Northern Ireland Finance Minister Simon Hamilton  suggested there was a strong “symmetry” in the issues that the North and the Republic faced as a result of the property crashes they had suffered.

The North’s Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said he is confident that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan recognises the “vitally important” role that(...)

The CBI said there were “signs of a pick-up in confidence across a range of sectors, including services, construction and manufacturing”.  Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has raised its forecast for UK economic growth this year to 1.2 per cent – double the pace predicted by fi(...)

Northern Ireland Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton said “tough times lie ahead” and the best way forward for Northern Ireland was to reform its large public sector. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/ Press Eye/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s new Minister of Finance has warned that the North no longer has the luxury of being able to “throw money at its problems”.Simon Ham(...)

Will Taylor is the last person in the North who will complain about rising temperatures and hot weather.In fact Taylor has been positively basking in (...)

British prime minister David Cameron had thrown his support behind the Bill on a referendum on the UK remaining in the EU proposed by his party’s youngest lawmaker,  James Wharton (29), pictured right. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron won a parliamentary vote today on making a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership legally binding, but(...)


Across Europe there is a major debate 
going on 
about energy prices, and the Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union is 
fundamentally
helping to shape that debate.

Why do large businesses in Northern Ireland pay nearly the highest energy prices in Europe? According to the North’s utility regulator, i(...)

Shoppers in Northern Ireland have gained renewed confidence with more people venturing into stores, it was revealed. A 2.6 per cent incre(...)

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