Moody’s, one of a trio of agencies that assess countries’ and corporations’ ability to repay their debts, provoked controversy yesterday by re-affirming its long-standing rating of the Republic’s national debt at Ba1 with a negative outlook. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Ratings agency Moody’s said yesterday the Republic’s vulnerability to Europe’s continuing financial crisis was the main reason behind its decis(...)

“It was the Irish government that imposed the farthest-reaching guarantee for its banking system at the start of the crisis – on its own initiative,” said German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photograph: Eric Luke

On a dismal Tuesday night, 600 Berliners have braved the snow and a bitter, Siberian wind to fill the Deutsches Theater. Six bankers prowl the (...)

National Treasury Asset Management chief executive John Corrigan (right) at NTMA briefing at the Treasury Building in Dublin. At left is Rossa White and centre Oliver Whelan. Bryan O'Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The National Treasury Management Agency issued €500 million worth of three-month treasury bills this morning, with an annualised interest rate (...)

Committee chairman Ciaran Lynch said today's hearing would give the committee an international perspective on standards and trends.

Charging fees for freedom of information requests is difficult to justify, the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform heard today. (...)

Bond auction follows Ireland’s sale of 10-year bills earlier this month. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ireland will return to the bond market on Thursday with an auction of €500 million of three-month treasury bills. The announcement by the(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says EU must stick to pledge on debt relief for Ireland. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Ireland ’s expected return to long-term bond markets this year should not undermine his demands in Europe for fur(...)

Irish exports forecast to help country’s return to growth by 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

The economy will barely grow this year as the recovery in the euro zone remains uncertain, according to the latest forecasts from accountancy f(...)

 NTMA chief executive John Corrigan (right) speaks to the media at a briefing in the Treasury Building in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Ireland took a major step towards exiting its bailout programme today by selling €5 billion worth of 10-year bonds. The National Treasury Manag(...)

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