Fresh divisions have surfaced this week in Dublin as inspectors from the International Monetary Fund, the EU Commission and the European Central Bank carry out their second-last review of Ireland’s bailout programme

The Government and the troika have clashed over the looming 2014 budget as the Coalition pushes to ease off next year on spending cutbacks and tax hik(...)

The publication of the Medium- Term Review earlier this week by the Economic and Social Research Institute is welcome. It provides an analysis of poss(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan  Burton said the live register was slowly coming down – now at 13.6 per cent – but not in some of the communities worst affected by unemployment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Social welfare payments are keeping the economy going, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said, adding it was her “objective” there would (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD: said public interest directors appointed during banking crisis had become “lapdogs” and not “watchdogs”. Photographe: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected claims directors appointed to represent the public interest during the banking crisis were instead acting in the po(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected claims the public interest directors appointed during the banking crisis had become “lapdogs” not “watchdogs”.“Alan (...)

 David Drumm: “I live and work in the United States and I have a family to support,” he said.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has said he will consider whether to participate in any official banking inquiry when its terms of(...)

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan  said 
the Anglo tapes “seem to be saying that they Anglo executives] want to entrap the Central Bank into a situation” where it would provide funding to plug a growing hole in its balance sheet around September 2008. 
However, he added that this “has to be examined to see if that apparent impression is correct”.
Mr Honohan said t
the Central Bank “did listen” to the Anglo tapes  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government is reverting to its original plan for a parliamentary banking inquiry in the autumn but it will hold in reserve the option of a new ref(...)

If you listen carefully you might just be able to hear the slow tick tock of the time bomb that may soon go off under our third-level education system(...)

The Government’s priority at this stage should be to ensure that criminal charges arising from the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank are dealt with promptl(...)

Alan Dukes has suggested  the Central Bank and the Department of Finance would have been aware of the existence, if not the details, of recordings of senior executives disclosing the true extent of the crisis facing the bank in the autumn of 2008.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The former senior politician who took over the running of Anglo Irish Bank after it was nationalised has indicated both the Central Bank and the Depar(...)

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