Individuals can lend as little as € 5 to a maximum of 50 per cent of the loan amount to small businesses on new peer-to-peer lending platform Grid Finance.

Individual lenders can give loans from as little as €5 to small businesses on new platform

Fitch’s latest arrears index highlights the polarisation in the Irish mortgage market; generally even the late-stage arrears rates have plateaued or are falling, but portfolios with concentrations of loans with weaker features continue to deteriorate. Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Changing sentiment and greater liquidity means arrears have fallen below 2%

Projects on Fundit have a 73 per cent success rate, and 94 per cent of projects come from first-time creators, while 59 per cent of all pledges come from first-time funders.

Irish crowdfunding platform has funded 1,000 projects since 2011 launch

Mark Ferguson, director of of SFI Science Foundation Ireland, said that the new research centres “will make a significant contribution to Ireland’s economy, employment and reputation”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Aim of Science Foundation Ireland research centres is to achieve a step-change in the reputation and performance of Ireland’s rese(...)

Tuesday’s Budget was a “missed opportunity” Moody’s has said. .Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Decision to abandon further austerity measures means more corrective measures may be needed and it leaves Ireland more vulnerable (...)

Mazars’new jobs are in a variety of professional services roles in includubg consulting, audit, internal audit, IT audit, compliance, tax, company secretarial, payroll and financial outsourcing. Photograph:  Eric Audras /Alto Agency

Accountancy practice to fill roles across range of functions

It’s the end of an era for Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel which was constructed in 2001.

Ballsbridge hotel will operate under a different five-star brand from January 2015

Halifax withdrew from the Irish market in 2010 and continues to run down its Irish mortgage book. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Deal could see US fund move into mortgage lending following its acquisition of Start Mortgages

Right: 119 Mount Prospect Ave, Clontarf, Dublin 3 is a recently refurbished four-bed asking €730,000 through DNG, while 119A (left) is a four-bed newly built in the former garden of Number 119. It’s the larger of the two and is priced at €810,000

Building on garden plots is coming back into vogue, as owners look to realise some of the value tied up in their homes. So what a(...)

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