Adding up: Mary Clarke, a volunteer Clontarf at Credit Union, and other parents have introduced the idea of saving with the credit union to Conor Lynch and others in Belgrove Senior Boys School. photograph: brenda fitzsimons

It’s a curious time for credit unions. On the one hand, those in the movement would like to see the sector move into the gap left vacant by the depart(...)

More than 25,000 children took part in the regional rounds over the past three months and they were whittled down to 400 children in 100 teams for the final. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The RDS was hosting chartered accountancy exams in one corner on Sunday but the tension was far greater next door in the main hall where the Irish Lea(...)

President of the Irish League of Credit Unions Martin Sisk: “There were a very small number of credit unions who ran into some difficulties, which were resolved.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Difficulties faced by credit unions are grossly exaggerated and confused with toxicity in the banking sector, the president of the Irish League of Cre(...)

The VHI says to achieve further savings measures would include redesignations of procedures to daycare settings. Photograph: Getty Images

The country’s largest health insurance company, VHI, has said it will introduce a further €100 million in cost savings annually over each of the next (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has argued a priority for the VHI this year and into the future is cost reduction and containment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

VHI is to seek to pay public hospitals for procedures rather than the number of days its subscribers stay in their beds. As part (...)

VHI chairman Martin Sisk told Minister for Health James Reilly that significant changes would be needed to the Government’s stance on risk equalisation in the health insurance market if VHI was to achieve Central Bank authorisation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government will have to make a commitment on investing up to €200 million in the VHI within the next six weeks if it is to meet a deadline (...)

Recent months have seen tensions between the State-owned health insurer, VHI, and Minister for Health James Reilly official correspondence show(...)