PTSB Group chief executive Jeremy Masding at the Permanent TSB headquarters after the publication of pan-European stress tests by the European Central Bank.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Investors eye AIB and PTSB but unclear how much State will benefit

AIB: latest data shows the bank is approving more loans to  businesses in  rising sectors such as agriculture, transport, retail and hospitality. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lending up to ¤5.6bn in first 11 months of year amid rise in confidence

Patrick O’Donoghue, managing director of the Gleneagle group: turnover dropped 2 per cent to €21.7 million last year.

Kerry hotel chain expects to return to black in 2014 after improved year

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International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh: covets Aer Lingus’s 23 Heathrow slot pairs and more transatlantic traffic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Opinion: Christoph Mueller has shown Aer Lingus can prosper with the right strategy

Petrogas owner Joe Barrett pictured at  the Applegreen Motorway Service Area on the M11 in Wicklow.

Company expected to seek to raise more than €100m

Ulster Bank’s headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Report says bank tried to manage indebted commercial customers through recession

In spite of repeated attempts, Rob Wright declined to offer a view on whether it was acceptable for the European Central Bank to decline a request to attend the inquiry.

Rob Wright says morale was low and staff feared giving written advice

PTSB can now raise capital from external investors in the new year.

Way now clear for bank to raise fresh equity

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