Since the crash, banks have been hesitant to lend to builders even as borrowing costs for banks plunge. (Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times)

Alan Merriman used to chase Irish real-estate developers around Dublin, competing with other bankers to lend them money before the market’s crash dev(...)

Former non-executive director of the EBS Building Society Ethna Tinney.

The Government’s decision to issue a blanket bank guarantee in September 2008 was “indefensible”, according to Ethna Tinney, a former non-executive di(...)

The report supports earlier comments made by Patrick Honohan, the outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Speaking last February at the Trinity Economic Forum, Mr Honohan said first-time house buyers clearly represent a safer prospect for lenders. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

First-time buyers are 30 per cent less likely to default than those trading up or down, research from the Central Bank has found. In a technica(...)

 Patrick Neary, former chief executive of the  Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority, arriving at the Banking Inquiry on May 28th, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:43

Former financial regulator Patrick Neary argued for a blanket bank guarantee on the night of September 29th, 2008, as it would provide more certainty (...)

Only last June David Duffy had signed a permanent contract with AIB, having originally signed up in December 2011 on a fixed-term contract for three years

Last Friday evening, the directors of AIB were asked to dial into a conference call for word of an important announcement that the bank was going to m(...)

Ventsislava Lyubenova with her son, Angel, and husband Ivaylo Siromashki outside the apartment in Blanchardstown. All their possessions are still inside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For almost two weeks, Ventsislava Lyubenova, her husband Ivaylo Siromashki, and their son, Angel (10) have been locked out of the apartment they had r(...)

Cork developer Michael O’Flynn. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork developer Michael O’Flynn and Kildare Partners, which is backed by billionaire Ellis Short, have completed the refurbishment of a high-spec offi(...)

Cork developer Michael O’Flynn: his Nama loans are expected to be sold for more than €1 billion and they have a rent roll of €75 million a year. Photograph:  Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

About €100 million of loans associated with companies owned by Cork developer Michael O’Flynn have been sold to Kildare Partners, a p(...)

Thomas Byrne (47) arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.  Photograph: Collins/Courts

The trial of former solicitor Thomas Byrne has been shown documents said to show that he paid stamp duty on multiple properties of which he is alleged(...)

Tony Spollen, the former head of internal audit at AIB Bank, whose questioning led eventually to all that emerged at the Dirt inquiry, must be pleased(...)