A solitary figure battles with high wind and waves , on the Great South Wall, at Poolbeg last December.  Insurance claims relating to storm damage and flooding last winter was about €156 million, according to the Irish Insurance Federation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The cost of insurance claims arising from damage caused by storms and flooding last winter is estimated at €156 million, according to the Irish Insura(...)

A deficit of trust

In a prolonged economic downturn many more people experience financial difficulties, and some are left in great financial distress. Against that backg(...)

Irish Insurance Federation: expressed fears. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

If, as expected, legislation amending the Central Bank Act 2013 is passed in September of this year, from that date onwards the Financial Services Omb(...)

Central Bank, Dame Street, Dublin. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

Given the role that inadequate regulatory oversight played in almost bringing down the banking sector – and with it the whole economy – it make(...)