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Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last month he hoped Moody’s would raise the country from junk in early 2014 after Ireland exited the bailout programme in December. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government may be left disappointed by Moody’s Investors Service, as analysts forecast the ratings company will leave the country’s credit ranking(...)

Aer Lingus and Ryanair had contrasting days. While Aer Lingus rose by 0.6 per cent to €1.409, Ryanair closed down 2.3 per cent at €6.60 on profit taking. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks posted a gain in the first full week of 2014, as data showed US and German unemployment fell and that Ireland returned to the bond mar(...)

Draghi’s warning

Comments by European Central Bank president, Mario Draghi, have dampened some of the understandable enthusiasm that has surrounded Ireland’s exit from(...)

For these tests to have any credibility with capital markets, some banks in the euro area will probably have to fail the tests

Next year is going to be a big one in Irish banking. For about the sixth year in a row. It’s the year when Fitch expects AIB and Bank of Ireland to re(...)

Fitch does not see current price changes in the Dublin property market as sustainable, and says they are based on a supply shortage. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

One in five residential mortgages that are in arrears for more than 90 days are likely to end up with the associated properties being repossessed, acc(...)

The RSA Challenge ODI, Malahide Cricket Ground, Malahide, Co. Dublin 3/9/2013Ireland vs England.

Howzat for a fall from grace for Irish cricket sponsor RSA?In the space of six weeks, the FTSE 100 insurer has issued three profit warnings and pumped(...)

NTMA Chief Executive John Corrigan

One of the key issues facing Ireland post bailout is whether we can achieve regular access to capital markets at sustainable interest rates to enable (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: We’re not jumping out of the plane without a parachute.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir /Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he hopes Moody’s rating agency will raise the Ireland’s credit rating from non-investment grade as the countr(...)

An employee walks past a stacker as it loads crushed iron ore at a processing facility in the Solomon mining hub in Western Australia. The mining industry, along with mining-related activities, accounts for almost 20 per cent of Australian GDP, and 10 per cent of employment. Photograph: Sergio Dionisio/Bloomberg

When Tony Abbott swept to power last month, he declared in his victory speech that Australia “is under new management and . . . once more open for bus(...)

Children hoist the Spanish flag with Spanish legionnaires during a  ceremony on the eve of the Spain’s National Day in  Ronda, near Malaga. Spain is on a path of slow but stable economic recovery. Photograph: Jon Nazca / Reuters

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s agency cut the Netherlands’ credit rating on yesterday, reducing the euro zone club of full triple-A nations to j(...)

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