Last week’s meeting of EU finance ministers: while the Government views the muted market response to the backstop announcement as a thumbs up to its “go it alone” stratagem many observers are dubious about Ireland’s prospects to go it alone post-bailout.photograph: francois lenoir/reuters

Barring an accident Ireland looks set to exit the bailout on a tailwind of positive sentiment. The Government has hit every fiscal target asked of it,(...)

Michael McGrath: “There would have been a headache in Berlin if they had to get parliamentary approval for a precautionary credit line for Ireland”

The Government’s decision to exit the bailout with a “clean break” was partly attributable to the political situation in Germany, Fianna Fáil has clai(...)