Isme chief executive Mark Fielding says businesses seeking cash to expand or hire new staff  cannot afford to have the banks slow down their plans. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Banks are further delaying decisions on lending to small business, according to a survey by one of the Republic’s lobby groups. The Irish Small and Me(...)

Michael Fingleton: special liquidators Kieran Wallace and Eamonn Richardson of KPMG are continuing with their action against Mr Fingleton arising from the circumstances that caused Irish Nationwide’s collapse. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The legal action against former Irish Nationwide chief executive Michael Fingleton is due back in court in two weeks’ time and the case could go to a (...)

A man makes a transaction at an ATM outside a National Bank of Greece branch in Athens, on Thursday. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Following is the text of a letter sent by Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to his Dutch counterpart Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurog(...)

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer: airline operator’s certificate would open up  new markets in the region such as Israel, Turkey and possibly parts of the Middle East.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ryanair plans to continue with its plans to expand in Cyprus even though the national airline for which it was bidding has been grounded. The Irish a(...)

Unemployment in the Republic could fall to 9.7 per cent in 2016 from 11.2 per cent this year, analysts with ratings agency Standard & Poor’s have said. Photograph: Frank Miller

Unemployment could slip below 10 per cent within the next two years on the back of continued growth, according to an assessment of the Republic’s e(...)

Industry analysts believe that in order for the IAG approach for Aer Lingus to be considered realistic, it would have had to be in the region of €1 billion, or about €1.87 per share. Photograph: Alan Betson

The bid to buy Aer Lingus by rival group International Consolidated Airline Group (IAG) could have valued the Republic’s flag carrier at at least €1 (...)

Abbey executive chairman Charles Gallagher addresses the company’s AGM in Malahide, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cutting taxes and levies on newly-built homes will help ease the housing crisis that has developed in Dublin and other urban centres, according to th(...)

Supervalu is breathing down Tesco’s neck in the race to be the Republic’s largest retailer and despite recording a fall in sales over the last quarter there is now less than one per cent separating the two supermarket chains, according to the latest figures from retail analysts Kantar World Panel.

Supervalu is breathing down Tesco’s neck in the race to be the Republic’s largest retailer and despite recording a fall in sales over the last quarter(...)

Amount  owed by SMEs  has fallen steadily over the last year three years.

One in every four loans to Irish small and medium-sized businesses was in default at the end of last year, according to official figures due to be (...)

Developer Michael O’Flynn: ‘We note that these loans have now been sold to Blackstone and we believe this will assist us in responding to the opportunities we see in our markets in Ireland, the UK and Europe.’  Photograph: Alan Betson

Developer Michael O’Flynn’s property and construction group is unlikely to have to repay all of the €1.8 billion debt that State agency Nama is sellin(...)