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Riot police with batons drawn during clashes with demonstrators in central Brussels today. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgian police and a several hundred protesters, including many dockers, clashed in central Brussels today after a largely peaceful march against refo(...)

Terry Leyden: “Brian Lenihan was making a last-ditch attempt to burn the bondholders, but that was refused by Mr Trichet who had previously indicated that he would give some concession.” Photographer: Dara MacDónaill

Fianna Fáil Senators have accused then ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet of bullying Ireland into a bailout and programme of austerity in November 201(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: fighting a different war

When asked for his view on Trichet’s letter, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was careful to skirt around the real issue.Namely, did the ECB overstep its authorit(...)

The Central Bank has proposed that it will increase the minimum loan-to-value of mortgage lending to 20 per cent

Allowing first-time buyers to avail of mortgage insurance to plug the gap opened up as a result of the Central Bank’s proposals to increase a deposit (...)

Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, points to a sign as he speaks during a news conference at the central bank’s headquarters in Tokyo yesterday.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Japan is no longer governed by consensus. This is true at least of its monetary policy. Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, launched still(...)

The exchequer deficit at end October 2014 stood at €8.51 billion compared to €10.521 billion in 2013. The figure represents an €1.76 billion improvement on the official target, thanks to rising tax receipts, an increase in Central Bank surplus income and reduced interest expenditure.

Tax returns this year are running almost €1.1 billion ahead of target after a surge in revenues last month, new figures show.While health expenditur(...)

The scene on O’Connell Street in Dublin last weekend as thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Irish Times

Irish consumer sentiment has surprisingly dropped to its lowest level since June possibly as a result of the controversy over water charges and the l(...)

Daniele Nouy says the assessments had been a “major milestone in the establishment of the new supervisory regime in the euro area”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The head of the European Central Bank’s supervisory wing has expressed confidence that Permanent TSB will address the capital shortfall revealed by t(...)

Royal Bank of Scotland is to retain full ownership of Ulster Bank following a strategic review of its operations in Ireland. The move ends more(...)

Jeremy Masding, PTSB group chief executive at the Permanent TSB headquarters after the publication of pan-European stress tests by the European Central Bank.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

On Thursday night, chief executive Jeremy Masding was given the news he had been expecting: Permanent TSB had failed the adverse scenario of the Europ(...)

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