Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary: opposes merger of city and county councils. Photograph: Jim Coughlan/PA Wire

Cork City Council is poised to become the first local authority to mount a legal challenge to the Government after councillors agreed in principle t(...)

   Ulster Bank CEO Jim Brown photographed in 2014. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Both Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland have ruled out any imminent rate cuts for customers with Standard Variable Rate mortgages and set the banks on a (...)

Thai rice farmers face with army soldiers during their rally at a temporary office for the cabinet of caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA.

Hundreds of unpaid Thai rice farmers swarmed around the temporary office of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra today, threatening to storm the (...)

Ulster Bank  chief executive Jim Brown  after addressing the Oireachtas finance committee yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Senior Ulster Bank managers have expressed concern at “over-prescriptive” targets for dealing with mortgage arrears, saying they could have unintended(...)