The latest poll from the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) might give retailers pause for thought. It suggests consumers will spend an average of €563 this Christmas, compared with €600 last year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish consumers seem set to temper their Christmas spending this year as the number who believe too much is spent over the festive season hits almost (...)

 Ahmet Dahmani is escorted by a plain clothes police officer on Friday in Antalya. It is believed Dahmani scouted out the target sites for the attacks  in Paris a week ago. Photograph: Ihlas News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey has arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan origin suspected of involvement in Islamic State’s attacks in Paris that killed 130 people a week ago, a(...)

The massacre in Paris, following bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, and the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, all claimed by the Islamic State, reveals a terrorist organization that has changed in significant ways from the West’s initial understanding of it. Photograph: Reuters 1:47

Defying Western efforts to confront Islamic State on the battlefield, the group has evolved in its reach and organisational ability, with increasingly(...)

The annual cost of owning and maintaining a family home has fallen for the first time in four years, according to a new survey. File photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The annual cost of owning and maintaining a family home has fallen for the first time in four years but the “negative equity generation” is still payi(...)

The Bank Of Ireland on College Green in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

What has Bank of Ireland done to attract the ire of Ireland this time? Well, the bank has decided it would rather not have to waste its staff’s precio(...)

Bloxham Stockbrokers was liquidated in 2012 after the Central Bank (above) discovered a €5.3 million hole in its accounts. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board (Carb) intends to investigate accountancy giant Deloitte over its role in the collapse of Bloxham Stockbrok(...)

The move signals the end of a relationship between the credit card provider and the bank, which dates back more than 40 years

Bank of Ireland has ended its long-standing relationship with credit card company Visa and has started making contact with hundreds of thousands of it(...)

Bloxham: Demise still being played out in courts. Photograph: The Irish Times

Three years after one of the State’s largest stockbroking firms collapsed amid accounting irregularities and subsequent findings of malpractice, the b(...)

The State is seeking to surrender Eric Eoin Marques to US authorities, while Mr Marques is seeking a judicial review of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ decision not to prosecute him in this country.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

High Court proceedings involving an Irishman whom the FBI claims is the “largest facilitator of child porn in the world” will resume in three weeks’ t(...)

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: ‘If people were more active in the switching market, it might keep banks on their toes and we would encourage that.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As many as 15,000 holders of standard variable-rate (SVR) mortgages could see their repayments fall by more than €1,000 a year simply by switching (...)