Nick Ashmore, CEO of Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

This time it will be different. If ever there was a phrase synonymous with financial folly and pre-crash delusion, this is it. It was resurrected l(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has welcomed the decision by AIB to match the discount offered on the €200 million that the bank is drawing down from the SBCI

The rates charged on loans from the new State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), established to kick-start lending to SMEs, will (...)

Germany’s financial support for Irish small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – on attractive lending terms – is a modest but significant reward fo(...)

Company lending is a risky business with characteristics common to other forms of credit but also with its own unique challenges

Hopes are high that the new Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) will boost lending to credit starved SMEs. Cynics say that this will be th(...)

Germany’s state-owned development bank KfW has just committed to lend €150 million to Irish business. Photograph: Axel Seidemann/Bloomberg News

Christian Krämer’s assessment of the lending abilities of Irish banks is nothing if not Teutonically blunt. The vice-president of Germany’s state-owne(...)

Michael Noonan with German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: Mr Noonan said the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland would offer, low-interest, longer-term and flexible financing for small business. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish banks are preventing small businesses from growing “beyond a certain size” because they only offer them short-term loans, according to Minister(...)

Michael Noonan with German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: Mr Noonan said the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland would offer, low-interest, longer-term and flexible financing for small business. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish banks are preventing small businesses from growing “beyond a certain size” because they only offer them short-term loans, according to Minister(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble and his counterpart Michael Noonan signed off on today’s deal. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Representatives of the Irish and German governments have formally signed off on the long awaited release of cash to fund cheap loans for small busines(...)

Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland to launch at special signing ceremony in Dublin today attended by  German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photograph: Eric Luke

An initial tranche of €800 million is to be made available for lending to small and medium-sized businesses by the new State-backed Strategic Banking(...)

Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble: in Dublin tomorrow. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is in Dublin tomorrow to help Ireland’s Halloween party with a €150 million loan from Germany’s KfW state de(...)