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The general Government deficit came in at 7.6 per cent of GDP, well under the 8.86 per cent target set under the terms of the EU-IMF bailout

The release of the Maastricht returns for 2012 on the same day as senior Government figures were signalling an end – or pause at least – to aus(...)

Ireland's budget deficit for 2012 was 7.6 per cent of GDP, comfortably inside the EU-IMF troika's target of 8.6 per cent, according to the Depa(...)

A woman jogs past a clothing store announcing discounts in downtown Lisbon. Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

Inflationary pressures eased further in March in the 17 countries using the euro, spurred by a continued downward trend in energy prices, data (...)

Irish people made almost 4.7 million foreign trips in 2011 with the UK, Spain, Portugal, France and the US making up the top five most popular destinations

Given our weather you might suspect that Irish holidaymakers would make a beeline for the sun the first chance they get – but you would be wron(...)

The social welfare office on Bishop Street, Dublin. Irish youth unemployment dipped slightly last December but has returned to 30.8 per cent, just shy of where it was a year ago. Photograph: Frank Miller

For anyone trying to visualise the euro zone crisis, the relentless upward sweep of Eurostat’s jobless rate graph speaks for itself. Acco(...)

Guy Flouch: “We will help them [students] with applications for up to eight different courses [on the continent].”

With the points for courses such as medicine, dentistry and law climbing inexorably and the cost of attending college in Ireland increasing eac(...)

Hourly labour costs in the euro zone rose 1.3% in the last quarter of 2012. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Inflation pressures in the euro zone are easing, data showed today, giving governments and central bankers more leeway for stimulus as the regi(...)

Job seekers wait to speak to representatives of employers at a job fair. Photo: Getty Images
Euro zone employment falls

The euro zone’s stagnant economy failed to generate jobs at the end of last year despite increased business during the Christmas shopping seaso(...)

France's president Francois Hollande (left) shakes hands with an employee while visiting a precision tool factory in Blois earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

Output at euro zone factories fell more than expected at the start of 2013 and production in France and Germany slipped in the latest sign the(...)

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