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    1. FT Alphaville

      November 6, 2014

      The Irish letters

      Here is an unimpressed Jean-Claude Trichet. And here is the ECB’s full response to the revelation of the Trichet letter…...

    2. November 6, 2014

      ECB threatened to end funding unless Ireland sought bailout

      Ireland’s banking crisis returned to centre stage after the European Central Bank released letters showing that its...

    1. FT Alphaville

      November 6, 2014

      Dear Ireland, take the bailout. Yours, Jean-Claude

      With a large hat-tip to the Irish Times, here’s a friendly 2010 missive from former ECB president, Jean-Claude Trichet, to...

    2. June 10, 2011

      Ireland’s Lenihan loses cancer battle

      Brian Lenihan, the Irish politician who was appointed finance minister just as Ireland’s economy collapsed, has died at the...

    3. March 31, 2011

      Dublin tries to draw a line under bank failure

      When Brian Lenihan, the former Irish finance minister, set out a rescue package for the country’s troubled lenders last...

    4. February 25, 2011

      Irish bank transfers approved

      Ireland’s bank restructuring took another step forward on Thursday with the government approving the transfer of deposits...

    5. February 21, 2011

      Ireland weighs bondholder risks

      When Ireland’s weakest banks were found to be behind a surprise spike in emergency borrowing from the European Central Bank...

    6. February 14, 2011

      Ireland expected to return to markets in 2012

      The European Commission is banking on Ireland being able to return to the debt markets in the second half of 2012, at least...

    7. February 11, 2011

      Moody’s cuts Irish bank ratings to junk status

      Moody’s cut the ratings of Irish banks to junk status on Friday following Dublin’s decision to defer previously agreed...

    8. February 9, 2011

      Irish bank injection put off till after election

      Ireland will postpone its planned bank recapitalisations until after the general election , the government has said, in a...

    9. February 9, 2011

      Ireland warned of impact of ‘haircuts’

      Any attempt by Ireland to force losses on senior bank bondholders could have repercussions for banks across the European...

    10. February 8, 2011

      Anglo Irish warns on record loss of €17.6bn

      Anglo Irish Bank, the lender most exposed to Ireland’s property crash and which was nationalised in 2009, said it expected...

    11. February 4, 2011

      Irish magnate wins €2bn loans appeal

      An Irish property developer has dealt an embarrassing blow to the Fianna Fáil-led government by winning a court appeal to...

    12. January 23, 2011

      Irish parties set for crisis talks

      Brian Cowen: on Saturday he announced he was standing down as Fianna Fáil leader but remaining as prime minister Ireland’s...

    13. January 22, 2011

      Irish leader resigns as head of Fianna Fáil party

      Brian Cowen resigned as Fianna Fáil party leader on Saturday but said he would stay on as Taoiseach or prime minister to...

    14. January 18, 2011

      Embattled Irish PM survives confidence vote

      Brian Cowen, Ireland’s embattled prime minister, has survived a challenge to his leadership of Fianna Fáil, winning a vote...

    15. January 17, 2011

      Moment of truth arrives for Irish leader

      Decision time: Brian Cowen has been warned many Fianna Fáil MPs plan to oppose him in a confidence vote on Tuesday Brian...

    16. January 17, 2011

      Cowen rival urges change of leadership

      Brian Cowen’s rival for the Fianna Fáil leadership warned on Monday that the party would be wiped out unless there was a...

    17. January 16, 2011

      Paddy Power to revise odds on offshore move

      Patrick Kennedy says he would probably no longer be chief executive of Paddy Power if his board only looked at the...

    18. January 13, 2011

      AIB begins €3.9bn debt swap

      Allied Irish Banks has embarked on an attempt to cover an estimated €6.1bn (£5.1bn) capital shortfall with a debt exchange...

    19. January 13, 2011

      Revelations weaken Cowen’s grip on power

      Irish prime minister Brian Cowen’s hold on the leadership of his ruling party looked increasingly tenuous on Thursday...

    20. December 23, 2010

      Grim day for Allied Irish as injection beckons

      European equities held at two-year highs amid signs that the December rally was levelling off as traders prepared for the...

    21. FT Alphaville

      December 23, 2010

      The diluted Allied Irish Banks

      The price action in Allied Irish Banks on Thursday morning: The falls follows a report in the Irish Times that Brian...

    22. December 23, 2010

      Dublin injects €3.7bn into Allied Irish

      The Irish government took a further step towards complete ownership of Allied Irish Banks, the country’s second-biggest...

    23. December 14, 2010

      Dublin shows its mettle with AIB ultimatum

      Street-level: AIB has been told that it will lose government support if it pays bonuses to staff As governments around the...

    24. FT Alphaville

      December 14, 2010

      Ireland's AIB drops €40m bonus plan

      Allied Irish Banks, which has already received €3.5bn (£3bn) in state aid, has been forced to drop plans to pay €40m in...

    25. December 13, 2010

      AIB drops €40m bonus plan

      Allied Irish Banks, which has already received €3.5bn (£3bn) in state aid, has been forced to drop plans to pay €40m in...

    26. December 12, 2010

      Deadline looms for BoI junior bondholders

      Bank of Ireland’s junior bondholders must this week decide whether to lose almost half the face value of their investments...

    27. December 9, 2010

      AIB under fire over €40m in bonuses

      Allied Irish Banks was under fire from politicians and senior business figures after it emerged that staff are to receive...

    28. December 8, 2010

      Cowen to lead party into 2011 elections

      Brian Cowen, Ireland’s embattled prime minister, said on Wednesday he would lead his Fianna Fáil party into the general...

    29. FT Alphaville

      December 8, 2010

      Harsh budget for Ireland

      Brian Lenihan, Ireland’s finance minister, on Tuesday unveiled a harsh budget, slashing public spending and increasing the...

    30. December 8, 2010

      Lenihan made the toughest decisions

      From Prof John W. O’Hagan. Sir, How ironic that the Financial Times’ ranking of European Union finance ministers (“The vex...

    31. FT Alphaville

      December 7, 2010

      Lenihan unveils harsh Irish budget

      Brian Lenihan, Ireland’s finance minister, announced a “substantial downpayment on the journey back to economic health”, as...

    32. December 7, 2010

      Jostling starts for Irish party leadership

      The presentation of the budget on Tuesday marked the beginning of the race to succeed Brian Cowen as leader of the ruling...

    33. December 7, 2010

      Lenihan rules out default on foreign debt

      Brian Lenihan, the Irish finance minister, on Wednesday dismissed suggestions that Ireland was destined to default on its...

    34. December 6, 2010

      The judges’ verdicts

      Marco Annunziata, chief economist, UniCredit In a year defined by the eurozone sovereign debt crisis, for me the best...

    35. December 5, 2010

      Finance ministers: The vex factor

      Europe’s top finance minister: Germany’s Wolfgang Schäuble The television talent shows that draw in millions of viewers...

    36. December 1, 2010

      Lenihan defends acceptance of bail-out

      Brian Lenihan, Irish finance minister, made clear that the European Central Bank had opposed all proposals that senior...

    37. November 29, 2010

      Irish pension fund to be tapped for €12.5bn

      A fund set up to finance public service pensions for those retiring a decade from now is to be used to supplement the...

    38. November 28, 2010

      Ministers sign off on €85bn Ireland deal

      George Osborne, chancellor, with his French opposite number Christine Lagarde in Brussels on Sunday European Union finance...

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