Gabriel Makhlouf: ‘Lenders still have the discretion to extend payment breaks under their normal toolkit (for problem loans), but I think we’re now probably getting to the point where it’s starting to become more than a payment break.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Gabriel Makhlouf, the Central Bank of Ireland’s governor of 12 months, has not been immune to time taking on a whole new meaning in the world of Covid(...)

Wise to assume  UK will crash out of EU without a deal and that Ireland will suffer a significant economic hit  Gabriel Makhlouf  said

It is now wise to assume that the UK will crash out of the EU at the end of the year without a deal and that Ireland will suffer a significant economi(...)

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference after Brexit trade talks between the EU and the UK, in Brussels, last month. Photograph: Yves Herman/ Pool Photo via AP

The Brexit clock is ticking. Just as he reminded us last year that time was running short before the deadline to conclude a withdrawal agreement, Mich(...)

Family members following the remains of Brendan Halligan after his funeral Mass at the Church of Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Brendan Halligan was Irish and European to the core, his funeral was told on Thursday morning. He was “the embodiment in one man of a plurality of ide(...)

Brendan Halligan was characterised as ‘an unrivalled political organiser’. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has led tributes to Brendan Halligan, the former Labour Party TD, senator and general secretary who has died at the age of 84(...)

Sharon Donnery: “The full effects of this crisis will emerge over time.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery said on Wednesday that the low levels of cash held by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) before th(...)

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins gave a bit of a kicking to rating agencies on Wednesday during a question-and-answer session in the wake of a lengthy onli(...)

President Michael D Higgins said inequalities in terms of healthcare provision  also existed in Latin and Central America. File photograph: Frank Miller

“Mass fatalities” are a real risk in Africa and Latin America as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the President, Michael D Higgins has said. The(...)

Paschal Donohoe says the Government has had to shape its response to the Covid-19 pandemic ‘at break-neck speed, with incomplete information and unclear outcomes’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Even “minute changes” in interest rates could pose a major financial risk to the State as it takes on more debt to deal with the pandemic, Minister fo(...)

Multilateral co-operation is needed  to ensure all countries are able to access the vaccine for Covid-19 , Antonio Vitorino the director general of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has  said. Photograph: John Thys / AFP via Getty Images

Multilateral co-operation is needed among world leaders to ensure all countries, regardless of economic wealth, are able to access the vaccine for Cov(...)

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