Despite February’s drop, the underlying trend in Irish consumer sentiment remains positive. Photograph: David Sleator

A sharp fall-off in consumer sentiment last month was blamed on post-Christmas blues.The latest KBC Bank/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index fell to 96.1 in(...)

The Central Bank’s new mortgage lending rules will impose an income multiple limit of 3.5 times salary on  first time buyers and those trading up. (Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times)

The full extent of efforts to get the Central Bank to change its mind on its new mortgage lending rules are evident in the 157 responses the regulato(...)

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland says the measures may have impact on house building.

The main representative body for Irish banks has welcomed the Central Bank’s decision to ease its proposals on loan-to- value (LTV) mortgage limits f(...)

Flac wants the mortgage-to-rent scheme to be enhanced. Photograph: PA

Some of the more difficult cases of owner-occupier mortgage arrears in Ireland have not yet been dealt with by the country’s main banks, according to (...)

IMHO director David Hall: Expects to publish the results by the end of January and is planning to conduct a similar survey for buy-to-let mortgages in February

The Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation, which assists those in arrears with their home loans, is planning to publish a ranking of banks according to (...)

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

If 2014 was the year when the main banks in Ireland returned to profit, 2015 could be the one when AIB and Permanent TSB are returned, at least in par(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at yesterday’s book launch

Suzanne Lynch Ireland and Belgium have a “powerful and historic relationship” stretching back centuries, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday as he lau(...)

A similar pilot scheme was established by the Central Bank of Ireland in 2013

Ireland’s five main banks are in talks to revive a scheme that seeks to provide resolutions for borrowers who have debts with multiple lenders. A sim(...)

Figures from the Department of Finance show almost 95,000 loans in arrears. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The level of owner-occupied and buy-to-let mortage arrears in Ireland continues to decline, according to latest data from the Department of Finance. T(...)

Maura, Fiona and Sean McHugh from Dublin on Henry Street last Friday. Prices are at their lowest since 2002. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish shops are bracing themselves for their best Christmas since the nadir of the economic collapse, with a new report suggesting consumers are set (...)