Aer Lingus passenger numbers surpassed 11 million for the first time last year

Labour TDs to meet over Aer Lingus takeover bid

24 Feb A group of seven Labour deputies are due to hold a meeting tomorrow afternoon, to discuss tabling an emergency motion on Aer Lingus, at the party's national conference in Kerry this weekend.

Chinese beef consumption is estimated at approximately six million tonnes per annum

China lifts ban on Irish beef

20 Feb China has formally lifted a ban on importing Irish beef, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed at the Fine Gael party conference in Castlebar.

A man passes by a wall covered with graffiti reading 'Alexis the Great' in central Athens

Merkel and Tsipras seek solution to Greek crisis

19 Feb Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for nearly an hour today in what a government source said was "a positive climate" aimed at calming the bailout crisis.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis in the Athens parliament

ECB increases funding available to Greek banks

18 Feb The ECB has decided to increase the amount of emergency funding available to Greek banks, following a meeting of its governing council in Frankfurt, according to a source familiar with the issue.

Marco Buti, the EC's Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, giving evidence

IMF had 'no inkling' Ireland faced a downturn

18 Feb The IMF's surveillance of the Irish economy before the crash gave "no inkling" that Ireland faced a downturn and had "failed", a former IMF deputy director has told the Banking Inquiry.

Alexis Tsipras said Greece was working towards a pact but would not compromise

Greece may seek loan agreement extension

17 Feb A war of words between Greece and Germany escalated this evening with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejecting what he called "blackmail" to extend an international bailout and vowing to rush through laws to reverse labour reforms.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Greece refused to be a 'debt colony'

Talks end as Greece rejects 'unacceptable' offer

16 Feb Talks between Greece and eurozone finance ministers over the country's debt broke down this evening when Greece rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its international bailout as "unacceptable".