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The spread between Ireland’s 10-year benchmark government bond and German security of a similar maturity has dropped to 57 basis points from 298 basis points just over two years ago

Ireland’s bond rally has already allowed it to shed the stigma attached to the euro-region’s weakest members. Next stop: joining the area’s strongest(...)

Ratings agency Moody’s has said the record-high consumer confidence in Ireland belies loan arrears forecasts. Photo: Bloomberg

Ratings agency Moody’s has said the record-high consumer confidence in Ireland is unlikely to translate into a material improvement in loan arrears be(...)

Ratings agency Fitch is expected to publish its latest ratings upgrade on Ireland on Friday evening, on the back of strong economic data. In its last(...)

A Petrobas drilling platform in Guanabara Bay:  the company has invited rivals to bid for stakes in some of its most promising offshore oil finds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Just a few years ago Brazil’s Petrobras had ambitions to overtake Exxon Mobile as the world’s largest listed oil company. But missed production target(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (C) is congratulated by  after a voting session at the parliament in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Euro zone ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss a further bailout for Greece after prime minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from parliam(...)

Protestors outside the Greek parliament. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

EU and IMF officials have given euro zone governments a positive assessment of Greece’s request for a new bailout, a source close to the matter said,(...)

Denis O’Brien: old hand at the debt game. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

As Ireland struggled to recover from the crash, bond guru Michael Hasenstab of Franklin Templeton snapped up billions of euro worth of the State’s bon(...)

Pensioners argue with security guards at the entrance to a National Bank of Greece  bank branch as they attempt to get access inside to collect their pensions in Athens, Greece. Photo: Simon Bloomberg

July 1: Governing Council of the ECB non-monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt to discuss liquidity situation of Greek banks; About 1,000 designated Gr(...)

Michael Noonan has emerged as the best – if not only – friend of Greece’s minister for finance, Yanis Varoufakis, at the negotiating table. Photograph: Reuters

As Greece and its euro-zone partners inch towards a deal this week, Moody’s issued a report yesterday looking at what a Greek exit might mean for the (...)

Banks in  periphery countries like Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain remain vulnerable in the event of a Greek exit from the EU, ratings agency Moody’s said on Monday. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times)

Peripheral European countries, including Ireland, are vulnerable in the event that Greece fails to reach a deal with its European partners and exits (...)

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