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Greece plays down fears of debt default

Greece and its Europeans creditors yesterday sought to play down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the IMF next week. Running short of cash to pay salaries, pensions and debt obligations, senior members of Alexis Tsipras’s government […]

European companies lay off staff due to late payments

European companies could hire substantially more staff if they could only secure timely payments for their invoices, a leading credit management company has said. Intrum Justitia said its survey of 8,979 companies across Europe showed that one in three enterprises […]

Average hourly wages rise only 1c in past four years

Average hourly earnings across the economy have risen by a meagre 1 cent to €22.23 since the worst of the economic crisis four years ago. It suggests that the large numbers of unemployed and under-employed are keeping a brake on […]

Ireland ‘benefiting’ from Greek debt crisis

Ireland is surprisingly benefiting from the Greek debt crisis, with the weaker euro against its major UK and US trading partners instead providing a significant economic boost, experts say. The claims come as the countdown continues towards Greece either failing […]

Broad-based jobs growth positive but road is long

Labour market figures, published by the CSO last week, for the first quarter of 2015 contained more good news on the Irish economy. The data show that Ireland is seeing strong, broad-based job growth, with sharply falling unemployment, writes Oliver […]

Greece rules out capital controls

Greece’s government has ruled out restricting access to bank accounts and the free movement of money if there is no breakthrough soon in tortuous talks with bailout creditors and its dwindling cash reserves dry up. The possibility of imposing capital […]

Govt sought advice on property market from Nama

Finance Minister Michael Noonan sought advice from Nama on how to control supply and demand in the property market, according to just-released minutes of Nama board meetings. In a highly unusual move, the minister effectively asked Nama to suggest solutions […]

Greece ‘won’t make €1.6bn June repayment’

Greece cannot make debt repayments to the IMF next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said yesterday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail. Shut out of […]

Mortgage rules ‘put ownership of homes beyond reach of many’

The Central Bank’s new restrictions on mortgage lending will stop many people from ever buying a home and trap thousands into paying unaffordable rents, it has been claimed. Mortgage Brain Ireland, which supplies systems to mortgage brokers, agents, and banks, […]

Greek optimism on deal not justified, says Wolfgang Schauble

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble said yesterday the Greek government’s optimism about clinching a cash-for-reforms deal with its lenders within days was not backed up by negotiations and he could not rule out Greece becoming insolvent. Greek prime minister Alexis […]

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