Willie Penrose, Labour TD: “I’m scared of everybody heading for the hills and expanding like nobody’s business. You could have a confluence of factors coming that would actually eat up farmers’ incomes and leave them with virtually nothing.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians have questioned bank assurances that dairy farmers are well-positioned to deal with volatile prices when the milk quota ends on March 1st.(...)

Danske Bank has largely exited the Irish market  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Danish financial institution Danske Bank has sold a portfolio of commercial loans to Bank of Ireland and Goldman Sachs. The face value of the total(...)

Sculptor Tim Schmalz displays a scale model of Homeless Jesus while visiting The Irish Times offices in Dublin last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:47

After a competition among prospective sites, Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin has won the Homeless Jesus sculpture for the park in its grounds, gi(...)

Based on analysis of Central Bank data, Bank Of Ireland says it continues to be the main provider of credit to smaller firms, accounting for more than 50 per cent of new non-property lending. Photograph: Frank Miller

Bank of Ireland lent €4.5 billion to small and medium-sized businesses last year and approved almost nine out of 10 credit applications from the se(...)

Bank of Ireland approved €1.9 billion in loans to SMEs in the first half of 2013.

Bank of Ireland has reported an 18 per cent rise in loan approvals for SMEs for the first half of 2013.Loans worth €1.9 billion were approved during (...)

Bank of Ireland said its increase in lending reflected a pick-up in credit demand from viable Irish SMEs and the bank’s initiatives to grow business-banking operations. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Bank of Ireland approved €1 billion of new loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 25 per cent(...)