Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said that his government never saw the crash coming - and didn't have a plan B.
Social Justice Ireland has accused the Government of creating a "fractured society" through its economic policies.
The Taoiseach has moved to reassure investors in Ireland that their money is not at risk due to events in Cyprus.
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has strongly criticised the Cyprus bank levy proposals. Russian companies have an estimated €13bn in the country.
The parliamentary vote on Cyprus's controversial bank-deposit levy is to be postponed, state media say.
Stock markets fell sharply today on fears that an unprecedented levy on bank deposits in Cyprus will plunge Europe back into crisis.
Cyprus’ president is trying to amend a key condition of a draconian eurozone bailout plan that would tax deposits in the country’s banks to reduce its effect on small savers.
We will all continue to feel the pinch of harsh budgets for the next few years despite economic growth in 2014, according to a new economic forecast.
Consumer spending power is set to stabilise this year with an increase in 2014, a leading business body has forecast.
The German cabinet has approved a raft of tougher new banking rules to shore up the financial sector against future crises.
The number of new homes being built has fallen to its lowest level in 40 years. Just 8,488 houses were finished last year - down nearly 2,000 on the previous year.
Eamon Gilmore will today tell world leaders there is an urgent need for an appropriate deal with the European Central Bank on the country’s debt.
The European Central Bank has dismissed Ireland's preferred route for a better deal on the terms of our bailout programme, according to a report from the Reuters news agency.
The Tánaiste is to push for a speedy resolution to Ireland's bank debt at a series of meetings with EU finance leaders today.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has said yesterday's successful debt auction is another sign that confidence is back in Ireland.
Ireland is to make its first visit to the bond market this year later today.
The in-house economist with property website Daft.ie has cautioned against being too optimistic on possible economic growth here next year.
Italian premier Mario Monti announced he is heading a new campaign coalition made of up centrists, business leaders and pro-Vatican forces who back his “ethical” vision of politics, aiming for a second mandate in office if his fledging reform movement wins in parliamentary elections.
Italian Premier Mario Monti said today he would not run in February’s elections, but if political parties that back his anti-crisis agenda ask him to head the next government he would consider the offer.
The Irish economy showed little improvement between July and September of this year, according to new figures released today.
Portuguese politicians are poised to authorise an unprecedented set of tax increases despite concerns that the latest austerity package will deepen the bailed-out country’s recession.
The 17 Eurozone countires have struck an agreement with the IMF on a programme to reduce Greek debt and put Athens on the way to get the next instalment of its much-needed bailout loans.
Hundreds of thousands of people across Europe joined demonstrations or went on strike today as they demanded that governments stop cutting benefits and create more employment.
Leading economist Colm McCarthy expects negotiations on Ireland's legacy debt issue to continue for another two years.
A new opinion poll out tomorrow shows support for the Labour party slipping further, with more than half of Labour voters saying they are becoming disillusioned.
Ireland must be able to access funding at a reasonable price if it is to return to recovery and self-financing, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said.
Greece is to re-double its efforts to reach a deal with its creditors so that it obtains the loans it needs.
The Taoiseach has rejected opposition claims that Ireland's chance of getting a debt deal from the EU is slipping away.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told the people of Greece that she understands they are "suffering daily".
The Central Bank has today revised down its expectations for economic growth for both this year and next.
Official figures out today show that there was no growth in the domestic economy in the second quarter of the year.
The Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan has said Ireland could benefit from the ECB's decision to buy the bonds of troubled Eurozone countries.
The Government is to provide free independent financial advice to homeowners struggling with mortgage problems.
The German Ambassador to Ireland has said Ireland has faced up to its economic challenges.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said he would only consider asking for financial aid for his country once the European Central Bank (ECB) has fleshed out its crisis-fighting plans for buying government bonds.
European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton has said the Government will not seek a second bailout.
The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has announced today’s exchange offer and sale of new bonds attracted investor committment of a total of €5.23bn into longer-dated bonds maturing in 2017 and 2020.
Spain is still under intense financial pressure with investors demanding high rates to lend the government money, while the country’s politicians battle to avert a full-blown bailout for the economy.
Excessive costs and a fall in trade are having a devastating impact on pharmacists, it has been claimed.
The German Parliament has backed a rescue package worth up to €100bn for Spain's struggling banks.
Reducing Ireland's banking debt burden is likely to be discussed when Finance Minister Michael Noonan meets representatives of the International Monetary Fund in Dublin today.
The Taoiseach has said the Government's new stimulus plan will restore confidence in the economy and provide extra work in the construction sector.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan is to meet the European Central Bank president Mario Draghi in Frankfurt today, after reports that the ECB could be set to change policy on the burning of senior bondholders.
CSO figures have today confirmed that the domestic economy contracted by 1.1% in the first three months of this year when compared with the last quarter of 2011.
Spain has announced a €65bn austerity package that includes tax rises and spending cuts a day after it won approval from its euro partners for a huge bailout of the country’s stricken banks.
Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has said the Irish economy will return to stability more quickly than others because of the deal brokered at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels this week.
The Prime Minister of Japan has said his country is facing the same risks as European states.
The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he is adamant the Government will continue to fight for a better deal on our bank debt, despite objections from Germany.
A spokesman for the German finance minister has played down hopes of a deal on Ireland's bank debt.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is open to establishing a European banking authority as a long-term solution to the continent’s financial crisis.
The Spanish Prime Minister is attempting to play down fears that his country will need a bailout.
Portugal is to inject more than €6.6bn into three banks to meet EU criteria.
Spain will stick to harsh austerity measures until it emerges from its financial crisis, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said today, promising that the country would survive the present economic turmoil.
Spain’s prime minister said today that his government is determined to stick to harsh austerity measures for as long as is necessary.
Unemployment across the Eurozone has risen to the highest level since the single currency was created.
Conservative Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy insisted today that the country’s banking sector would not need an international rescue as concern over the bailout of nationalised lender Bankia sent its stock price plummeting while Spain’s borrowing costs soared.
Greek stock markets rebounded strongly today from a 22-year low on hopes a pro-bailout party will win crucial national elections next month, which would avoid a catastrophic rift with international creditors and keep the struggling country within the eurozone.
Greece's socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos is accusing the head of the IMF of trying to "humiliate" the Greek people.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul says that one in four calls received last year were from people looking for help who had not contacted the charity before.
Eurozone officials have agreed that each Euro country must prepare a contingency plan to cater for the possibility of Greece's exit from the single currency.