Minister for Finance Michael Noonan relayed message on interest rates to AIB, Ulster Bank and ACC when they met  yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is believed to want some signal from the banks they will assist customers in availing of lower variable interest rates within six to ei(...)

AIB’s rate cuts have put some  blue water between it and Bank of Ireland,  whose SVR is 4.5 per cent. These things are never black and white, of course – Bank of Ireland will pay the 1 per cent stamp duty for first-time buyers.

It was no coincidence that on the same day AIB was due to meet the Minister for Finance to discuss its standard variable mortgage rates, it was also l(...)

 Richie Boucher wrote a letter of support to planners for Seán Dunne’s over-ambitious Knightsbridge-style plan for Ballsbridge.

The appearances this week at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry of current Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher and former Ulster Bank chief exe(...)

Former chief executive of Ulster Bank Cormac McCarthy speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry.

Former chief executive of Ulster Bank Cormac McCarthy has told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry that the late former minister for finance Brian Lenihan (...)

Brian O’Donnell places the keys of Gorse Hill which he vacated on Wednesday, April 29th, in front of Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher at the bank’s agm. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former solicitor Brian O’Donnell is attending the banking inquiry this morning where Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher gives evidence. Mr(...)

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher speaking before the banking inquiry during its “nexus” phase. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 3:40

The Oireachtas banking inquiry has heard that Bank of Ireland (B of I) knew it might need assistance in the months leading to the bank guarantee.Speak(...)

Does Brian Cowen merit him being grilled for up to 20 hours when the executives who actually led the banks and almost bankrupted the State have only been required to spend about four hours each in the witness box?

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry resumes today with Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher appearing in the morning followed after lunch by Corm(...)

Brian O’Donnell puts the  keys of Gorse Hill which he vacated in front of t Richie Boucher chief executive of Bank of Ireland at the company’s agm last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 1:30

Former solicitor Brian O’Donnell has claimed he was “bullied” by Bank of Ireland over the Gorse Hill property in Killiney and said the bank had “set f(...)

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal lays off a pass during Munster A’s game against Ulster Ravens at Nass RFC. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

A thunder clap. Sun. Rain. Hailstones. Welcome to the midlands Tyler Bleyendaal. Even the former New Zealand Under-20 World Cup winning captain(...)

Ciarán Lynch, Chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The preamble is over. Today, a slick of smooth, supremely well-rehearsed bankers will begin to flow towards an airless, windowless committee room for (...)