Work on the merger has been under way for some months with the new body led by IBF chief executive Noel Brett. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The Irish Payments Services Organisation (IPSO) slipped into the red in what is set to be its final full year as a standalone body.IPSO recorded a de(...)

Crashed cars which were placed on the Dublin-Belfast road outside Dundalk some years ago, to draw the attention of motorists to road safety in the Louth and Meath area. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has defended having nearly €20 million in cash reserves at a time of national financial crisis, saying it needs the mo(...)

Over 90 per cent of new mortgage credit is now going to home purchasers, figures from the IBC/PwC show, with first time buyers and mover purchasers continuing to dominate the market, accounting for  85.9 per cent of new mortgages issued.

The value of mortgage lending rose by 72 per cent on an annual basis in the first quarter of the year, as some 3,425 mortgages were drawn down at a(...)

Despite the resurgence in the property market, mortgage approvals fell last month, according to data from the Irish Banking Federation (IBF). (...)

“Ultimately, a decision on whether or not to pull the trigger on a legal challenge will fall to IBF president David Duffy, the chief executive of AIB, which is 99.8 per cent owned by the State.” Photograph: David Sleator

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the news that the Irish Banking Federation is weighing a legal challenge to the Government’s decision to (...)

Gay Byrne:  “Many young gardaí would feel disillusioned with the whole bloody system.” Photograph: Alan Betson.

The alleged widespread and systematic quashing of penalty points by An Garda Síochána must be openly investigated, the chairman of the Road Safety Aut(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar: “I am a member of a Government that has reduced the number of public servants including gardaí, so I don’t want to come across as if I am pointing the finger. We are collectively responsible.”    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

For the first time since 2005, the number of people killed on Irish roads will rise this year. Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar admits the incre(...)

Richie Boucher, Chief Executive Bank of Ireland, arriving at Leinster House, for a meeting with the Oireachtas finance committee. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Another year, another step closer to normalised lending. Or so we hope. The past year has reminded us we cannot take anything for granted in the fi(...)

Mortgage lending stood at €750 million in the third quarter of the year, up from €518 million in the previous quarter.

Mortgage lending grew again in the third quarter of the year, with activity up by 12.5 per cent in the year to September 2013 for the third quarter of(...)

Noel Brett’s job as chief executive of the Irish Banking Federation comes with a package worth €200,000-plus a year and is a permanent role. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Noel Brett’s appointment as chief executive of the Irish Banking Federation (IBF) marks a move from road crashes to bank crashes. The Mayo man’s appoi(...)