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(...)

The ESRI estimated that the total number of mortgage loans in negative equity peaked at 314,000 in late 2012

Rising property prices, particularly in Dublin, are lifting thousands of households out of negative equity, according to new research.A study by the E(...)

There is a “real opportunity” for construction SMEs, which  account for 95 per cent of total construction employment, to help drive the economic recovery. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises association has called on the government to put the focus on competitiveness in this year’s budget.In a pre-bud(...)

John Bruton, Ireland’s former prime minister and current chairman of Ireland’s International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The banking inquiry needs to examine why symptoms of the bubble were repeatedly ignored by politicians and regulators in the run-up to the crash, f(...)

David Duffy, AIB chief executive and president of the Irish Banking Federation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The property market has reached a “tipping point” where demand for homes in Dublin is exceeding supply, according to AIB chief executive David Duffy. (...)

Mr Dermot Desmond: one of the best connected and respected financiers in Ireland.

A paper written by billionaire financier Dermot Desmond was circulated among senior Fianna Fáil politicians and bankers only three weeks after the ba(...)

The research shows that cash buyers represented more than 50 per cent of transaction in early 2014 with many potential borrowers with approved mortgages unable to secure properties

Efforts to loosen credit standards for first-time buyers should be resisted as Dublin’s housing market is in danger of overheating once again, accordi(...)

We need a vision for banking that ensures the events that led up to the bailout don’t happen again.

While we slowly gear up for a banking inquiry early next year by members of the Oireachtas to investigate the events that led to the collapse of the f(...)

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

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)