The ECB  has kept its main refinancing rate static at 0.05 per cent since September 2014. Irish deposit rates, however, have slumped in the interim.  Photograph: Arne Dedert/EPA

Europe’s monetary authority may be keeping its dovish tone on the outlook for inflation in the euro zone, as per yesterday’s pronouncement, but no cha(...)

HSBC Holdings’s shares jumped the most since 2011 in Hong Kong after a newspaper reported that the lender may spin off its UK retail bank and the comp(...)

“There are at least three ways in which small countries offer a valuable perspective on what is to come.” Photograph: Getty Images

Some will argue that Ireland’s recent aloof attitude to Greece has been misplaced in that it squanders an opportunity for a stronger, collective push (...)

 Policemen resting at the end of the first day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub today, one (...)

Central Bank deputy governor Matthew Elderfield reportedly poised to take post in Lloyds. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Lloyds Banking Group, Britain's biggest mortgage lender, is in talks to hire Central Bank deputy governor Matthew Elderfield, according to a re(...)