A drop below   an inflation rate 1 per cent would force Bank of England governor Mark Carney to write an explanatory letter to the UK government.

The Bank of England isn’t under pressure to raise UK interest rates as inflation slides further below its target, bank policy maker David Miles said(...)

Former Waterford Crystal workers and their representatives are due great credit for their persistence in the face of the indifference of successive governments to their plight. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was the ultimate blue-chip investment, a must in every sensible Irish portfolio. But even its storied history and the marketing genius of Anthon(...)

Abbey reported pre-tax profits of €16.99 million for the six months to the end of October

House builder Abbey has warned that state intervention in the Irish and British housing markets has the potential to “crowd out” private investors.In(...)

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls responds to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne following the Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons.

The power to set corporation tax rates in Northern Ireland will be devolved to the power-sharing Northern Irish Executive if the region’s politicians (...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is to ask the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in a case involving controversial interrogation practices by the Br(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Several men detained by the British army in 1971 want the High Court to compel the State decide whether to seek to revise a controversial European Cou(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

RBS could be slapped with a penalty of up to £50m by the Financial Conduct Authority. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Royal Bank of Scotland is braced for a fine worth tens of millions of pounds as soon as this week for a major IT meltdown that left customers without (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers  Photograph: David Young/PA

Stormont ministers will hold a crunch meeting today in a bid to strike a deal on a hard hitting budget ahead of a deadline tomorrow.If the power-shari(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has called for a fresh round of intensive political talks in the region to address the budget problems and outstanding peace process disputes over flags, parades and the legacy of the past. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The British Treasury has been formally informed the Northern Ireland Executive is set to bust its budget.The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Serv(...)