Bernard Byrne, AIB chief executive, rings the bell at the Irish Stock Exchange with Deirdre Somers, Irish Stock Exchange chief executive, and Richard Pym, chairman AIB. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Shortly after midnight last Friday, Ann Nolan, deputy head of the Department of Finance, and two officials working on AIB’s flotation hailed a taxi fr(...)

Leo  Varadkar and Paschal  Donohoe are set to use the Summer Economic Statement to give effect to the Taoiseach’s promise, made during the campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, for greater infrastructural spending. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to use his first budgetary set piece to allocate at least €1 billion extra towards infrastructural spending while also commi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is set to outline the summer economic statement in the coming weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The European Commission has advised the Government against abolishing the universal social charge (USC) and warned very high personal income tax rates(...)

The  Pizza Sunday Club operating their free pizza service for homeless people, on Grafton Street. Pictured are cofounder Martin Connolly, Anto Brophy, cofounder Cormac Noonan, Colm Gleeson and Sebastian McKenna. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It’s 8:30pm on a sunny Sunday evening on Grafton Street – as most of the final revellers from the Taste of Dublin festival make their way home, anothe(...)

AIB’s recent initial public offering will have disappointed investors who bought the shares at artificially inflated prices in recent years. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Some investors are cautious; some investors like risk; and some investors are just eejits, with recent trading in AIB just the latest example of how p(...)

By selling an initial 28.8 per cent stake in AIB to stock market investors on Friday for a total of €3.4 billion, the State has now recovered a total of about €10.3 billion in cash from the bank

So, AIB has returned to the main stock markets after seven and a half years. Why should I care? The initial public offering (IPO) of AIB is an import(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:   could throw some extra resources to the Revenue, which is struggling to administer the Employment Incentive and Investment Scheme. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

In Michael Noonan’s 2016 budget speech, delivered in October 2015, the former finance minister trumpeted his upgrading of the Employment Incentive and(...)

AIB IPO: investment banks working on the transaction revealed on Tuesday evening that the State’s disposal of up to a 28.8 per cent interest in AIB to new investors is now set to be priced at between €4.20 and €4.60 per share.

The Government has narrowed the price range at which it expects to float AIB on the stock market this week, reducing the maximum it could achieve for (...)

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

It is inconceivable that an Irish finance minister would resign on a question of principle. But Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister from Janu(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: pay rise of 6-7 per cent between 2018 and 2020 “offers the best way of being fair to our public servants”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The new Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, said he stood by proposals for an extension of the Lansdowne Road agr(...)