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

Early-stage residential mortgage arrears have fallen below 2 per cent for the first time in three and a half years, according to a new report from rat(...)

Permanent TSB remains the potential “weak link” of upcoming stress tests, and may require capital of up to ¤700 million. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish banks are relaxed about their latest examination. When last probed by the Central Bank three years ago, they needed to raise €24 billion. Now, (...)

In coming years, Eircom will spend much of its time striking content deals with broadcasters, digital media publishers, music companies, newspapers and other such entities. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fitch’s assertion yesterday that the departure of Eircom’s chief executive, Herb Hribar, could damage its credit rating should focus minds in the comp(...)

The ratings agency Fitch has indicated it views the recent departure of Eircom chief executive Herb Hribar as a negative factor that could affect the (...)

Permanent TSB: still awaits clearance from the European Commission for its restructuring plan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

On August 19th, the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan issued a statement welcoming the improved half-year results published that day by Permanent TS(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 6:13

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)

Central Bank figures show that 44 per cent of new home lending last year involved loans of more than 80 per cent of the property’s value. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Central Bank’s proposed restrictions on new mortgages will lead to fewer borrowers defaulting on their home loans, according to analysts at a mult(...)

German 10-year yields - which have an inverse relationship to prices - dropped 2 bps to 0.89 per cent, just above record lows of 0.867 per cent hit in August.

German bond yields slipped towards record lows on Wednesday as concerns over global growth spurred demand for safe-haven debt.The euro zone’s largest (...)

A tram is seen in downtown Lisbon. Loomis Sayles, which  sold at least part of its Irish bond holdings last year, now likes Portuguese dollar bonds. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Loomis Sayles, the investor that bought Ireland’s government debt before the nation’s 2011 bailout triggered a historic rally, now likes Portugal’s do(...)

Orange said the deal would add to earnings per share and operating free cash flow by 2017, and would help it save €1.3 billion mostly through network efficiencies

France’s Orange has reached a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecoms operator Jazztel in an effort to bolster its mobile operation in the country and(...)