Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said about €40 billion of the State’s debt related to the banks, with the annual interest a mere €1 billion

Seeking to refinance €15 billion of the €22 billion we borrowed from the IMF

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said the Government hoped to reduce interest payments on Ireland’s national debt by up to €375 million a year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Growth projections for the economy upgraded to 2.5 per cent this year by Central Bank

NTMA chief executive John Corrigan said the agency has raised almost 90 per cent of its indicative funding target of €8 billion for this year.  Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland hoping to refinance €15 billion worth of IMF loans, says Noonan

Ulster Bank ahead of target in terms of lending to businesses this year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Total customer numbers within SME sector increased by 8%

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher has been diagnosed with cancer. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Chief executive says he will oversee publication of interim results on August 1st

NTR’s profit before non-recurring items and foreign exchange impacts was €7.9 million for 2013

Group revenues rose to €45.6 million last year from €35.3 million in 2012.

Apax Partners, CVC Capital Partners, and KKR are reported to be among the private equity groups that have been approached to form a consortium to acquire Eircom.

Bonuses and other payments to be put in place in return for changes to work practices

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher insists that interest will have to be paid on the warehoused portion of a split mortgage.

Opinion: banks face difficulty enforcing security if forced through more hoops

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