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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(...)

Credit Suisse: plans to   separate its domestic operations from its more risky investment banking business, as part of post credit-crunch efforts to insulate Swiss taxpayers from costly bank bailouts.

Credit Suisse has set out plans to separate its domestic operations from its more risky investment banking business, as part of post credit-crunch eff(...)

Euro zone authorities have been quick to characterise the Irish exit story as a victory for the euro zone response to the crisis. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland’s decision to return to full private market funding without the help of a precautionary credit line dominated debate in Brussels this week, as(...)

A customer carries bags as he walks inside an El Corte Ingles department store in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spain’s El Corte Inglés, one of Europe’s biggest retailers, plans to issue a €600 million bond via the Irish Stock Exchange. European companies have i(...)

New York Stock Exchange: For Wall Street, the biggest concern coming out of the current battles is that they will force the US government to pay more to borrow money. photograph: brendan mcdermid/reuters

While investors were cheered on Wednesday by a last-minute agreement to raise the US borrowing limit and end the government shutdown, their relief was(...)

Reporters gather around US senator Ted Cruz as he announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. Mr Cruz, the new Texas senator and the Tea Party favourite who led the charge to make healthcare reforms central to the budget talks, lashed out at all comers yesterday after the Senate compromise. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

What happened in Washington last night? US Congress passed a deal brokered by Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate yesterday on a sh(...)

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