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Jean-Claude Trichet: threatened that the bomb would go off. Photograph: Reuters

Now they tell us. Isn’t it funny how, now that the troika deal has run its course, we can be told certain truths that had to be kept from us while the(...)

Enda Kenny: ‘Your patience and resilience have restored our national pride and empowered us to face the challenges that remain.’ Photograph:  Julien Behal/Maxwells/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s broadcast to the nation last night was clearly designed to maximise the political capital from the bailout exit but it also inv(...)

Eamon Gilmore: It would be appropriate for people from international institutions to give evidence to the looming Oireachtas inquiry on the banking crash. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said the attainment of full employment is an achievable objective “over a number of years” as the Irish economy recovers in(...)

The moral authority for Ireland was for ‘some amelioration of the debt burden’ , Minister for Communication Pat Rabbitte said today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has a “very strong moral authority” to seek some form of debt relief from Europe after protecting European banks from contagion, Minister for (...)

A man and a child walk past the office building of Abanka bank in Ljubljana. Slovenia’s banks need to find €4.8 billion to stay afloat, the government acknowledged on Thursday. Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia will not require financial assistance from the euro zone, the European Commission said yesterday, after the eastern European state unveiled t(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “I don’t see reducing income tax as a return to auction politics. I think auction politics have given us the boom-and- bust cycle and have destroyed so many lives in this country we should never go back there.”

Income tax may be cut in the next budget for “certain groups”, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. As the bailout draws to a close th(...)

Focus of attention: Ireland’s finance minister Brian Lenihan  is surrounded by media as he prepares for an emergency meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels in November 2010

Another day, another step on the road to ruin. I was in a press room in Brussels waiting for Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan to come on the radio for a (...)

Olli Rehn, European commissioner for economy and monetary affairs, said the commission would “try and align as best as possible” Ireland’s post-programme surveillance with the regular reviews expected to take place under the  “two-pack” rules. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The European Commission will maintain pressure on Ireland to reform its professional services even when Ireland’s formal bailout programme finishes a(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan talks to ECB president Mario Draghi during a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Retroactive recapitalisation of the Irish banks “doesn’t seem very likely”, the head of the European Stability Mechanism, Klaus Regling, has said, str(...)

Euro zone authorities have been quick to characterise the Irish exit story as a victory for the euro zone response to the crisis. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland’s decision to return to full private market funding without the help of a precautionary credit line dominated debate in Brussels this week, as(...)

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