selling via syndication on Tuesday as i(...)

Chinese finance minister Lou Jiwei toasts with guests at the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing.  Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Getty

Another sign of growing regional closeness came late last month with the launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-driven institutio(...)

Michael Noonan with German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: Mr Noonan said the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland would offer, low-interest, longer-term and flexible financing for small business. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish banks are preventing small businesses from growing “beyond a certain size” because they only offer them short-term loans, according to Minister(...)

Michael Noonan with German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: Mr Noonan said the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland would offer, low-interest, longer-term and flexible financing for small business. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish banks are preventing small businesses from growing “beyond a certain size” because they only offer them short-term loans, according to Minister(...)

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak (l) and European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger  leave a joint news conference after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal last night that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the (...)