While competition is still not strong enough to warrant free fees across the board, there are signs that banks are improving their offerings, with reduced fees now easier to come by

It may not have made the recent election manifestos, but banking charges are another insidious drain on our finances that were unheard of pre-crisis. (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan before announcing this year’s budget at Government Buildings last October. The momentum in the Irish economy means that fairly rapid growth is likely to continue into 2016, a key factor in assessing what the budgetary strategy should be for next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Between the mid-1970s and 2007 the budget for the coming year was presented to the Dáil in December, immediately before the new financial year started(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has issued a statement following reports  the Central Bank was warned in 2009  of possible issues with the conduct of the entire banking sector in its treatment of borrowers who may have been entitled to tracker mortgage rates. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The role played by the Central Bank and Permanent TSB in removing tracker mortgages from some borrowers must be investigated by the Oireachtas Finance(...)

A belated act of atonement

Banks are meant to inspire trust and confidence in their customers, their borrowers and their depositors. Some mortgage holders with Permanent TSB (PT(...)

All told, 1,372 mortgage account holders were impacted with 1,152 being customers of PTSB, with and the remaining 220 being Springboard account holders.

Permanent TSB has been accused of “despicable behaviour” over its treatment of almost 1,400 mortgage customers whose accounts it mismanaged with the r(...)

Odessa restaurant, bar and nightclub at Dame Court off Wicklow Street in Dublin 2, for sale through agents Kelly Walsh at €1.6 million

A restaurant, bar and nightclub known as the Odessa at Dame Court off Wicklow Street in Dublin 2, and producing a rental income of €60,000 per annum i(...)

PTSB had sought to raise the €400 million as part of overall plan to return bank to private ownership. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A High Court challenge has been brought to plans by Permanent TSB aimed at raising €400 million through a share placing to institutional investors (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  examinations of the balance sheets of each bank  demonstrate that significant progress has  been made since 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the stress tests reaffirmed the robustness of the Irish banking system notwithstanding the failure by Perma(...)

ECB vice-president Vitor Constancio: indicated the bank would  buy only the senior tranches of any package of mortgages or other assets offered to it. Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

The prospect of the ECB’s planning to buy mortgages and other assets from banks and providing Irish banks with a way out of the tracker mortgage dead (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told a conference on the future of European banking that ‘external prospects are at their most benign for Ireland for a number of years’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said today the results of the recently-concluded asset review tests on Irish banks contained “no great surprises”(...)