Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he will ask Patrick Honohan to “consider what influence the Central Bank can bring to bear to bring variable mortgage rates closer to the cost of funds”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will on Thursday meet the governor of the Central Bank to discuss the high mortgage interest rates banks charge h(...)

Max Schrems: in 10 days the European Court of Justice will hear a referral from Dublin following a privacy case taken against the DPC by the Austrian privacy campaigner. Photograph: Collins Courts

Not everyone in the Government has heard of the Lobbyplag group, but senior figures wasted no time dismissing what it had to say this week. For those (...)

Downtown Hong Kong: during the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s its property market collasped by 65 per cent but no bank went bust. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images.

As the Central Bank of Ireland introduces loan to value restrictions, it notes the successes of such policies in Asia. But how successful have these m(...)

 Patrick Honohan arriving at the  Oireachtas banking inquiry in January. He later wrote asking to ‘rephrase’ some of his comments. Photograph: Alan Betson

The banking inquiry is set to recall Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan to reappear before it because of his written request to amend evidence he g(...)

Mortgage moving: banks are now looking to win low-risk customers by offering switching deals

“It’s the best time EVER to take out a mortgage” the headline on the Daily Mail roared in early February, urging readers to either buy or remortgage, (...)

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan , said he was surprised at the lack of  consultation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Irish Times

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan wrote to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last May, complaining about a Government initiative to make mortgag(...)

“This phase of our hearings will have an increased reliance on compellability and evidence,” chairman Ciaran Lynch said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

  The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry is preparing to compel some witnesses to attend to give evidence about the economic crisis.  &nb(...)

Patrick Honohan: outlines two scenarios in his letter to the enquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, Patrick Honohan, has written to the Oireachtas banking inquiry to “rephrase” some comments he made in re(...)

John Fitzgerald, research affiliate at the ESRI, said that the ESRI did not draw the connection between the growth of a property market bubble and the risks to the Irish financial system. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times) 2:06

The ESRI failed to forecast the financial collapse in 2008, economist John FitzGerald told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry today.He said the ESRI did n(...)

Willbrook House, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, also  has a price tag of €220,000 and is a one-bed apartment extending to 37.52sq m (404sq ft) ²

What’s happening with mortgage lending? The Central Bank has imposed lending caps on all banks and under the new rules banks will be able to lend only(...)