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The former offices of Anglo Irish Bank on St Stephen's Green, Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller

This time it’s different. Ten years ago today, Ireland went into the arms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Following weeks of speculation, r(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: ‘Recent news in relation to vaccines is very welcome, and we are cautiously optimistic that it may herald the beginning of the normalisation phase.’

Report on response to crisis also highlights that Central Bank now holds €44bn worth State debt

Calls for debt relief may not be welcome at the ECB. Photograph: iStock

The European Central Bank should consider wiping out or holding forever the government debt it buys during the current crisis to help nations recover (...)

 President of  the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde.

In the first half of 2020, Europe mounted a bold and swift economic response to the Covid recession. As the second wave of the pandemic triggers a ne(...)

Then minister for finance Charlie McCreevy   outside Government Buildings before the announcement of Budget 2000, which helped to give effect to the established of the National Pensions Reserve Fund. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish Times editorial of November 13th on the topic of pensions referred to the establishment of a Pensions Commission born of a need to delay a d(...)

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive NTMA: ‘We’ve got to hit the road to keep bond investors informed – otherwise they’d forget about us.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive of the National Treasury Management Agency’s (NTMA), is under no illusions about his place in the €85 trillion-plus glo(...)

The imminent arrival of vaccines holds out the prospect that the pandemic may be brought fully under control in the developed world by the end of next year. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty   Images

While there are differences in how severely EU economies have been affected by the pandemic, the pattern of damage and the policy response has been ve(...)

The most important aspect of the coronavirus vaccine is the notion that we can now see light at the end of the tunnel. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This week, as well as the election in the United States, three major events are crystallising that will profoundly change the economic outlook for 202(...)

Christine Lagarde: “The key challenge for policymakers will be to bridge the gap until vaccination is well advanced and the recovery can build its own momentum.” Photograph: EPA

Financing costs for governments, households and businesses in the euro zone will stay “exceptionally favourable” until the economy recovers from the p(...)

 Non-essential items are sealed off in a Tesco store in Cardiff, Wales, as the country entered a national ‘firebreak lockdown’ on October 23rd to curb the surge of Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

It’s going to be a nervy winter. Restrictions are tightening all across Europe as talk of living with the virus is replaced by emergency action. Meanw(...)

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